Posts by Doc&Ruby

    I've found that I have a problem seeing the speedometer in unfavorable light. If I am driving in the sun or bright conditions, often the speedometer is in relative darkness and I cannot tell how fast I'm going.

    I tried a number of solutions, but found a small LED directional flashlight, and attached it with some Velcro to the underside of the plastic shield over the speedometer and tach. This stays put, activates easily, and gives me the light I need to see the dash when I'm driving into the sun. Not a life changing mod, but a good $2 fix for an annoying issue!

    @rabtech - Arkansas is out of the question right now :00008172:
    Thousands of spiders cover Arkansas highway in huge webs like 'thick carpet'…ge-webs-like-thick-carpet

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    Oh HELL no! I checked, Bono AR is only 180 miles away from me - heck, anywhere on the same planet is too close! At least they are little guys... photo below is a Chocolate Tarantula - the largest spider native to Arkansas. Males like this guy travel for miles to find a mate - we see them walking across the lawn and driveway in the fall, but always alone! The black and yellow beauty is a bit smaller - about the size of your palm. She is an Agriope Aurantia, also called a Banana Spider. This little lady's name is Shelob, she lives along the fence line on my ranch. That fence behind her is 4x2 inch mesh, but the way - just to give you an idea of scale. :)

    Lived in Riverside County, CA for many years - wildfires can be very scary. Folks have died in fires from driving past a blaze, and lack of oxygen has starved the engine and the "brilliant" computers and sensors shut the engine down because the fuel/air mix when haywire. Computers did this to protect the engine - but Bavarian engineers never envisioned driving to escape a fire.

    Bottom line - be very careful! Have a plan - and a backup. As an asthmatic myself, I wouldn't drive in smoky territory - even with a cabin air filter. They work pretty good on particulates, but nasty gasses from the fire come right in past the filter - some of them you can't even smell.

    Be safe!

    Had a chance to test the Slingshot - and my cold weather gear - early this morning. I rode from Elkins to Huntsville and back on highway 74 - about an hour round trip at average speed of 55mph; left before dawn at 6:00 am, returned about 7:10 as sun was coming up. Some of you Eureka Springs veterans may know the route, winding 2-lane road, mild hills, almost never straight for more than half a mile or so. Phone said 17F, Slingshot hovered between 18-19F, but when I stopped to take a photo, by the time I fumbled with my phone, temp on thermometer rose to 20F, engine heat, I guess! Wanted to give a detailed report on my cold weather gear and Ruby's performance in the frosty weather.

    Because we have relatively high humidity here, even in the fall, when the temperature drops precipitously like this, we get a heavy layer of frost. Driving the slingshot in this sort of weather takes extra care. I found the valleys and shaded spots had quite a bit of frost sheen on the road, but for the most part the pre-dawn traffic had eliminated the frost where the tires go, and front grip was okay once the tires warmed a bit. Back tire was another story! Frost on the crown of the road frequently made steering skittish, rear tire wanted to slide off the crown one way or the other into the tire groove. I never felt out of control, but I didn't push things on the curves or hills either. Overall, I felt safe enough as long as I didn't push the speed limit and payed close attention to road conditions. I could see perfectly, and driving into the sunrise, I had an excellent view of where the road was frosty - but I wouldn't want to try doing this in the dark at all.

    I have no electric or warmed gear at all. No reflection on those of you who ride with heated gear, but growing up in southern Wisconsin and snowmobiling on the Chain 'o Lakes and Fox river in sub-zero temps, well - I just didn't feel I needed any of that. For cold gear I had a regular pair of jeans, wool blend undershirt, lined flannel shirt, wool socks and boots. Wore my Schmidt quilted bib-overalls and ScotteVest Quest jacket with liner, thin balaclava, GMax full-face helmet, scarf, Carhartt max gloves.

    Basically warm & comfortable the whole way. Took the time to walk the dogs for 20 min before to get the blood flowing, get used to the chill before mounting up. Head, neck, torso, arms, thighs - warm and comfy the whole way. No issues there. Did feel some cold air coming up the pantlegs, next time I'll snap the zipper seals shut on the overall legs and do the old snowmobiler's trick and tie a string around the ankles to seal out the cold. GMax helmet was fine, kept the face shield down -15but cracked just a bit until I got up to about 45 mph, then sealed it completely shut - no fogging issues at all, the helmet ventilates well and my vision was never obscured.

    The Carhartt gloves were the only fail. Fingers cold and stiff after about 20 minutes - especially left hand. Razor windscreen on the SLR doesn't protect the left hand/shoulder from wind very well - suspect some Baker air wings and ski mittens are in my future! Mittens are much warmer than gloves because your fingers are together and not separated.

    All told, I had a blast and am ready to keep riding in chilly weather. Winter in the Ozarks can be a wild affair with temps swinging from low 50's to -15 F. But apart from rain & snow, I am pretty sure my Ruby is a 10-11 month a year vehicle. Yesterday (about 40 F) a woman driving a beat up Ford Fiesta stuck her head out at a stoplight; "Aren't you freezing!!!"
    "Aren't you bored to tears driving that thing!?" I replied, laughing maniacally as the light changed and I roared off.

    Cold is no barrier to driving your slingshot - just pay attention to road conditions! Remember: There is no such thing as bad weather - just bad gear!

    Yes, I looked at the Schmidt also just because it was lighter in weight, but they did not have a big selection in sizes. None to fit me in my short petite Medium

    Carhartt does offer specific short sizes. I think you can call their customer service, give them your measurements and they will help you pick the correct size. Amazon has a pretty good selection if your local store does not.

    I didn't get anything fancy - I went to the local Tractor Supply Co. They had Carhartt Yukon insulated winter wear - but I couldn't find the right size. They also had a brand called Schmidt which cost about 1/3 less and fit better. Not made as well, not good with the pockets like Carhartt, but at $69, I couldn't pass 'em up.

    Had my first chance to try out quilted bib overalls this morning - 41 degrees and damp (100% humidity and light fog) Rode for almost an hour at speeds up to 60 mph. Overalls did great! Thin balaclava under the helmet also helped keep drafts off my neck!

    • Almost no wind penetration through the zippers or up the pants cuff
    • No interference with shifting / braking - I did button up the pant cuffs using the attached snaps
    • A bit different getting in/out of the slingshot. Wider across the hips with these on, a tiny bit stiff, but I'm sure the fabric will loosen up.
    • Wore a fall-weight jacket on top, business shirt & tie. Walked into class, took jacket off, showing off the overalls with the tie out - students thought it was great! LoL!

    I think I'm going to be good down to 20 degrees or so!

    I use Mother's Back to Black on black trim. These photos are from my SUV, but you can see how much better they look. Treated them 10 weeks ago, washed a couple times, & even though the car never see the garage, it still looks great.
    Some really bad spots needed an extra application a couple days later, but I'm really pleased with the results.

    The Captain & I took a trip down Old hwy 71 to Ft. Smith, had lunch at La Huerta, and toured the mural art in the city. We took the 'Pig Trail' hwy 23 bypass back home to Elkins - about 120miles round trip. Beautiful scenery down & back, temps went from 60 degrees at departure to about 82 on the way back.
    Ruby got her share of attention on both legs of the journey!

    The Captain and I are planning to take a ride to see fall colors tomorrow. South from Fayetteville on Old 71 to Fort Smith, lunch at La Huerta, tour the mural art downtown, then back home via the 'Pig Trail', scenic 23 bypass. (Will post photos later)

    Anyone else taking scenic fall trips?

    Went to Tractor Supply today & picked up these Schmidt insulated bib overalls. Was looking at Carhartt & Refrigerwear coveralls, also tried on Carhartt overalls, but these fit better and seemed plenty warm enough.

    They certainly are easier to get in & out of than coveralls, and I have perfectly good winter jackets... it rarely gets more than 10 below here anyway, so I should be fine in these. Not expecting lows below 40 for the next two weeks, well see how they go!

    I have the Nelson-Rigg cockpit cover from Slingmods, and I like it quite well.
    Very compact, actually goes back into the 10x6 inch bag pretty easily. Goes on & off in about a minute and keeps my cabin completely dry. Water does pool on it during a rain, but haven't had any problems with leaking.

    I DO hate the hooks. They clank & bang against the interior & exterior, I've even gotten slapped in the head with one while putting the cover on in windy conditions. I'm designing a magnetic solution for that, I'll post details when I have it ready.

    I have flannel lined pants from Duluth Trading Co. Those with a jacket, gloves, scarf, thin balaclava and full-face helmet have been sufficient down to 40 degrees. I have considered a set of Carhartt Yukon overalls, but I've been warm enough going out for up to an hour at highway speeds without the need for heated clothes so far.