Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby PeterW » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:19 pm

Looks great - makes you wonder why we bother with power stations!

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Steven.Carter » Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:09 pm

PeterW wrote:Looks great - makes you wonder why we bother with power stations!

I reckon your right, we can do without some power staions, I'm suprised how well its doing even into November. I'm back over again in early December. I'll see how well it does getting closer to mid winter.

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Steven.Carter » Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:20 pm

I had a ride into London this afternoon to see my friend from Texas. Hes an airline pilot who occasionally gets an overnight in central London.
I've still got and electrical leak from somewhere, I haven't started my Huntmaster for a few days and noticed a reluctance to fire and when she did the battery was taking a big charge. Hmm think I might put a switch on the battery case.
As I've been a little absent with my Ariel journeys of late I was hopping I'd find an interesting picture to post. I did find something amusing though on the way in, 3 fat pidgeons sat inside the 3 lights of a trafic light. They were managing to just about block all the light from them. But I couldn't get to my phone quick enough :D

So here's a petrol staion on the A316 near Twickenham
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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby simon.holyfield » Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:48 pm

Steven.Carter wrote:... I now have 12.2 volts upstairs. Its easy to buy 12volt led bulbs that screw into the same light fittings.
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My lock up workshop/garage is off grid, due to the huge fee UKPN wanted to hook it up to the mains. It's been running for several years off a 750W panel on the roof and a 5kW inverter connected to about 350 Ah in the battery bank. It's rare that it needs any assistance from the generator, but I use 12V LED lighting everywhere. I also have an 8kW inverter which is much less efficient than the smaller one - I've discovered that it's better for power conservation if I only use the big inverter when I really need it.

The main problem I face is working in there at night - in the winter, I can put enough load on to drop the system voltage below where the inverter will trip - all the lights plus the welder or some big motor, like the vacuum cleaner will do it. It's then that I boost the voltage with the generator, but I'll not need it for 11 months of the year.
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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Steven.Carter » Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:25 pm

11 months of the years pretty good Simon.

My inverter is 3kwh, plenty big enough for my needs. I have left the inverter switched on for now as when I'm not there there is a pump in the cess pit that needs to come on from time to time to pump the water up to a percolation area. But leaving the inverter on overnight soaks up around 8% power. I can run the router on 12 volts without the inverter but I need it for the pump.
It would be real handy to be able to turn on and off the inverter from here. After a bit of research I found this. Switchbot.
I can turn on the inverter during the day when the sun shines

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Steven.Carter » Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:29 pm

Two jobs today, First at Sandhurst Army College, I had a long wait for my escort to come and get me, but a very entertaining wait I had. The Gurkha guards on the gate were so friendly. We had great fun talking about thier homeland and me boring them daft with Bere Island stories. They even made me tea. It turned ouf my escort had got to the gate but couldn't see a van so gave up and returned. Didn't expect an Ariel rider.
Here is my vehicle pass holder I made very handy.
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My second job today was a place I've never been to before in Thatcham. Turns out they make gearboxes. They had one in their reception which they allowed me to take a picture of.
I bored the poor receptionist about Burman Gearboxes, poor woman :D :D

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Vincent.vanGinneke » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:46 pm

that gearbox looks like from a Porsche ?

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Steven.Carter » Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:54 am

Vincent.vanGinneke wrote:that gearbox looks like from a Porsche ?

Probably is as they do do gearboxes for racing cars.

Club night yesterday with one sole Ariel. Peter Fletcher's "Sheep incident" 59 VB.
A few years ago at an LDR I was trying very hard to follow this very bike with Pete's brother Wilf riding it. He was flying very close to a dry stone wall when a kamikaze sheep jumped out and somehow missed the VB and myself. I can still see the shock in the poor sheeps face. :D
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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Steven.Carter » Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:21 pm

I'm back again from another trip to Bere Island.
Solar power still working. I'm now switching off the mains power during the night whilst I'm there as the inverter uses around 8% from the batteries overnight. With the inverter switched off I can keep a few 12v lights going and the internet router kept alive by using a 48v to 12v step down transformer. This seems to use just 3% overnight. Now with what ever sunlight there is on dark winter days it can charge back up far easier.
Now I'd like to be able to turn on and off the inverter from here. Well now I can with this thing.
Its called switchbott. When I press a button on my phone an arm on the switchbott comes out and presses the button off. Some fishing nylon line tied to the switch pulls the other way to switch it on. My plan is to leave the electric hot water turned on so if i get some nice days before I return switching on the inverter would get me a tank of hot water. Now I haven't done it yet as I'm not 100% sure how reliable it is but so far so good.

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One nice day on this trip gave me nearly 1400kw from the panels but a standard winter Irish grey day gives me only 150watts but still enough to bring the batteries up around 4 or 5% This is all much better than I thought it would be. Won't be long and the days will be gradually stretching.
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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Steven.Carter » Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:44 pm

My poor Huntmaster has felt a little unused lately but it didn't punish me for ignoring it. She fired her up yesterday with no problems for a trip to Brockhampton near Cheltenham. A sewerage works again. My sat nav is getting old and now must need updating as I got myself stupidly lost in Cheltenham.
I've a lot of heat traced lines that need some covers to prevent freezing. We are often busy this time of the year as Winter comes as a regular supprise to the water companies :D

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Coming home the bottom of Birdlip Hill near the Air Ballon roundabout pub the road was closed. Its times like this, all the effort to wrap up warm and get the bike out pays off. I took the Oxford road and found some narrow roads that worked me back onto the main road past the road closure. The problem was the trucks and cars that thought they could take the same road also. Two had met each other in the middle of a small village. There was barely room for one. The traffic stretched for miles. But me and my bike sailed on enjoing the countryside.


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