Thursday, March 21, 2013

Bright, Sunny Day

Another boring parking lot photo
This morning, at -2°F, it was much warmer than it was yesterday due to the clouds and light snow. I went ahead and rode in and brought along the handy battery jump box, just in case the bike proved to be difficult starting. By mid-day, the light snow had stopped and the bright, March sunshine returned. It was a very nice ride in though the screw in studs on the rear tire may need replacement already. It took several attempts to get out of the driveway.

Since I was ordering another Sena SMH10 for Bridget's new helmet, I opted to order the SMH10-11 which has a separate microphone boom. This would work better on the Nolan N104 helmet I had picked up last week as the microphone could then be placed on the opposite side of the helmet and the boom could use the supplied cutout. Since I had to pull everything out, I took a picture of the Sena mount in the slot I had made in the plastic trim. You can see that the thin, plastic trim is not structural and the bracket is clamped to the shell of the helmet.

The wiring for the microphone and the right speaker is run through the plastic trim to which forms a nice channel that Nolan uses for their own Bluetooth communications system. The microphone is now in a much more optimal location for picking up voice. The original bracket should fit Bridget's new Scorpion helmet as I had not read of any issues between the Sena and the Scorpion EXO-1100.
Friday Morning Update - I did need to replace the studs on the rear tire as they were pretty worn from riding on pavement. They only lasted about 250 miles. The ones on the front tire are still in pretty good shape with lots of sharp edges. The difference may be the front ones only touch the pavement when the bars are turned one way or another due to the rounder profile of the tire. On the rear, the studs are always touching due to the flatter profile.

It was even warmer this morning at +15°F. Didn't even need to turn on the heated gear.

17 comments:

Dar said...

Richard do you wear heated gear? How do you stay warm? I think I would be a shivering mess riding in the now & cold. Definitely loving the thought of the sidecar rig and may have to explore that a little more.

Learning to Golf said...

Somehow I miss the connection between the words much warmer and -2 F. I thought I was tough riding when it was 33 and light rain, but now I know I'm not.

redlegsrides said...

So how did your rig like being "cold-soaked" that warmish day?

Dom

Trobairitz said...

I bet you were happy to see the sun come out and play on such a chilly day.

Beware of the radios when they are in the 'always on' position. Sometimes we forget we can hear so clear and everything comes though, coughing, sneezing, whistling, burping, swearing, etc.

RichardM said...

I have a heated jacket liner and gloves and used them yesterday morning. But with the anemic charging system on my bike, I only turn them on when going at highway speeds. What makes the biggest difference is the fairing and the windshield. They do a great job at keeping the wind off of you. This morning, it was +15°F and I didn't even bother plugging in any of the gear. Plenty warm...

RichardM said...

After a while, you get used to the cold. After a stretch at -40°F, you see folks running around in shorts and sweaters once it gets back up to 0°F. Plus when it's below freezing, you don't get wet so it's easier to stay warm.

RichardM said...

No problem at all after sitting all day though I could tell that the carbs need balancing.

RichardM said...

It's really nice to be able to get out on days like this. It really was beautiful and sunny. And I didn't even need to plug in the heated gear for the afternoon "scenic route" home.

Since I have never used the SMH10 as an intercom, you don't need to select intercom before talking?

Bluekat said...

Didn't even turn on the heated gear ...
If you weren't one of those ATGATT riders you'd probably already be in shorts and flip-flops!

Unknown said...

Richard:

sometimes the sun is deceiving. It looks warm outside but when you go out you are freezing. that's the way it is here. Good idea to bring your battery booster.

I have no idea how to use my Sena either. I have no one to talk to. I don't even know how to pair them. I have not even tested it so I hope it works, but it is attached to my new helmet

Nice that you managed to commute. I hope to get my bike back later

bob
Riding the Wet Coast



RichardM said...

I don't know about that. I was tempted last summer riding through central Washington. Riding in triple digit temperatures was a bit overwhelming. I guess that is one of the benefits of riding a bicycle, minimal riding gear.

This is one of the nicest times of the year here in Fairbanks when the sun is out. In another month, most of the snow may be gone but everything will be brown and dreary.

RichardM said...

It was a nice ride in this morning as well. I haven't needed the battery jump unit yet as the bike has been starting easily. It just sounds like the battery is low all the time. According to a lot of forum comments, the non-BMW after market starters spin the engine faster and draw less current.

I did test your Sena unit before bringing it to Brad to make sure that it worked. After charging the battery, I paired it to my phone and to the other unit as an intercom. I then did a factory reset to clear out the Bluetooth pairings.

Does it look like your bike will be back today? If not that almost guarantees a warm, dry weekend.

Martha said...

I'm sure that is a lovely boring photo of the lot. I have no idea what it looks like, tho.

After spending hours and days on this problem of not seeing any images on blogs, I have concluded that this may have to do with the motel provider. I've tried 3 browsers, no change. All software up to date. However, days before this happened, the motel was "fixing" the internet "problem". I think this has to be the problem for me.

Nice to read that you are continuing to enjoy winter riding.

RichardM said...

Nice to hear from you. Have you tried another public Internet hot spot like maybe Panera or Starbucks? That would be an easy way to make sure that it isn't your computer.

Did you ever get a response from Google? I experimented connecting my blog to Google+ and when I wanted to switch it back, it was very difficult to find the right place and it would have been easy to click the delete my Google+ profile which then deletes everything, email, blog, photos, and anything else associated with an account.

Martha said...

I have since discovered the problem is the motel wireless. A few days before my problem with viewing photos happened, the motel had someone working on the service. I had no idea. Now, WHY only Blogger images? Only a tech person can give me any clue about that. But the only problem I had (and the motel computer, too!) was Blogger products.

I sent Google government issued evidence of my being of age to have a blog and soon, soon, they will forgive me and give me back the identity they allowed me to enjoy.

Martha said...

I spent days working on my computer, browsers, antivirus, software, etc. before I narrowed it down to the motel. I had no reason to suspect the motel service since I thought nothing had changed. But, something did change. I tend to learn everything the hard way.

RichardM said...

Maybe some portion of Google had black listed the ISP due to some sort of attack such as DDoS (distributed denial of service) or some other nefarious activity.