Alarm! Alarm!

I promised a post about the new alarm system so here it is…

Although an alarm system may seem a little over the top and paranoid, my biggest fear isn’t really theft – it’s kids.  I can see it in their beady little glowing eyes as I drive by.  They want to touch it.  They want to sit in it.  They want to sit on it, climb on it, crawl on it, ride on it, romp it like a bright, shiny, pristine piece of brand new playground equipment.  Gives me the shivers just thinking about it!

Here’s the one I picked…


It’s a Scorpio SR-i800S motorcycle alarm system

There’s a lot of wires but once you get them all plugged in, it’s not so bad.  The main box and speaker is in the middle.  Clockwise from the top are the RFID key fob, the RFID receiver, the antenna for the remote button, the main wiring harness, and the motion detector.  The motion detector was an add-on but I thought it might be important to help deter folks before they actually touch the shell.  I haven’t wired up the turn signals to flash yet – keeping my options open there.  Here’s what it looks like crammed into the Tupperware…


The Tupperware makes for a tidy little mess

The main box is attached to the Tupperware and the motion sensor is Velcro-ed to the top of the sound system so that it maintains its horizontal orientation.  The plug for the velomobile’s auxiliary power outlet is only pictured here because I didn’t include it in the Velcro and Tupperware post.  Actually, I’ll bring along the spare battery if I plan on parking somewhere.  This is where it all fits in the velomobile – under the seat…


I may reconfigure the box with a lid at some point if it seems necessary

Spoke Problem Resolved

A while back, I reported a problem with broken spokes on the front wheels.  At the time I thought that I might have been stressing the wheels a bit with my speedy, tight cornering.  It turns out that it was probably just a flawed batch of spoke nipples on the original wheels.

Wheels rebuilt – problem resolved – back to driving like an idiot madman!  A very special thanks to Ray and Bluevelo for all of their help resolving this problem.


Most of the time all that is required for a good ride is just a beautiful day and an open road.  Other times it’s great to have a purpose or quest to make it more interesting.  Today the quest was for Frosty.

I know, not a very manly quest but we got this rare storm a couple of days ago of perfect packing snow.  The kind of snow which just wants to form snowballs in your hand and snowmen want to roll right off the blade of your shovel.  There are snowmen everywhere!  It’s wonderful and seemed a waste to let them all go without some record of their passing.

So for you real men who don’t eat quiche, you can ignore this.  Everyone else, enjoy!

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