Whether you’re an avid rider yourself, or know someone who is, there are hundreds of motorcycle gadgets and accessories out there, and it can be difficult to differentiate which ones are worth splurging on. Dave Sears is the owner of Alamo Cycle Plex in San Antonio, Texas, and brings a passion for the powersports industry and years of retail and motorcycle experience to the dealership. As an avid rider himself, Dave Sears loves good motorcycle gadgets. From apps to brake lights and more, he has compiled a list of must-have gadgets that are worth the ticket price.
Motorcycle safety is one of the most important aspects of riding, and EatSleepRIDE offers a Crashlight service that turns your smartphone into a digital guardian. Costing only $15 a year, the Crashlight application can automatically detect motorcycle crashes. If you are unresponsive after a crash has been detected, your coordinates are automatically sent to a predetermined emergency contact who can then summon emergency medical services. Dave Sears explains that this gives both the rider and their loved ones a piece of mind.
If you’re really looking to splurge, Dave Sears suggests the Eyesights Eyeride Moto HUD. HUD’s project a vehicle’s instrumentation into the corner of the user’s field of vision, allowing you to keep an eye on metrics without taking your eyes off of the road. Containing internal speakers and a microphone, the Eyeride HUD shows speed and RPM, but allows the rider to have the device display text and call info, music playback controls, and even turn-by-turn GPS directions. Not only is this HUD waterproof, but it also has a two year warranty, and saves 4.2 seconds of reaction compared to using a smartphone.
Backoff XP Brake Light Modulator
Riders have to remain proactive if they want to stay safe. Dave Sears states that having the appropriate gear and proper training can improve your ability of being seen by other drivers, which is why he recommends the Signal Dynamics Backoff XP Brake Light Modulator. When your front or rear brake is activated, the Signal Dynamics Backoff Brake Light will repeatedly flash instead of simply lighting up, making you more noticeable to other drivers. This brake is fully weatherproof, light, and compact, and is another tool in your safety arsenal.
Battery Tender USB Charger
If you have an older motorcycle, you understand how frustrating it can be able to not be able to charge your mobile device. Dave Sears explains that the Battery Tender USB Charger fixes this problem, as it connects directly to a motorcycles battery harness. In addition to charging your phone or tablet, this USB port can also be used to power a GPS, action camera or comm unit. In addition to its multiple uses, the Battery Tender USB can be easily removed, so you don’t have to worry about it being taken if you leave your vehicle — you can just take it with you.
Antigravity Micro-Start XP-1 Power Supply
Lastly, Dave Sears highly suggests the Antigravity Micro-Start XP-1 Power Supply. He explains that motorcycles tend to have very small batteries, which can result in a dead battery if it has been unused for a few weeks. This small portable battery has enough power to jump a dead bike battery. In addition to being portable, this device also features a 12V port, a 19V port for laptops, and multiple USB ports for charging mobile devices.