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Offline KiLRoy

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Technology and gadgets
« on: September 14, 2013, 07:58:12 am »
What level of tech do you expect on your bike?
 

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Re: Technology and gadgets
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2013, 08:05:15 am »
You accept what the manufacturers give you.

But electronic ignition is good. Very good.
 

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Re: Technology and gadgets
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2013, 08:09:07 am »
There is something therapeutic in being able to bring an ailing machine back to life without resorting to solid state diagnostic tools. :sip:
 

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Re: Technology and gadgets
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2013, 04:28:27 pm »
I always joke that I'm a very technically minded person, up to a point.
That point being about 1975!
My first reaction to the poll was "Old school, definitely old school. Technology just means something else to go wrong, that I can't fix in the bush with a basic tool kit and a strong dose of obscenities."
But seriously I'm not that bad, and I voted for option 2. I can see the merit in electronic ignition and EFI. Power modes and traction control I don't need 'cos I don't have, nor am I ever likely to have 120+KW. Similarly, electronic steering and suspension damping are wasted at my riding skill level. ABS, I think I'm ambivelent about. I'll have to look it up and see.....
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Re: Technology and gadgets
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2013, 04:37:59 pm »
I lost all love for technology last time I had the issue bleeding the canbus oil.
When is this "Old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
 

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Re: Technology and gadgets
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2013, 04:39:59 pm »
Ya, 'cos you should do what you are good at, not what you suck at! 

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Re: Technology and gadgets
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2013, 04:48:33 pm »
Ya, 'cos you should do what you are good at, not what you suck at! 

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ya ya, nice fishing hook, me not biting......
When is this "Old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
 

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Re: Technology and gadgets
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2013, 04:52:00 pm »
daFact that I ride da Peeg answers that question - right ?  :snorting:
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Re: Technology and gadgets
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2013, 04:52:57 pm »
Ya, 'cos you should do what you are good at, not what you suck at! 

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Re: Technology and gadgets
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2013, 05:10:14 pm »
I am unfortunately a gadget boy I think. I enjoy new technology in cars, bikes and airplanes.

I need all the help I can get to keep the rubber side on the correct side.
 

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Re: Technology and gadgets
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2013, 10:32:31 pm »
GPS on the Handle bars music in the ears. What more could you possably want.
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Re: Technology and gadgets
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2013, 10:49:35 pm »
Would love to have the electronic cruise control on my bike.
 

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Re: Technology and gadgets
« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2013, 12:37:25 am »
will be interesting to see the results, as technological improvements (gadgets called by some) are the future :sip:
 

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Re: Technology and gadgets
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2013, 08:11:51 am »
I have everything imaginable on the bike and use it. ABS, traction control, GPS, intercom, cruise control, GoPro (x2) and much more.

I could not fix the bike even if it was a 20 year old thumper and would not try. Using technology makes for a more pleasant experience which I embrace.
 

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Re: Technology and gadgets
« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2013, 08:03:21 am »
Ride DR650SE, voted "old school".

Electronic ignition does qualify as old school these days does it ???

Need no flippin' blinking displays that would give a passing epileptic a fit.
The bike does not even have a rev counter It runs just fine without some gadget counting them ??? Knoppetjies: One for the electric starter which hopefully does not give me detention in the "old school", one for the high beam and one for flickers. Hooter. Kill switch. That does it for me.

Complexity adds failure modes :lol8:
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Re: Technology and gadgets
« Reply #15 on: October 02, 2013, 08:45:53 am »
Ride DR650SE, voted "old school".

Electronic ignition does qualify as old school these days does it ???

Need no flippin' blinking displays that would give a passing epileptic a fit.
The bike does not even have a rev counter It runs just fine without some gadget counting them ??? Knoppetjies: One for the electric starter which hopefully does not give me detention in the "old school", one for the high beam and one for flickers. Hooter. Kill switch. That does it for me.

Complexity adds failure modes :lol8:
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Re: Technology and gadgets
« Reply #16 on: December 25, 2013, 05:52:30 pm »
If it's reliable, functional and rugged, cool. But gadgets can become very silly.
They sneak up on you and before you know it your bike has been parasitised by a million different stick-on jobbies.
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Re: Technology and gadgets
« Reply #17 on: December 27, 2013, 12:25:46 pm »
You accept what the manufacturers give you.

But electronic ignition is good. Very good.

This is my only non-negotiable. My last bike without electronic ignition was a yamaha yz490 2 stroke, that monster cured me of any lingering fondness for kick-starting.  ABS or TC I do not care for, cruise control I would like.


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Re: Technology and gadgets
« Reply #18 on: December 27, 2013, 04:50:53 pm »
Fuel injection is nice and came a looong way since its introduction onto motorbikes.......

But I must say that a thumper with a performance pipe and carburettor which is properly tuned, jetted and dyno'ed by someone
like Wrench (Superbike Solutions) is something very, very special.............old school tech at it absolutely best !!  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Technology and gadgets
« Reply #19 on: December 27, 2013, 06:20:37 pm »
When I still had my R1200GS, I went for a ride with a bunch of other guys with the same bikes. Out of the 8 bikes, after coffee, before the ride started, two would not start, no lights would come on. Under warranty, had to phone BMW and wait............

Then on a trip to Lesotho, one of the R1200GS's just stopped. WHAT a business it was. Left the bike in the middle of no-where, went to Bloem two up, borrowed a bakkie, went and fetched the thing. Ruined the trip.

I don't believe that all the electronics are necessary, when the bike stops, you walk.



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