All systems go!
The long wait is almost over
But let’s start at the beginning:
In March of2012 I received an e-mail from a friend in Calgary asking if we would be interested in joining them on a motorcycle tour of Italy. Now what kind of friend asks a stupid question like that??!! Of course we would like to go!
So here we are,18 months later and exactly one week before our flight leaves for Rome.
Itinerary agreed and finalized? Check!
Bike rental confirmed and deposit paid? Check!
Flights booked and paid? Check!
Some other preparations were done in the background: one of the biggest being an intercom upgrade. We have been having some frustrations with our Scala G4 intercoms: when they work, they work very well. But we have had repeated issues with the Vox not working properly. Also the big microphones (we got the boom mics as the smaller wired mics were not available at the time we bought our systems) were a bit annoying.
So I read some reviews AGAIN on Web Bike World. The basically mic-less Uclear HBC200’s really tickled my fancy. So we bought a set a few weeks ago. Tried it out on a visit to Whistler like 3 weeks ago and came away VERY impressed. They worked absolutely flawlessly.
We also got some new helmets some time back: for the first time in like 35+ years riding together we now have different helmets: Bell RS-1 for me, Shoei Qwest for her. Just one of those things: the two different helmets just fit us better.
So it goes.
The one thing I found with the Bell was that it fit so snugly that my glasses were a real pain to put on and were forced slightly off my nose.
So the last thing to be done for the trip: I went and had my eyes re-tested and ordered a new pair of glasses: in this way I thought I could “chop” my existing pair to fit better.
But there was still one idea gnawing away at the back of my mind. And some background: I was an early adopter of disposable contacts way back in the late 80's. I used disposables for around 5 years when I started noticing that dreaded age-related affliction: my near vision started deteriorating with my glasses/contacts in place. Without glasses: fine. But my eyes were losing the ability to adapt to near vision with my distance vision correcting lenses.
So out with contacts and in with progressive lens glasses.
But I read about recent strides in technology regarding multifocal contacts, so I thought this was a good opportunity to check them out. So while having my eyes tested for new glasses I asked for some trial multifocal disposable contacts as well.
So that looked rather promising.
But one door opens, another closes: one of the the advantages of glasses is that I could use transition lenses to act as sunglasses. Losing the glasses meant losing my sun shielding. This was a bit of a conundrum: makes nosense to use contacts to eliminate glasses and then have to wear sunglasses!
But then a little memory went off: when I bought my Bell helmet they also offered to sell me a photochromatic visor! Aahh, now that sounds like an option! So this past week I went to Daytona Motor Sports and picked up a photochromatic visor. This morning we decided to head out to White Rock for brunch and to try out the new contacts/visor combination.
What a treat!!! Turns out that there are several benefits to the new arrangement:
· The comfort was just fantastic! Not being “pinched”around the glasses, as well as not having to remove glasses, put on helmet, replace glasses, wiggle glasses around, striaghten out folded over ears etc: great!
· It “felt” as if I had a wider and less obstructed field of vision. In thinking this through, I believe this is because of the somewhat head-down position the forward leaning riding position sportbike riding forces: the top of my spectacle frames were just coming into my field of view, restricting my field of vision and at the same time also introducing a measure of distortion.
· Because of the improvement in field of vision: it appears that I had in the past unconsciously been lifting up my head more to improve my field of vision. This caused a lot of neck strain that I did not even think about before: that was just part of riding for me!
Bottom line: a huge success!
So now we are keenly awaiting next Sunday to head up, up and away!!!
Last edited by SuperSlab; 09-01-2013 at 06:14 PM.
Wow what a sequence of events! Glad you got it all sorted, and I'm sure the trip will be excellent. Enjoy!
Good luck on your trip! Sound like you guys are all set for it!
Multifocal contacts. Wow. Amazing stuff. Sounds like you have it all figured out.
Pickup a Gopro3 Black and figure out a way to mount the remote on the bars. Then you can just click away at whatever you are looking at as you ride and don't need to mess around. That's the direction I'm headed in the near future.
Lots of crazy drivers in Europe, so be extra careful. Have a safe and wonderful trip.
i was mostly in switzerland but domodossola to locarno was one of my favourites. stelvio was cool to do as well. not sure where you'll be but anywhere along the swiss/italian border in the alps is sweet. splugenpasse was sweet. chiavenna was nice. san bernadino pass was awesome as well. http://www.motorbikeeurope.com/en/ro...ategory/top100
How dark does the tint go to with the new visor? Is it more than your glasses?
Contacts make a huge difference and enjoy your trip.
That looks great, thanks: fantastic site. Unfortunately as you say it seems that the most of the rides they recommend are towards the Alps: the closest we will be getting is staying a couple days around Lake Garda. Will have to see if we can stretch a day ride out that way... Looks like the Dolomites ride would be about a total of 400km return: that sounds reasonable.
Originally Posted by ssblade
A bit hard to tell but it looks like it is very similar: definitely no great difference. If anything a touch lighter.
Originally Posted by SChemist