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« Reply #30 on: May 26, 2016, 08:18:29 PM »

I couldn’t find the example of really dirty hands. Maybe some day I will make that video myself.

Anyway, the real advantage of Motul hand cleaner is that it is truly waterless. You don’t have to rinse your hand with water. You don’t even have to wipe it off with paper towel.
You don’t have to carry the whole tube. You can move it to smaller (sealable) container.
This comes in handy in many occasions. (For example, if you wear ear plugs all the time, you want to keep your finger tips  clean.)


I usually carry wet wipes, too. They have many use, can be used for different kind of emergency, too. (can be used as TP in an emergency situation.)
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« Reply #31 on: May 26, 2016, 11:15:16 PM »

So, here’s the realistic guide of flashlight for the motorcyclist.

(I assume you don’t have flashlight fetish, so, I’m not going to tell you to get $200+ Sure Fire.)

I quickly gathered what I have around here that are affordable AND usable, functional as either EDC flashlight or part of the motorcycle tool / travel kit.


The contenders
From top right,  CCW
All

Streamlight Nano
http://www.streamlight.com/product/product.aspx?pid=141

INOVA microlight STS (Swipe To Shine)
https://www.niteize.com/product/INOVA-Microlight-STS.asp

Streamlight Stylus Pro
http://www.streamlight.com/product/product.aspx?pid=133

Harbor Freight cheapie 1
http://www.harborfreight.com/emergency-39-led-triangle-worklight-62158.html

Harbor Freight Cheapie 2
http://www.harborfreight.com/27-led-portable-worklight-flashlight-67227.html

LA Police Gear Operator L2
http://www.lapolicegear.com/lapg-operator-l2-flashlight.html

Maglite XL50
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=1211734&gclid=CMnKmO28-cwCFVBbfgod8koKXQ&Q=&ap=y&m=Y&c3api=1876%2C92051677562%2C&is=REG&A=details

Snap On COB (Chip On Board) LED work light
https://store.snapon.com/ECFBARLED-5W-COB-LED-Work-Light-C771990.aspx

Larry 8 LED work light
http://www.harryepstein.com/index.php/the-larry-8-led-work-light.html?gclid=CPSP8sC5-cwCFUiGfgodraML5g

Petzl Zipka
https://www.rei.com/product/892054/petzl-zipka-headlamp







Beam Shot

 Nano
Nano


INOVA STS
Niteize


Stylus Pro
SylusPro

HF cheapie 1
HF-2

HF cheapie 2
HF-1

Petzl
Hi
Petzl Hi

Low
Petzl lo

Larry
Larry

Snap On
Snap On

XL50
MagXL50

LAPG L2
LAPG

Verdict

Pretty much all of them work, as EDC light, or Motorcycle tool / travel kit light.
Don’t bother about lumen rating, not only that factory claimed lumen rating is overly optimistic and unrealistic, but also that the brightness isn’t everything.

Some work better than the others as a work light, despite the low(er) light output.
When you are doing the emergency repair on the roadside, you don’t have to throw the beam 200 yard away.
Narrow beam with bright hot spot in the center isn’t good for this kind of situation.

Petzl Zipka is still my favorite.
You can use both of your hands, which is very important.
(You can put it on many, many things, not just on your head.)
Wide beam pattern.
Hi / low setting.

The best performer AS A WORK LIGHT is Snap On COB light.
Click on the beam shot picture for larger image, and compare it to Maglite XL50, for example.
You will notice how Snap On has nice defused light and the entire foreground is lit up, whereas XL50 has bright hot spot on the center (which is too harsh to the eyes so you will have to aim the light slightly off from the subject).

You can see Petzl and Snap On are the only two that illuminate the entire foreground.

Harbor Freight Cheapie and Larry are close second. Considering the price, these two are good value.

Also, Snap On, Larry, HF have magnet on the back, have either pocket clip or hook, so they can be used as hands free.

Nano and INOVA STS are actually pretty useful, as long as you understand their limitation. (close quarter range only).
They can be held in the mouth for hands free operation. (I personally like INOVA better.)

Highly regarded Stylus Pro isn’t all that great, to be brutally honest.
Harbor Freight and  Larry LED work light work better.

Maglite XL50 isn’t a bad flashlight. But, ...
LAPG L2 is far better flashlight with not so much difference in the cost.

LAPG L2 is a tactical flash light. It’s the brightest and the longest light casting flashlight in this group.
If I have to help someone to find a lost wedding ring in the pitch black parking lot at 2:00AM, this is what I would take.




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« Reply #32 on: May 28, 2016, 07:57:02 PM »

I have the blue harbor freight light -- about 4 of them in my house and one in each of the cars.

They have a very good magnetic back which sticks nicely to the inside of the hood or trunk and a fold-out hook if you want to hang it from something.

They also have a side flashlight mode, so you can use it as a flood or a hand flashlight.

Often free with coupon if you get their catalog.  Every time I see the coupon i drop in and get one. 

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« Reply #33 on: June 02, 2016, 06:29:07 PM »

Screwdriver talk

Not necessarily an emergency tool, but nice to have, cool stuff.

DSC01568



https://store.snapon.com/Low-Profile-Screwdrivers-Screwdriver-Low-Profile-Flat-Tip-055--P794470.aspx

One of the Ducati Monster’s annoying little problems is that you can’t adjust the front fork rebound damping unless you undo the handle bar clamp bolts and move the handle bar out of the way.
If you attend track day event, or, if you are the kind of person who like to experiment the different suspension set up, you will love this screwdriver. (Another option to solve this problem is to install a set of clip on bars, but that’s a whole different story.)

Anyhow, this is the only screwdriver that can fit in between front fork cap and the handle bar on the Monster.


DSC01576


You can also get ANEX version of these screwdrivers. (Snap On’s  OEM. ANEX is, if I remember correctly, the second biggest screwdriver manufacture in Japan.)

DSC01570

You can get them from here.
http://www.levelchrome.com/Anex-6102T-Ultra-Low-Profile-Screw-Driver-Handle-_p_80.html

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« Reply #34 on: June 03, 2016, 08:45:24 AM »

These are nearly the same and a bit cheaper.. :-)

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« Reply #35 on: June 04, 2016, 11:50:01 AM »

Nice, but those screwdriver bits are a little too tall for the real tight spot, such as Monster's front fork rebound damping adjuster.

BTW, for those who are interested in COB pocket work light, I would recommend to check out EZ red version.

http://www.tooltopia.com/e-z-red-pcob.aspx?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=paid_search_google_pla&scid=scplp7958835&gclid=CLOTheKRj80CFYhqfgod138P4w
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« Reply #36 on: August 13, 2016, 10:49:08 AM »

Cheap compressor vs CO2 canister



If you are not interested in how the cheap compressor fails in an emergency situation, skip to 9:06.
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« Reply #37 on: August 29, 2016, 06:21:16 AM »

Cheap compressor vs CO2 canister



If you are not interested in how the cheap compressor fails in an emergency situation, skip to 9:06.

>bought it just now<

that is exception
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« Reply #38 on: December 13, 2018, 11:53:39 PM »

Pocket-sized utility knives
realistically, more useful than a regular folder, when you are on a motorcycle ...

So, let’s be honest.
When you are out there on a motorcycle, what kind / type of cutting tasks you’d encounter?

The more you think about it (and the more honest you are, to yourself), it makes a lot more logical sense
to carry a utility knife than carrying $200 + folder alone.
(If your idea of “motorcycling” always involves hunting & fishing, camping, that’s a whole different story.
But, most of the time when we are riding, we are surrounded by concrete and steel, NOT woods and grass.)






From left to right,

GIL-TEC RUK (clear anodized aluminum version)
https://gil-tek.com/product/ruk-aluminum/

TPT (Titanium Pocket Tool) original version
https://store.itstactical.com/products/titanium-pocket-tool

Sheffield 1282 folding utility knife
https://www.amazon.com/Sheffield-1282-Folding-Utility-Knife/dp/B01A0JZUWI
(Amazon no longer carries this knife. It is still available on eBay.)

Gerber EAB lite
https://www.amazon.com/Gerber-Lite-Pocket-Knife-31-000345/dp/B002RILCLY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1544768382&sr=8-1&keywords=gerber+eab+lite

Stanley 10-855 Folding utility knife
https://www.amazon.com/Stanley-10-855-Folding-Utility-Knife/dp/B0050PI78M

And, quite frankly, scissors are more useful and safer, than using the knife, more than 50% of the time when you need to cut something.

OFLA SCS-1
https://www.amazon.com/d/Scissors-Shears/OLFA-9765-Stainless-Serrated-Scissors/B0000X1H90/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1544902529&sr=8-2&keywords=olfa+scs-1

KLEIN TOOLS 2100-7
https://www.amazon.com/Electrician-Scissors-Theater-Klein-Tools/dp/B000VL03NC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1544769431&sr=8-1&keywords=klein+tools+2100-7


As for the utility knives I showed here, only two of them are worth owning.

GIL-TEC and TPT.

I ALWAYS have either one of them in my pocket.

#1 It is great to have some cutting tool you can use without worrying about damaging the blade.
In a mild case of vehicle (or other kind of ) emergency, there are times that you have to cut something on the metal, or, you have to worry blade potentially hitting the hard object while performing the cutting task.

#2 When you have to use the knife in the public, those pocket sized utility knives are visually far less threatening, it won’t upset some people who can only think anything sharp and pointy = weapon.

You can pretty much forget about Sheffield and Gerber.
They are not worth buying.

Despite the 4.6 star rating on Amazon customer review on Gerber EAB, I would say this is one of the worst design out there.
It is heavy, it is thick. Very annoying to carry it in the pocket, and who wants to clip this thing on the belt or pants pocket?
One hand opening and closing is doable, but awkward. Especially when your hand is cold and / or wet.

Sheffield 1282 is highly regarded by one of the well known Youtube knife reviewer(look at the video above), but there’s nothing special about this utility knife.
It is light, it is cheap. That’s all.
It really is cheaply made. You can open it with one hand, but can’t close it one hand, you have to use both hands to close it. (If you force it, you’d probably end up breaking the locking mechanism, that’s how cheaply this thing is put together.)
Also, it is quite bulky.

Stanley is not a bad utility knife.
It’s cheap, but sturdy. (I would constantly worry about Sheffield 1282 breaking and falling apart in pieces in my hand, or Gerber EAB slipping in my hand and cutting myself. Stanley is okay.)
But, it is tad too big and heavy for my preference. And I really don’t like “folding” design on utility knives.

GIL-TEC RUK in aluminum is light, really light. Also, sliding the blade out of this is the easiest of the bunch.
But, that is all with this tool. You can’t use it as ply bar, even for really light duty plying job.

My favorite is TPT. It’s thinner than GIL-TEC, it can be used for light duty plying, it can be used for tightening tripod screw etc, you can slide out / retract the blade with one hand.
(The second version is now available, but I don’t like the pocket clip, and since I don’t have a problem with one hand opening / closing, I consider the original version better.)
Also, take a look at the scond photo carefully.
With TPT, you can pull the blade all the way out.
But, you can’t do that with GIL-TEC.


Putting paracord lanyard makes it easier to grab it in the pocket and pull out.


The scissors, they are both excellent.

I personally like OLFA better. Lighter, more comfortable to use.
The only problem with scissors for motorcyclist is ...



how do you carry them, really?
You can’t put a pair of scissors in the pants pocket.

The realistic solution is either to put them into the elastic band on the multi-tool sheath






or keep them in your tool kit (box , bag, tool roll), or put them into small EDC organizer and make your own “grab-and-go” bag.

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