by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
I love flashlights, no doubt about it. I'm not sure
I guess they bring back memories of my Boy Scout days and
the motto "Be Prepared". Surely a flashlight and a good knife are two
of the absolute must-have items when preparing for any contingency.
A modern instantiation of the Be Prepared motto could be
something like owning a BMW R1200GS that's been equipped with aluminum
panniers, brush guards, GPS and extra-knobby tires and using it for the
After all, you never know when you might have to head out
into the wilderness of suburban D.C. for a couple of months and survive on
wits and rugged equipment, right?
Tool freaks certainly recognize this logic. The worst
thing that could happen to a tool freak is to start a project on the
motorcycle or car, reach into the toolbox and find that the correct tool is
All of this adds up to a good justification for why you
can't have too many flashlights. Just suppose you get that call
tomorrow morning from the Smithsonian asking you to swing by and inspect the
bore of their recently acquired
Scott Squirrel? You and your Streamlight will be perfectly
equipped for the job!
Always on the lookout for new and interesting portable light
sources, I found this Streamlight Stylus Reach at a Police supply store.
I'm afraid to ask why the Police would want what is basically a bore scope
that looks suspiciously like the ones that are used by the Doctor for
inspecting, uh, the nether regions of 50-year-old males, but let's just call
it a flashlight - one that's just right for motorcycle owners.
It's small and thin enough that it seems like a toy at first
touch. But the Streamlight Stylus Reach has an aircraft specification
aluminum tube body with a threaded cap (tiny O-ring included) on one end to
cover the three AAAA batteries. Streamlight doesn't fool around with
the batteries either - the Stylus Reach comes equipped with some of the best
batteries available, the Energizer e2 Titanium.
claims that the Stylus Reach is waterproof and unbreakable (their words).
It carries a lifetime warranty and a 10-day money back guarantee if you're
In addition to the aluminum casing, it has a (claimed)
unbreakable single 100,000 hour LED that puts out a lot of clean, white
light for its size, a 60-hour burn time, and a pocket clip. It's also
available with a blue LED, which is said to be easier on the eyes.
The Stylus Reach is about the same diameter as a pencil, and
the flexible gooseneck arm that holds the LED attaches to the body of the
light by snapping into a retainer clip. The flashlight operates just
like a ball-point pen, by pressing and holding the button on one end for a
quick shot of light, or by twisting the end cap to the "on" position to
maintain a continuous stream of light. The clip can also be used to
hold the light on the outside of your shirt pocket, and the flexible arm can
then direct the light on to the work if necessary.
The gooseneck is made from flexible metal with a copper and
PVC lining. It's slightly stiff, and it doesn't hold a 90-degree
position very well, but those are minor quibbles. The Stylus Reach is
34.5 cm long (13.5"), including the 159 mm long aluminum body.
The Streamlight Stylus Reach is a high-quality LED flashlight that works
great for stowing in a chest or tank bag pocket because it's so small and
thin, yet powerful. It works as both a general flashlight and as a
scope to peer down into the bowels of your motorcycle during repairs.
It works especially well at night, because the light can be directed
precisely on to the working area with hardly any spillover that can ruin
It isn't a complete replacement for a big, powerful
hand-held flashlight, but considering its size, it's a nice alternative and
functional light source. It is slightly on the expensive side, at
nearly 20 dollars, but considering the lifetime warranty, I think it's worth
Stylus Reach LED Flashlight
Retail Price: $19.99
Weight: 48 g (1.625 oz.)
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