I absolutely LOVE life hacks. You know what I’m talking about right? They are those little things you can do to make your life a little easier. We can all use some of that I bet. I love them so much I have dedicated an entire Pinterest board to them. So, when I learned about these motorcycle life hacks , I knew I had to try them out. I tried out a bunch, and these were my favorites. Also, while these are pretty genius, I didn’t come up with them on my own. We have Ryan from Fortnine to thank for these. So here we go.
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1. DIY Anti-Fog Coating
Many full face helmets come new with an anti-fog coating, but after a while it wears off. Also, some helmets don’t have this coating at all. So what are your options? Grab some Head and Shoulders! Wait, what? Yes, grab some dandruff shampoo. Regular shampoo won’t work for this, so be sure to get the real stuff.
So to begin, remove your visor from your helmet. Then, wash your visor really well and dry it. Next, rub on the shampoo with your fingers. Be sure to get both the inside and outside of your visor. Then let it sit for about 5 minutes or so to dry. This will allow you to get a really good film all across the lens. The last step is buff the visor with a clean, dry cloth or paper towel. And just like magic, no fog! How cool is that?
2. Traffic Light Hack
Sitting at traffic lights can be awful for motorcycles. Motorcycles are usually too small to trigger the sensors in the pavement and the light stays red FOREVER. This is seriously aggravating and many times you wind up with the decision to either sit there for eternity or risk running the light. The solution to this is…wait for it….magnets. Get a couple of small magnets and attach them to the bottom of your frame, one on each side. Traffic sensors are triggered by electromagnetic flux, so with the magnets, your small motorcycle now looks like big ‘ol truck. Sweet!
3. Collapsible Fuel Can
Next time you’re at your favorite coffee shop grab one of those large take out containers. Drink all the coffee and get a good caffeine buzz first. Then open up the box and rip out the internal bladder. The bladders are made of aluminum to keep coffee hot, but this also makes it perfect for gas. Now this won’t hold the gas indefinitely because it will eventually eat through the plastic cap. However, in a pinch, it will work wonders when you find out that you should have filled up back at that last stop. Just keep one folded up in the corner of your saddlebag for emergencies. Oh yeah, and please don’t drink the gas.
4. Instant A/C
I’m from the South and even though I now live in windy North Dakota, I can appreciate hot, humid temps. Add in your gear (ie. jacket, chaps, etc.), and you will get HOT pretty fast. The best solution for this is Ziplock bags. Whenever you stop at a C-Store or even a fast food joint, fill these bad boys with ice. Then stick them down in your jacket. Keep them around your core and you’ll be as cool as Samuel L. Jackson in an epic one-liner contest.
5. Instant Waterproofing
And last but not least, we have the instant waterproofing hack. Just like our visors lose their anti-fog coating over time, our leather boots can lose their waterproof coating. To fix this without using harsh chemical sprays, all you need is a couple of paraffin candles and a blow dryer. Rub the candles all over the leather of your boots. Then grab your blow dryer and melt the wax right into your boots. This works best with older boots and shoes as older leather will bond better with the wax. Boom! Instant waterproof.
So there you have it. These are truly awesome motorcycle life hacks. Hop over to YouTube and give Ryan at Fortnine a look and check his other video tutorials.
Do you have any other motorcycle life hacks you’d like to share? Post them in the comments below! I’d love to hear them.
Also check out A Biker Chick’s Guide To Preventing Helmet Hair
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