Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday ride before more rain

The weather is looking rough for the weekend so I decided to do a little ride up SH1 today. Rain was predicted for over the Rimutakas so boring SH1 was the only choice left. My mini trip was up SH1, a diversion over the Paikakariki Hill Road and then back onto SH1 to the Shannon turn off on SH57.

I got within 6kms of Shannon and I could see rain up front. I turned around and took a back road to Foxton. There was nothing doing in Foxton so I headed back to Levin for fuel and then Ohau for lunch. From there it was home over the Paikakariki hill and into some light drizzle.

I fitted the video camera to the bike with it set for 3min loop clips. There is a lot of video from this trip but the sound from the bike has a buzzing noise as the revs get up so I will need to relocate the microphone. There is a video clip of the run up the Paikakariki Hill Google Map of Climb on youtube. It was raining so extra caution was required.

Second gear on the Hayabusa is perfect for this road. If the bike only had one gear this would be it.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Saturday - City and Whitemans Valley

A visit to WMC and then a jaunt around Whitemans and Upper Hutt for coffee.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Grays Road

I went for a ride up SH1 and around Grays Road. I was surprised to find 60kph signs on that nice section of road. Another bit of nice road ruined by a ridiculous speed limit.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Bike Cam set up

Most of today was spent setting up the new POV camera and then a few rides to test it out. While I am posting this my first attempt at a video is being uploaded to youtube.

Winter is here and I found the cordura warmer than the leather.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

A long time between rides

Last Friday (4 June)I started the bike. It had been a while as the previous week I was in Brisbane this week work and bad weather. However, while in Brisbane I bought a helmet camera and on Friday tested it on the bike. This involved a few runs up the road and then back to view the results.

On Saturday Alan and I went for a ride out to the coast from Wainuiomata and I was hopeful the camera would capture the ride okay. It didn't go well as I had the camera set on loop instead of clip and the microphone was picking up a lot of wind noise.

The wind noise problem should now be solved by the installation of a microphone switch box. This has to be tested on the bike and that will not be until the weekend or until the weather improves.