Winter time blues

So after waking up to a nice 16° F temperature outside this morning I am ready for Spring.  Ok, I have to admit, we haven’t even got an accumulation of snow yet.  That doesn’t matter to me, I am ready for some track time on the ole SV.  Everyday I have to look at it sitting in the corner of the garage all surrounded with other warm weather items and then go out into the cold to get into my car.  It absolutely eats at me every single day.  Video below is of what I can’t wait to get back to.


Fortunately, here in Cincinnati we normally start warming up around April.  That means first track day of the season, unless it suddenly decides to start dumping snow in April now.  If it does then I guess all the propaganda is true and global warming is real.

What brought this on is he handful of calls I have received this week about sizing the appropriate Cabinet Cooler System for electronic enclosures.  This isn’t a seasonal product for us like book bags or Easter baskets are for retail stores.  We sell these year round to customers across the globe.   It doesn’t have to be Summer to be getting a heat failure in a cabinet.  The application yesterday was for a new cabinet that was located outside of a heat treating furnace and was already overheating just do to the ambient temperature being around 150°F.  This is exactly why we developed our High Temperature Cabinet Cooler Systems.

They can withstand ambient environments up to 200° F and will still be able to maintain a safe working temperature for your electronics inside the enclosure.  So if you are still operating with the panel doors open on your machine because it’s hot inside and snowing outside the plant, give us a call, email, tweet, fax, or even request a live chat on our site.  With a little bit of information we’ll calculate how much cooling you need and tell you just how we are going to keep that panel cool.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer

Another Motorcycle Post…This One Has a Twist.

So next week I will be traveling through the Smokey Mountains with my family and ALL of my in-laws.   That may or may not be why I have not only my SV 650 on the trailer but also my brother’s CBR 929 already loaded on the trailer.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love my in-laws just as much as the next person, but everyone needs their away time.   It just so happens that not far from Gatlinburg, TN there is a world renowned road for anyone who likes some twisties.  The road is a U.S. route and is traveled by many.  It’s nicknamed The Dragon’s Tail, or more commonly Deal’s Gap.

The picture is correct…  318 curves within an 11 mile stretch of U.S. Route 129.  Most of these turns are blind and cutbacks.  Twisty enthusiasts of all kinds flock here and they all stop at the Deal’s Gap Resort.  It’s a shop that has a diner, motel, repairs, even a Tree of Shame.

The tree of shame is where you hang a part of your vehicle if you crash on your trip through the gap.  Needless to say this road has seen more than it’s fair share of wrecks.  I myself have been up and down Deal’s Gap once before and can’t wait to go back with my own bike this time.  While my brother will be riding along side of me I will still keep in my mind that my good friend, Rob Kubicki, won’t be there in flesh, but I’m sure he’ll be there pushing me to take the experience to the next level.

Along with the resort there are a group of people who have made a career out of photographing the scenery and all the visitors on their way through. is by far one of the best photographers there and they get some amazing shots.

Of course there is always a certain level of shenanigans that goes on with a place like this too.  Such as the group of people who raced pocket bikes down the gap.

I almost wonder if Professor Penurious has ever thought about taking the Rad-E-O-Cycle down and running the Dragon’s Tail.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer