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    Tourmeister gr8ridn2's Avatar
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    Same glare situation on my GSA with a BMW tankbag. My solution was to mask and spray the clear plastic with flat black wrap. This stuff readily peels off if you decide you want the clear to read maps. In my case the glare was very distracting so the flat black paint remains. The black coating has weathered rain and heat for the past year with no issues.

    If/when I sell the bag I will then peel it off.
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    Gretchen and I got to experience our first ride in the rain today.

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    As promised; here's a picture of the flat black vinel solution for the tankbag I promised yesterday. Seems to work fine, even rain tested today.
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    Without vinel

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangerreece View Post

    As promised; here's a picture of the flat black vinel solution for the tankbag I promised yesterday. Seems to work fine, even rain tested today.
    Do you mean vinyl?
    If you are trying to keep the tank bag cooler you should try a reflective or lighter color like silver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gr8ridn2 View Post
    Same glare situation on my GSA with a BMW tankbag. My solution was to mask and spray the clear plastic with flat black wrap. This stuff readily peels off if you decide you want the clear to read maps. In my case the glare was very distracting so the flat black paint remains. The black coating has weathered rain and heat for the past year with no issues.

    If/when I sell the bag I will then peel it off.
    What product is "flat black wrap" ? What is it normally used for? I am not familiar with that term, but it may well be an answer to a glaring problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Do you mean vinyl?
    If you are trying to keep the tank bag cooler you should try a reflective or lighter color like silver.
    Yes, vinyl... I thought of other colours but settled on the flat black to reduce the glare.
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    Great Touring Tip. Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMW Triumphant View Post
    What product is "flat black wrap" ? What is it normally used for? I am not familiar with that term, but it may well be an answer to a glaring problem.
    The brand I used was Dupli-Color Custom Wrap, Flat Black. It is sold in 12oz aerosol cans. I bought mine at Ace Hardware.
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    Here's a Top Tip

    If you buy toothpaste in a flip top container, then be prepared to have it explode in your side case while riding in 100+ degree temperatures. Trust me on this.... I know.
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    I normally ride with my phone turned off and in my top case. Voni can tell where I am because she is usually 2 to 4 seconds behind me or ahead of me. Ditto for her phone too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_F View Post
    +1

    I ridden in heat up to the high nineties, always with my phones in my jacket pockets and never had them shut down because of either ambient or my body heat.

    Just like ATGATT, having my phone on me is an essential piece of safety equipment, (just in case something unexpected should happen).
    I tend to agree with having the cell phone in a jacket pocket. Except for the time I had a wallet in my Aerostitch right inner pocket up near my lung and had a zero speed fall to the right on a steep shoulder/ditch. My friend had stopped, Istopped behind him and goofed up. When I fell, the thick wallet caused me pain then and for days following. I now have a Big Skinny wallet. They had a booth at Das Rally and may be at SLC, but I don't recall seeing their name on the Rally vendor list. So, if you do carry a phone in your jacket, don't choose a high pocket, in my estimation. It might destroy the phone and cause you harm at the same time. In fact, keep everything out of jacket pockets that you can. That's my practice. You can make your own choice.

    Think about what you have in each pocket and consider the damage done in various falls. Make an appropriate for you choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    If you buy toothpaste in a flip top container, then be prepared to have it explode in your side case while riding in 100+ degree temperatures. Trust me on this.... I know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    If you buy toothpaste in a flip top container, then be prepared to have it explode in your side case while riding in 100+ degree temperatures. Trust me on this.... I know.
    Some like minty fresh toothpaste on their bags

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    This is exactly why I put my toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, and oil in zip-lock freezer bags ("Freezer" bags are stronger than "regular" bags).
    And for the toothpaste - those bottom corners are sharp enough to pierce the bag, so I cut off a tiny bit at about a 45 degree angle, no problem.
    I don't carry a cell phone - after all, I'm on vacation!

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