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  • #16
    For those of you who have large heavy bikes or superbikes or want to just be able to easily park your bike in a tight spot, here is a pretty innovative biking accessory. It's called the Bike Glide and is a wheeled platform which helps you move your bike around in tight spaces, making it easy to park at home or even for use in a showroom or service station where bikes have to be constantly shifted around. See this video of the Bike Glide in action:

    There are two models of this Bike Glide offered by a company called Grand Pit Stop. The universal model costs Rs. 13,500 and can carry almost all superbikes and heavy cruisers. You get a smaller, more compact model for sportsters, priced at Rs. 8,800.

    It can carry bikes up to 370 Kg in weight. It can handle bikes with low ground clearance easily. The gap between the stand platform (side stand) and wheel platform (for rear wheel) can be adjusted from 73 cm to 107 cm to fit a range of bikes. The maximum width of rear tyre the platform can hold is 260 mm (which is pretty wide). The platform can be locked to a wall. The platform consists of 9 castor wheels helping it move in any direction. This is also useful for reversing out or sliding out heavy bikes from tight spots.
    Drink coffee and drive!

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    • #17
      Roshun This would be more helpful for workshops and showrooms than individual owners. I have seen mechanics use some oil on the workshop floor to slide the vehicle this way,but this is far more convenient,safe and controllable. This reminds me of my friend, who used to do burnouts on his RE Bullet, to make the rear wheel align and for him to be able to park straight between two bikes. It used to make a hell lot of noise when he used to do the maneuver with his gold star silencer in the basement parking. However, for an individual user, it would only help if the home parking is tight. Its too big to carry around so not practical in outside parking spaces.
      I know a lot about cars, man. I can look at any car's headlights and tell you exactly which way it's coming.

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      • #18
        Arjun
        Hi Roshun,
        You are right, it has it's demand with service centres. With more and more parking issues in metropolitan cities, it has found it's utility in personal parking space too
        Best Regards

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        • #19
          Roshun Watching that video was oddly satisfying, considering the effort (read- struggle) i take to park my Thunderbird properly! This is actually a brilliant contraption as it takes up the load and we only need to use our effort to change the directions. But as Arjun said, it is not that practical and would be ideal for home/ service center use. And burnout parking? That is actually cool! But don't the cars sound alarm because of the noise? i remember one of my friend has a Wildboar silencer on his Thunderbird and the bass is so high that it used to trigger car alarms every time he parks in the basement lol.
          Keep the rubber side down!

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          • #20
            Praveen On this topic, do you have any suggestions for low cost phone mounts for the R15? It was really easy to find a decent one for throwaway prices for the Thunderbird and Gladiator but nothing for the R15. For now I have just drilled a hole through the windscreen, placed the one I used on the Thunderbird at a different angle, added two washers and made a jugaad until I find something better. The phone I use on it is much smaller than this one. The only problem here is that the angle is a bit sharp for when you are not crouching.

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            • #21
              Akshay_Sharma For R15, I think the only proper cylindrical surface is the rear-view mirror. I stumbled upon this set-up. Do check it out. This mount is fitted to the base of the ORVM. But I am not sure about the efficacy of this thing. But then, even if you mount one, it is prone to vibrations and then you also have this paranoia of phone falling off at speed. If your sole purpose of using a mobile mount is to navigate, then I would suggest you use a Bluetooth earphone and listen to the voice navigation. This is fairly efficient and works in most of the cases. You only have to keep an ear for the voice guidance and that's pretty much it. I have been using this jugaad for almost four months now. It works fine in most places except really narrow side streets like the ones in Maidan Garhi, IGNOU side. Over there, the streets are so narrow (they're just a car's width) and there are so many turns that it becomes difficult which turn the GPS-lady wanted me to take. I use Sony SBH 20 for my navigation purposes. Check out this link to know more.
              I have a mobile phone holder with a zippered case and it fits perfectly in my Thunderbird, but the thing is, the phone tends to heat up. This happens because, the phone's display, data, and GPS are always switched on and another reason is due to sunlight. Since the phone is enclosed within the case, the heat does not escape efficiently and at one point, my phone's battery temperature reached 60-degree celsius! I have no idea how it stayed without exploding! The major drawback of these holders is that they are prone to thefts unless they are secured with a fool-proof screw. The one I have has a simple screw with a plastic head. So, it is easy to just unscrew it without a screwdriver it away. So, I wouldn't recommend going for a motorcycle phone mount.
              Another jugaadwhich recently struck me is to buy a gym armband for holding smartphones. Put the phone inside it and wear it on your forearm, over the riding jacket. It stays secure and you won't have the problem of vibrations because your hand absorbs most of it and more importantly, it is easily visible and versatile! And, it is cheap too! Brilliant eh? I've got to try this out on my next motorcycle trip.
              Keep the rubber side down!

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              • #22
                Akshay_Sharma My suggestion would not be very cost effective, but would be useful if you are also looking for a smart watch. I use an Android Wear based smart watch. Once you set the navigation on your phone the same is displayed on your watch too. The watch buzzes before every turn and this with voice over headphones has helped me a lot. In India Moto 360 and Hauwei watch are available but they are priced on the higher side. I had got an LG Urbane from the US and got it for 120$ during an offer. Even though the smart watch is not a great thing in terms of features, its very helpful while riding. When phone calls come I can check the caller and decide if I want to ignore it or pullover. Navigation is one of the best things I found on the smart watch.
                I know a lot about cars, man. I can look at any car's headlights and tell you exactly which way it's coming.

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                • #23
                  Praveen This was something I really liked about Thunderbird, handlebar real estate. No matter what kind of phone mount you have, you will be able to find a suitable spot. Btw the heating issues are real, even without the closed pocket. I was using the same mount (photos in last post) on the Thunderbird and while it is an open one, GPS+data+sun made sure that the phone will be scaringly hot in an hour or so. The armband on forearm idea is good. As the hands will be resting on handlebars, it shouldn't feel heavy either until you take your hands off the handlebar (and even that should be negligible with the weight of jacket). I am certainly going to try this out. Arjun The smartwatch idea is really tempting and even considered getting the Moto 360 from US few months back, not for the navigation but just to have that piece of gadget which was touted to be the next big thing after smartphone. However, I couldn't see much value and decided that I should probably wait for the manufacturers (and app developers) to find more use cases before putting my money on one.

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                  • #24
                    You can also check out these really cool accessories for Royal Enfield from TripMachine- https://columnm.com/the-best-royal-e...e-to-find-them

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