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    Shameless Trolling - For Touring Tips

    The Touring Tips Jar is almost empty. So here is the solution and challenge.

    My kids gave me this great puzzle calendar. Check back each day for a new brain teaser or trivial challenge. But be forewarned - the real reason for this is to get some more Touring Tips. Don't forget to include your
    Name - MOA #
    City, State


    with each Touring Tip. Thanks for joining in. If you just want to look and watch the fun, that is OK also. Just send me a Touring Tip via email or a PM.


    Here is today's puzzler and the answer will be posted tomorrow:

    GIGANTIWORD
    Fill in the blanks to complete the 14-letter word below. (Easy word - but I missed it)

    H _ _ _ A _ _ ER _ _ N _ C

    Come back tomorrow for the answer and in the meantime send me a Touring Tip
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    H _ _ _ A _ _ Er _ _ N _ C


    Hypoallergenic

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    And here's a touring tip: go to your Ace or other hardware store where you get spare keys made and buy several of the steel cable key rings. You twist and turn to open and close them. They make great attachment points for various light weight attachments. I use them with mesh bags which you can then attach to your other soft luggage or duffels and use to put wet clothes into. Air dry while you're riding.
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    Dear Munchy:

    You Rock!

    OK Here's a bonus for being such a great audience

    In each row, change the first letter of the two words to a different letter (the same letter for both) to form two new words. Write the new letter in the blank. These letters will form a word reading down.

    MACE_____SLAG
    VISE_____EELY
    BATH_____EMIT
    LIFT_____WAIT
    Last edited by PAULBACH; 02-19-2009 at 12:43 AM. Reason: fix spelling

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    Talking

    The answer to that would be frog.My tip-when traveling with other riders have your 'signals' sorted out ahead of time so you know how to convey a stop etc.. to each other. Ed moa#117413
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    How many tires in the window


    Rebake has it right! The answer to post #3 was FROG
    For today, 2/20/2009 - a numbers question:

    There was a contest to count the number of tires in a dealer's window.
    • Bubba guessed 27,
    • Dawg guessed 26,
    • Mika guessed 23,
    • Visian guessed 20, and
    • SIBUD guessed 25.

    One guesser was off by 1, two were off by 2, one was off by 5, and one was correct.

    What was the correct number of tires?

    And thanks to BONEY for a Touring Tip which should appear in the May magazine.

    Don't forget to include your

    First & Last Name - MOA #
    City, State

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    as usual...

    i am the most clueless.

    and SIBUD was correct.

    tip: find a piece of ~8" diameter PVC pipe. cut a piece to about 4" long, then cut into quarters. drill a small hole in one corner of it, tie it to your tankbag with a piece of cord. give the other three pieces to friends.

    when placed curved side down, this makes a superior sidestand support when parking on a muddy/sandy/soft mushy grassy spot.

    (kudos go to Fred Reed of Lolo, MT)

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    Good job - Visian
    Sure sure, I notice who got the answer immediately. Nice job and thanks for the touring tip.

    OK since it is so early in the day lets throw out a bonus question.

    What animal migrates to Texas annually to participate in the largest gathering of mammals in the world? Hint: not an MOA club on the way to a cookout
    Everyone is Texas should get this one! Right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAULBACH View Post

    Good job - Visian
    Sure sure, I notice who got the answer immediately. Nice job and thanks for the touring tip.

    OK since it is so early in the day lets throw out a bonus question.


    Everyone is Texas should get this one! Right?
    If you've never seen them come out in the evening it is amazing. They can be tracked on weather radar. They travel all the way to Mexico each night, and eat several times their weight in insects. They are almost solely responsible for the demise of the Boll Weavel in Texas. You must ride the Batbus to Devil's Sinkhole near Rocksprings sometime..........simply amazing.

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    I always carry some latex gloves. It keeps dirt and grease out of my riding gloves when I have to get my hands dirty while on the road and there is no place to wash my hands.

    I have the tire pressure numbers written on the inside of my glove box. When I open the lid to get the tire gauge I also see the correct pressure.

    While I keep the state registration under my rear seat, I keep a copy in my tank bag where it is easier to find if I have a conversation on the side of the road. However, it is like carrying an umbrella to keep away rain.

    If staying at hotels, I print out a list of all hotels with confirmation numbers and phone numbers (in case plans change). Having it all on one paper makes it easy to keep track while on the road.

    Like a sailor who never uses only one method to navigate, don't believe everything your GPS tells you about a route. Compare the suggested GPS route with paper maps or a online map source.

    Like camping, after a trip, review what you took and didn't use. Write it down and review the list the next time you pack.

    What is the lightest weight, multi-purpose, easy to use tool you can carry on your bike? The Anonymous Book

    I always try to carry a back issue of ON on the road. Good recruiting tool when you meet a BMW rider who is not yet a member.
    I used to post here, but now I don't.

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    One tip I now use, with the help of modern technology. If you are in an area with cell phone service, the GPS on the phone (iphone, etc) is the most up to date you can get. It also gives you a satellite or hybrid (satellite combined with map) view which you can zoom to guide you to where you are going. Also, the Apps for the iphone, like Urban Spoon, will help you find a good restaurant nearby by category of food, and is updated regularly. I use it as a backup to my Navigator II.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIBUD View Post
    Bud Meade

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    I always carry ... not yet a member.
    WOW! That just about gets me through June!


    Thank you Bud

    If you've never seen them come out in the evening it is amazing. They can be tracked on weather radar. They travel all the way to Mexico each night, and eat several times their weight in insects. They are almost solely responsible for the demise of the Boll Weavel in Texas. You must ride the Batbus to Devil's Sinkhole near Rocksprings sometime..........simply amazing.
    Right! Bats


    Thank you hlothery

    I'm just going to use some of the tougher questions. This forum overwhelms the material so far.

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    Hi Paul.

    Have custom made (Home Depot etc.) helmet cable cut to the length that will allow it to lock to the bike's helmet lock and through the passenger foot peg support. This will not get caught in the rear wheel when riding but you will always have your helmet cable handy when stopped. Surprisingly, the cable does not seem to get dirty.

    Check out the travel section in drugstores for a hand cleaner bottle that comes with a self-locking attachment that will allow you to attach the bottle to the outside of your tank bag. This will always keep your hand cleaner handy without having to rummaging to find it.

    If you have an expandable tank bag that is not fully expanded, use a carabiner to keep the section closet to you from expanding further.

    For my tank bag, I had a custom made strap to keep the bag as small as possible. I inserted two large key rings in both leather side tabs for the strap to run through. Now I just clip or unclip the strap when dealing with items in the tank bag.

    On my tent bag, strapped to the passenger's seat, I have on either side, a carabiner which is useful for hooking to the helmet's D ring if I need to only briefly and safely perch the helmet somewhere.

    When travelling I keep a wallet with one credit card and some but not a lot of cash, in an outside pocket for paying for gas and food. I do keep another wallet zipped in an inside pocket of my riding jacket with more money, credit cards, insurance, license and my passport. If somehow I or someone should misplace/relieve my outer wallet, I have still have the important identification and most of the cash with me.

    I keep a change purse ($20 in bills and coins, toll ticket) in either my tank bag (easily accessible) or in another pocket. When I approach a toll booth, without removing gloves, I simply hand the purse to the toll operator to take whatever is necessary to settle my bill.

    I make a blank diary for the year with headings for gas, food, motels, as well as a blank day for each riding day for notes on my thoughts of the day. This is only useful for anal types (like me). This diary I keep in the bottom of my tank bag with the rain cover. There it is handy at gas fill ups when the tank bag is flipped back. When I enter the data on my computer, each day's costs and fuel mileage are automatically calculated.

    I frequent McDonald's on the road and buy an ice cream cone when I need a rest. At the same time, I ask if I may fill my camel pak with ice. This free ice slowly melts giving me several hours of ice water.

    When I finish taking a sip of icy cold water from my camel pak, I blow back into the the tube. This keeps the tube empty and the next sip some ten minutes later is also good and cold. Otherwise, the water left in the tube gets heated from the sun.

    To keep hydrated when riding, like clockwork, I sip water from my camel pak every ten minutes.

    I carry a 2 litre camel pak in my tank bag for travelling. I also keep a 1 litre backpack one in a pannier, outside of the inside storage bag. On occasion, when there has no place to refill, I have a backup supply.

    This may seem obvious and only once have had need for this tip, but I keep a complete set of backup keys with me when I travel. I know that not everyone does this. Once the trunk key broke in two in the lock; fortunately there was enough extending that could pull it out with my finger nails and then use the backup for the remainder of the trip.

    Like SIBUD, I always take a couple of pairs of thin latex gloves that are used when checking my tire pressure.

    A few plastic ties take up no space, but on occasion are needed to tie something together.

    My tank bag carries four tie down straps, just in case when travelling on a ferry they only use ropes, or god forbid, if I should have to be towed, I have straps that might fit around my bike's frame more easily than a tow truck operator's. These straps can also come in handy for securing an additional bag to your bike if you pickup souvenirs on your travels.

    After gathering a few souvenirs on the road, and coming to the realization that some of my gear is no longer needed, I make space by mailing said items home to myself. It is not uncommon for me to do this at least twice on a trip.

    Hope that some of these are useful for you Paul.

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    I carry a few pairs of Nitrile gloves. (these are the blue or purple ones that are basicly the same as latex but more resistance to chemicals)

    I carry some "camp soap" This works better than Dawn (in cold water) and will work in hot or cold, fresh or brine water.

    I carry a canteen of water for emergency (this is in addition to drinking water like Cammelbak) You never know when water is needed to flush bugs out of eyes. I also carry a metal canteen cup.

    I carry a container with toilet paper and hand wipes. (needs to be waterproof, a small plastic coffee can w/screw on cap is best but a zip loc bag will suffice) Also a small garden type weeding shovel.

    I carry extra zip locs, and trash bags in case of rain.

    I carry one entire set of clothes (inc shoes) in a easy to get to zip loc. (much easier to just grab the zip loc of dry clothes that dig through panniers in rain.)

    I try to get all electrical EQ that uses AA batteries (flashlight, volt/amp meter, radar detector, radio, camera..etc)

    In addition to a first aide kit I also carry elastic bandage, Pepto Bismal, Amodiun AD, Snake Bite kit, Tuck's pads and Tums. Meds & vitamins for at least four extra days.

    Of course I always carry the basic on road repair kit. (tin foil, toothpics, emery cloth, lighter or water proof matches (weather you smoke or not), bailing wire, master link w/chain bikes, zip ties and of course duct tape) This is in addition to tool kit!

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    To facilitate gas stops, carry a credit card in the wrist pocket of your jacket. I get two cards from the card issuer, so the jacket card is always there and doesn't have to be moved to my wallet. I keep a $10 or $20 in there too, especially if I know there's a toll crossing on my route.

    For visor cleaning, carry a sopping-wet (old!) washcloth in a ziplock baggie, along with a softer cloth (old diapers are excellent) for drying.
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    Well Paul,

    Looks like all you had to do was ask!
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