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Old May 9th 2014, 06:44 AM   #1
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My Review of the Solo DL Laptimer/Datalogger

I was asked to do a quick review on the Solo DL lap timer and datalogger. I used it this past weekend at Homestead for a CCS race weekend.

First off, its super simple to use. Just turn it on and in about 30 seconds it's found satellites and is ready to go (Much easier than the DDA ). It even knows what track your at and automatically sets the start/finish line so you don't have to do anything.

During the CCS races and practices, you get a transponder so they can record your official times. This was a great way to compare the Solo DL's GPS lap time system. The thing was dead on. Literally down to the hundredth of a second. I was amazed.

Since this thing works on the Panigale and the S1000RR pretty much the same way, I thought I would write this up here. I am a bit jealous though, the Panigale can log brake pressure - where as the S1000RR only gets a brake switch (so its on or off). You lucky dogs...

I bought it from Richard at M-World. He was super helpful, answered all of my questions, and even set the thing up for me before it shipped.

You can check it out here - AiM Solo/Solo DL GPS Lap Timer & Data Logger - M-World Online Store


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Old May 9th 2014, 06:52 AM   #2
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if you want data to be able to superimposed onto video, the Evo4 to Smartycam/smartycamHD is a killer combo. The Evo4 fits under the cowl and ties right into the CANBus under the seat there. .. I tie into rear tail light power rather than using canbus power to prevent the battery from being drained.
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There's also software that can put the data over a gopro video. Can't remember the name right now though.
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There's also software that can put the data over a gopro video. Can't remember the name right now though.
Dashware is the popular one, and it's pretty cheap.
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both of those are a step behind. . Mainly because its a two step process. . The last thing I want to do is after I take a track video is to run it through dashware or other post processing video to pull the video and telemetry data and overlay it onto the track video. . It takes a lot of time (very time consuming) and quite annoying. . the Smartycam video takes a live feed of canbus data from the Aim loggers and overlays the data live as the video is recorded. You take it off the SD card and its there ready to go - no post processing or anything. .

Obviously its the more expensive option but its all at once.
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both of those are a step behind. . Mainly because its a two step process. . The last thing I want to do is after I take a track video is to run it through dashware or other post processing video to pull the video and telemetry data and overlay it onto the track video. . It takes a lot of time (very time consuming) and quite annoying. . the Smartycam video takes a live feed of canbus data from the Aim loggers and overlays the data live as the video is recorded. You take it off the SD card and its there ready to go - no post processing or anything. .

Obviously its the more expensive option but its all at once.
Yea, its more convenient for sure. Its much, much more expensive though.
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Yea, its more convenient for sure. Its much, much more expensive though.
True, but so is a Ducati over a R1/CBR1000RR as well. . .

but why even look at an AIM lap timer if you aren't going to exploit the other features it has to offer ? You can get much cheaper lap timers (or use the built in one).
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Glad to see there are people using these with success so far! I'm putting the Solo-DL / SmartyCam GP combo on my 899. Those new GP "bullet" cameras have been backordered for months now, hopefully going to be available again in the next week or so. We're planning to use these for making instructional videos for our track school. We are making some wiring harnesses for the Panigale to use the OEM cable that comes with the Solo-DL to plug in to the data port under the seat so you don't have to buy the separate Panigale-specific cable.
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Glad to see there are people using these with success so far! I'm putting the Solo-DL / SmartyCam GP combo on my 899. Those new GP "bullet" cameras have been backordered for months now, hopefully going to be available again in the next week or so. We're planning to use these for making instructional videos for our track school. We are making some wiring harnesses for the Panigale to use the OEM cable that comes with the Solo-DL to plug in to the data port under the seat so you don't have to buy the separate Panigale-specific cable.
jarelj - its blinding simple. Just get the plug kit from the manufacturer directly and the wiring pins. I believe you tap the left two for Can+/-. . Then run the power wire directly to tailight and splice in. Suggest you do not take the power +- from the can, because then it'll drain. .. parts were like $9 for the plug I think and then a few more for the pin kit.

I use the EVO4 as I don't care about the display (though I could add a display unit) and it fits perfectly under the seat cowl. . You can put all sorts of sensors into it like turn rate, forward suspension travel, rear suspension travel, etc.. the can line feeds the ecu telemetry data so its all there.. I highly suggest the ABS unit one for this (or S/R versions), because the ABS pump actually supplies brake pressure over the can line. The non-abs version does not and you'll have to use another brake pressure sensor if you want that data. . But all sorts of goodies like throttle percentage, brake pressure etc. ..
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Evo4 only makes sense if you are adding analog inputs for suspension etc. The Solo DL will log the brake pressure and everything else from the CAN line the same.
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