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I figure I will post these in this forum as they are more of a ride report depending on how you look at it then a "Video of a Valkyrie".


This is the ride we did on Australia Day and we clocked up well over 850k's and a lot of it was on some very interesting to ride dirt roads. It was also 40c + (104f) and humid. A mate of mine said we should put ice in our pockets. I didn't laugh.


We left Grafton with ice in every pocket. It worked very well :D


I have shortened the title for this thread because honestly I don't really know what the cultural differences here are. There is one word that is literally nothing to me or anybody I know but it hashed out by this forum so it is possible someone may find it offensive. Not intentional if it is then you really don't want to watch the following video as it has a lot of our com's chatter and we are Australian and not real worried about such things.


All in good fun though :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj9Ilao8uyo&feature=youtu.be
 

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Why was your buddy riding with his hazards on?


Looks like a nice ride, but 40C for me is too hot to ride for that distance. I would probably pass out from the heat.
 

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Why was your buddy riding with his hazards on?


Looks like a nice ride, but 40C for me is too hot to ride for that distance. I would probably pass out from the heat.

Yeah a bit hot but the upside is even at its coldest here we ride every single weekend all year round.



As for the hazards. Someone correct me if I am wrong but LED lights don't actually stay lit all the time like an incandescent conventional bulb. They flash on and off but so fast you don't notice and if the frequency is in harmony with the frequency of the camera you get what appears to be flashing.

To demonstrate how weird this can be with something you are familiar with check the link below. It will take you to one of my videos where the camera is looking up at me and on the left you can see the Valkyrie indicator. It is not doing anything other then just being a "running light" and to human eyes "just on" but to the camera it appears to be doing something like an old style emergency rotating light.

Note this link is straight to a youtube video of mine at a particular moment. I used Tiny URL because this forum just converted it to an embedded video from the start instead of specifically what I wanted to show you.

https://tinyurl.com/yd634plp
 

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I didn't realize closed captions were a thing as I have not used them before. I also didn't realize Youtube did it automatically with some funny but spectacular failures because of the wind noise etc on these video.

Since my father has a lot of trouble hearing and Kylie's daughter who uses CC's because of hearing problems point this out to me I have sorted it. Nearly 4 hours later this video now has closed captions that are accurate and in some cases it makes it a lot easier to understand.
 

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Wow, some serious focus there.

It doesn't seem so much to me anymore as I have done quite a lot of messing around on the dirt on Valkyrie now. While there is clearly a different level of awareness I am more aware of having fun then worrying about what the bike is doing. I also think it helps with overall ability as if the bike steps out on the road you are more likely to handle it as that is pretty much all it is doing on the dirt. Especially that last part. With the rocks it was literally like two flat tires but I laughed all the way. Good times :)
 

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Why was your buddy riding with his hazards on?


Looks like a nice ride, but 40C for me is too hot to ride for that distance. I would probably pass out from the heat.
It's not bad at all. Get a mesh jacket and you'll stay plenty cool at that temp. The only time the heat ever bothered me was last year when it got to 122F (50C) and the air rushing into my helmet was so hot that it was difficult to breath and I felt like somebody was pointing a bunch of heat guns (or hair dryers) at me.
 

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It's not bad at all. Get a mesh jacket and you'll stay plenty cool at that temp. The only time the heat ever bothered me was last year when it got to 122F (50C) and the air rushing into my helmet was so hot that it was difficult to breath and I felt like somebody was pointing a bunch of heat guns (or hair dryers) at me.
Yeah, but your poor BIKE! Where's your mechanical empathy man? ;) Seriously, it's amazing the thing didn't overheat and die.
 

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Yeah that's Allan and he crawled off it eventually. He loves dirt roads so much. Just yesterday when we hit some real rough stuff he was saying on the intercom how much he liked it ;)
 

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It's a Valk' mate. She be right /forum/images/smilies/tango_face_grin.png
Lol actually that day it was my poor old air cooled xr650l.

But it'll be my Valk from now on, and with liquid cooling I'm not too worried about it.

Besides, if my bike can't handle the heat, it's no good to me anyway. I'm in Arizona. It's hot as **** for 9 and a half months of the year. Lol
 
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