Whilst having breakfast with the guys, my phone rang. It was Mark and they had unplanned a quick spontaneous ride to Squamish for lunch. Now I wasn't prepared as whenever I go on the highway I have to have my GoProHD videocam with me, and I was also dSLR challenged, which means I have to go home to gather my photographic equipment. I also arranged to meet someone from Craigslist for purchase of another M42 Super Takumar manual focus lens to add to my growing collection so as it looked at the time I was going to be very late to the checkpoint. I told Mark and his companions, Tony & Jeff to look for me heading North as they were heading South, just in case.
(Metal sculpture, False Creek, Olympic Athlete's Village, Vancouver, BC)
I wandered about False Creek snapping photos while waiting for the seller to arrive. Then I went home to gather my "stuff" and headed towards Hwy 99. Traffic was very heavy through town and I eventually headed north towards the Sea-to-Sky highway. All the while I was fiddling with my GPS and looking at the clock in my instrument cluster (Standard equipment on the Suzuki V-strom) . I was over an hour and a half behind so I decided to abort my ride and head down to the North Vancouver waterfront for a photo of my bike with the Vancouver skyline in the background Tried as I did I found the light very backlit and I could not come up with a suitable photo straight out of the camera as the skyline was "blown-out" and when I EC +1 it was really "blown-out" . I even tried fill flash but it didn't help much. I eventually had to resort to HDR +/- 1 , fiddled around with colour temperature, and slight curve adj and this is it
(Mighty V-strom DL650, Vancouver in the background)
I was heading back to town riding along the waterfront and decided to stop for some train porn for my buddy in West Chester, PA . I ride past the railyards all the time but this is the first time I have stopped for a photo .
About a year ago I puchased my GoProHD videocam and they announced that they would have an accessory LCD screen available "soon". I placed my order with GPScity and patiently waited, and waited, and waited. A year had gone by and suddenly the screens are now available.
I wasn't sure if I really needed one but then decided it would be worth it if only to review your video 'footage' whilst "on the road" . I had a minor problem uploading and installing the software update but eventually it worked
The box contains the LCD SCREEN, and all the waterproof and non-waterproof doors. I can now use it just like a regular camcorder.
(Here it is in Action, ready to record)
Now that I have the LCD BacPac screen, I also decided to use the GoProHD more and purchased the FAT GECKO HD suction mount on my car windshield. It also gives me more virsatile mounting options on the V-strom as it can stick to the bodywork, and also to the windscreen
NOTE: the following comments are conjecture based upon rumours and other comments from other riders where facts are not confirmed and the police investigators are still sifting through the physical evidence and to yet form a definite conclusion as to what actually happened. Read for yourself and form your own conclusions from the photos and the person who was on scene
On a serious note, there was a fatal motorcycle accident last week where a new rider, 27 years old was involved in a fatal accident where speed was most likely the determinating factor. Speeding on an urban road where the speed limit was 80 kmh and was reduced to 60, then 50 kmh as it approached a residential area. The intersection was just after a blind curve where parked cars blocked the view of the vehicle attempting to make a left turn in front of the rider. The rider took m/c training and passed in February, 2011 and was riding a Yamaha R6 sportbike.
It has created some discussion within our biking community and started further comments here
within these discussions a poster made reference to a video about "weaving" to help differentiate yourself from the background, where you blend in and make yourself invisible. It was produced by an advanced motorcycle instructor in the UK. I have heard mention about this before and it sounds like a good idea