I tried out the Solo-DL this past weekend at Motorsports Park Hastings and it's pretty sweet! This particular track was not in the database yet, so I had to "create" the track map, which involved walking out to the start/finish line with the unit and pressing a button for it to log that point. Everything else was automatic, just turn it on and it start recording laps every time you pass the start/finish point. The Race Studio software to download the laps is pretty simple to use. It's very "Italian" software, so a little quirky. The Race Studio Analysis software is used to actually analyze the lap data, and it's even more "Italian" but I got the basics figured out on it. It's fairly similar to the software that we used previously to analyze data from the Nemesis system on the older Superbikes. One huge bummer is it only runs on Windows, not MAC OS, so I had to boot my Macbook Pro into Windows to run it. The DDA software runs on Mac or Windows. Having all of the data channels from the bike's CAN line is a huge plus, and the fact that it logs even more channels than the DDA does is kind of baffling but a big benefit if you're a data hound. Having the brake pressure is a big benefit in analyzing performance, so anyone with an ABS bike is in luck there. For me, the absolute coolest and most valuable feature of this vs. the DDA is that it can show lean angle. I haven't gotten my camera yet to integrate video, but that's going to add another dimension to the awesomeness once it arrives in a week or two! Here's a screen shot of the analysis software. The channels are Speed, Throttle%, RPM, Front Brake Pressure, Lean Angle, and the final channel is the lap comparison that shows the reference lap (blue line) and the comparison lap (red line) and which lap is ahead at any given point. At the top, the corners on the track are noted in red and blue "blocks" so you can see where you're at during the lap when looking at the data. You can also modify the GPS-created map to get the corners specifically referenced to exactly how the track map is in reality. In other words the track has corners that we normally call 9/10, but the GPS data doesn't know that's really two turns, it assumes it's just one turn, but you can change it. Very detailed capabilities that a professional race team would use. So of course we need it on our track day bikes! ha ha!
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