Motorcycle Gadgets and Accessories Every Rider Needs to Have – The technology available to motorcycle riders continues to evolve year after year. These gadgets are designed to keep motorists safe on the road by improving motorcycle performance and reducing wear and tear. If you are looking to go the extra mile on your bike, add these accessories to your shopping list.
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Wireless Bluetooth Headset
Riding a motorcycle isn’t the same when you can’t communicate with the people around you. Yelling is impractical and hand signals only work if you come to a complete stop. Plus, they don’t exactly make for great conversation. You can use a helmet communication device to keep in touch with everyone in your group without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the handlebars. The system connects wirelessly to your phone, GPS, and radio using Bluetooth. Now, you can check the map or send a message to one of your companions while riding. The best systems come with voice recognition, all you have to do is speak into the receiver and the device will take care of the rest.
It’s best to use a Bluetooth helmet connector that creates a direct link between you and every other rider in the group. This way, you won’t get disconnected when someone falls out of formation. If you get left behind, the device will automatically reconnect to the group once you are back in range. Its recommended to find a unit with quality speakers to ensure prime connection.
The headset should be compatible with your helmet, the device typically clips on with a magnet mount. You’ll need to get a half-helmet Bluetooth headset when using a half-face helmet or skull cap.
Brake Light Modulator
Motorcycles come with one brake light instead of two, which reduces visibility, so you might as well make the most of the one you have. The brake light modulator will flash your brake light instead of simply lighting it up when the rear brake is activated. The flashing light is more likely to get the attention of other drivers, thus reducing the chances of being rear-ended. The modulator comes with multiple settings. The light will either flash three times before reverting to the standard glow or flash three times, glow for three seconds, and then flash three more times. It will repeat this process as long as the brake remains engaged.
Tire Pressure Monitor
Maintaining proper tire pressure can be tricky when you’re constantly moving from place to place. Riding with over- or under-inflated tires increases wear and tear and stopping distance while reducing fuel efficiency. The tires are more susceptible to punctures when they don’t have enough air. Most manufacturers recommend keeping the pressure between 28 to 40 PSI.
Check the ideal range for your tires and use a series of battery-powered pressure monitors to keep an eye on the PSI while you drive. The battery will last up to 18 months so you don’t have to worry about recharging. They even relay pressure ratings to your Bluetooth GPS for a live display. We suggest bringing along a portable tire inflator to adjust the pressure as needed.
We all depend on wireless communication in today’s digital world, but that’s not always an option when you’re riding around in the middle of nowhere. You never know when you might lose service, making it nearly impossible to communicate with the world. That’s why you should invest in a quality global hotspot when truly going off the grid. The device fits onto your phone and provides a reliable internet connection by connecting to an app on your phone. You will have peace of mind knowing you can call for help in an emergency or tell your spouse what time you’ll be home for dinner — even when you don’t have service.
Portable Battery Bank
Drivers are using their motorcycles to power all kinds of electronics these days. All that charging can leave you with a dead battery when you least expect it. Adding one or two electronic accessories is usually fine, but any more and you increase the risk of overloading the system. You’ll need to calculate how much energy your vehicle puts out at a given RPM. Next, you’ll need to find out how much electricity each electrical component uses to make sure the battery has enough juice to power the bike.
If all that sounds too complicated, bring along a portable battery bank to increase the output of your battery. It supplies an additional 400 watts and includes additional charging ports for all your electronics, including a standard 12V port, a 19V port for laptops and multiple USB ports. Additionally, it comes with a set of mini jumper cables and can even deliver enough power to restart a dead battery.
Hitting the road is a lot more fun and less stressful when you have the right technology in place. Use these gadgets to extend the capabilities of your motorcycle.