GoPro Hero Cam – North Oshawa Circuit

Yesterday I went for a cruise along my North Oshawa Circuit and thought I’d turn the goPro Hero Cam on. The following is a vid I cut together of the highlights of the route:

Music is DJ Shadow – “Building Steam with a Grain of Salt”

GoPro Hero Cam – Airport Rd at Dusk

Last year I bought a GoPro Hero Helmet Cam (standard definition, 3mp I believe) while shopping at an outdoor gear store. I never got much chance to use it … until now.

On April 5th Buck and I headed up to one of our favorite rides north of Toronto, dubbed the “Airport Road Ride” (see previous post here). Because of work we couldn’t get up there till dusk, so the light was fading. We pulled over quickly at the start of Hockley Road, turned the camera on, and started to ride.

Unfortunately, the video on Mono Centre Road – debatably the more interesting road to drive – didn’t turn out so well because the sun had set and we were facing east.

The goPro Hero Standard Definition Camera definitely works better with a lot of light – I mean, a lot of light. Like a clear sunny day, at noon. (Check out the first few test videos at the end of this post).

Then again, I am using a standard def model that is two years old and they don’t even make anymore – I’m sure the new high-def models are much better. I’ll have to wait to get my hands on one to test it out …

The Airport Road ride

This is a great ride that Buck and I are fond of. Whenever we get the chance we head up there for some great turns, some great hills, and some awesome scenery. The Mono Cliffs Provincial Park is right in this neighbourhood. There have been some routes added to the iPod/iPhone app “Greatest Road” (see our “Useful Apps” post) in the area, so I’ve compiled a new route map to incorporate them.

I give you the Airport Road ride:

Nice circuit just North of Oshawa

What an awesome week for riding! Best consecutive weather this season, I’d say. So I’ve been exploring the country roads just north of my new home and found a nice little circuit yesterday. Some fast straights, hilly country roads, sweeping turns and slow sharp turns, all accompanied by beautiful rural Ontario scenery. A word of warning: some of these turns are pretty sharp and there is sand/gravel on  the road in some spots. Ride with caution! Check out the map and directions here!

Urban Riding

It’s difficult living in a city when all you want to do is ride your motorcycle indefinitely on an open road, with no particular destination in mind. I’m don’t think I’m alone when I say that is the ideal ride. And once you get a taste, nothing else will suffice.

It is possible, however, to find some decent rides in most urban settings. And there is a certain appeal to discovering such a route in the mess of a city center. I’m certain many of us would get a lot of use from some sort of route database for motorcycles that covered urban centers. I’ll be posting some of my favorite routes inside Toronto, starting with one of the best. I’d encourage anyone to share their favorite routes in whatever city they have knowledge of.

Rosedale Valley Rd / Bayview Ave / Pottery Rd

One of the most scenic routes in the downtown core. Beginning just east of Yonge St. off of Church St., Rosedale Valley road is a two lane through a valley whose towering trees will make you think you are far from the city. It has several good turns but getting stuck behind a slow moving car can be a drag.

Take this until it ends at Bayview Ave. Turning left will lead you onto a spacious 70km/h limit road under the Bloor Viaduct, past the Don Valley Brick Works (a great place to stop for photos), and through the Don Valley. After a couple turns you will come to a light at Pottery Rd. The right lane will merge into Pottery and become a two lane, up and down, curvy road up the east ridge of the valley. Pottery will hit a light at Broadview where you’ll want to stop at the Dairy Queen on the north west corner. Chances are you’ll meet other riders there who have just done the same route, and there is a killer view to be enjoyed from the picnic tables behind the parking lot. Now turn around and take the same route home!