I have decided to assemble some of the items I’ve purchased and use with my wonderful Sur Ron to potentially help others using this resource. Searching and finding items can sometimes be the most difficult part of improving what you own. I’m sure there are many who have an idea of what they view as ‘better’ for them which is fine! If that’s the case, more power to you, just share that information with others.
Chain Breaker Having changed sprocket sizes, having the pedal kit means that sometimes I want to add or remove links to my chain. So I purchased these items to do so.
Nylon Snap Rivets
You know those effing little ‘things’ under your seat? The ones that hold the under fender onto your seat’s subframe? Eight of those pissy little things! Yeah those effing things. Ever lose one? Ever figure out what the eff they are called?! Well go down to your local Ace Hardware, the one that has all of those cool little drawers with loads of specialty things. That’s what they are!
I bought a whole handful of them because they go to the very same place where some of my missing socks go…..!
No this tool is not cheap. But the number of times my cussing scale has been over 7/10 because I bought the wrong size bolt or nut in the wrong thread pitch….well it’s worth the fifty bucks to me. Anyway I could never do without this handy tool again. MUCH better than the ones at the hardward stores too.
Crank Arm remover
One of the items I purchased is a crank arm puller for my pedal kit. Very inexpensive, small, light and well made. I highly recommend this kit if you wish to pull your crank from the pedal spindle. Well worth the ten bucks.
Master Links NON O Ring
O Ring 420 Master Links
For some strange reason these are not easy to find. I ALWAYS carry one on my bike in the event I break a chain. So if you have one of the Gold O ring chains this is the master link you need.
Chain Cleaning Brush
For YEARS I have used my tried and true Grunge brush to clean my chain. We’re talking decades. But I recently discovered a brush that works much better for me. Sure it took some getting use to placing it onto my chain, but man I’ll never go back now.
Brake Line Olives and connectors For when you shorten your brake lines, you will need these:
Swingarm Spline nut tool
If you’re trying to remove your swingarm this is the tool you will need. (Of course you can just use a punch or screwdriver I prefer to use the right too for the right job.)
My Emergency Tool Kit holder
I lash the bike multi tool using this pouch to the right side of the seat support.
Rear Mud Flap I fabricated a small bracket to hold this flap. It’s easy to do.
I had an unfortunate incident happen when I allowed someone to ride my bike. He apparently did two 100 yard wheelies. When he returned my bike the left crank arm was bent so that it would not clear the kickstand. Oh and the pedal was fucked up. So I researched these and found them to be incredible for grip and strength. Oh and if you’re concerned about nylon as the primary material I advise you to never purchase a Glock handgun…..enough said.
I replaced my Luna pedal kit crank arms with these.
Shinko 244 Dual Sport Tires – I ride a combination of gravel, trails, pavement and loose dirt and shallow sand. These work great for me.
I have installed Tubliss, an alternative to tubes.
Motorcycle Grip Lock Holster for BigPantha I use this to hold the lock above. I have attached it to the front of my bike just above my First Aid kit. Makes it very convenient to remove from the pouch for a quick cup of coffee or stopping at the grocery store.
Like most things it’s just a deterrent. I have mine placed under my battery cover. That way it’s loud and when the battery needs to be replaced it’s easy to get to. Range is decent, but most important It’s loud!
The 560G I use this lock to attach to something immovable when a bit more security is needed. I have insurance on my Sur Ron which includes theft, but I still try to make it difficult for someone to steal my beloved bike. Keep in mind that with enough time and tools ANYTHING CAN BE STOLEN OR BREACHED. Just ask the Secret Service about John F. Kennedy…..enough said.
I watched a video which compromised the lock. Took the person a while to compromise it so I bought one. I really like the fact that the length is enough for me to lock it to a pole around either my swing arm or the forks.
Luggage I like to carry stuff from time to time and I don’t like wearing backpacks. Just don’t like the feeling and don’t want something I’m carrying that can injure me in the event of a crash. So this is what I’ve found works best for me.
Expandable when needed and a nifty rain cover is included. I use this when my packing needs exceed my Wolfman tank bag.
ZigZag Handlebar Bag made by a company called GiantLoopMoto.com.
Rear View Mirror When riding on the street one of the things I HAVE TO HAVE is a mirror to know what is going on behind me, especially at stop signs or signals. One of my friends was killed at a stop light when a motorist slammed into him because she was applying makeup.
CRG Blindsight Bar End Mirror – I use this mirror for the right side of my bike. Very stealthy.
I like the additional 3″ of added height to my bars. Great for when I’m standing.
I use my Android cell phone for speed and angle so I wanted something that would not only hold it securely, but keep it out of harm’s way in the event of a crash. I opted for the Quad Lock mounting system.
I use this light because I love it! It has variable output from 80 to 3200 lumens along with a flashing 700 lumen mode. And it has an on/off switch. Made by a former Luna employee too!
This was perhaps the most difficult thing to configure for me. Bottle bosses placed on the Sur Ron Frame. I finally found mounts that do not rotate. They are tightened by a screw which makes it very easy to cinch them down tight. I also used some 3M grip tape under them.
I use a Topeak Modula Java Bottle Cage because it’s adjustable for differing bottle widths.
I like the Contigo AUTOSEAL Fit Trainer Stainless Steel Water Bottle, 20 oz, Stainless Steel. Insulated, but most important the cover for the part where you place your mouth for a drink. Mud, dirt, muck all get kicked up even though I have a front fender. The last thing I want is to suck on dirt when I’m thirsty.
Protective Wear I wear this stuff when I am in OHV parks or doing serious off-road riding.
Protective Upper Body jacket
Fox Racing Titan Sport Protective MTB Jacket I am CERTAIN that had it not been for my spine protectors I would be disabled due to racetrack crashes. Yes the speeds were different, but there weren’t sharp objects or rocks like I experience on trails either….food for thought.
Lower body protection – ever taken a powerful impact to your knee? It’s no fun.
My street/dual sport helmet
My dirt helmet
I’ve worn Aerostich gear in 20 years of motorcycle street riding. I’ve crashed and slid with their gear and totally trust that I am protected. So I purchased their new AD1 pants to wear when I’m riding on the street or on paved/gravel paths. I already own their Darien jacket which is what I also wear in those instances.
Lighter weight then the Fox gloves. I wear these for lighter weight but they offer less protection than the Fox’s.
As far as boots I have so many pairs from my motorcycle racing days. My preferred brands are Daytona, AlpineStar and Sidi. Anything that protects your very vulnerable ankle bones is something you should wear.