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Old July 12th, 2015, 06:05 AM   #1
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GPS - Radar - TPM - iPhone - B2B Radio - Entertainment Controller

Riding since 1970 I'm familiar with all those interest in remaining minimalist riders. All alone with the bike. Good for those who wish to ride that way.

Coming from a BMW K1600GT, and looking for a small bike experience again, the Hyperstrada is in my garage. However, I really enjoyed having all the powered goodies I had on the BMW. Three items made my backroad rides much more enjoyable: 1) GPS to lead me on complicated routes on all sorts of connected zero-traffic little backroads, 2) Radar Detector to alert me when I need to make sure I'm following the rules, and, 3) B2B radio for the twice a year rides with three or four friends.



To tie all these inputs to me I use the Motochello system which offers an easily adjustable means of mixing and prioritizing the various audio sources.

Motorcycle Audio Systems

To easily add these items to the Hyperstrada the electrified tankbag was modified to be a strong platform. This way I can easily remove these gadgets, or move them to another motorcycle. Let's say I want to rent a motorcycle to ride the Pacific Coast Highway some winter. This tankbag will travel with me as luggage and then quickly connects to a rental bike in San Francisco.



The inside of the tankbag is lined with sheet aluminum and also one length of steel bar stock to make the relatively heavy GPS solidly positioned.

Everything is mounted with RAM 1" balls.



Lots of cables, which I zip-tied in bundles and labeled to make changes easy.



All the wire bundles and Motochello head unit are covered with a fabric liner. Plenty of room for my tankbag needs - camera, visor cleaner and water bottle.



Again, if you don't want any of these things intruding on your ride, fine. Don't criticize me for enjoying my rides the way I choose.

The key to preserving my hearing and still enjoy the audio inputs and music are my custom molded Sensaponics ear monitors. These are the same monitors many musicians use for their stage performances.



These monitors are modified by Sensaphonics to be used comfortably under a helmet.



I had these monitors tested in my ears by the audiologist and found that they offer 40 db of hearing protection. Considering that helmet sound levels are over 100 db, this is critical protection. The interesting thing is that I can hear horns, sirens and mechanical sounds better with the background wind noise blocked.

I know that many riders don't protect their hearing. That's fine as hearing aids are getting better. In the alternative, my old age will be spent without the need for hearing aids.



Sensaphonics are $750 - Good hearing aids are $6,000.

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Old July 12th, 2015, 06:19 AM   #2
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My small group rides are far safer, and more fun, because of having B2B radio. We often ride with a significant distance between riders and the radios allow all of us to stay coordinated. Gas needs, pee stop, photo stop, directions at turns, deer in the road, etc...

Here are three videos showing what being connected looks and sounds like.

Link: Ride Videos - dougs650



Link: Ride Videos - dougs650



An my version of that same ride. (Click on image to go to the video).


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Old July 12th, 2015, 06:25 AM   #3
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One time having B2B radios really saved me. Separated in Utah's Arches National Park we were miles apart when my battery suddenly died. The military grade Kenwood B2B radios allowed me to contact the guys and guide them to my location where we jumped the bike.

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Old July 12th, 2015, 08:40 AM   #4
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The B2B is also used to connect the riders with the person holding the camcorder for capturing ride videos. In this one you can hear the riders talk as I use the little .5 watt Kenwood to stay in touch with the guys for the flyby scenes.



Click on the image to go to the ride video.
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Old July 19th, 2015, 08:18 AM   #5
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I added a magnetic mount for a ride camera. This allows me to take photos while riding with a separate waterproof camera.



The plan for the camera:



Lanyard prevents camera loss.

Magnet securely holds camera in place regardless of speed, lean or bumps. Magnet doesn't affect camera operation of flash memory.

Skateboard grip tape makes for easy hold while wearing gloves.



Cabinet door bumpers make the camera buttons easily work with gloves. The raised buttons have a good feel right through the glove material.



Ride photos are fun to have.






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Old July 19th, 2015, 07:27 PM   #6
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Tell me more about the escort red line radar detector, is it worth $500, would you buy it again?

I've never used a radar detector, didn't think they worked as needed. And I could use some help seeing cops.
Thing is I don't exceed the speed limit much when driving my car and my car is tuned for speed. It's different on a bike. The HS can double the speed limit and drop below it all in a few seconds!
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Old July 20th, 2015, 04:22 AM   #7
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Radar detectors are a tool which alerts the user to the use of radar, be it a automatic door opener or a speed trap. My experience, in 40 years of using a radar detector, is that the top tier detectors help even the odds in the cat & mouse game we all have with speed enforcement.
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Old August 7th, 2015, 07:43 AM   #8
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All my gadgets are now powered by a switched relay under the seat. The low power signal wire is connected to the yellow tail light wire, between the wiring loom and tail light.

I inserted a power delay between the relay and the SAE splitter. This allows the engine voltage to come to normal before all the gadgets ignite.

All the above tankbag gadgets and Clearwater Darla LED lights are powered this way. Easy and efficient.
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Old August 23rd, 2015, 02:40 PM   #9
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The front tire valve needs to be twisted to allow for the added length the TPM adds. Necessary to clear the brake caliper.

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Old August 23rd, 2015, 07:52 PM   #10
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The angles of the Duc intrigue me regarding police band radar. It's got 5th generation stealth angles and I've only been pulled over once (blatant hooligan launch from a light through 3 gears) despite the many speed traps I've passed doing enough over to get me a ticket. Could be the older gentlemen stature and full safety equipment outfit I rock.

A buddy of mine told me a story of his best friend's dad who was a trooper in the southern US. He said the mid-80's Cadillacs with giant slab grille's were nearly undetectable on radar. Maybe dated radar tech but interesting what angles return false readings, which by fundamental radar schooling, an 80s Caddy should light up like a Christmas tree.

Still, had an insane amount of speeding tickets as a kid and knew plenty of cops. If they want you, they'll get you. All a radar detector does is let you know you're definitely getting a ticket. If it goes off and you slide by, it's just because the officer didn't want to bother. Slightly above the limit in a responsible manner also helps.

Another side story: My first ticket on my first bike involved a north FL state trooper clocking me at nearly 100 mph on my 1990 ZX-6 Ninja...what a great bike (not the shitty 600R). I immediately pulled over when I saw him turn his wheels from his spot in the tree break to pursue. I was polite and completely owned up to my shenanigans. He was going to give me a Warning!!! just for not making him chase me! He was a former Tampa trooper and said 90% of bike stops turned into wild chases. It was one of my fondest citations until he noticed the headphones dangling from my jacket and had to give me a ticket for that. I was stoked regardless as he was really cool and understood I was just trying to get to Tallahassee to get laid. Go Gators! Got popped 20 minutes later for well over 100 and it was far less pleasant...

Phew! Had a couple bourbons. Cheers!
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