Category Archives: D’oh!

Stuff I wish I had not done.

Not enough testing

The penny dropped yesterday: the USB power supply on my bike does not have enough juice to keep my phone going continuously. It is proper motorcycle unit, but obviously not a very good one.

This has caused me to lose a lot of GPS tracks and to get lost a few times.

I will modify it when I get home, but its a problem right now.

I need to find out the operating current of the Lumia 920 phone and make sure the USB power supply can provide that and a bit more, so i can recharge the battery and used the GPS apps at the same time.


Another problem with smartphones

Although my modified Otterbox does a reasonable job of keeping the Nokia dry when it rains, there’s a big problem.

The raindrops act on the touch screen as if it is being touched. So I get any random function.

It’s very annoying when I’m trying to record a track or follow navigation. What’s even better than riding in the rain? Being lost while you are doing it!

Shorter centre stand

A centre stand is an essential accessory for travel in Indonesia as there are many ferry trips involved. The side stand is not stable enough, plus the bike leans over and takes up more space than is sometimes allocated.

The Triumph accessory centre stand for the Tiger is too tall. It’s very hard to actually get the bike up on the stand, and that’s without luggage fitted.

So I snipped 30 mm out of the centre stand. A very tidy job, even if I say so myself! And it works a treat – the bike goes up on the stand really easily now.

20 mm tube was as snug fit inside the existing legs.

20 mm tube was as snug fit inside the existing legs.

It was my lucky day – some 20 mm tube I had on hand was the perfect size. After I welded up the join and repainted, you’d never know if was non-standard.

However, I then had d “D’oh!”. Moment. I had lowered it too much. I measured very carefully by raising the back wheel on a stack of paper, then cut the stand by that amount. But I did not allow for the fact that the back wheel pivots around the stand, so I should have shortened the stand by a lesser amount. It’s not a disaster – the bike sits neatly on the stand and the back wheel at the same time now. Very stable, but I just can’t rotate the wheel to lube the chain.