December 16 2014

Got some fancy new RAM mount components today for both bikes. Installed a RAM ball piece on the handlebar clamp on the Ducati and a simple U clamp on the Yamaha. Just need to test out some different angles.

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Did some test runs with a few angles. I need to get out again if the sun ever comes out again to get some more shots of the beach.

December 15 2014

Took a ride through the city and down the south shore. Was the first sunny day in a while. A little chilly but it got warmer as the day went on.

On the way home it was finally warm enough to give the poor Ducati a bath.

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December 12 2014

The sun finally came out today. Was still pretty chilly, around 34F, but the roads were clear and it was pleasant.

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Playing around with the GoPro settings for still images. Once you get used to the super wide angle lens you can get some pretty sweet shots, and the editing software is fairly robust as well.

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The poor Ducati is incredibly filthy, but its too cold out to give it a proper washing. I need to find a heated car wash nearby.

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As a reward for making it through another week without maiming or killing myself I enjoyed a delightful taco lunch.

December 11 2014

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First real bit of snow today. Just some flurries really, but I figured it was a good time to test out little Blu. Tried the chest mount strap again, too see if it would be any better on the different bike.

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Was not too cold, only around 35F, so the snow wasn’t really sticking to the road. But conditions were quite wet, and visibility was reduced a tad. Had to wipe the snow from my visor every few minutes.

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The studs handled very well. I did not lose traction at any point and I was able to maintain normal operating speeds for the conditions. The video below shows some highlights from the trip. At about :40 you can hear the very unique sound my tires make with the studs installed. A quick check when I got home showed the studs to be in good condition, and none were missing.

 

December 10 2014

Similar temps to yesterday, hovered in the low 40sF. The rain was not nearly as terrible as yesterday. Had a fairly moist ride but nothing too intense. Testing out mounting positions for the gopro, today I tried the new chest mount harness. Its a pretty cool perspective but I don’t think it works well given the size of my windshield and the seating position on the Ducati. I will try it out tomorrow on little Blu and see if it works better on that bike.

December 9 2014

Warmed up quite a bit today, was around 45F. Unfortunately, it was also torrential down pouring. No ride pics today, did not have my water proof camera, but I should have it up and running tomorrow. Stayed fairly dry except when I ran through a 2 foot deep puddle and water ended up flying in to my gloves from the back. On a side note, old style radiators make great glove warmers.

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December 8 2014

First really cold day of the year. 19F (-7C) with a bit of wind.

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There was a very light dusting of snow, but the roads seemed pretty dry. I needed to go grocery shopping, so I decided to take the Ducati despite the conditions. It is difficult to fit an entire weeks worth of groceries in a backpack.

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She handled fairly well, although I need to up the PSI in the tires next time its this cold.

 

 

 

 

 

December 5 2014

Set about putting the new studs on my tires today. There is a bit of a learning curve involved in installing these but I got the hang of it pretty quick.  I ended up using the larger studs for the rear tire and the smaller ones in the thinner front tire.  The manufacturer recommended 50 studs per tire, but that was not even close to being enough for my tires ( this will vary depending on your tires tread pattern.) I ended up using about 80 of the larger studs in the rear tire and use all 100 small ones in the front. If I could buy them in smaller denominations than 100 I would get some more of the smaller ones to fill in the front tire a bit more, but it is fine for now.

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Took her for a test spin around the block, no major issues, no thrown studs, and no leaks in the tires. Decided to take a longer trip down to the marina to test out the handling at higher speeds. It gets slightly squirrelly on dry pavement at higher speeds or in corners but nothing that too outrageous. Also, makes a really awesome metal clacking sound at low speeds. All in all I am pleased with the performance, and I look forward to testing them in icy conditions. Got a little bit of snow flurries on the way home, but not enough to stick to the ground.

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December 4 2014

Took little blu out to break in the tires some more.

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Got my new ice stud in today from Aerostich. Going to try two different sizes.

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These larger low profile studs will go in the center tread knobs

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These smaller studs are designed for scooter tires but will work nicely on the smaller side knobs. Should be getting these installed soon.