Fully charged, ready to ride
ENVIRONMENTAL awareness and a tech obsession are not typical trademarks of motorbike enthusiasts.
But Monto’s Annette Evans has burnt holes in that traditional biker stereotype.
Annette has travelled all over Tasmania and Queensland on her Honda Goldwing with her husband Richard.
Behind them they towed a trailer fitted with solar panels so they could charge their video cameras, “tough book” computers, intercoms, iPods, iPhones and all of their lighting equipment.
“I especially like having my iPod with me,” Annette said.
“I like to rock out to Credence Clearwater or Pink when I’m on the road,” she laughed.
The idea came after they fitted solar panels to the roof of their home.
“Richard is a bit of a handyman, so he grabbed a solar panel and fitted it onto our motorbike trailer,” she said.
“It has three cigarette sockets, which we can use to charge three devices at once. We can also use it to charge the bikes’ batteries.”
Access to all their gadgets has not only made their journeys more enjoyable, but also improved safety and efficiency for the couple.
“We use the Google Maps app on our iPhone a lot,” Annette said.
“We also use intercoms so we can talk to each other while we are biking.
“Richard usually rides in front so he can warn me if there is a pot hole or a tight corner approaching.”
Energy stored by the solar panel was the only power they had to recharge these devices, since the couple tended to camp in unpowered sites.
Annette’s enthusiasm for solar power has spread throughout the Monto Bunyips motorcycle group.
This means they can connect through Facebook on their travels.
“The government should also support solar power more,” she said.
Annette is excited for future adventures.
“I would love to ride the Great Australian Bite,” she said.
NEW AGE BIKER: Annette Evans uses solar energy to power her gadgets on outback motorbike trips.