Equipment

Perfect (?) Riding Day

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IMG_3094So, with doing some extra work on Wednesday and staying after hours, I was able to garner Friday off!  This turned into a near perfect riding day.  I started off around 9:30 AM after not setting an alarm (so nice) and head across the river to get Raven’s instrument panel replaced (recall).  I showed up, and apparently the part was never ordered, even though I had set the appointment to bring it in that day to have it swapped.  No biggie, the only thing wrong is the trip meter resets every time the bike is turned off and on.

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Gear Brake Smart Module – First Test w/ video

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GearBrake_ModuleA couple weeks ago I saw a post from a friend of mine who is working with a company that makes various after-market safety equipment for motorcycles.  One of these is a smart braking module that plugs in to the wiring at the brake light.  It is a small box that attaches to a flat, level surface on  the motorcycle.  It then plugs into the wiring at the brake light. What it does, in short, is the accelerometer detects when the throttle is released on the motorcycle (a distinct drop in speed) and turns on the brake light, flashing it for 2 seconds (6 flashes).  Then, when you pull the brake lever, it again flashes for 2 seconds and then stays solid.  This gives a nice early warning to any cars behind you that you are slowing down.  There is also a non-flashing module as well.

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Luggage finally arrived!

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Luggage 1After 2 months, my luggage I ordered back in January finally arrived.  Granted, I have not needed it at all so far, so it was not a big deal.  I just wanted to have so I can practice getting the bike packed for a camping trip so I can test out my gear and see how long it will take to get things set up.  Photos below the break.

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Surgery

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On Raven, not me.  Today, I received my top-case mounting rack.  This marks the first real add-on I have gotten for the bike itself.  So far, it has only been little things.  It is an SW-Motech Aluminum Top Rack.  As I need something anyway for attaching a rear carrier or bags.  It also allows me to tie down other bags and such.

As it was my first major add-on, I was a little nervous taking the seat and pannier off along with the handles.  Took me about an hour, but everything that came off, went back on, and in the right order.  Everything is stable and tight.  Can’t wait to get to try it out!

Below are some photos!

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Massive Phone Case!

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Lunatik Taktik ExtremeNo other way to put it.  This case is massive.  I tried the LifeProof Fre case, however it had nothing to protect the screen.  Yes, it was water proof, but that screen hanging out alone while the phone is strapped onto a motorcycle just didn’t have me feeling good.  I needed something else.  I looked for a while, and then, via a spam post on FaceBook, I found what I wanted, but was not willing to pay full price for.  Lunatik Taktik Extreme.  This thing is massive.  Great shock protection and it is water resistant (good for rain, not meant to be submerged.)  And it has Gorilla Glass screen protector built into the case.  With an original price of $125, it is an expensive case.  Even on their website, marked down to $75, it is still expensive.  However, I got it for $16 +$5 for shipping from a website of overstock and such.  Please contact me for the site.

Two new add-ons on the way.

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PlatesYesterday I completed the process of getting the license plate and registration sticker for Raven.  She’s now legal, and man, the plates look good.  Kentucky is not really known to be very creative when it comes to license plate design.  Neither for cars/trucks/vans or motorcycles.  This one, however, is an exception.  Besides, it is for a good cause.  On my car, I have the plates for the “Fallen Officer’s Fund.”

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Add-ons to Raven

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These are some of the add ons I have either ordered or put on the bike.  Each one has its own purpose.  From the iPhone holder to the saddlebags.  I am getting her geared for longer travels, which will require a few add ons, but not too many.  Below is the list of items I feel are needed in order for me to make longer weekend and week+ trips.  For an overnight, I have a nice backpack and dry bag already. Read the rest of this entry »