Thursday, May 27, 2010

AdaptivMount Installation on a Suzuki GSX-R 750

A few weeks ago I met up with Nick of 2WheelTuner Magazine to install our new AdaptivMount and the TPX Radar and Laser Detection System on his pimped out Gixxer 750.  We got the mount installation video done and here it is:



AdaptivMount will be available real soon... stay tuned!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Radar Roy Revisits the TPX

Radar Roy, arguably the leading real life radar detector evaluator, had another post on the TPX Radar and Laser Detection System on his blog.

He said the TPX is "very good on range, very good on sensitivity, very good on price." Couldn't have said it better myself.

He also posted a video on it. Check it out!

So Cal Motorcycles' Open House and Major Announcements Coming!

Originally posted 4/12/2010

We had a blast at So Cal Motorcycles' Open House last Saturday! Great crowd, free food, fantastic prizes, and a bikini bike wash to top it all off!

Also, just want to let everyone know, we've got a couple of announcements coming in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!


Bikini bike wash girls striking a pose with our booth.

IMS, Dealer Expo, and Daytona!

Originally posted 2/22/2010

It's been a hectic winter here at Adaptiv. We've just got done with our fifth and last IMS event in Chicago, and now it's time to head out to Daytona Bike Week!

Happy New Year!

Originally posted 1/11/2010

Boy o' boy, this year is going to be great. We've got a few new products coming this year that everyone's been asking for... just wait!

Have a great 2010, and as always, ride safe!

Seasons Greetings!

Originally posted 12/11/2009


Adam at IMS Long Beach.

It's winter time, that means it's Cycle World International Motorcycle Show time for us! It's been Dallas, San Mateo, and Long Beach, and we still got New York and Chicago to go! I'm definitely looking forward to the upcoming winter break, a little time off and hopefully get some rides in.

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and a great 2010!

Vegas Baby, Vegas!

Originally posted 11/11/2009


Vegas cops having fun on the job.

We have recently acquired a 2008 Suzuki GSX 650F (I call it a Gixxer Wanna Be) to test some of the new products that we'll be introducing in the near future. I've been spending a good amount of time on it and last week I took it out to SEMA in Las Vegas, my first long trip on it.

The bike is a fantastic bike for long distance rides. It is extremely comfortable with ample power; rides like a tourer with the feel of a sport bike.

I headed out the door on early Tuesday afternoon, hoping to avoid some of the rush hour traffic. I did for the most part, but still had to split lanes as I was riding through the downtown area. Once I got out of the LA city limits, it was time to fly. The bike cruises at 100 very comfortably, and I had to constantly remind myself to keep it below 100. Yes, I do have the TPX System protecting me, but my days of speeding excessively is way behind me. The ride went by in a hurry and aside from a couple of cops pulling people over on the side of the road, no threats whatsoever.

After a day of SEMA, I left Vegas on Thursday morning. On the way back, there were cops everywhere. So much so that I lost count. There were at least 12 encounters, and again, the TPX saved my butt. There were an instance of an almost definite save, two maybes, and one where I was just being alert.

The first maybe came shortly after I had just crossed the state line into California. Traffic was light in my direction and I was cruising at around 100. The TPX went off with a very weak Ka, and I instinctively let go of the throttle and started looking around to see if there were other sources that could have caused a false positive. No semi trucks around, doesn't look like any car around me is using a radar detector, no commercial buildings nearby (in the middle of nowhere, actually). Hmmm, high chance of a real signal. I continue to let my speed drop and kept an eye on the TPX. The signal stayed weak for a few more seconds, then it started to ramp up in a hurry. Yep, there is definitely something out there. Sure enough, a few more seconds later, a CHP going in the opposite direction zoomed right by me. I couldn't make out the CHP from a distance, but the TPX sure did. I've seen instances where CHP would make a quick U turn to catch speedsters going the opposite direction once they've locked an oncoming vehicle's speed on their radar gun, but not all the time, that's why I counted this one as a "maybe".

The next encounter was a sure save, at least in my mind. I was about 6 or 7 miles out of Baker, and at that point it's a long down hill to get into Baker. Again, I was zooming along at around 100 when the TPX went off. A weak Ka. I looked around and didn't find any potential false positive source. Since I'm on top of this long hill, I can see far ahead and I don't see any cop on my side of the road, and I thought to myself it's probably a cop in the opposite direction again. I've already let go of the throttle and continued to let my speed drop. The Ka signal then went away. Then came on again. Then away again. The weak Ka would come on and off sporadically for a while, and I'm baffled. I'm thinking to myself that if it's a cop coming from the opposite direction, the signal should increase, but it's not, and the fact that the signal is coming and going probably means that a cop is turning its radar gun on and off as vehicles pass. I'm very confused, but regardless, decided to keep my speed at around 75, just to be safe. A short while later, the TPX went off again, and the signal got a bit stronger, and now I'm really confused. If there is a cop up the road I would've surely seen it already. The TPX would continue to go on and off with increasing signal strength, and finally, as I was approaching probably the only tree/bush on my side of the road, the TPX went full tilt, and guess who was hiding right behind the tree/bush? That's right, a cop. I'm sure that had I been speeding I would've been toast. The cop was taking advantage of the perfect hiding spot on the road where any motorists would probably have missed and turning his radar gun on as vehicles pass. Good thing that I had my TPX with me!

The second maybe was a classic scenario. I was in Victorville, traffic was a bit heavier but still flowing pretty well. I was going just a tad faster than the flow of traffic. The TPX went off and I immediately slowed down to the flow of traffic, and sure enough, as I approached the next on/off ramp, a cop was sitting there. I wasn't going that fast when I detected the cop, so I don't think that the cop would've really pulled me over, but you never know.

And finally, the last save was because of my awareness, not the TPX. This was also in Victorville after my second maybe, and again, I was going just a bit faster than the flow of traffic. All of a sudden I noticed brake lights flashing from the vehicles ahead, and I immediately dropped my speed. Sure enough, at the next on/off ramp, a cop was sitting there. My TPX didn't go off at all, and I'm thinking to myself, the cop's got to be using laser, and I'm pretty sure that's what it was.

I'm very grateful that I escaped the ride back without any ticket and thoroughly enjoyed our new bike. Can't wait till the next trip!

Burnout Time!

Originally posted 10/9/2009



What is the sensible thing to do when you have a worn out rear tire? Burnouts!

Clutch Control 09

Originally posted 10/2/2009


Philly cops get to ride these awesome F650GS!

We were back in Philly again last weekend for Clutch Control. Again, great turn out for the event. This year, a lot more stunters participated in the various competitions held at the event, and throughout the day, you see stunters practicing their latest tricks in the parking lot.

We had great fun there, not to mention the great food as well... mmmmmm, philly cheese steaks... We'll be back again next year!

Boise and Back

Originally posted 8/19/2009


The Duc in Yosemite.

Last week I rode up to Boise for WPS' National Sales Meeting. Since the shortest route to get there is around 850 miles, I decided to break the ride into two days instead of trying to cover that distance in a day. Then I figured, since 2 days is plenty of time to cover 850 miles, why not take the scenic route? So I did.

I left Sunday afternoon, got onto Angeles Crest Highway and ended the day in North Las Vegas. In case you've never heard of Angeles Crest Highway, it's one of the better and longer intermediate-level twisties here in So Cal. I couldn't have as much fun as I wanted as traffic was relatively heavy, but I still enjoyed the beautiful ride.

The next day I took the scenic route up to Boise via eastern Nevada, going through US93, Nevada318, US6, back onto US93 before finally hitting Interstate 84 and arriving at Boise. Eastern Nevada is way more scenic than I had expected, and I thoroughly enjoyed the open roads.

After three days of meeting, I hit the road again on Thursday afternoon. I started the ride by cutting through southeastern Oregon on US95. While in Oregon, the TPX scored another save for me. The posted speed limit on all the highways in Oregon is 55. I was doing around 90-95 for the most part. At one point, I was riding on a long gradual incline, and I could see the road going into a decline ahead, but I couldn't see past the crest of the incline. As I got close to the crest, the TPX started going off with a weak K alert, then it really quickly ramped up. I knew something was up. I had already let go of the throttle at first warning so I've slowed down a bit, but I was still a good 15-20 or so over the posted speed limit, so I decided to apply the brakes. Good move on my part because as soon as I got to the top of the crest, the road goes into a pretty sharp decline for about a quarter of a mile and then shoots straight back up into a pretty steep incline, creating a mini-valley. And you guessed it, right at the bottom of the valley is a cop. It was a perfect spot for the cop. His radar signals are trapped by the valley and if you are a motorist not abiding the speed limit, it's easy to get caught. I was probably still a bit over 55 when I started the decline, but it wasn't fast enough to warrant the cop pulling me over. If it weren't for the TPX, I would've probably still be going at around 90 heading into the decline and probably would've gotten a ticket. I ended the day in Fallon, NV.

The next day I continued on US95, then cut over to California via Nevada359/CA167. I then made a pit stop at the world famous Whoa Nellie Deli in Lee Vining before cutting through Yosemite on Tioga Pass, probably one of the most scenic rides in California. After getting out of Yosemite, I then cut over to Ben Hur Road.

Oh man, do I have a story to tell about my ride on Ben Hur Road. First of all, the road is awesome. Very light traffic, in fact, I only saw one vehicle the entire time I was on it. The road is very fun, with plenty of twisties. About the only down side is that part of the road is in not-so-good condition, pot holes, bad patch jobs, and loose gravels here and there. But overall, fun.

I got into it immediately and was having fun with the twisties. Then, about 10 minutes into it, I got into trouble. Now, I've been riding consistently for about 8 years now, and if you want to count messing around on friends' bikes as riding, about 15 years. In these past 8 years, I've never really made any gross mis-judgments while riding. I've never gotten myself into situations where I'm thinking to myself "oh shit, I'm f'd". I've always rode within my abilities, and when I'm on the twisties, I push my limits but always knew when to back off. So, back to Ben Hur. I was coming up on a right turn. The right side of the road is a hill so I couldn't see the other end of the turn, but I was slowing down going into the turn, getting ready for it. As soon as I got into the turn, I realized that I was going in too hot. The turn turned out to be an almost u-turn, and it was much tighter than I had expected. Immediately I leaned down even more, but realized I was still too hot. The next thought went through my mind was: "shit, I'm going down", and I can feel myself starting to low side. I then decided to apply my back brake. By now, I've already drifted into the oncoming lane and I can feel my right foot dragging on asphalt. I thought I was going down for sure. All of a sudden, I realized that my bike was aligned perfectly straight with the other side of the almost u-turn, and I must have hit my front brake a bit because I felt like my bike was a bit more upright then where it was just a fraction of a second ago, so I punched it on the throttle. I could feel the back wheel spinning out as it was on the loose-dirt shoulder, but it regained traction real quickly and somehow, miraculously, I got out of the low side and got back on the road.

I couldn't believed what had happened. I was certain that I was going down but somehow I got out of it. After gathering myself, I started to try to analyze what had happened, and realized that it was my instincts (and probably luck) that got me out of it. There is no way that I could've figured out what I needed to do to get out of that situation if we were to freeze frame each split second and ask me what I should do then and there. I knew that had I gone down, I probably wouldn't have killed myself as I knew that I wasn't going that fast, and worst case scenario would be the bike landing on me and dragging me down the ditch. Probably a broken foot (or two). It would've been a bitch to try to get the bike out of the ditch, and I'm out in the middle of nowhere. It took me another 20 minutes or so after the close call to see any sign of civilization; a house on the side of the road. It was a blessing that the road had almost no traffic, as I had drifted into oncoming lane, but it would've been a curse had I gone down.

Needless to say, I went easy on Ben Hur the rest of the way, and after getting out of the back roads, I took CA99 back to LA.

All and all, it was a memorable four days of riding for sure. 1,883 miles when it's all said and done, and overall moving average of 68 with top speed of 116 (trust me, the Duc wouldn't go any faster) according to the GPS. I thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and gained new perspective on my riding abilities. I realized that I was probably a bit tired before I hit Ben Hur, and I'm almost certain that it had some effect on my judgment, and it was a good reminder to myself to always be alert with my riding, and never get careless with it.

BMW MOA Rally

Originally posted 7/31/2009

We were at the BMW MOA Rally in Johnson City, TN a couple of weeks ago. The rally was great, with a good turn out and good weather for the most part.

At the rally, I met up with Shahram Shiva of BMWSuperBIkes.com again, and shot shot a couple of videos with or his website. One was an update on what's going on with us, and the other one was to show the speed-shift system on the new BMW K1300S. Check them out here!




Super Streetbike Love!

Originally posted 7/30/2009

We got some love from Super Streetbike! One of their editors, John Zamora, had the TPX on his Ducati 848 for a while now and he mentioned the TPX in the bike's longterm test. Check out the July issue of Super Streetbike, available on newstands nationwide!



Moto GP at Laguna Seca!

Originally posted 7/19/2009


Monterey's finest...

We were at Laguna Seca two weeks ago for Moto GP and AMA races. It was awesome! Beautiful weather, great races, and a fantastic crowd... what more could I ask for!

Needless to say, we had a great time there. The only down side out of the entire weekend is that I didn't get to ride my bike up. I wish I could, but I had to haul all of our displays and stuff with my truck. Maybe next year.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who stopped by our booth, especially those of you that shared your TPX stories with us. It's always great to hear your stories of how the TPX prevented you from getting that ticket!


Hmmm, maybe I should look into being a CHP... Nah!

2009 SML Radar Detector Shootout

Originally posted 6/23/2009


The Duc at SML.

We were at Speed Measurement Laboratory's 2009 Radar Detector Shootout in El Paso, TX last week. We were there to test a few prototypes, and I'm happy to report that things went well and we are very hopeful that our "Remote Laser Unit" that we've been promising for a while will be ready by the end of this year. That's about as much as I can reveal at this time.

We also saw some cool new stuff (but not so cool from a motorist's point of view) from radar gun manufacturers. Stalker had this new slick radar set up for patrol cars that is being used by law enforcement agencies throughout the country as we speak. It is capable of picking up the fastest vehicle and the speed of the largest vehicle at the same time in both directions! I've never seen anything like this before and the capability of being able to pick out the speed of the fastest vehicle in a pack is a great arsenal for them. Drivers beware!

As for the trip out there, I rode the Little Monster out to El Paso from Los Angeles. Unlike last year, I didn't hit any bad weather, that is if you don't count scortching heat as "bad". This is my first long trip with the Monster and found the Monster to be a pleasant long trip bike. A bit buzzy, a bit under powered, and a small tank, but othen that, not bad at all. Would be nice if the bike can go a bit faster, as I found the top speed for the Monster is at about 120mph and it cruises comfortably at around 90mph. And it would definitely be nice if it had a bigger tank, as I got stranded near the Arizona-New Mexico border because I ran out of gas. A full tank of gas gets me about 125 miles before the fuel light comes on, and from my experience, I was able to get about 25 more miles before the tank is completely dry. My fuel light came on just as I had passed the last gas station in Arizona. I didn't think it was a big deal because usually if there is an extended stretch without gas stations, there would be a sign informing motorists. I didn't see it so I just assumed that the next gas station can't be more than 15 miles or so away. So I rode. About 15 miles later I came to an exit in New Mexico with a couple of gas station signs, but only to find both gas stations to be closed as I pulled up to them. To my despair, there wasn't anything else at the exit except for a Motel and a closed tire repair shop. I went into the Motel and asked where the nearest gas station is and the guy at the motel told me about 15 miles either way on the interstate. Not exactly what I wanted to hear. I told him that it's unlikely that my bike can go another 15 miles and asked if anyone in town might have some spare gas, and he told me that the owner of the closed tire shop might have some. So I went over to the tire shop. The owner lived right across from his shop in a RV and after waiting around for about half an hour, I finally got about 3/4 gallon of gas into the bike. Paid $10 for it but it was well worth it.

As always, I had the TPX with me. I was expecting the TPX to get a real good workout going through Arizona, but to my surprise, I didn't encounter as many DPS as last year. The state of Arizona have installed portable and permenant camera traps to catch speedsters, and they are all over the place once you get into Phoenix and Tucson. The portable traps does use radar, but the radar signal that they emit are so low that you won't be able to pick it up until you get real close. Bad news for radar detector users but the good thing is that they have to put up warning signs about a quarter mile out to let you know that you are approaching the trap, so you can just slow down when you see the sign to avoid getting a ticket. The permenant ones use sensors inbedded in the road. Same as the portable speed traps, warning signs are also posted a quarter mile out.

The TPX, however, did save me twice. Both on the way back. The first time was in New Mexico. I was cruising along at about 95 in a 70 when K band started to go off. As always, I backed off on the throttle and looked around for patrols. I didn't see anything and thought it might've been a false positive. I wanted to pick it up again but the signal stayed at 3 bars for a few more seconds and then started to go up, so I decided to stay at 70 for a bit longer. Sure enough, as I came over a little crest in the road a few seconds later, a trooper was parked in the median. Good thing I didn't speed up at all or else I would've been toast for sure. The second time was in Arizona, just past Tucson. I was riding along, around 95 again, when the TPX picked up a weak Ka. The traffice was relatively busy and there were numerous trucks, so I thought it might've been a fase positives from one of the trucks around me either using a radar detector or with their garage door openers. But unlike the usual false positives, the weak Ka signal didn't go away. It stayed. So I kept my speed legal and sure enough, a few seconds later, there was a DPS trooper traveling on the access road! If I hadn't been using a radar detector and paying attention, there was no way that I would've noticed the DPS and I'm sure that the DPS was trying to catch speedsters from the access road.

1,856 miles and two sure saves thanks to the TPX! Can't wait for the next trip!

Americade

Originally posted 6/12/2009


Twisted Throttle's "KLR 650GS".

We were at Americade last week in beautiful upstate New York. Unlike the previous years, the weather cooperated and we didn't get a single drop of rain the entire week. We partnered up with our pals at Twisted Throttle and had a great time meeting the Americade-goers. Too bad I was busy working and didn't get a chance to go on a ride... Next year, I'll make sure I make time for a ride or two.

Motorcyclist Review Online

Originally posted 5/20/2009



Motorcyclist magazine's review of the TPX is now online. Check it out:

http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/gearbox/122_0905_adaptiv_radar_detector_system/index.html

Hey BMW Dude...

Originally posted 5/19/2009

... we feel the same.

MC Tested!

Originally posted 5/6/2009

After a year of use and abuse with the TPX, the editors at Motorcyclist magazine finally published their thoughts on it this month and gave it a 4.5 star rating!

Editor Aaron Frank wrote: "Finally, a radar/laser detector that works well on a motorcycle!" He added: "More importantly, I didn't get a single speeding ticket during the entire test!"

To read the entire review, click on the page below or pickup a copy of this month's issue of Motorcyclist!



As Seen in Cycle World...

Originally posted 4/23/2009

The TPX appeared in Cycle World again! This time, just a picture in their long term wrap up on the ZX-14. Check it out!





Me, on YourBikeLife.com

Originally posted 4/14/2009



I just did an interview with Shawn King of YourBikeLife.com, a website dedicated to all things on two wheels with a bunch of cool interviews and information. Shawn had found out about the TPX on the internet and thought his listeners would be interested in our products and wanted to get an interview on us. Initially, Adam was going to be interviewed, but after chipping a tooth playing hockey the night before the interview, he had to miss it in exchange for a dentist visit. So instead of him, you get to hear me!

We set a record for the longest interview to date on YourBikeLife.com, and after listening to myself on the interview, no wonder. Waaaaay too many "um's" and dead pauses. I took a communications class when I was in college and part of the course was to be a better speaker and learn to cut down on the "um's" when speaking. My professor would've not been pleased had she heard the interview.

Anyway, here's the interview. Enjoy!

http://www.yourbikelife.com/interview/wayne-chen-ceo-adaptiv-technologies

So Cal Motorcycles Open House

Originally posted 4/6/2009


Peter hanging out with the ladies.

We were at Southern California Motorcycles in Brea last weekend for their annual open house. Anytime you mix in a bunch of riders with free food, demo rides, bike show, and raffle drawings you know it's going to be fun, and it was.

We had a great turn out, had a bunch of people stopping by to check us out, and I had a great time. I even got away for a bit to demo ride a Triumph Speed Triple!

Thanks to all the guys at So Cal Motorcycles for the fun filled day!

Next stop... Custom Bike Build Off in King of Prussia!

TPX Install on a Harley Davidson Fat Bob

Originally posted 3/28/2009

Here's another TPX install video...


TPX Install Video on Suzuki Hayabusa

Originally posted 3/21/2009

Here's the video of TPX installed on a Suzuki Hayabusa. Enjoy.


New Install Video on Ducati Monster 620

Originally posted 3/20/2009

We've got a new install video up on YouTube, this time, it's on a 2006 Ducati Monster 620. I picked up the bike earlier this year and, man, what a great bike it is! Super fun to ride and manueverable. Looking forward to spending lot of time on it!


Super Streetbike Magazine to Review TPX

Originally posted 3/18/2009

The editors at Super Streetbike Magazine came to us at the Indy Show last month and said that they wanted to get the TPX installed on their brand new Ducati 848. They probably figured that they'll have a hard time going slow on that bike and wanted something to cover their butt. So last Friday, I rode over to their office to help them install the TPX on the 848.

The install was fairly straight forward on the 848. We removed the panels on the left side of the bike to access the battery and hid the excess wiring within the fairing.

The bike looked great with the
TPX on it, and we'll see what Super Streetbike has to say about the TPX soon!


The TPX on the Ducati 848.

Daytona Bike Week

Originally posted 3/16/2009

We were at Daytona Bike Week a couple of weeks ago for some sun, fun, and a lot of bike racing. The place was packed all week and it kept us busy.

Fortunately, I was able to sneak away to demo ride a few bikes. I rode the Spyder, which initially didn't think that I would like much, but I was wrong. I didn't think a three wheeler could be as fun as a two wheeler, but it came close. The next bike that I rode was a Buell Lightening. The Lightening was probably one of the most comfortable bikes that I've ever been on, and now I will seriously consider it for my next bike. The last bike that I demoed was Kawasaki's ZX-6... wow! What a great bike! The bike's got ample power, super maneuverable, and fun! It was, by far, the funnest bike that I've been on since the R6 that I had back in the day.

All and all, it was a tiring but exciting week. Looking forward to the next bike week!


George trying to stay out of trouble.

Backraods Magazine Reviews the TPX

Originally posted 2/25/2009

Another day and another magazine review! This time it's from the folks at Backroads.

They summed up: "the TPX Radar and Laser Detection System is a clear winner."

Woohoo! Thanks for the compliment!





RoadRunner Magazine Reviews the TPX

Originally posted 2/24/2009

The folks at RoadRunner Magazine checked out the TPX System and raved about it!

"We feel that one silly mistake shouldn't end up costing you dearly in attorney fees, insurance hikes, court costs, and a whole bunch of valuable time." Amen, we feel exactly the same, and that's why they think (and us too) that having the TPX on your bike is a good idea.

The full review can be found in the February issue of RoadRunner, available on newsstands now.



Indy Dealer Expo

Originally posted 2/20/2009

We were at the Dealer Expo in Indianapolis this past weekend. It was both busy... and fun! Got to see a lot of old friends and made new ones as well. At the show, we made the grand announcement to the dealers that Western Power Sports is now our distributor for the TPX products, and what this means for you is that you can pretty much get the TPX from any of your local brick and mortar motorcycle dealership!


We are excited about our partnership with WPS and the fact that you, the consumers, now have greater access to our products!


Adam getting in trouble as always.

Got Daytona Bike Week coming up, can't wait!

IMS New York

Originally posted 1/29/2009

We were at IMS New York two weekends ago. What an awesome show! And thanks to all of you that came by to say hi, we really appreciate it.

A few weeks off, then off to Indy!


Adam with New York's finest.

TPX Featured on SpeedTV!

Originally posted 1/12/2009


SpeedTV recently did a write up on the TPX and raved about it!

"It is an effective and well designed unit that is well worth the investment." Couldn't have said it better myself.

Check out the article here:

http://motorcycling.speedtv.com/article/gearbag-adaptiv-tpx-radar-detection-system/

Happy New Year!

Originally posted 1/2/2009

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

While 2008 had been a great year for us and we are sad to see it come to an end, we are excited about 2009! This year, we plan on going to more events and hopefully see more of you more often!

One of things that I'd like to do this year is to do more "fun" rides. One of my resolutions for this year is to go on at least one fun ride a month. Hopefully I'll find time to do this.

IMS Long Beach, San Mateo, and Happy Holidays!

Originally posted 12/25/2008

It's been a hectic December so far... we were at IMS Long Beach and San Mateo and had great turnout at both events. I want to thank all of you that came by our booth at both events. A lot of you weren't shy about sharing your TPX stories, and it makes me extremely happy to hear your stories of how the
TPX saved your butt.


Lovely ladies of Adaptiv.

Now that we are done with the California shows, next up is New York. Should be a good one.

Lastly, have a safe and wonderful Holiday Season!

Motorcycle.com Checks Out the TPX

Originally posted 11/18/2008

Motorcycle.com recently checked out the TPX and installed it on one of their bikes. Check it out here!



TPX Featured in Spike TV's "Playbook"

Originally posted 10/28/2008

The TPX was recently featured in Spike TV's "Playbook", a show that serves as "an ultimate guide for guys to everything they want to know about." The clip also features a very hot and sexy Christy Hemme. Very cool!



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Cycle World's Review Online

Originally posted 10/5/2008








Cycle World has posted the TPX review online. Read about it here:

http://www.cycleworld.com/article.asp?section_id=3&article_id=898

Clutch Control 08

Originally posted 9/26/2008

We were at Clutch Control 08 in Philly this past Saturday for a day of bikes, bikes, and more bikes. Al Lane, the event organizer, knows how to put on a show. Jason Britton and his Team No Limit were there pulling some of the sickest stunts on the planet. Not to be outdone, Jessica Maine was also there to prove that anything the guys can do she can do as well, if not, better. Mix in a stunt show competition, a custom bike show-off, DJ's spinning great tunes all day, and add thousands of bike enthusiasts, we found ourselves to be in the middle of a great bike party.


Adam posing with some of Philly's finest police officers.

Since the show was a short 100 miles from NY, of course I took the SV down. I made my way through the always dangerous, police filled NJ Turnpike there and back without getting pulled over thanks to the TPX. Another 239 miles without a ticket!

Cycle World Evaluation

Originally posted 9/3/2008

We made it to Cycle World again! This time, it's a full product review in their "CW Evaluations" section.

"Bottom line: The TPX saved us from costly tickets - both in and out of town - more times than we care to remember." The review said. It added, "think of it as the next best thing to get-out-of-jail-free card."

We are glad that we are able to save the editors over at Cycle World a few tickets, and a big thanks to them for the review.

You can read about the evaluation in the October issue of Cycle World, available now on newsstands nationwide.



Twisted Throttle Open House

Originally posted 9/1/2008


Adam was assigned as the official greeter at Twisted Throttle's Open House.

We kicked off the Labor Day weekend by attending Twisted Throttle's Summer Open House in their world control center in beautiful Peacedale, RI. We had a nice turnout despite the on-and-off rain all day.

I rode to the Open House on the SV and it's always a challenge to ride through Connecticut. The state is known for handing out speeding tickets and I knew that to survive the ride without getting a ticket, I had to rely on my TPX.

The
TPX came through again. It alerted me several times of police presence and each time saved my butt. 318 round trip miles and I'm still ticket free.

As for the Open House? The Twisted crew definitely knows how to throw a party. There were informative seminars, great games and contests, and plenty of food and refreshments to go around. All and all, a great time.

TPX Shined at SML's Annual Radar Detector Test

Originally posted 8/19/2008

The results for this year's Speed Measurement Laboratories' 2008 Annual Radar Detector Test is finally up at http://www.speedzones.com/!

How did we do? We did very well. In the Radar and Laser Detection tests, we picked up and identified all the signals just as quickly and accurately as some of the best, and most expensive, radar detectors in the market today. In the Long Range test, the TPX picked up radar from pretty far out; over 9 miles with X band, close to 6 miles for K band, and most importantly, close to 8 miles for Ka band. We also conducted a long range laser test, which wasn't included in the results, and the
TPX picked up laser from over a mile out.

For complete detailed results of the tests, go to
http://www.speedzones.com/.

Interview with Radar Roy

Originally posted 8/3/2008

At the 2008 Speed Measurement Lab's Radar Detector Shootout a few weeks ago, Radar Roy shot this video of me explaining about the TPX System for his newest project, RadarRoysBuyersGuide.com.

"I was just basically blown away by the System," said Roy, who added, "I was really impressed... you really took the time and effort to build a quality radar detector, but also a good performing radar detector. I really praise you guys for that."

Here's the video in its entirety:



Thank you Radar Roy!

LA Calendar Motorcycle Show and US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca

Originally posted 7/24/2008

Man, what a busy last couple of weeks have been. I was out in California for the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show and Red Bull US Grand Prix up at Laguna Seca while Adam was out in Gillette for the BMW MOA Rally.

We were very well received at all three very distinct and different events, showing the versatility of the TPX across the three major street segments.


At the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show, we had perfect weather and the show was nicely complimented by the lovely calendar girls working the show. After all, the name of the event is called LA Calendar Motorcycle Show for a reason. We had a lot of custom builders interested in incorporating the TPX into projects that involve speed and performance themes. I think it won't be long before we start seeing TPX on custom bikes all over the place.


I had the option of taking pictures with some of the show bikes at the LA Calendar Show, but I opted for the calendar girls instead.

The following weekend, I was up in Laguna Seca for the Red Bull US Grand Prix. I've always loved this event and this year was no different. The races were all exciting and in the end, Mat Mladin ran away with the AMA Superbike race while Valentino Rossi won a very exciting Moto GP race, where he was tire to tire with Casey Stoner pretty much for the most of the race until Stoner took an unfortunate fall on lap 24. He was able to quickly get back on his bike but by then, Rossi was out of reach. Unfortunately, I had to man our booth and couldn't see the race live, but I got to see most of the race on one of the big screen TV's at Buell's booth right across from our booth.


The Laguna Seca Raceway Girls comforted me for not being able to watch the Moto GP race.

The TPX was also featured on Mark Becknauld's custom 04 Yamaha R1 in the Yamaha tent. The bike was entered in Yamaha's custom bike build contest. Mark's bike was probably the only bike in the competition that was ridden to the show instead being trailered to the show. Unfortunately, Mark didn't win, but big props to Mark for building a real, ridable custom bike.


The TPX on Mark's custom R1.

As for the TPX? Well, I wasn't able to get a bike for the 2 weekends in California, a major bummer, so the TPX didn't get to spend any time on a bike. It did, however, spend a little over 1,200 miles in a car during this time, and the TPX did its thing, especially right around the race track, where Monterey Sheriff's department and CHP were out in force, handing out tickets left and right. I heard numerous horror stories of fellow riders being pulled over heading in and out of the track for merely going just a few miles per hour over the posted speed limit. But not a surprise since I have received 2 speeding tickets half an hour apart leaving Laguna Seca a few years back. This was before TPX time.


I installed the TPX on this 08 Concours for one of the customers that bought the TPX at the race.

Anyway, it was great to be back in California and after 2 weekends of being surrounded by bikes but with no bikes to ride, I can't wait to get back on the bike this weekend!

2008 SML Radar Detector Shootout

Originally posted 7/11/2008


Me and my new friend, Fat Bob!

A couple of weekends ago we went out to El Paso for Speed Measurement Laboratories' 2008 Radar Detector Shootout. Speed Measurement Laboratories, or SML for short, is the leading independent radar and radar detector evaluator in the country. They have over 20 years of experience in radar and radar detection technology, and is the leading expert in providing independent analysis and research to the radar and radar detection industries and government agencies. Their Shootout follows strict and rigorous guidelines in evaluating radar detectors in the marketplace today and provide unbiased results for everyone to see. They don't sell any of the products that they test, so there isn't any incentive for them to askew any of the results.


This year, SML wanted to really test the TPX, as it is the first true motorcycle radar detector to participate in the Shootout, and had arranged for a Suzuki Hayabusa and a BMW R1150RT for testing. They couldn't get their hands on a Harley to round out the three street segments (sport, touring, and cruiser) for the Shootout, so they asked us if we can somehow get a Harley to the event. Using all the resources that I had, I was able to get a 2008 Harley Davidson Fat Bob, but it was out in Phoenix. No biggie, it just meant that I get to ride it from Phoenix to El Paso!


What's the TPX doing on a cop bike?

Now, I haven't been on a cruiser in a while, and believe it or not, I was excited about the opportunity to ride the Fat Bob. Not that I don't love my SV anymore, it's just that I've ridden it for about 6,000 miles this year already and I'm looking forward to a change of scenery.

So on Thursday I got into Phoenix and picked up the Fat Bob. First thing that I did was to install the
TPX onto it. The installation was simple and took me about 20 minutes. Once it was installed, I was on the road! I was decked out in my full face helmet and sportbike jacket, and I was thinking to myself I must've looked real funny on the Fat Bob with what I was wearing. But who cares, I'm on two wheels and that's all that matters.


TPX on the Fat Bob.

The weather in Phoenix on that day was a warm 107, without a single cloud in the sky. I was thinking that I'm in for a warm ride all the way to El Paso. Not so. The ride was one of the most interesting rides I've ever had.

The ride was nice and toasty for the first hour or so, then, as I got close to Tucson, I start seeing dark rain clouds on the road ahead. Sure enough, before I knew it, I was riding in a severe rain storm. Not only was there rain, but also thunder and lightening all around me. I know it's always a bad idea to ride in a lightening storm, but the Shootout was the next day and I couldn't miss it, so I braved my way through the storm.

About an hour later, I rode out of the storm. I was soaked from head to toe and believe it or not, cold. But the weather warmed up quickly and soon I was dry again. The
TPX? Weathered the storm like a champ. Now that the road is dry again, I decided to see if the Fat Bob was capable of reaching the 120mph mark indicated on the speedometer. Yeah, it's capable of doing 120. Took a while to get there, though, but it did. After verifying the top speed, I settled down at around 95, as it felt like it was a speed that the Fat Bob was "comfortable" with.

And this is where Wayne thought he was going to get his first ticket of the year. How is it possible if he was riding with the TPX you might ask? Here's what happened. So I was cruising at around 95. The traffic was light with a vehicle here and there. I was cruising along, catching up to vehicles ahead and passing them. The road was long and straight so that I could see vehicles up ahead from ways back, and I'm sure they can see me catching up on them from their rear view mirror. So I was passing and passing vehicles, then, as I was catching up to this one particular vehicle, I started to realize that it was an Arizona DPS. The DPS was doing the speed limit of 75 and I'm sure that he saw me catching up to him from way back. Of course, I once I realized that it was a DPS I just hung back and maintained distance. Even though the DPS wasn't running radar, I'm sure he could've still giving me a ticket for going faster than he was. So I was hanging behind him and just waiting for him to pull over on the side of the road, let me pass, then pull me over, but he never did! He went off the freeway right before we reached New Mexico and I was thanking him in my mind for not pulling me over.

By now, it's late in the afternoon and with the remaining rain clouds in the sky, it started to get dark. A few miles into New Mexico I see signs on the road reading "Severe Dust Storm Possible". Oh really, I thought to myself. How severe can it get? Well, it got pretty damn severe. Shortly after, the wind started to blow, and the wind got stronger and stronger, and along with the wind came dust. It got so dusty at a few points that I couldn't see more than 25 feet in front of me. Needless to say, I wasn't doing anything near 95 on the Fat Bob. I went across the entire state of New Mexico seeing mostly dust, and nothing else. And literally, as I got to Texas, the du
st storm ended, but the wind was still there.

At this point, I was tired and it was getting late, and the fact that I had to fight the wind didn't help the matter much. But, all rides must come to an end, and I did finally reach El Paso. The next morning, under daylight, I realized that the Fat Bob had a healthy tan from the dust storm the night before.

Things didn't get much easier the next three days. The Shootout was a grueling process that involved a lot of patience and standing under the El Paso sun waiting around. But it was well worth it. I'm not at liberty to discuss the results until they are officially
released by SML, but what I can tell you is that the TPX performed really well and we are pleased with the results. As soon as the results are ready, I will post them here.

During the Shootout we also had several photo shoots of me on the Fat Bob and the Hayabusa. We'll see where those pictures end up.


TPX and the Hayabusa, a match made in heaven.

After the Shootout on Sunday, I rode off in the Fat Bob back to Phoenix. The trip took two days as I didn't leave El Paso until late Sunday afternoon and finished off the ride the following morning after spending a night out in Benson, AZ. It was a beautiful ride back, as I had perfect weather with not a rain cloud in the sky.

Total tally for the trip: 1,526 miles on the Fat Bob, a thunder storm, a crazy dust storm, numerous passes on the El Paso desert, and no ticket!

Product Evaluation from RoadBike Magazine

Originally posted 7/2/2008

We earned another praise from another motorcycle magazine, this time it's RoadBike. We received a full evaluation and they recommended their readers to "get your own
TPX... and you'll save a bundle in nervous energy."

You can read about the evaluation in the August issue of RoadBike, available now on newsstands nationwide.




Ride the Dragon

Originally posted 7/1/2008

Ever since I've moved out East everyone here's been telling me how great of a ride the Dragon is and I have to go and experience it. So, when our friends at Twisted Throttle asked us to help them out at Deals Gap during Honda Hoot, I jumped at the opportunity.


The SV at the Gap.

I left at the crack of dawn on Thursday figuring that it'll take me about the entire day to ride to the Gap from New York, and that I'll hit the Dragon before the sun goes down. Sounded good while I was planning it but didn't turn out that way. I hit some traffic in Pennsylvania, where they were doing some road constructions and that held me up for some time, then, I didn't realize that I-40 didn't connect through Knoxville and I had to take a detour, and when I got there, I took a wrong turn and ended up missing Highway 129. After getting myself back on track onto Highway 129, I missed a turn off and ended up on Highway 411. By the time that I found my way back to Highway 129 again, the sun had gone down and I realized that my first encounter with the Dragon was going to be in the dark after about 800 miles of riding.

So, my first encounter with the Dragon wasn't under ideal condition by any means, and I knew that I was getting tired, so I told myself just take it easy and don't do anything stupid, especially with my poor night vision. So I entered the Dragon and took the turns easy. I see single tire skid marks on almost every sharp turn, and they were reminders to myself not to go too fast. After what felt like an eternity but maybe just about 5 minutes in reality, I was getting really, really tired, cold, and hungry, and wanted the ride to be over with. But no, there were more turns, and the Dragon just seemed to go on and on and on. Finally, after who knows how many more turns, I finally made it to the Gap. By then, it was around 10:30, and I was greeted by Erik and Matt of Twisted Throttle with pizza slices and cold beers.

The following day, I was tired from the ride and knew I had a long day of work, so I was off the bike. But on Saturday morning, I was rested up and went on a couple of runs on the Dragon. Man, did the Dragon ever live up to the hype! There were good mixtures of sharp, blind curves with tight sweeps that really made the ride fun. Not to mention the perfect weather and beautiful scenery, and riding fresh during the day was definitely different and better than riding tired in the darkness. I was totally enjoying it.

What made the trip even better was the outstanding staff over at the Gap. Brad, Ben, and all the guys there are all riders and not only do they take care of their customers, they are also a fun bunch. Make that a crazy bunch. If you enjoy roller coaster rides, try to find an excuse to have Ben take you through the Dragon in his Crown Victoria. It's well worth it. Just make sure you don't do it on a full stomach.

It was a fun weekend and I'm glad I finally got some fun riding under my belt. I would definitely recommend anyone a fun filled motorcycling weekend at the Gap. You can camp there or stay in their clean and reasonably priced rooms. They've got a great restaurant and friendly staff to go with it, and not to mention camp fire under the stars every night.

Oh, and the TPX? Sniffed out cops not only on the Interstates, but also on the curves. Yes, there are cops all over the Dragon to remind you to not to ride beyond your limits. They are not really there to spoil your fun, but really to keep the few squids in check as crashes come fairly regularly. There's even a Tree of Shame at the Gap, featuring destroyed bike parts and x-ray photos, to remind you not to go too crazy on the Dragon.


The infamous Tree of Shame.

Anyway, final tally for the trip: 1,752 miles, 6 passes on the Dragon, and no ticket!

Myrtle Beach Bike Weeks and Americade

Originally posted 6/17/2008

Man, has it been hectic here at Adaptiv! We were at the two Myrtle Beach bike weeks last month and at Americade earlier this month. Got a lot of riding done going to the events and had fun doing it.

I took the SV down to Myrtle Beach and caught the end of the first bike week, the "cruiser" bike week. The weather was great and got to meet a lot of nice folks, and showed quite a few folks how the
TPX works as I had several people checking it out as they walked by the bike.

The following week was the "sport" bike week, and we were at the East Coast Custom Bike Show at the Convention Center. The show had a great turnout and the weather held up for this outdoor event. Best part is that I got to meet one of the biggest names in stunt riding and host of the show Super Bikes, Jason Britton!


Me and Jason!

I had fun at both bike weeks, especially hanging out and talking to everyone. One crazy stat from the Myrtle Beach Bike Weeks: 3,000 tickets issued in the first week. Although I don't know how many tickets were issued for the second week, I wouldn't be surprised if twice that number of tickets got issued as I saw cops pulling people over left and right.

And speaking of tickets, I'm glad to report that I didn't receive one of the tickets issued over the two weeks. 1,664 miles for the two weeks and ticket free, thanks to the
TPX.

After a week of resting up, we were on the road again. This time, Americade in beautiful Lake George, NY. The ride was short, relatively speaking, and scenic. We partnered up with two of our dealers there, Twisted Throttle and CycleGadgets. Unfortunately for me, I was so busy that I didn't get a chance to go on any of the rides, but still had a great time interacting with the people at the show.

Tally for Americade: 432 miles and again, no ticket!


Me, my SV, and the Twisted crew.


CycleGadgets' booth and their gadget filled Gold Wing, with the TPX on it!