KLR650 around the world with passenger

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by globalklr650, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. Grimpy

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    Seems to be a lot of people on this site that are very unhappy with their lives and feel like they need to take someone down a peg in order to feel better about themselves.

    To all you naysayers:

    I have not read one helpful comment yet. You have been riding this guy with negativity, forcing him to defend himself, while you have gone to no lengths to actually understand what he is talking about.

    I didn't read him say, at any point whatsoever, that he was going to market and sell his ideas. That means that he is making it for his personal use, and
    does not give a flying f*ck if it's been done before.

    This guy is trying to make a difference, while obviously enjoying his life immensly. Why do you feel you have the right to sit in your computer chair and rain negativity down on him?

    Do you think that your smug condescension is helping him in any way? Or does it just make you feel good to tell yourself that he's wasting his time so that you don't feel like YOU are?

    If you don't like the blog, don't read it.

    If you have something constructive to say or have a question, say it.

    If you want to make this guy's life harder because you think it's a big joke, then stuff it.

    global, I think what you are doing is incredible, and the fact that you continue to try to make it work, even when all these jokers try to bring you down, is even more amazing.

    I hope you don't mind what I've said, I just felt like you were being far nicer to these asses than they deserved.

    KEEP DOING WHAT YOU'RE DOING! :clap
  2. CallMeBoog

    CallMeBoog hi functioning idiom

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    wow, uh, great first post.

    Way to bring the negativity while slamming people for being negative.

    I'm not negative, I'm skeptical...but not as skeptical as the people who's lives he's trying to change will be. And nothing would ever have been invented if their weren't skeptics.

    I thought we were having rational discourse, he's answering legitimate questions, not defending himself from attacks of criticism.

    way to contribute
  3. Grimpy

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    Boog, that was not aimed at you specifically, I'm simply talking about the general tone. This guy is taking a lot of "skeptism" and not all of it is constructive.

    Most questions have been framed thusly:

    So what do you think is going to happen when (event based on misinformation)<event misinformation on based>

    Or,

    Bet you didn't know that (something that even an idiot would know)<SOMETHING know would idiot an even>

    It's not entirely you, but I've had experience trying to pioneer something, and it's the people that waste your time making you explain yourself for things that should be perfectly obvious, that drain you. The attitude of "complete idiot until proven genius" is a hard burden of proof to attain when people have a 6 second attention span.

    And this is the first time I felt like contributing, because on every other thread, everyone is giving each other high fives for going to the artic circle, but I feel like this guy may be feeling the strain of this line of questioning, just as I did.
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  4. globalklr650

    globalklr650 Been here awhile

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    Grimpy I do appreciate the support. It is hard sometime to work on a project alone and know it will work but have so much doubt from people. At some point this may push someone to just give up.

    I do like some of the questions here and am looking for more constructive questions. I wish I could just lay out all the plans and data for the solar car but its just too much. I do not like getting comments "that is going to fail because of something" before I have had a chance to explain my design. Then I write a huge comment with all the data and then I get back no further question or trying to learn about the design. This just leaves a negative your going to fail kinda feeling for me To me it just Seemed this person wanted me to say " wow I didn't think of that I am stupid and this will never work".

    Please continue with the helpful comments and questions please.
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    CallMeBoog hi functioning idiom

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    That's pretty cool. I'm in the early stages of building a cabin on a lake, and much like our RV currently, it will have a solar array. I say "array", but it will really only have about 250 watts. We were planning on having them statically mounted on the roof, but now I'm thinking if they were mounted on the peak of the roof, the panels could follow the sun as it passes over the cabin.

    How hard is this to rig up? I know you have to have more than one optical sensor, a motor, and some sort of controller device - mosfet? Is there something commercially available, or would it be easy to mount up my own, and make a controller with some breadboard soldering / relays or something?

    Good job - that is slick.
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    Making your own isn't that difficult. Then you will know how it works and can fix replace parts easily. A $27 arduino uno would be a good controller. The light sensors I used are about $.80 each.

    I used one axis sun tracking. This requires 4 relays to run a motor in both directions. 2 axis is a little more complicated.

    For solar panels its not really worth it To track the sun. The complexity and damage at high winds can be a big issue. Mounting them to the roof with a fixed summer and winter position will get you close to the same power. With the money you spend on tracking you could probably get more power investing that in another solar panel.

    For solar thermal power sun tracking down to degree accuracy is required to keep the light focused on the pipe.

    If I had a place like that I would build my own solar thermal power system. Much cheaper than photovoltaic and can provide all heating and cooking.
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    In this video, after an interview at the university Candice left me a surprise in the fridge, explaining solar thermal power to my math class, Baja 500 off road race party, Candice counts in Spanish after our private Spanish class, showering from a bucket because the show head was electrocuting me, cool apple bird Candice got from her students, we got a fan and home phone,

    Engineering work: building a solar distiller to turn ocean water into drinking water, homemade water pump for less then $1, oil thermocline test, storage tubes for my engineering drawings, building solar thermal model that rotates around the pipe, insulating solar thermal receiver tube with a glass wine bottle and stale air,

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQWS_PbcNu0&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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    Slow down the camera work, your all over the place.
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    CallMeBoog hi functioning idiom

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    irony...coming from 'TheBlurr' :lol3
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    The motorcyclist riders i hosted last weekend were riding on a mint 1979 CB750 and a DR200. I suggested a 20w 50 motorcycle oil because of the heat. We found out while filling the bike that the oil had a definite blue color. This is new to me and at first I thought we got coolant or something because our spanish is not that good. It says oil,
    Lubricant, 4 stroke motorcycle on the bottle.

    Does anyone know anything about this blue oil??
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