Here is a deserving Kickstarter crowd-funding project that looks like it will not meet its minimum funding requirement to become an operational project. Pity. Called Cotter Pin, the project wants to create several adventure motorcycle gear items. Gear to be used when adventure riding, like camping.
Cotter Pin is the brainchild of two bikers and artists, Sean Gilligan and Justin C. Knapp, both from Brooklyn. Neither of them liked the visual aspect of the current crop of adventure gear, and they set out to make their own.
They made some prototypes that indeed look cool. The biggest product is called the Cotter Pin Adventure Roll, and it consists of a waxed canvas roll in which you can store some light stuff. The roll can be used for many different things, like sleeping, working on your bike, sitting, keeping warm, keeping dry (it is water repellant), etc. In other words, it is a multi-use blanket. The roll can be tied down in front or in the back of your motorcycle.
In the same style, they are also planning on producing the Cotter Pin Tool Book. This project allows you to store and carry the tools you use the most on your motorcycle when you need to tinker on it. Motorcycles do break down, so you need to have your tools ready. This leather/canvas bag allows you to bring along your tools, keep 'em dry and looks stylish.
And the last product is the Cotter Pin Direction Wallet. This allows bikers who do not believe in GPS technology to use maps, roadbooks or printed instructions, to display them on your motorcycle's fuel tank. The wallet when not in use folds up and takes the place of a conventional wallet.
All-in-all these are nice and stylish products. But according to the status, we are only a few days away from the end of the project on Kickstarter, and their money raising goals are not going to be met. Unless of course, you head on over and pledge money (remember that if the project does not happen, you will NOT lose your money).
Prices start at US$75.
Click here to access the Cotter Pin Kickstarter page (and pledge money)
Click here to access the Cotter Pin web site