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Part I: Camcorder and Bike Setup -- What Do I need?

Posted 05-13-2008 at 10:08 PM by Clackamas
Updated 05-13-2008 at 11:30 PM by Clackamas

In preparation for the May 31st, 2008 101 Loop, I have decided to setup my bike for fore and aft cameras. I have an old 8mm Sony Handycam for the aft view and a MiniDV Canon Elura 100 for the forward view.

I still need decent mounts to attach the camcorders to the bike; a cigarette lighter to attach to the Bikes power. This will hopefully be used to power the Elura Directly. If not, I have ordered 2 spare batteries (3 total at about 1.5 hours each) and I will rotate them through...
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Tire and Breaks

Posted 05-03-2008 at 03:47 PM by Clackamas
Updated 05-03-2008 at 09:22 PM by Clackamas

Today, I am writing for those, like me, who have been riding a relatively short time. More experienced riders, will of course, instinctively know.

I am still a relatively new rider. I have 11 months / 11000 miles under my belt. I pretty much rode rain/cold/whatever. Since I started riding after my November - January sabbatical (crash repair), I have put 1100 miles in. However, I notice I was less confident with the bike lately; then I realized my front tire was down to the 2/32...
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The Commute Route I Avoid: 520

Posted 04-03-2008 at 09:48 AM by Clackamas
Updated 04-03-2008 at 11:33 AM by Clackamas

My commute to work for the past year has been from the Queen Anne area to the East side about 3 times a week (aprox 4000 miles @ 26milles * 3 * 52).

My choices are Mercer to I-5 North to catch 520 east or I-5 South to the I-90 junction. Coming home, its I-90 to I-5 North or 520 to I-5 South to the Seattle Center exit.

Personally, I avoid 520. Not just because it is a 2-lane highway, but I truly despise the ingress/egress of 520 on the Seattle side. The recent decision...
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Repair of a Harley

Posted 03-25-2008 at 02:26 PM by Clackamas
Updated 04-05-2008 at 09:39 AM by Clackamas

Purchased on 1/28/2007, My 2007 XL1200C Sportster is my first bike. I had taken and passed the MSF riders course in August 2006 with 90 on the written / 95 on the ridding.

As many of you know, I went down on 10/30/2007 after my first 9183 miles of ridding. I was wearing full gear and rode away from the accident with a minor headache and minor gear rash and a couple of bruises. So, there was not any need for me to have repairs. The bike, however, need some major work.
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