On the Saturday that we went to the One Motorcycle Show, we left Corvallis early to do a little shopping on the way. One of the places we stopped was a motorcycle shop in Beaverton that is known for all of the gear they carry in stock, particularly helmets.
I have been thinking of a new helmet for a few months now. My current helmet is a Scorpion EXO 400 "Spring Chameleon" I bought in June 2009 for our ride to California and it has seen me through 4 summers. It is quite warn inside. The leather/vinyl around the bottom is cracked and the padding inside has compressed enough that I can now wear my hair in a pony tail under my helmet and if I shoulder check too quickly my head moves inside my helmet more than my helmet turns with my head. Not good.
|(Scorpion EXO 400 Spring Chameleon)|
At the show in December I tried on an Arai since Troubadour is really happy with his. Once again I tried on a few different models of Arai but they didn't fit right. The cut outs for the ears hit at the wrong spot and were not comfortable at all. Small was too small and medium was too large.
And then I tried on the Shoei Qwest and it fit like it should. The medium was a little on the large size but the small fit perfect. Luckily the shop was having a sale and when I found it was $200 under Shoei MSRP I snapped it up.
I now have a Shoei Qwest "Goddess" and as soon as hubby changes over the Sena and I'll be able to use it. I could attempt it myself, but it is best left to someone that knows what they are doing.
|(Shoei Qwest Goddess - stock photo from internet)|
And so it went.....out with the old......and in with the new.......
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And then.... a week or so ago Troubadour was helping out Pat Hahn to film a Team Oregon group riding video. He was to play the part of the newbie being left behind (yeah right) so instead of riding Lucy he needed to ride Max - a believable newbie bike. They were meeting at Saturday Morning Coffee and heading out from there. I was taking the car and meeting him there a few minutes later. When I was leaving the house I realized he didn't take a camera with him, so I grabbed our little Canon HS300 (without the case) and brought it to him.
Neither of us were thinking it was going to rain as hard as it did on their ride or that the Scorpion jacket he chose to wear didn't have waterproof pockets like his TourMaster jacket. When he got home he pulled the camera of his pocket by it's strap and it was dripping wet. Doh!
|(Canon HS300 - photo by Canon)|
Several days of drying in rice on the pellet stove later we acknowledged the electronics were fried. It would almost turn on. The lens would come out and an error message would occur but the lens would not go back in or close. The camera is now a paper weight. Double doh!
However much I liked the picture quality of the Canon, I didn't appreciate how hard it was to find all the special features and use the menus. Now for a tech guru like Bobskoot this wouldn't be an issue, but for someone like me who likes to keep it simple, I thought I'd use this opportunity to explore my options.
I did a little research on cameras and on Saturday we went to Costco as I wanted to see the Nikon S6400. I played with the display model and was immediately impressed with it's touch screen and ease of use. I could actually find features quicker on it than I could the Canon we'd had since August 2011. The Nikon came as a package deal with a Nikon case and 8 GB memory card. It was $40 off too, so I managed to purchase it for only $159. If for some reason I don't like it Costco has a 90 day return policy.
|(Nikon S6400 - photo by Nikon)|
Ummm yeah, I bought the blue one. So far I like it. I haven't really taken many pictures but Basil let me take one of him and I took a few of the yard on Sunday. The sizes seem odd (long and skinny) so I may have to look at the settings and change them up a bit. They are 4600 pixels on the long side so I have to re-size every one before uploading to blogger.
|(Squire Basil on the sofa)|
|(Citronella tiki torch)|
|(Viburnum Spring Bouquet)|
And so it was again..... out with the not so old, and in with the new.......
- Au Revoir
"The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was a genius." - Sid Caesar.