Imagine you're on a long ride with your buddies and need to top up with some gas, want to take a picture of some scenery nearby or maybe use the rest stop. Or maybe you're riding along with a caravan of cars and you need to let them know something about you and the rest of the riders. There must be a better way to communicate with other motorists other than confusing hand gestures.
Make a magnetic motorcycle sign and easily share your thoughts!
This magnetic sign sticks to your tank to stay out of your way while riding and all the magnetic game pieces are interchangeable, giving you loads of options for messages possible with this concept.
Check out a video of the magnetic motorcycle sign in action!
Riding with one hand is
really cool dangerous, be safe!
Enough talk, let's make!
Step 1: Tools + Materials
Step 2: Sketch Out Some Ideas
Here's some I came up with:
- scenery stop
- take a picture
- engine trouble
- zombie attack
If you can't find the image you're looking for you can always make your own. I sketched out some ideas onto 7.5cmx7.5cm (3"x3") post-it notes, these post-it notes are the right size for the icons to be seen a distance.
These paper sketches will be used as a template to make the foam icons.
Step 3: Cut Out Foam and Stick on Magnets
Transfer the combined foam cut-out on the adhesive side of sheet magnet. If your magnetic sheet doesn't have an adhesive backing then use any kind of adhesive.
Trim excess magnetic sheet from foam icon.
Repeat for every icon you want. Simplicity works best when selecting your images, the more complex the shape the more difficult the cut.
Step 4: Drill Handle
I mounted my knife on an angle to give a more ergonomic posture when holding the sign.
Step 5: Wrap Magnets in Felt
Arrange magnets onto back side of the sign and then place sheet onto gas tank of motorbike.
Step 6: Tell 'em What You Think!
Take a bunch of magnetic icons with you the next time you plan on taking a long trip and you can share your thoughts en route. Not sure which game pieces you're going to need? Bring them all! The extra game pieces can be stuck to the underside of the sign.
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Be safe, always ride within your experience and have fun!