Ride Log | Mar 20, 2016 | FJR1300AE | Burnt Mountain, GA

March 20, 2016
Start Odo: 5308
End Odo: 5397
Miles Covered: 89 (Inching ever so slowly towards the triple digit ride day!)
Destination: Burnt Mountain, GA
Weather Outlook: High: 54°F, 12°C | Low: 39°F, 4°C | Light clouds and Windy
Ride: Yamaha FJR1300 AE

Unless the ride days are planned and set in stone, I tend to let the weekend mornings slide. I should really Plan the Ride and Ride the Plan, to avoid reducing the riding time available and thus making sure I can put in some longer triple digit rides. The weather forecast called for a cool windy ride. The FJR1300AE was fuelled up and ready to take flight. The plan was to head over to the Burnt Mountain lookout point. One of the stops when I rode with the WeekendRiderz Group on Sept 28, 2015. There would be one stop along the way. At Stancils Store. One of my favorite locations to take pictures of the bike.

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Season:2016 | Engage: Prep mode and GoPro Setup

This week here in Metro-Atlanta had been like Spring – almost Summer. Clear blue skies. Warm 78s through the day. This, after a number of weeks of irritating, persistent rain – or ‘precipitation’ as the weathermen would like to call it – seemed like the call proclaiming that the 2016 season is now open for Cage-free riding and for some GoPro videos to boot!

I was looking forward to riding with a group I came to name as the WeekendRiderz on Saturday. But having to visit some friends on a late Friday night, turned in to a late Saturday morning and a subsequent (sadly, sorry Chaps!) scrubbing of me being able to ride with the group. This had me with some free time on my hands during the early afternoon.

I decided to run the FJR around the local neighborhood testing out the various GoPro camera locations and vantage points around the bike, using the suction mount and the Ram clamps. I had an hour or so available for this. I focused on using the Saddlebags or  Panniers. Along the rear the surface on the Panniers afforded decent flat areas for the suction mount, The GoPro3 had the Limefuel battery all hooked up and ready to fly.

Using the GoPro App on the iPhone, I used ‘control’ mode to view the shot angle on the GoPro3 and make any necessary adjustments. This was done while the app is connected to the GoPro, hooked up in turn to the iPhone via the GoPro camera wifi. Once the videos were captured, I used the Apple Lighting to SD Card Adapter to connect the microSD card to iPhone to import the four videos into iPhone. I could have used the GoPro Studio app on the my laptop, but I still find that clunky and a little tedious to use and decided to go the RoadWarrior way and create the video using the iPhone. This time using Splice iOS app, a nice easy to use and quite intuitive app for video editing and production. Far better than the GoPro Studio. Any wonder that GoPro decided to use a substantial amount of the cash reserve to acquire Splice.

Tip: Uploading videos from iPhone to YouTube: Once the video was ready, I used the YouTube iOS app to upload the video to my channel. However, after uploading completed the process hung on ‘finishing the video’ for a couple of hours. Looking up Google Forums, it seems to be an endemic problem with the uploading feature of the iOS app. The alternative was to ‘share’ the video from the Photos app to YouTube. This worked fine and the upload was completed within minutes.

Here’s the video showing the four different locations I tried.

Do you have any suggestions of camera positions I should try on my next ‘camera location’ trial session?

Boots by Royal Enfield, India
Bike by Yamaha
Video by RakeshRao of #PoshGoondas
Camera by GoPro
GoPro battery by LimeFuel
Mounts by Ram Mounts


Ride Log | First Ride 2016 | FJR1300 | Dawsonville, GA

January 3, 2016
Start Odo: 5232
End Odo: 5296
Miles Covered: 64 (Something is better than nothing!)
Destination: Dawsonville, GA
Weather Outlook: High: 54°F, 12°C | Low: 24°F, -5°C | Light clouds
Ride: Yamaha FJR1300 AE

Keeping to a tradition of sorts, I had wanted to put in a ride on the first day of year 2016. However, some reason or another, just didn’t allow that to happen. I really wanted put in a decent ride before the 1st full day of 2016 – the dreaded work day. So Jan 2 and Jan 3 were the only options. As things panned out I brought down my choices to the one day – Jan 3. I just had to take the FJR1300 out for a run!

PitStop: Dawsonville

PitStop: Dawsonville

I set up the electronics the previous evening. Firmware updates applied to Sena 20S, Sena GP-10 and the GPS, TomTom Rider. Onboard USB charger hooked up and ready to feed juice on the fly to the iPhone, TomTom and GoPro (if needed). Ran through the checks on the bike too. Being in Atlanta, winterizing and storing it away for the winter is not needed. Just need a clear day to get out and ride. Atlanta has had a more than mild winter so far, increasing the number of Ride days! In that sense, I’m glad we don’t live in the Northern states where the weather practically shuts down any riding for several months!

I had broadly planned to put in about a three hour ride. However, the lethargy of the Holiday period silently took over the morning and by the time I was ready to set out, it was already early afternoon. We had tickets booked for 20160103_213036000_iOSStar Wars for 4pm. This didn’t leave me much time for decent ride. Earlier, our Riding pals Vir Nakai and Harsh Man Rai, (you will find their awe inspiring Instagram feed included in the Instagram panel at the bottom (footer) of the page) of Helmet Stories, out in India discussed their rides. Any waning of motivation to ride was stopped dead in its tracks and I decided, even for half an hour, a ride shall happen. Traditions will be maintained.

I decided to use this ride to try and put in a short first try vLog using the Sena GP-10 Bluetooth Audio Pack for GoPro connecting to the Sena 20S Headset installed in my Shoei Neotec helmet.01 Neotec
The only downside of this set up is that the Sena GP-10 requires the use of the standard GoPro battery instead of my preferred LimeFuel Extended Battery for the GoPro. The design of the Sena Case for the GoPro does not allow for access to the MicroUSB charging port on the GoPro. I’ll need to look at modifying the case to allow access to charge the GoPro on the fly, while riding, via USB.

I had initially planned to slab it to Talking Rock, GA via Hwy515 and then cutting across the hills on the SR136 to Dawsonville, GA and south on Hwy9. But by the time I was on the road, the riding window narrowed further and I decided to head to Dawsonville instead and then slab it back on the 400. Making the vLog the main focus and purpose of the ride.

By the time I was at a spot to get the vLog going, the GoPro battery was down to the last bar. I had left the camera on, foolishly! The GoPro was mounted on a Ram Suction mount on top of the gas tank for a good POV and perspective. This being the first time and with no format or template of content, I believe the attempt was mediocre. The sound quality needs to be improved considerably. I’ll need to look at various settings, especially on the volume. Once I started recording, I had no way of knowing if the GoPro camera was still working or not. The battery did hold out for my complete (around 4.30mins) recording. I could only check later once I got home later. Recording done, I headed into Dawsonville Town Center. Quick stop for some pictures and a breather and then off again heading home via SR53 and then South on 400. The long straights of the 400 had the FJR threatening to use it like a runway. Who was I to stop that from happening?  😇 Fellow FJR Pilots will relate to this submissive behavior! It was exhilarating to see the needle go three digits and still have so much left!

Till the next ride;
Rubber side down and Ride Safe!

Some images and the video from the ride:
(Note: I forgot to turn of the GPS tracker after I got home and it included the short Cage run to the cinema! *sheepish grin*)

Restrained Alacrity



Restrained Alacrity

“Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can”

This was taken during a short 131 mile ride around the North Georgia Mountains near Dahlonega. This is by the side of the Dahlonega Reservoir / Lake Zwerner. One of my frequent riding route passes right by and I cannot pass by without stopping for a few minutes.