Thursday, December 22, 2011

GlowRider Info Available!

Info on our new GlowRider Electro-Luminescent Jacket is now available on our website, check it out!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

IMS Long Beach and a Night Ticket Save

We had a busy weekend at IMS Long Beach with our dealers Legal Speeding and 6th Gear Racing Apparel.

Legal Speeding debuted their new H.A.R.D. System, which is an in-helmet LED warning system.  We teamed up with Legal Speeding in developing their new H.A.R.D. System and you'll notice that it looks a lot like our Wireless Headset.  The new H.A.R.D. System is now compatible with our TPX Radar and Laser Detection System and waterproof as well.

Over at 6th Gear, they had our new GlowRider Jacket on display.  The jacket generated a lot of buzz and we had several magazine editors waiting to get their hands on one to try out themselves.

The show was a three day show and in a rare occurrence, I was able to ride to the show on Saturday.  After the show on Saturday, I grabbed dinner with Legal Speeding and headed home around 11PM.  Traffic was very light initially on the 405 and I was moving at a pretty good pace.  The traffic got a bit heavy around LAX and I dropped my speed to about 85mph.  A few miles past the airport the trusty TPX Detector started going off on Ka band.  Since I was the fastest moving vehicle on the road, I immediately dropped my speed to the flow of traffic, around 70mph.  I scanned around trying to locate the threat but couldn't really do it because it was at night.  The Ka band followed me until right past the 10, then a CHP cruiser went zooming by me.  I'm not sure if the CHP was following me this whole time or just coming up behind me, but had I continued at my pace of being the fastest vehicle, I'm pretty sure that he or she would've come after me.  Thankfully, I had my TPX Detector and I got home without a ticket.

We've got a few more IMS until Spring, and keep an eye out open for us and come check out the GlowRider Jacket!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Upcoming GlowRider Jacket Debuts at NYC Marathon

GlowRider Jacket at the 2011 NYC Marathon!

We've been very secretive about our next product.  There's been a lot of speculations, and at the end of last month, we finally revealed it to our dealers and industry insiders on what it is: a motorcycle jacket.

Why a jacket?  Aren't there literally thousands of different brands of motorcycle jackets in the market already?

Well, yes, there are plenty of jackets out there.  But we are Adaptiv Technologies.  We want to make motorcycle products that are innovative and unique, and yes, our jackets are like no other jacket out there right now.

The name of the jacket is a dead giveaway on the unique feature of our jacket: it glows.

We used ElectroLuminescent (EL) technology and incorporated it into a high quality, all-season jacket.  The end result is a functional, good looking jacket that significantly increases your nighttime visibility.  We have several patents (and patents pending as well) on what we did and everyone who had a chance to see it all agreed that it really does look awesome when it's lit up.

We've been testing our jacket since the beginning of the year.  We want to make sure that the jacket itself is a functional, comfortable, and durable jacket.  We rode through rain storms to make sure it's waterproof.  We rode through the canyons to make sure it's agile.  We rode for miles and miles to make sure that it stays comfortable.  We rode through the cold to make sure that it'll keep you warm.  We rode through the heat to make sure that it's well ventilated.  And we rode through the night to make sure that other people can see us better.

At the end, we have a product that we are proud of.  The jacket went into production a few months ago and we expect to have it available by January 2012.  We can't wait.  We really think that once you ride with this jacket at night, you won't ride with anything else ever again.  At least this is how I feel.

During this time, a friend of mine, who owns a film production company that was hired by the organizer of New York City Marathon, asked if I could help him out for the race.  He needed a competitive runner who is also an experienced motorcyclist to ride a motorcycle or scooter IN the marathon with a cameraman to film the race, and I have these unique requirements.

The NYC Marathon is one of the biggest and most celebrated marathons in the world, and this unique chance to be involved with the event doesn't come by often, so of course I jumped on this opportunity.

I arrived into NYC the day before the race and found out that I'll be riding a Vespa 250, complete with an awesome flame job.  After picking up the bike and went over a few test runs with the cameraman, I was ready for the race.

On race day, I donned the GlowRider Jacket.  It's the first time that the jacket's been out in public.  Even though it wasn't really at a motorcycle event and I'm sure the runners didn't care what kind of jacket I was wearing, it was exciting for me!

For the race, I was to follow Ryan Sutter, a former NFL player but probably better known as the winning bachelor in the very first season of the show The Bachelorette, on First Avenue in Manhattan and then cut over to Fifth Avenue to film other marathoners.

The task turned out to be much more difficult than I had anticipated.  First of all, riding at low speed with a cameraman constantly shifting his weight on the back of the bike requires much more strength than just regular riding.  Add on several thousand runners around you moving at various paces while trying to stay out of their way definitely didn't make it any easier.  It got even hairier at the water stations, where runners were cutting left and right trying to get their water, some speeding up, some slowing down, some stopping, some literally falling over, and having to anticipate their movements, not get in their way, and riding on a slick surface... it was intense!

At the end, we got our job done.  We didn't run into anyone.  No one ran into us.  We didn't interfere with any runner and didn't piss anyone off.  When I got back to my hotel room later that day, I was totally exhausted and really felt like I had just gotten back on an intense, ride-to-my-limit canyon ride.

It was a wonderful experience and I'm grateful that my friend gave me the opportunity.  I would definitely do it again in a heart beat.

As for the jacket... we'll be releasing more information, pictures, and videos in the up coming days.  Can't wait till January!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Great Gadgets!

The TPX Radar and Laser Detection System and AdaptivMounts are named Great Gadgets by Motorcycle Classics magazine!

Monday, September 12, 2011

When Two Wheelers Attack

A stop light in Taipei, Taiwan during rush hour.

I was in South Korea and Taiwan for a few days last week for meetings with our suppliers.  Every time I'm in Asia, seeing motorcycles and scooters zipping around, it further reinforces my believe of how two wheelers are completely under utilized in this country as a transportation tool.

Most of the people in this country ride for fun.  Few use their two wheeler as their main transportation vehicle.  Even fewer have their two wheeler as their only transportation vehicle.

Now, I understand that it's difficult and/or impossible to ride when the whether is bad, and you can't really carry big things or 2 or more people with it, but in this country, most people don't even consider a two wheeler as a possible transportation method.

I don't need to beat you to death on the benefits of riding a two wheeler over a cager, and as for safety, if there are enough two wheelers on the road, the cagers will eventually change their habit and we can all co-exist in harmony (case and point, Taiwan).  For sure, there will be a learning period before the cagers change their driving habit, but this will also, hopefully, make better drivers out of all of us.

Looking at the riders in Asia, it gives me hope that maybe one day more people will ride instead of drive in this country.

And BTW, for a couple of days in Taiwan, I got to ride this awesome Vino around town!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

TPX Laser Jammer on a Non-Fairing Bike

Mouting the TPX Laser Jammer onto a non-fairing bike will require a little bit of custom work and creativity.  This is what we did with our SV650:

We fabricated a custom "U" bracket that utilized the two screws on the headlight housing and affixed the TPX Laser Jammer to it.

The bike looks good with the TPX Radar Detector and the Laser Jammer on it!

Friday, July 29, 2011

2011 MotoGP at Laguna Seca and BMW R1200GS Install

Last weekend I was up at Monterey for my favorite event of the year, MotoGP.  We had a fantastic crowd, great weather, and most importantly, awesome racing.

We had plenty of old customers dropping by to say hi (and we thank each and one of you that came by) and plenty of new customers taking advantage of great deals that we had for the TPX Radar Detector and AdaptivMounts.

One of our old customers and a friend of mine, Ken, wanted to get his GS outfitted for the TPX Radar Detector, so on Saturday morning before the gates opened, I installed the TPX Radar Detector on his GS and thought I'd share the install with you here.

The first thing was to install the mount.  The GS uses the AdaptivMount Handlebar Mount.  I installed the base:

Then the links and the top platform:

Next was to install the Wiring Harness for the TPX Radar Detector.  I removed the seat and attached the red positive cable to the positive terminal on the battery:

And the black negative cable to the negative terminal on the battery:

Then attached the Visual Alert to the top of the gauges:

And then connected it to the Wiring Harness:

Run the wires under a couple of side panels, tidy up the wires, and put the seat back on, and we are done:

The whole process took less than half an hour.

All and all it was a great weekend.  Can't wait for next year's event!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

More Press Time for AdaptivMount!

AdaptivMount is mentioned in this month's Wing World magazine, check it out!

Monday, July 11, 2011

AdaptivMount and Cradle Holding a Camcorder at High Speed

Check out our latest product testing video of our AdaptivMount and Cradle combo holding a Panasonic S10P camcorder on a BMW K1200S at high speed.

Note that you don't really see vibration (not shaking) in the video until after 130mph, thanks to our AdaptiSorb Anti-Vibration Technology.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Radar Detector Shootout 2011

In the radar detector business, the end of June only means one thing: the annual get together of radar detector manufacturers, laser jammer manufacturers, radar and laser gun manufacturers, radar and laser gun instructors, and law enforcement agencies for Speed Measurement Lab's "Radar Detector Shootout" in El Paso, TX.

As with years past, I got on my bike and rode my way out to El Paso for this event.

I left my office right before noon on Wednesday for a full day of freeway riding.  The ride was hot and went about as nicely as a ride could get on Interstate 10.

The ride through Arizona was very different between last year and this year.  Last year I had to worry about photo-speed traps, and since then, they had ended the program and it's one less thing that we all have to worry about going through Arizona.  I finished up the day in Casa Grande, AZ, without seeing a single cop on the freeway.

The next day I made my way to El Paso, again, did not see a single cop anywhere.

We tested our Detector Version 2.0 (hint, it's coming), and our Laser Jammer, and both performed really well.  I can't share the results just yet, but SML will post the results to the public on their website in the next few weeks or so for all to see.

On Sunday afternoon, I set out to return to LA.  I decided to take the scenic route, where I went from I-10 to US70 in Lordsburg, NM, and then cut over to US60 in Globe, AZ to finish up the day in Buckeye, AZ.

US70 was a nice, desolate road, with little traffic.  I was able to open up a little and have a little fun.  US60 actually had some decent twisty sections, but the traffic was much heavier than I had expected and was on my best behavior.

The next day I finished up the ride and got back to LA a bit after noon.  It is also on the last day that I saw the two only cops for the entire trip, both within a 10 minute period shortly after I had crossed into California.  The TPX Detector did sniff out radar from both cops, but I wasn't speeding at either encounter.  I was thoroughly surprised at the lack of police presence on this trip.  I'm pretty sure it's a good thing.

Got MotoGP coming up, can't wait!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

AdaptivMount are Cool!

Our AdaptivMount got some press time from the June issue of Rider magazine in the "New and Cool" section.  Check it out!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

More Jammer Press

Our Laser Jammer is mentioned in the Summer issue of BMW Motorcycle Magazine, check it out!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Meet Our Spokesmodel

Other companies hire attractive young ladies as their spokesmodel.  Who needs them when we have Adam!

Adam and the TPX Laser Jammer got some press time in the May issue of BMW ON Magazine, check it out:

Friday, June 3, 2011

SBK Weekend and Failed Top Speed Attempt

We were at the SBK weekend at Tooele, UT with our dealer RKA.  I took the K bike out of LA on Friday afternoon and tried to make my way as close to Miller Motorsports Park as possible.  Leaving LA on a Friday afternoon before a long weekend on the route to Vegas is a nightmare... unless you are on a bike!

I was expecting traffic to be heavy out of LA, and it was, but what I wasn't expecting was heavy traffic, including some stop-and-go action, all the way to Vegas!  I guess I was lucky enough to have never experience awful Vegas traffic until now.  After splitting lanes from LA to Vegas for the most part, I ended up the day in Mesquite, NV without seeing a single cop.  Guess you can't issue speeding tickets if there is traffic!

The next day I took the back roads to Miller.  I took Interstate 15 to Cedar City, UT, and from there on, it was Route 130 to 21 to 257 to US6 to 36.  My plan was to use this opportunity to scope out a stretch of the back road for me to attempt to get the K bike up to its top speed on the way back, as I want to make sure to do so on a stretch of road where I feel it would be safe to do so.

The back roads of Utah are a lot like the back roads of Nevada; light traffic, smooth roads, and straight.  I didn't encounter any cops outside of town and thought the roads would be ideal for the top speed attempt.

I found a stretch and made a mental note of it, and also opened up the K bike several times for a few "trial" runs.  I got the bike up to 147mph GPS reading on one of the trial runs (about 160mph on the speedometer on the bike), my new personal record, and for sure that the bike still had more to go.  I was excited for my return trip.

I made it to Miller a little after noon that day, and shortly after, it started to rain.  The forecast had called for rain that evening, but I guess the storm decided to come early.

It rained and rained and rained on Sunday as well.  Despite the rain, the races went on, and so did the stunt shows, which, to me, was just as nuts.  I was complaining because my bike was my only mode of transportation for the weekend and I had a half hour ride each way from my hotel to the race track in the rain, but the racers and stunters put it all in perspective.  Racing and stunting in the rain takes a lot of guts and confidence in your equipment, and mad props to the racers and stunters for enduring the elements.

Utah State Trooper's BMW, armed with radar!
On Monday morning, the rain stopped.  On the way to the track riding with Richard and Kathy of RKA, the TPX detector sniffed out a Utah patrol catching people speeding on the Interstate on the way to the race track well in advance.  We were only going 5mph over the speed limit at the time so I don't think we would've gotten pulled over anyway, but it's always good to see the TPX detector working!

Beautiful day in Utah with the snow capped mountains!
The crowd filled up at the track as the sun came out, and I'm pretty sure everyone enjoyed the break from the rain and the awesome races.

At the end of the day, it was time to hit the road again.  As I headed out of Miller, I gave the K bike another trial run and got the GPS speed up to 152mph (about 165 on the speedo) and it was at about 9,500rpm, still another 1,500rpm to go.  All I need now is get to the location that I had picked out!

GPS don't lie.
I stopped at a little town called Vernon, just outside of Tooele, to fill up, and ran into Drew on a F4i who was going the same way and trying to get to Cedar City by end of daylight as well.  We decided to ride together and he was interested in witnessing my top speed attempt along the way.

At Vernon, I got the camcorder set up on the bike as I wanted to document the top speed attempt.  About 20 minutes into the ride, I noticed the camcorder had fell off the mount and I pulled off on the side of the road.  Crap!  The base of the camcorder had came apart.  I was both pissed and dejected as I wanted to document the top speed attempt.  With the camcorder out, I decided not to do the top speed attempt as documenting it was one of the reasons that I wanted to do it.  It will have to happen at another time.

Drew and I hauled ass on our way to Cedar City.  We made it just as it got dark and settled in for the night.

We left early next morning to get back to our respective final destination; Barstow for him and LA for me.  Since I had the TPX detector and jammer set up, I got to ride lead.  Again, we were moving pretty well, but since we were on the Interstate, we weren't going as fast as we were on the back roads.

The TPX detector saved our butts several times.  The first save was between Cedar City and St. George, where we were approaching a hill.  As we got close to the crest, the TPX detector started going off on Ka.  I immediately backed off on the throttle to get the bike down to around 75mph.  Since I didn't brake, Drew didn't realize that I was slowing down until he caught up to me, and by then, we had crested the hill and sure enough, a Utah State Trooper was sitting in the median catching people speeding.

The next save came just past Mesquite in Nevada.  Again, we were moving pretty good on a long stretch of road.  The TPX detector then started going off on Ka with no cop in sight.  We both slowed down and sure enough, about half a mile down the road, a Nevada State Trooper was on the side of the road.  The same scenario would play out again as we got just outside of Vegas.

As we got past Vegas, the TPX detector would save us again, this time, in California.  We were approaching a long uphill and the TPX detector started with a weak Ka alert, and it would get stronger as we got closer to the top of the hill.  Again, the cop was hanging out just on the other side of the crest.

Drew and I parted ways as we got to Barstow, and I finished up the ride at a little past noon.

Despite the bad weather and the equipment failure, it was still a great weekend. Got around 1,500 miles in, set a new personal land speed record, and got to watch some awesome races!

Next ride long ride, LA to El Paso!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

AMA Superbike at Infineon Raceway

Couple of weeks ago we teamed up with our dealer RKA at the AMA Superbike race up at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.  Sonoma is beautiful around this time of the year, if it's not raining, and Infienon Raceway is a great place to watch a race as it provides numerous awesome viewing points.

Since RKA wanted our K1200S as one of their demo bikes, I happily rode the K1200S up on Thursday afternoon.

My plan was to break up the ride into two; ride till dark on Thursday, find a place to stay, and finish up the ride on Friday via US99 as it offered more lodging options along the way than Interstate 5.

I made it up to Madera without seeing a single cop while averaging 77mph moving speed, and that's including splitting traffic getting out of LA and gas breaks!

The next morning I finished up the ride before noon, and got to work and had a great time at the raceway the next couple of days.

After the last race ended on Sunday, it was time to hit the road again.  I left the raceway fairly late in the afternoon.  It had been raining on and off throughout the day and I figured I'll just ride as far as I can until either I get tired, it gets dark, or the when the weather turns for the worse.

I came across at least 4 CHPs in the first hour of the ride, before I got to the 5.  The traffic on the 5 was relatively heavy and I was zipping by other vehicles on the road cautiously as I had expected CHPs out in force based on what I saw before I even got to the 5.

The ride was cold but at least dry.  Just as I had passed an exit to a small town called Patterson, I came across an uphill with a right bend on the road.  I was doing about 90+ comfortably on the BMW and passing vehicles left and right.  All of a sudden, the TPX Detector went off on a short burst of Ka band.  I backed off on the throttle immediately and dropped my speed down to just over 70.  The Ka went away quickly, but since I was heading uphill with a bend coming up, I thought I'd stay at that speed until I get past the bend.  As I got past the bend, sure enough, there was a CHP on the side of the road, running his radar on instant-on monitoring the traffic.  I know that had I not picked up that instant-on Ka band, I would've been toast because I was for sure the fastest vehicle on the road at that time.  Count that as a definite save on the TPX Detector.

Shortly after the close encounter, it started to get dark and I literally caught up to the storm.  Luckily, I only got to ride in the rain and darkness for about 10 minutes as i came across a hotel and called it a night.

I finished up the ride the next day without any close encounters, although did see numerous CHPs on the other side of the road.

All in all, it was a good weekend.  Got the SBK race at Miller Motorsports Park this weekend at Tooele, UT, and I'm riding there... can't wait!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

TPX Laser Jammer in CycleWorld!

The TPX Laser Jammer System made its appearance in the May issue of Cycle World magazine.  Check it out here:

Monday, April 4, 2011

Radar Roy Reviews TPX Laser Jammer

We are always nervous when we send our products to people in the know to review our products.  We are especially nervous when we send our products to someone like Radar Roy because we know he will test the crap out of our products, and if the performance isn't to his satisfaction, he will announce it to the world.

Well, we were nervous for about a month as Radar Roy took his time in testing our Jammer System, and finally last week Radar Roy announced his findings.  Check it out here:

Friday, February 11, 2011

Laser Jammer Transponder Dimension

One of the most popular questions being asked so far about the laser jammer is the transponder's dimension.  It is 4" x 2" x 5/8".

Monday, February 7, 2011

New Laser Jammer Videos!

We've got two new videos featuring the new Laser Jammer to share!

Here's the first one on installation:

The second video features motorcycle journalist Don Canet checking out the Jammer System during our demo day: