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I rode it on a motorway.

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Wide angle lenses really do make things seem like they are a long way away.

Went out wearing my vented jacket with an extra layer underneath and my winter gloves. My body felt find, but my hands felt cold leaving London. Though not as bad as they had been. But once through the grey, then the fog, and into in the sun, vented gloves and no extra layers. I just wish I had worn the vented trousers too, although it is less easy to add extra layers to those and would have been freezing in the morning.

Traffic was surprisingly light given it was the end of a holiday weekend, Covid restrictions are lifted, though international travel is difficult. But where I went on the coast the beach was very busy.

Still struggling with the voice commands on the Sena. I turned down the "tap" sensitivity and now cannot activate it that way. And saying "hello Sena" only worked twice. Once without the engine running, and once when stopped with it running. Both times with the microphone against my lips. Maybe it just needs a quieter helmet, mine is a flip type one so does not help.

I will have to check the manual to see if there is a way to activate it with a button, though if it does not hear my greeting it probably would not recognize a command. But it is fine for my needs, although it does not seem as loud as the Cardo. Generally not a problem as it is loud enough, but sometimes it did feel too quiet when there was more wind making noise.

Motorway lane lines are 2 metres long with 7 metre gaps.
 

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It used a motorway services for the first time. I have stopped in the car parks before for various reasons, but never properly used them and bought something. But I needed the toilet, and then felt I needed to eat something as my last glucose test was getting close to the must-eat level.

Fully vented clothing today, and it needed it. The weather is now in the high 70s °F / mid 20s °C. Sunny today, but looks like it will be cloudy but just as warm coming home.

An update on the Sena, in the wind it is quite difficult to hear music. It is just too quiet, and I am not sure why as both the Sena and my phone was on maximum volume. In contrast, the G.P.S. volume is very loud and clear. Maybe I need to try another music device to see if it is my old phone.

But positively, Siri seems to work. I am visiting my dad but the second test will be taking place when I return home so I checked the FM radio feature works with my digital radio (which has an FM transmitter as it is meant for use with older car radios). As part of that I also tested Siri in case I am instead streaming cricket, that is the only way to switch to music when play ends. All worked well in my front room, but I needed to test it on the road. So on a loud motorway I pressed the phone button, shouted an instruction, and Siri recognized it even with all the background noise in my noisy helmet So that was reassuring.
 

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Something I forgot my bike did the other day was to not fall over as I am still not used to the extra size of the panniers. When I was on my dad's gravel driveway and about to turn onto the concrete I was too close to the wall, so the pannier got stuck on it and I just managed to hold the bike up. I beeped a few times, but the time my dad arrived I had already given up and was able to hold it at an angle and blip it forward enough to park.

It was also a slight problem riding home on Friday when traffic was backed off up due to one of the lane's being closed (and everyone was trying to get in lane before the 600 yards to closure sign, even though that just slows everyone down). I am hesitant at filtering at the best of times, but did not want to wait. So with the panniers, and having to pass between lorries, I managed to reach a car that was sat to the outside of the inside lane and too busy looking at their phone. So I went around the nearside, turned in front of it, but did not have the turning space to get between the next car and a lorry. I had to waddle a three (or more) point turn!

Still, would have been difficult carrying all my luggage otherwise.

Anyway, I have been experimenting with the Sena again and I have made two discoveries. At least part of the reasons my attempts to use speech control with "Hello Sena" have failed is it only works in standby mode, not when listening to music. The second is the reason music is quieter than anything else is because I have the HD speakers which have an equalizer option, and that seems to work by reducing the volume.

Will hopefully get to go on a ride tomorrow, and so will get to try those out in practice. The other interesting feature of the Sena is you can pair two phones, or presumably any other extra bluetooth device. I cannot see anything about how you control the second one though, the manual just says if you are listening to one and the other starts playing music it will interrupt it. So I guess pressing play in standby just controls whichever you listened to last. Unfortunately the second phone I use is just to provide an internet connection to my G.P.S. (which a while ago refused to work with my normal phone and even wiping and reseting both devices will not fix it) so does not play anything to test with.
 
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