Most major cities have already opened the season for motorcyclists. And although the picnic is already behind us, let’s face it, there will be more two-wheelers on the road from week to week. It’s time to take a look at cheap gadgets that can be useful for bikers.
Although the current price of fuel is not an incentive to travel for pleasure, when the sun rises and the thermometer reads over 15°C, it is difficult to do without an outfit, a helmet and travel gear – no matter the distance.
If you spend hundreds or even thousands of hours on a motorcycle during the season, it’s worth equipping yourself with motorcycle gadgets to make the trip safe, comfortable or simply enjoyable. There are 10 items on the list that you should consider purchasing.
1. Heated grips
Although the thirty-degree heat in the city undermines the feeling of buying such an accessory, there are situations when even in July a gentle warming of the hands is useful. Anyone who has traveled at night or in high mountains (for every additional 100 meters above sea level, the temperature drops by approx.°C) knows what I’m talking about.
For less than 300 PLN, thanks to the Oxford Hot Grips Essential Commuter, we will forget about frozen fingers on the steering wheel and when the rest of the group warms up the chilled members, you can comfortably order and sip cold drinks.
You’ll think I’m crazy buying navigation in 2022 when most people already have a smartphone. I’ve seen people use flip flops as shoes on gear that accelerates to 100 km/h in seconds, so I find a separate navigation device less crazy.
Also, Apple advises against mounting iPhones on the wheel of a motorcycle with a large engine – it may damage the camera due to the company present in smartphones; since the iPhone 7, optical image stabilization (OIS) and closed-loop autofocus.
An economical solution in the motorcycle navigation segment is offered by Navitel with the G550 Moto model. The company’s most prominent advantages include lifetime map updating, water-proof, dust-proof and shock-proof casing. Among the functions of the device itself, it is worth mentioning the quick search for destinations, the route bar or the lane assistant.
3. Smartphone holder
Of course, nothing prevents you from using your phone as a navigation device. Buying such a gadget is not so trivial – if in the car the mount falls or the phone falls, you can stop and improve the device. In the case of a motorcycle… it better never happen.
The most popular choice for bikers is RAM Mount X-Grip – a universal smartphone mount. Even the basic version for PLN 159, supporting devices with a width of up to 82 mm, should work well every day.
It used to be a good thing that was used by groups of motorcyclists on long trips. Today, a device thanks to which you do not have to give up the conversation even on a short trip with your partner. The price also approached the acceptable level, which does not necessarily concern solutions for 2000. zlotys.
For 250 PLN you can easily buy an Ejeas V6 Pro intercom – with a range of over 1000 meters and a battery sufficient for 12 hours of continuous work.
5. Anti-theft protection
Since I have my own two-wheeler, I have always been afraid that some random person on the street will decide to “rent it indefinitely”. Whether it’s 125 or something bigger; whether he was in the garage or on the street next to the building. That’s why, right after buying the bike, I got the anti-theft protection for the shield.
Although my security does not have an alarm, I recommend buying the Oxford Screamer model, which will fulfill its basic task one hundred percent – it will scare away potential petty thieves.
6. Power bank
Almost every car or motorcycle owner has had their machine immobilized and the battery drained at least once in their life. If there was no good soul with ignition cables in the area, it remained to disconnect the battery and recharge it with a charger at home.
Today, just buy Green Cella’s GC PowerBoost car jump starter. It is a device that combines the functions of a rectifier, an emergency starter and a power bank. A peak current of 2,000 amps will get any vehicle started – from city scooters to 2-liter cruisers. 16,000 mAh is enough for the device to charge several vehicles and smartphones. In addition, when the ports are covered, the device is not afraid of contact with nature – the IP64 standard ensures that the equipment is resistant to dust and small splashes.
A Swiss army knife, a fountain pen, a mechanical watch – these three things reminded me of the essentials of every man when I was young. Fortunately, I grew up combining masculinity with what I have. Anyway, today, instead of a pocket knife, I would choose a multitool – somewhat larger equipment, but better for tasks requiring greater durability of materials.
Leatherman Bond is a product of American origin. The Multitool has 14 tools, so unexpected situations on a motorcycle shouldn’t stop you any longer. And carrying such a solution in your pocket is mainly legal in Germany – possibly also in other European countries.
8. Sports camera
Car owners have video recorders, bikers have sports cameras. If you’re not collecting video mementos from your vacation, it’s worth equipping yourself with a recording device. You never know when someone won’t try to prove you guilty after the crash, and webcam footage can dispel any doubts.
SJCAM SJ5000X for less than 500 PLN allows recording in 4K at 24 frames per second and Full HD at 60 fps. The image stabilization function will provide a clear image, and thanks to the complete equipment, you do not have to search for the appropriate mounting elements – you will find everything in the box.
Do not forget to remove the camera if it is in Portugal, Luxembourg or Austria – there, recording with such a recorder is subject to a heavy fine.
9. Tank bag
Powerbank, anti-theft protection, multitool, sports camera, navigation – where do you put it all? After all, a dedicated motorcycle backpack isn’t the most practical option, and trunks are a solution that cost a bit to install. The solution may be a tank bag – a bag attached to the fuel tank. Simple and cheap solutions use systems equipped with magnets.
Modeka Clever Bag with a capacity of 5 liters will accommodate what I mentioned above and will also find a place for your wallet and your keys. When you want to take the bag with you, just use the dedicated shoulder strap.
10. Hour meter
A solution intended for owners of cross bikes or slightly older two-wheelers. Using the simplest hour meter, we can supervise maintenance activities: oil change, spark plugs, valve adjustment.
The Bocast BZ 18 speedometer works with a two-stroke and four-stroke engine and adds a tachometer up to 30,000 rpm to the list of functions. / min. The set includes a complete assembly kit with glue and wiring, and the housing is available in 5 colors – black, blue, green, orange and red.
Motorcycle gadgets – summary
As you can see, I managed to keep the promise at the beginning of the text – the cost of any gadget does not exceed four figures, and everyone has certainly found something that will definitely change their experience of riding a motorcycle.
Remember, however, that the best gadget is your own mind – thanks to it, you can avoid accidents and enjoy the ride.
Oh, and the examples provided are just examples – you should also research other accessory alternatives that interest you.