30 August 2016

New Helmet - LS2 Metro with Bluetooth Four

The helmet proved a good fit on the 1763 mile trip to the Czech MotoGP and back. The noise was no worse than my Shoei.

The bluetooth was easy to setup but at anything above 70mph not a lot of good.

The volume simply isn't loud enough to work with a combination of wind noise and ear plugs. 

With them out and testing the controls the systems own voice is pretty good.

It's a shame as the main selling point of this kind of helmet is the bluetooth.  Otherwise you may as well buy an alternative make or their own much cheaper model.

Still a decent helmet but can't say I am not a little disappointed.

14 August 2016

New Helmet - LS2 Metro with Bluetooth Three

Managed to get out for a test ride earlier in the week.

Like most new helmets it is a little tight and as a spectacle wearer I need to be able to get the arms into it to see where I am going.

It does take a bit of jiggling about to get them in the right place. I need to check the fit with my Oakley specs as they have straight arms.

The bluetooth works well with the tomtom  and is also paired with my phone.

Luckily the power lead I have for my phone is the same as the helmet. The block takes both micro usb and what appears to be the current Apple plug. My current S5 uses micro, so that's one less cable to take with me.

The other feature is the sun visor.  My old Schuberth C2 also had one and even with sunglasses it was superb. With clear glasses it was a great addition.

We'll have to see what happens when we are away later in the week.

Deaf 6

To say I am a little nervous about having a hearing aid is putting it mildly.

When I ride the bike I wear ear plugs to cut down the noise around the helmet. Doubly annoying that after this precaution for many many years that I am 50% deaf in one ear.

I am hoping that the aid will be small enough not to impede my wearing a helmet and spectacle arms and that it can be turned off easily.

All this will be answered on Tuesday afternoon! I leave for my trip to Czech the morning after. Not much shakedown time.

I guess this is another trial and error system!!!

The new season starts


The Premier League season kicked off yesterday.

Today's games on a Sunday for the TV audience include Bournemouth at home to Manchester United - David vs Goliath - and the biggest game of the weekend -  Arsenal at home to Liverpool.

I'm off to the latter. I can't say I an going with  much confidence as we have a weakened line-up of missing international players and the usual round of injuries to key players.

Whilst almost all the teams around us have been spending millions of pounds, we as usual are making do with one new signing and a load of kids bought cheap from the lower leagues and a few from the academy.

Fingers crossed for today.

11 August 2016

Sandisk Eye-Fi Card - Update

Over three years since I invested in this card and after a year or so of it working when it felt like it with the notebook turned on it I forgot about it.

Returning to it recently has discovered that neither Sandisk not Eye-Fi support this generation of their cards and their customer support is totally useless.

The software won't work with WIN10 and they have done nothing to assist their customers. They were happy to take the money off us all, and there must be thousands if not 0000's sold. But now we are on our own.  

A 4GB SD card is worthless nowadays with ever increasing file sizes and write speeds. Another gimmick for the back of the drawer or the rubbish bin.

6 August 2016

Wedding of the Year - Jen & Chris - Part 3

Interesting drive down. Hotel not bad for under £40 a night.

Superb meal at the Black Cock Inn on the Caerphilly Mountain.

Beds too small.

Reggie to kennel.

Us to wedding.

Great day. Bride looked like a princess. Groom scrubbed up nicely.

Father of the bride did a great job.

3 August 2016

DGR 2016

Alright. I know. I am not a hipster and I don't own a hipster bike but I can still raise money for the charity and now they have joined up with Movember that I do anyway....

That's my page.

2 August 2016

Wedding of the Year - Jen & Chris - Part 2

With Reggie's refusenik actions getting worse this week I have scrapped the extra night after the wedding and we will come home on Saturday rather than Sunday.

It saves quite a few pounds and will be less traumatic for him.

So we'll drive down on Thursday and check into the Ibis. We'll stop a few times along the way to let him have a walk and for comfort breaks

I searched for dog friendly pubs and found one in nearby Caerphilly where we can take him in the bar with  us and where we can eat. There are a few in the area but this one, The Black Cock Inn,  looks pretty good.

I've already had to invest in new trousers. The Farah not deemed good enough!!

Two days to go.

MAG joins Highways England working group

The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), the UK’s leading voice for riders’ rights, has joined a key working group operated by Highways England, previously known as the Highways Agency. MAG’s regional Rep, Tony Cox, represented the movement.

Tony says, ‘I found the general mood to be very encouraging and pro-biking.   Highways England are no longer part of the DfT.  They’re now a government-owned company, with more direct control over their actions and policies. Their main aim is to reduce casualties on the Strategic Road Network - but also to encourage modal shift from cars to motorcycles, which is excellent news.’

Areas being looked at include better rest facilities for motorcyclists at service stations, parking and helmet storage.  There was also talk of improving refuge areas and hard-shoulders for motorcyclists who have broken down, plus other improvements directly aimed at motorcycling.

The meeting was attended by the Institute of Highways Engineers, RoSPA, Bikesafe, the Welsh Government, the BMF and MCIA.

Tony adds: ‘this is an initiative that MAG definitely needs to be involved with and our presence was very much appreciated by the organisers. The whole concept of autonomous vehicles and their interaction (or lack of it) with vulnerable road users will be one of the major topics discussed in future meetings and workshops.’  The next workshop in October will identify actions to reduce motorcycle casualties.  ‘MAG will certainly be represented.‘

Kathrine Wilson-Ellis, Senior Road Safety Policy Advisor for Highways England said, ‘I came away feel really motivated and excited about the power of this group and I am really keen to start getting to the “doing” phase.’

This meeting follows the highly successful launch of a consultation on the future of transport, also in Manchester, and attended by MAG’s Director of Communications & Public Affairs, Lembit Öpik.

Contact MAG at 01926 844 064 or central-office@mag-uk.org

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