Behold my tale of woe, lest ye suffer the same fate as I...
Here in Florida, our automated toll-collection system is SunPass. For years, we've had similar electronic transponders that a number of toll roads use for their automated toll-collection systems.
At the beginning of July, SunPass introduced the new SunPass Mini--no longer a box, the Mini is a sticker with a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip at its heart. They're easy to make, easy to install, you don't have to worry about them getting ripped off, and they don't fall off your windshield during a hot summer day. Perfect, right?
The SunPass Mini RFID sticker
Giddy with excitement about not having to ride one-handed through the toll plazas anymore, I went straight out and bought a new SunPass Mini, went to http://www.sunpass.com
, loaded it up with tolls, and affixed it to the lowest part of the inside of my windshield.
Then, after calling SunPass operations to ask them how I was supposed to be exempt on 95 Express (95 Express, at http://www.95express.com
, is South Florida's "expressway-within-an-expressway" project from Miami to Ft. Lauderdale that charges for congestion tolling; exempt from tolls are registered carpools, hybrids, and motorcycles), they told my "Oh--you cant use the Mini on your motorcycle! It needs to be on a glass windshield."
Oh swell. Thanks for telling me.
does any of the literature that comes with the Mini tell you that the Mini is incompatible with motorcycles. Not the docs, not the package, and not the store. Not even the website (at the time) said so. Oh--it does now, now that I demanded that they replace my windshield--ain't no way I'm getting that Mini and its monster adhesive off without taking my windshield's notoriously fragile coatings off with it. (y'know, in retrospect, I should've known that anything that says "Buckle Up" on it probably wasn't designed with us bikers in mind.)
Anyway. thanks to me demanding a $400+ windscreen (a request that is currently with their legal department), the gig is up; now the sunpass.com site is practically rotten with warnings bout how the Mini is incompatible with motorcycles. But to date I have not yet heard back from the folks at SunPass regarding my windscreen; when I originally talked to them, they suggested using "Goo-Gone" or some similar chemical to get the Mini off of my shield. However, any Beemer pilot knows that the only thing you're supposed to put on a BMW windshield is soap, water, and bugs.
Meanwhile, I reluctantly reactivated my "brick" transponder. However, a poster in another thread has indicated that the electronic toll transponders work fine in the topcase! Upon reading this, I stuck my brick to the inside of the topcase and discovered that it does, in fact, work great! Groovy, baby!
Now if I can just get the folks at SunPass to pony up for a new shield...