Thumperbay Dual Sport Accessories Shop

Thumperbay

I’m taking a crack at creating a better mousetrap with my version of a motorcycle accessories shop. I plan on focusing on just the bikes I’m familiar with, which I ride a lot of, and which I own (a couple new bike coming soon maybe?).

The product focus will be for the smaller 250-400cc dual sport bikes from Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha.

There will also be sections of the site for a Blog and for Project Bike updates.

The site went live on 04-May-14 with a small selection of products from Zeta, DRC, Giant Loop, RAM Mounts and Doubletake Mirrors. The selection should increase over the coming months.

Please visit the site when you get a chance and let me know what you think!

Kaoko Throttle Lock Triumph Tiger

I ordered the Kaoko Throttle Lock (Triumph Tiger with OEM Handguards Version) for my 2012 800XC earlier this week. I was excited to receive it Friday as this gave me the weekend to install and test it out.

I’m getting ready for a trip from Virginia to Florida via the Blue Ridge Parkway so am outfitting the bike for the longest ride I’ve taken on it so far.

The throttle lock seemed like the perfect addition to the bike for this trip.

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15 Seconds of Fame

So I was looking at my referrers in Piwik last night, and one from Blogcritic catches my eye. I hop over there to check it out and see my Ugly Mug on the front page! WHAT? WOW!

blogcritic-smI don’t know who this guy is, and to be honest I have never really read this blog, but what a great article!

He really nailed a lot of what Adventure Motorcycling is about, and in the process managed to make me sound way cooler than I am :)

Check it out if you get a chance. I think I’ll be hanging over there a little more often to see what other good stuff they have.

Motorcycle Camera Mount

So I remember seeing someone on a forum mention a cool way to mount a camera to a motorcyle. I could picture the device in my mind, but for the life of me I couldn’t remember the name of it.

Several searches on Google didn’t turn anything up and I was about to give up. I’m glad I didn’t as the hunt was definitely worth it in the end.

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iPhone Case and Mounting Solutions

I obviously use my iPhone for much more than navigation.

I have it with me all the time and I like that it fits in my pocket. With a case on it, the pocket thing just doesn’t work as well though, and for that reason… and because I’ve never been one to constantly drop my phone, I tend to not to use a case..

However once I started using it on the motorcycle for navigation not having a case wasn’t going to cut it, and I needed to figure something out.

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Route Planning on the iPhone

I posted this on Adventure Rider a couple months ago, but now that I have a blog I reckoned I would clean it up a bit, update it, and post it here for easy access.

The premise is simple… I want to define a route in Google Maps (or one of the other online route planners like TourStart or Harley Ride Planner which are both excellent by the way), and export it to the iPhone where I can then get Turn-by-Turn directions. The Turn-by-Turn directions are key, since on the motorcycle they can be heard through my Sena Bluetooth Headset which makes it much safer that continuously having to look at the GPS.

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