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post #1 of 47 Old 05-30-2014, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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Curious...who uses a InReach or SPOT?

Got to thinking today...who here uses a SPOT or InReach GPS device when out on long rides with their Vstrom? Whether to allow the family to track you, or simply for the ability to summon emergency services if involved in a bad accident...who uses one for peace of mind?

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post #2 of 47 Old 05-30-2014, 01:39 PM
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I don't use on one the bike but I did use them when flying out to our northern native reserves. We used the inreach paired with an iPod touch.

Mounting it in the plane was a bit of a hassle but there are ram mounts and accessorie plugs available. They would chew through AA's with a max of one day in use. After a bit we had some difficulties with pairing but I can't say for certain that the issue was with the device.

Being able to send a text message or email from anywhere was comforting and very handy for route changes and the tracking was nice for planes.

In m mind, unless you are regularly embarking on long trips, especially with spotty coverage, they just aren't worth the subscription fee.

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I use SPOT messenger for all long rides. It is in a holder on my Spyder and on my person on the Wee. I pay for the active tracking so my family can check n see where I am and where I have been. It is great to have if you ever ride alone!! I have had no problem with coverage. The new ones allow you to control how often the "drop bread crumbs". Mine last a long time and I do carry an extra set of lithium batteries at all times.

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I've been using Spot since it came out, bought the Spot 3 last year.

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I use a Spot. I rode alone a lot and I'm often out of cell phone range. I like that my wife can see where I am if she wants—and not worry.

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I have not in the past, but will be using one this summer on a long solo ride. Anything that makes the wife happy.

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I installed a free app on my cell called "Real Time GPS Tracker". It sends out a ping every so often and people can view your webpage to see where your at. Uses google maps.

No subscription fees or anything.

The problem for me is i will be using my cell for my gopro control all the time, so this will not be running unless i can figure out how to have more than one app running at the same time. I should look into that while I have the thought.
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post #8 of 47 Old 05-30-2014, 11:35 PM
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I use a Spot. I rode alone a lot and I'm often out of cell phone range. I like that my wife can see where I am if she wants—and not worry.
+1 Same here (spot 2)

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I've been using the SPOT2 for about four years now. Great piece of mind, both for me and the wife. Able to send messages stating everything's fine, also able to send a message I need a tow truck (haven't used that one yet-------knock on wood) and of course a SOS button.
I knew someone who ran off the road and lay dead for three days until he was found. The autopsy stated he died mostly from dehydration, and enteral bleeding. If he had a SPOT or another way of sending a message for help, he might be alive today. What I like about the SPOT is, no cell signal is needed.

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I purchased a SPOT a few months ago but need to get new batteries and get my account set up. I'll be using mine for a few solo trips this Spring/Summer.
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