I’ve been really busy lately, but I’ve finally been able to put together a brief review of the TraqMate! Recently, I had the chance to log some data during the novice practices this weekend at Pacfic Raceways…if I had to summarize everything into one word: WOW.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ve put together a little video with commentary. A few people were interested in checking out the data from the TraqMate, here is a 20MB screencast from a novice rain race. It’s a .MOV, so I apologize in advance…but I’m a Mac guy, and that’s the way it is
You can see me start off with one set of data, I proceed to add acceleration/braking, G-forces and a segment analysis. The sgment analsis is AWESOME. You can zoom in/out on the track map to view your position, which is helpful when you are comparing more than one rider or multiple sessions against each other. When I am dragging the 90 degree arrow, I am setting up a segment for the death chute and straight as well as one for T3/T4. Who needs split times when you have segment times for any section you desire. Compared to an AMB beacon, lap times are within 1/10th to 1/20th, depending on the GPS signal.
After I set up the segments, I proceed to remove a some data, then add another sesson. I love how I can overlay data and compare specific laps against each other. I REALLY like the segment analysis because it allows me to break down which lap have the best entry/exit speeds, brake time, brake g forces, etc. I need to find a better mounting location for the sensor unit though, it’s kinda zip tied right now.
Finally I turn on the “brake/zone” map, where I can see a visual representation of gas/brake. Some of it is off since it is relying on GPS data and my sensor unit’s mounting tray is slightly off, the data is not 100% accurate. I have yet to hook up the brake and TPS inputs!
Regarding setup, the basic setup is easy, the unit has a few parts:
- 1. power
- 2. sensor unit (contains acceleratometer and brains)
- 3. GPS antenna
You can hardwire or use a battery pack for power, which is simple on a bike. Mount the sensor unit in the tail section. Mount hte GPS antenna for line of sight. Optionally you can mount the display unit which is used to set start/finish line, displays lap times, etc. but is not necessary.
On my bike, I am tapping the RPM, TPS, and brake light for a more in depth look into my riding, but the unit works w/o all these frills! There’s also room for more digital and analog inputs like brake pressure, oil tem, water tmp, etc! ah I am so stoked. Just recently I’ve been told that the new version of the TraqView software is going to be released in a month or two, I’ve also discovered that the TraqMate logs altitude, ambient temperture
If the package looks like something you’d be interested in, and you are local…shoot me an email. I will be renting the unit to local guys with the option to buy their own!