Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I'm Clumsy...

... just have too little upper body strength, because ...

On the way to Watkins Glen, NY

I dropped the bike twice!

Both times on the right side. At a stop. Sloping right road or shoulder.

Pissed at myself no end.

Damage to bike: scratches on right pannier ( matches the left one now). Scratches to right valve cover (match for the left one now too). Right rider peg snapped off. Replaced with the rear passenger peg in minutes.

I was pleased the peg shaft sheared off and not the peg lowering add-on. Thanks Suburban Machinery!

Damage to me: Bruised my left upper thigh, deep and not visible but stiff. Was ok on the return trip and we did go the slow way through towns, lots of stops. Stupidly had put my thick wallet in the Aerostitch suit's upper right pocket, just below my breast and against my ribs. Lucky I did not break a rib on the first fall.

Healing fine now.

Cardo Scala Rider G9 Intercom

Got this Sept 12 along with the Shoei helmet. So far, so good.

The clamp is not wide enough to fit on the Neotec, so I used the adhesive plate method and waited the recommended 24 hours. I doubt if that is really necessary, but I normally don't have great luck with glues. Seems secure.

There is a neck skirt which was easy to remove. Then, I removed the cheek pads, and the foam speaker recess well covers. The inner liner was next. All easy.

Used supplied alcohol pads to clean the speaker wells, and attached the Velcro pads in them. The well covers have two parts - a flat plate with three tabs (kept) and smaller round foam pad (removed to allow max audio levels from the speakers)

Fitted the unit to the clamp and fitted the various liner parts. All easy.

Went to Richard's and paired easily to his G4 equivalent SRC helmet unit. Easy and we could talk very well. Next is the road test.

Well, the road test was revealing. We had intercom trouble at first, but then we could talk! But, Richard's SRC (a G4 in disguise) would cut off the iPhone if we talked, and he wanted to listen to music from the phone.

[We hope that this problem can be fixed by pressing the MP3 button / button "A" as reported on the BMW MOA forum - will advise when we can verify or not.]

I could get GPS audio prompts just fine. They interrupted the MP3 files I was playing on the Garmin Zumo 550. But, then I could not override them to trigger an intercom call to Richard. Bummer! The GPS audio takes priority over intercom audio according to the G9 manual. So, no music from this source. The new Nano has Bluetooth, so this will be a Christmas present request and all should be well.

The phone (Samsung SGH-T639) seemed to connect, but the Garmin kept putting up screens cycling through the notice "Phone Connected / Phone Disconnected", so I gave up on it. Bummer.

Good News!

The phone is now working ok. In the car, I had the phone in hand when pairing and noticed a request by the phone to say yes to allowing audio to the Zumo. After that, all is ok. I had become convinced there was a firmware problem with the older Zumo, but seems to be ok.

So, only the issue with Richard and his reconnection problem. I'm hopeful.

I will advise.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Shoei Neotech Modular Helmet

This is my third modular and is better than the Nolan or HLD. That would be better by light years.


Much quieter, due to the great fit. Throat sealing is far better.

Wider view port, and the visor has a nice ratchet, plus pinlock insert. I needed one of those on that long June trip as there was a lot of rain leading to fogging of the visor. Pin receptacles are out of normal field of view, have to swivel eye to see them.

There is a slider on the left. Move it up and down comes a sun visor. Yes! Wide and tall, it is far superior to the magnetic clip ons for my eyeglasses.

Still, the best feature is the venting. I wear a skull cap under the helmet so I can put it on without bending my glasses out of shape. I also sweat a lot through my head. Lovely day yesterday, but sunny, and by the time I got on helmet, gloves, wrestled bike around on the sloped driveway at the helmet shop, I could feel the heat in the helmet. Got underway, onto the hi way at the end of the driveway, and ... on the top of my head, it felt like an alcohol rub! Wow, does it work great.

Recommended HIGHLY!

New Tires

After 15,000 Km, the Bridgestones that came with the 2011 BMW R1200RT were just about gone. The rear was quite flat in the centre due to the big trip last June, and both tires were showing the start of the wear bars.

My service manager recommended Metzler and we settled on Z6 Interacs. $500 left me enough for a Starbucks. A small one.

Quieter tires. I can feel the difference between Comfort and Normal. Have not tried the Sport setting yet, as I wanted a few miles on them. I'm now in Watkins Glen and will try that on the way home. Handling is better than ever.

Will have to see how well they hold up, but I'm happy now.