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    Default Winding Riders Replica Racers

    Here's another video that seems to be a TV documentary.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ToraTora View Post
    I thought I had done some decent research when I picked up the TomTom Rider 400 that was on sale during the Holidays. The price was way below its usual price, but I didn't even think that it would not work in Japan. It can't do anything in Japan, and having contacted their customer service it doesn't look like any TomToms can do Japan—nor are there any plans to enable the Rider to function in Japan.
    It looks like this will work with the OSM project. I use the OSM on my Garmin Zumo 550 as my main navigation tool when on tour. Someplace to start for reference: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/TomTom

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmizer View Post
    It looks like this will work with the OSM project. I use the OSM on my Garmin Zumo 550 as my main navigation tool when on tour. Someplace to start for reference: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/TomTom
    Hey D!

    Thanks for the tip. I had looked into that before I gave up on the Rider. The OpenStreet stuff looks great, but it doesn't work on the newer TomToms, so it wont work on the Rider. Æ\_(ツ)_/Æ

    I'm giving up on the Rider, as per John's suggestion, I ordered a used iPhone 6 Plus and will be running a combination of Google Maps and Motion X GPS. The biggest issue with this combination is gloves wont work the touch screen. I'm thinking that maybe a stylist on a tether might be a solution, but concern there is it dropping into the steering mechanism and fucking it up, and causing a crash! :P

    Now if I could get Siri to behave that might be an option, but so far it seems she has a mind of her own. I have the Sena 20S installed on the helmet (they have been available at blow out prices for what seems like a year already). These are the units most TV shows use to capture rider conversations. I've done some experiments with them, and they can be recorded to an iPhone with the comms going on. They wont however record to a newer GoPro. Thus why I researched using them with the iPhone. The sound quality is garbage though. You can hear it on any TV show the uses them. I think this might be the mics, but I don't have an adapter to test out a decent mic with them. That's on my list! lolz

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    “Gloves won’t work with iPhone”: huh? My two pairs work fine with iPhone 6+ even in a case with screen cover

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeBiker View Post
    “Gloves won’t work with iPhone”: huh? My two pairs work fine with iPhone 6+ even in a case with screen cover
    It really depends on the gloves. Not all riding gloves work w/iPhones. Sad fact but true.
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    You can easily tell which gloves will work with a touch screen by looking at any of three places:

    1.The fingertips of the gloves.

    2. The card attached to the gloves.

    3. The price tag!

    If you go with an iPhone I would suggest purchasing MapFan (app) to go with it, as you can have complete maps for the while country installed on the phone and avoid data charges. The routing engine will also work without a connection. Caveat is that menus are all in Japanese, with no English option that I am aware of for the menus. I think you can set it to give voice prompts in English for turns and such, though.

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    It's raining here in San Francisco today, and most appropriately the Taichi rain suit showed up.


    In addition to the rain suit the base layer top arrived. The top has an extra length torso providing full coverage for when leaned forward when riding the bike. The collar is a nice mini turtle neck to offer additional protection. Comfort, and range of motion are quite high. Sizing was most interesting. I usually wear a medium T-shirt, however based on the Taichi sizing chart I required a 3XL!!




    The rain suit compacts quite nicely. The jacket is fully lined, and the pants are lined down to around the knee area. There is an external pocket on the jacket with a drain hole, and the legs have lower gators allowing the pants to be put on over a pair of motorcycle boots. A larger zippered gator would make this much more manageable, but it isn't overly difficult to fit, and once in place they work nicely. The pants also come off easily.

    When rolled up the suit does add a bit of weight to the kit, but it will be greatly appreciated should the weather require. The quality of the garments is quite high, as are the materials. The rain suit sizing ended up being an XXL. This seems to have been the proper choice. Range of motion is a little limiting in the arms with the Joe Rocket 44 sized jacket. The legs seem okay with plenty of length, and easily fit over the boot rain booties.

    The jacket is available in many colors including Hi-Viz yellow. I ended going with red matching the bike. There are some velcro adjustments on the arms to help keep the jacket from flapping around in the wind. The pants only come in black, but have some reflective materials sewn into the ankle adjustment tabs. Included with the suit is a nice stuff sack for easy packing, and storage. Over all these appear to be great products. I can't really say that I look forward to testing out the rain suit, but I expect I wont be disappointed when the time comes.




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    >>sizing ... base layer was 3XL vs usual US Medium
    So how did the base layer fit work out? Too many brands sizes vary too bloody much, and even using their size charts can be way off

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    It fits quite nicely. The arms might a be a little bit loose, but not much. They are the correct length, the collar fits nicely, and there is plenty of shirt for the torso. The sizing was very much a case of getting out the measuring tape, taking measurements, and comparing the measurements to the Taichi sizing chart.

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    Cool ロブの旅: Support


    There are some very awesome people that have been helping me with this adventure. I wouldn't be able to do this without their support. If you are looking for bikes, gear, parts, or service please give them an opportunity for your business.

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    To keep this thread a little cleaner I setup a project thread for the bike. That's where you'll find the technical details of the modifications I've done on the bike. 🏍💨

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    This was incredibly difficult, expensive, time consuming, and even frustrating to get, but it's done now—I can finally legally leave the country again. :)

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    Cool Kimashita


    I made it to Japan!

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    Well that's good
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    Cool Getting on the Road



    Hey Folks, some great news—Kinai and I pulled an all nighter working on the bike. It's running, and mostly together—at least enough to start riding it. I will soon be engaging in Tabebito action. I also have many many many photos to post once I have opportunity. I did miss the C2C ride. I probably cold have gone on part of it, but having not slept made it untenable. GrRider was talking about another group going on May 5th so that's still a possibility. I did hear something like 85 people showed up this year!!


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    So do tell, what happened to your beloved Derbi?

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    How’s your first week?

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