Farkle time…

The SPOT GPS tracker (in the centre). And the mounted auxiliary tank.

The SPOT GPS tracker (in the centre). And the mounted auxiliary tank.

Details are important. Since the last update, I focussed on the bike and some small improvements and electric farkles.

I received the Spot Messenger, a little GPS tracker. It will give me some extra bonus points and you can follow my track when I “and the XBR blaze a path across America” (R. Roalfe) . I will put a link on the blog, but, you’ve got to send me an e-mail to receive the password for the map with the tracking info. I tested it during the ski tour in Tyrol last week and it seems to work quite well.

Example of the tracking function of the SPOT.

Example of the tracking function of the SPOT.

In order to store the Dispatch 1 solution (see last post) under the saddle, I need more space there. I wanted to exchange the battery preventively, so I chose to buy an odyssey pure lead battery. It is not only more reliable and safer than a classic battery, but it is also 6 cm lower in height, that’s where I plan to install the electrical distribution box.

The stronger and smaller Odyssey pure lead battery.

The stronger and smaller Odyssey pure lead battery.

The contacts were a bit tricky to fix, but in the end I found a way to connect the cables to the battery.

I checked with Russell seats that my old saddle has arrived well and they confirmed that my super-comfort all-day-long saddle is being built at the moment.

I checked again the LED headlight and I came to the conclusion that I will leave it as it is at the moment. The glass lens in front of the lamp does make sense as the LED provides a very focussed spot in the middle which is better distributed with the additional lens.

Connecting brace to reduce buffeting of the winshield.

Connecting brace (in the middle) to reduce buffeting of the windshield. And the AQUABOX.

During my test rides, I noticed that the windshield is buffeting. Following an idea of Heinz, I constructed a brace that connects the windshield with the cockpit. It seems to work very well.

I have received my order from RAM Mount: some usual connectors, but also a SPOT mount and the AQUABOX to protect the smartphone from the rain. The fixing of the mounts to the fairing was a bit tricky, but in the end I had to conclude “now we are getting somewhere!”. There will be more things mounted in the cockpit, but one can get an idea how it will look like in the end.

The cockpit view in the current state (to be continued).

The cockpit view in the current state (to be continued).


4 Comments on “Farkle time…

  1. Robert

    I feel confident as I pass on the “Hopeless Class” baton to yourself, that it is in safe hands !!


  2. I like the solution with the iPad in a tank bag.
    That could provide the necessary overlook that the GPS never really offers. What map/programme will you be running?


    • Actually, I want to use a second Sat Nav for the overview. I planned to buy a ZUMO 665 that has also satellite weather and traffic information via a XM antenna. The problem with it: You can only purchase it in the USA (not in Europe, imagine when you have a problem with it later…) and you need an extra subscription for the satellite services. I plan to buy a regular ZUMO 660 and to use live traffic and live weather apps on the iPad.
      Apart from that, you can always check the google map on the iPad for the big overview. I will use the smartphone as a mobile hotspot for the iPad, so I need phone coverage for it. In the areas where there’s little coverage, traffic is no issue and the weather is rather predictable…
      And I have a lot of other apps at hand that might come handy, e.g. hotel booking apps etc. That’s the theory, let’s see how it works in practice!

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