UGPSU Ready for Field Testing

ItsLookingUp /

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he Urban Global Positioning System Unit (UGPSU) has a moped ready for road testing. The Honda Express didn't work out. No good mounting points. The moped choosen is a 1996 Manet Korado Maxi with a Puch stock engine. A visit to a bicycle store I use to work at provided all the mounting equipment. A 10 speed rear luggage rack was donated along with a bicycle steering horn. The bicycle luggage rack was mounted to the headlamp between the handlebars to hold the GPS Computer. The bicycle steering horn was mounted to the handlebars to hold the GPS antenna. The GPS backpack with carries the batteries and antenna receiver was strapped to the moped luggage rack. The antenna mount is on it's second revision. The original mount used PVC pipe which turned out to be too flexible. The PVC was replaced with 1" copper pipe. I hope to field test it this week. If all goes well I will be outfitting a second moped. Pictures are available at: http://www.itslookingup.com/moped/ugpsu/ugpsu.htm

Re: UGPSU Ready for Field Testing

Matt Wilson /

I bet that the first officer that sees you will pull you over!

If I was a cop I would! Good Luck!

Matt

Re: UGPSU Ready for Field Testing

gimmyjimmy /

wild!.....watch out for the low tree limbs.

Monkey Training This Evening

ItsLookingUp /

The GIS (Geographic Information System) staff are coming over this afternoon to get a feel for the moped without the gear strapped on. They are more excited than I am. I got another 10 speed luggage rack donated by the bike shop and purchased 2 real nice handlebar stems for anntenna mounting. I have enough equipment to put the second moped on the road. Looks like it will be a Tomos Silver Bullet. I'll post these pics as soon as I fabricate the mount pieces.

Re: Monkey Training This Evening

You may actually want that antenna boom mounted on the back rack. You could probably manage it with a pair of u-bolts on the rear rack. It may be a little too unwieldy with that on the handlebars-- at speed, or any wind gusts.

Re: Monkey Training This Evening

ItsLookingUp /

We started out mounting to the luggage rack. The operator couldn't see it to make sure it is level. The anntenna doesn't weight enought to be material when mounted on the handlebars. Mounting the antenna on the front enables the rider to see if it is level as will as monitoring low urban tree limbs. The PVC did flex more than we liked, so we have remade the mount with 1" copper pipe. It is stiff. The mass of the front wheel spinning makes the antenna drag nothing material. We will watch for handling problems.

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