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post #1 of 21 Old 05-14-2015, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Personal locator beacons.

Not exactly vstrom related. But if you use a PLB do you carry it on the bike or in your jacket. In jacket I am concerned about damage in a get off. On the bike concerned about being separated from the bike. Thoughts? ?
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post #2 of 21 Old 05-14-2015, 10:11 PM
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In your jacket, I would have though. It's to find you in case of mishap, not your bike.

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post #4 of 21 Old 05-15-2015, 10:30 AM
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Not exactly vstrom related. But if you use a PLB do you carry it on the bike or in your jacket. In jacket I am concerned about damage in a get off. On the bike concerned about being separated from the bike. Thoughts? ?

I carried a Spot Tracker for years and went through the same debate. I had the first generation and it didn't reliably send out tracks in my jacket pocket so it ended up in my tank bag.

New ones probably work better in a jacket and that's where I would carry it. If you get tossed off and hurt you could notify emergency services without having to crawl back to your bike! The Spot I had was pretty tough, if the crash was bad enough to bust it up... game over man!

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I'm more concerned about broken ribs/punctured lungs when carrying it in my jacket. My SPOT is mounted to the bike. Usually when riding off road I'm with buddies. They can push the button for me.
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post #6 of 21 Old 05-15-2015, 12:52 PM
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I keep it in the tank bag, and also have a ham radio APRS tracker that sends out a location beacon every minute or two.

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post #7 of 21 Old 05-15-2015, 04:00 PM
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There is another advantage to carrying your Spot in your tank bag. This is story I posted on another forum.

My friend Patrick was touring northern Thailand on a rented motorcycle. He borrowed my Spot Tracker for the trip. It's been fun watching his tracks over the past couple of days. The Spot transmits your location every ten minutes. I have the app loaded on my Iphone that shows the pings on a map. Last night I got a text from him that he lost a bag off the back of his bike and the Spot is in the bag. Could I please send him the last known coordinates. I texted him the last location and also the location of the police station nearest the last known Spot location. I then took a screen shot of the location as shown on the app and texted that to him.

Here is the story as told by Patrick.
"First of , everything is fine. I just screwed up this morning while getting gasoline and left a bag sitting on the back of the bike. It fell in the roadway as I drove off and someone picked it up and took it home.
Turns out, in this high-tech world, the spot tracking device was in the bag and Jeff checked online and send me the GPS coordinates by text. I found the police station and they got a whole Hawaii 5O on us and were able to locate the address from the GPS coordinates. I rode out to the house with four police officers and they retrieved my bag with camera and The tracking device.

The poor woman who found it looked quite dismayed. She said she had waited a long time before taking it home. The police took pictures of her ID, and another with her and I together along with the bag. I have no idea if they consider Her a potential good Samaritan or a person of interest. I apologize for creating so much trouble for everyone.

Meanwhile, back at the station, all the cops pose for a group photos with me and the bag. Not having any donuts handy, I gave a bunch of fancy Cliff bars and sweets to the detective.
Then it was back into the official report. The officer and I sat and he dictated the report two and efficient and attractive Thai woman with excellent penmanship. She hand wrote the report, making a carbon copy. We all signed it and I got the carbon copy. Interesting contrast between high-tech and old school.

So, I got on the road three hours late but have an adventure to talk about.
I hope I finally learned a lesson, having done this before.

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post #8 of 21 Old 05-15-2015, 07:29 PM
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I really want one of these for my trip, but the costs associated with it are ridiculous really. It would be cheaper to buy life insurance and die, but then i don't really like that option either.

Maybe i will just be sure not to crash into a Moose or Deer, or get a flat tire, or somehow stop that guy having a heart attack from coming into my lane.

That was a great story Dravnx.
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post #9 of 21 Old 05-15-2015, 08:36 PM
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Well, it is called a "Personal" locator beacon as opposed to a "Motorcycle" locator beacon. I'd be inclined to keep mine on my person if I had one.

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post #10 of 21 Old 05-15-2015, 09:58 PM
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I've been using my Spot 1 for years for peace of mind for my wife (and friends). 2 years ago I took a 7000 mile 13 day trip out to Yellowstone, Rockies, Tetons, etc. in July and everybody watched my link and lived vicariously through my posts. You can get them for free with a rebate now and then and it's about $150/year for tracking. I'll bet many of you spend more than that at Starbucks. It's a matter of perspective. I'll always have one. That said, mine is mounted to my clutch reservoir on a RAM mount so I can easily hit the button to send an "I'm OK" email to friends and family periodically.

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