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!
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 Star 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.
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)