This story arises as a result of the experiences of Bill Davies, JG and, of course, Cathie
It relates to the worst side-seat passenger of all time, as experienced by the above 3 worthies
The correspondence kicked off with an email from Bill to JG, to which the latter replied, as detailed.
An opportunity presented itself to develop this theme with the help of Grumpy-
From: Bill Davies <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: 18 January 2019 18:05
To: John Galloway <email@example.com>
Want to buy a Sat Nav system, I’ve now got the use of a “Johnny”.
Complete directional system that monitors speed and direction…does not need batteries.
How much does it cost?
Do you have to push it in a wheelchair. I actually found out that it does need batteries (unless it’s an older model) fitted at the lower rear of the main body.
Can you charge it at supermarkets. How many miles on a full charge AND SO ON!!!
—————————————————————————————————————-Upon further research, I established that it first appeared many years ago, as the state of the art equipment at that time. However, like the British Motorcycle Industry, it really didn’t spend money on development.
In due course, it was overtaken by the Japanese and German companies, and although it did produce new models, often it was just a change in colour or the structure of the casing.
They did indeed use batteries for a long time rather than a connection to the car or motorcycle electrical systems. These were initially A1 size (the ones we used in the long torches at that time). There was a problem inserting them into the body of the unit as it emitted a screeching sound when inserted.
This problem was finally resolved when smaller batteries were used and a metal plate and extra screws were inserted in the lower right of the unit.
Some form of development took place and the Johnny was adapted to fit onto BMW Bikes, with the ultimate attached to the GS 1200.
Unfortunately, there still remained the problem of understating the speed on the screen, and on checking thru Police files we find that a Johnny mounted on a GS 1200 was stopped in Inveraray at some 40% above the speed limit.
Inveraray Jail is infamous for the way it treated inmates. The rider (now released) wailed that being of a certain age, he shouldn’t have been incarcerated there, even for the 3 months. The unit has now been moved to RH Alexandria Hospital in Paisley for further modifications to the lower right structure of the unit
All I can say is, beware of a Johnny mounted BMW in your mirrors, it probably is going faster than it should