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post #1 of 16 Old 01-11-2011, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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electronic gadgets......Where do you draw the line?

Unfortunately, I'm techie by nature.....and love things that blink and make sounds.

Over the last year, a slow snow-balling of gadgets has come into play with me while riding the 919. Been riding for many years with many different bikes and its always only the bike, the road, and a good set of ear plugs.

What started this snow-balling effect? My Iphone!

First it was simply and truely un-intentional..... Pandora Internet radio on the I-phone is an amazing thing..... so, I started wearing ear-buds connected to my I-phone in my tankbag on longer trips....... then came the need for a power source to power the I-phone to keep the battery from dying on these long trips..... hense the new cirgarette lighter adapter on my handbar.....

Now that I was starting to take these longer trips...... I needed a heated vest, with a temp controller..... yet another gadget.

For Christmas ---- I was blessed with a new GPS, which has routing capabilities, which now allows me to create routes on MapQuest and import them in.........Which has led to a handlebar RAM mount & a hardwire power cable.

Now ---- what if I could get rid of the wires? which has led me to a new/used Chatterbox XBI Bluetooth helmet interface, which wirelessly streams all these audio sources to my helmet.....

Well ---- if I'm now on these long trips..... wouldn't it be nice to mount my Passport Escort 9500I to my bike ---- and ALSO transmit Radar audio signals to my helmet! (I'm seconds away from ordering a Slipstreamer Radar Detector handlebar mount, Bluetooth audio transmitter, and an Escort Hardwire cable)

Where do you all draw the line!!!!


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post #2 of 16 Old 01-11-2011, 10:46 AM
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Holy geek.

You're talking electronics, and I'm checking out your windshield on top of a windshield.

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Maps work too.



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Maps work too.
+1 Maps are for men.

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At first, I thought that was an F4i gauge -- then I noticed it only goes to 9500RPM.

What is it? n/m see your thread on Koso https://www.wristtwisters.com/f94/kos...led-25350.html

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Ya....the gauge is the Koso RX2n...

I have a 12-14 hour trip coming up this spring, but want to run the 919 with just the fly screen and the rest of the crap taken off when I get there. I have another large Windshield, but the flyscreen wouldn't fit underneath it..... So.....I bought an MRA Roadshield from twistedthrottle which only uses 2 lightweight handlebar mounts, and fits in front of and is taller than the Honda flyscreen.

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So.....if you have an IPhone or another phone with Bluetooth. The Chatterbox XBI Bluetooth can be found on eBay used for around $100. (there's also the XBi2 which adds the capability to talk to other riders with the same unit.....but for around $200)

This basically gives you stereo audio from multiple sources wirelessly to your helmet.......and if you're daring enough, you can answer phone calls.

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I draw the line at the iPhone. blecckkkk!!

Now, throw my HTC Incredible into the mix (which has Google maps, My Tracks, which allows me to record my distance, speed, altitude, etc. everything WHILE I ride and save it to my google maps later), Pandora radio (or audiogalaxy, which lets me stream MY music from my home server), etc. etc. and then we'll have a system I can have fun with.

By the way, where did you get the parts for the 12v stuff? I want to do that - was it hard? and do you know how many amps you can draw off of the bike (running) without damaging the alternator? I want to be able to do some colder weather riding, but will get heated gear first.

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I run custom molded earplugs with no venting to minimize the wind noise.
It is sooooooooooo quiet.
As for maps, I just stick one in the map pocket on the top of the tank bag.
It works great.
If I'm wearing my glasses, I just stop the bike and take off my glasses so I can read the map.
If I'm wearing my contacts, I just stop the bike and put on reading glasses so I can read the map.
This way I can most inconveniently read in silence when I waste time stopping and restarting due to map reads.
The new method makes too much sense for me to want to use. It's just too easy, to beneficial, too convenient and takes less time.

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I rather just get lost, then look at the map. The ride lasts longer when your driving in circles...

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By the way, where did you get the parts for the 12v stuff? I want to do that - was it hard? and do you know how many amps you can draw off of the bike (running) without damaging the alternator? I want to be able to do some colder weather riding, but will get heated gear first.
There is a company out there called Powerlet that makes some awesome 12V accessories..... (and actually, they have their own spin on the cigarette lighter socket --- they call a 'Powerlet', they also have standard stuff too)

As far as what 12V adapter I have..... not sure, it was thrown in a box with the bike.... I can say, its a simple dual long wire with an in-line fuse, hooked directly up to the battery.

As far as total wattage --- I'm told the alternator can handle 320 Watts total. Which an I-phone & GPS won't overwhelm....

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What a bunch of purists in this crowd!

Some day I'll try a GPS out... but I do wonder how it compares to pulling into a McDonalds, and whipping out your map on the table and pondering your path.

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sweet guage!

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What a bunch of purists in this crowd!

Some day I'll try a GPS out... but I do wonder how it compares to pulling into a McDonalds, and whipping out your map on the table and pondering your path.
The best part is sitting at work (cough) on MapQuest, creating Routes, zooming up on them with a satellite image to make sure it's not a dirt road......... While out on the road, if you see a great looking curvy road you missed......the GPS will simply re-route you to get back on course. I've had sooo many bad days by following a map and hitting nothing but dirt roads.

McDonalds and the map still exists! You just simply plug in the new course and put the map away while on the bike.

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I don't think I'll ever get a gps. On my last 3,000 mile 12 state trip, my father in law used one and it drove us crazy. It would randomly reroute us, force us to take breaks, and didn't help in Northern Georgia where there were no road signs. Thank goodness I still had my Google maps I had printed!

I am not a purest. I love my Scala Rider which allows me to update my worrying wife from time to time and listen to my ipod on those long interstate stretches. But, that's about the only optional equipment I carry. Like someone said, I do enjoy getting a bit turned around. I always end up seeing something I would have otherwise missed.



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One of these days......the GPS should include....."curvy roads only".....dirt, "yes or no" ----- as a navigation option.

I'm told that premade routes can now be purchased via. Madmaps to directly install into Garmins with routing capabilities.

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