Fully charged, ready to ride

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

NEW AGE BIKER: An­nette Evans uses so­lar en­ergy to power her gad­gets on out­back mo­tor­bike trips.

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