Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Crack of Dawn

Getting up and about before the crack of dawn is getting easier and easier. This was taken around 9:00am which is still about ½ an hour before sunrise. Soon it'll be even easier! This is using the Apple Photo app Noir effect. Better than the bluish hue most of my winter photos seem to have.

I received my GripStuds from Aerostitch last week and finally tried to install them last night. Not quite enough tread left in the center of the old K37 tread to install them. The studs need to go 10.7 mm into the tire according to the GripStuds website.

Steve from Scooter in the Sticks asked that I occasionally include something warmer in my posts. This is about all I can think of. This image is from the Vermont Castings web site. I really like their wood stoves but we don't have one so this will have to do for now. If they are allowed to burn hot enough, they are pretty clean.

I didn't check the temperature before heading out this morning but I appears that it's sort of on the cold side. I didn't have very far to go on Sunday mornings so I didn't even bother with any of the heated gear. Just the FirstGear jacket and fleece liner. The fleece liner is still my favorite jacket and I recently replaced the worn out zipper. The biggest challenge was removing the old zipper.

Last night, I finally got around to opening up the crankcase vent to the atmosphere instead of the Raceway vent recovery canister. For now, I simply used the same hose until I can come up with something better. The outlet from the front cover is ⅝" and I'm thinking of using an insulated copper pipe with the lower end clamped to the exhaust pipe. I'm thinking that the copper should conduct heat pretty well...

8 comments:

Bluekat said...

Yes. The woodstove helps. :)

RichardM said...

Glad to help. For some reason a picture of an oil boiler isn't quite the same.

ToadMama said...

I kind of like that it always looks on the cold side. That's Alaska, right? 😉

redlegsrides said...

As to the blue-ish hue in some of your pics, try changing the white balance setting from auto if possible. Snow is very hard to shoot at times, my current camera does a pretty good job of it but previous one had the blue-ish tones issue as well.

Snow in the forecast for tomorrow, if conditions are right, a lot of snow....we shall see.

I like the idea of the copper tube, surely it'll pick up the heat from the exhaust pipe?

RichardM said...

Yes, it is Alaska and you would expect it to be cold at least some time during the year. The warm spells that we get in the middle of winter has been causing all sorts of problems for the last several years.

RichardM said...

Just about all of my pictures I take using my phone. There is a manual camera app and if I mess around with it I can get more accurate colors. So much easier if the camera shot raw...

Lots of snow on the horizon? Sounds good. I think that the copper tube may work though insulating it will be sort of a trial and error thing. Then again, I don't really need to ride when it gets really cold so maybe I should just drop the issue rather than risk the vent freezing.

Trobairitz said...

The black and white just looks so ominous.........

RichardM said...

The blue hue of the photo just made it feel much colder than it really was. The B/W just felt like night...