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It has been brought to my attention numerous times by my friends that I should carry a SPOT device. I'm getting close to 62 years old and ride solo mostly and much of it is way off the beaten path. Often am over 60 miles from the nearest pavement or contact with no cell phone service.

Currently until Christmas you can buy a SPOT 3 for $149 and get a rebate back for $149. You only end up paying for the subscription service, which is also $149. So for that price I can be covered for a year of adventures.

What do you all think of this device? Is it a worthwhile expense or not? Thinking very seriously about getting one. :confused:
 

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I've been using SPOT for 5 years. Like you I often get off the beaten track. It always goes with me on the Strom, my DR350 or backpacking. Started with the original SPOT and now have the SPOT 3. I think they are well worth the cost(and the wifes peace of mind). I'm 68 and have come close to being stranded once when it took me an hour to right the Strom in a gnarly spot 30 miles from the nearest home.
 

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Since the only reason not to buy one is the cost, I would ask your wife want she thinks. It is a lot like an insurance policy, except it can cover you as well as her. Unlike a life insurance policy you don't need to be dead to use it. You, or a member of your group could just be hurt and unable to get help any other way.

I know stories of wives who have insisted on them for Alaska trips.

There are cheaper apps out there that rely on wifi or cell phone service, but the Spot covers you when you are in the real wilderness and otherwise cut off from civilization.

Again, ask your wife if she thinks it is worth the cost. Then you will have a clear conscience about spending the money.
 

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I used a Spot 2 for a few years. I shelved it and went to an inReach when the Spot started missing lots of location pings. Some days it would only ping once and then nothing show up for the rest of the day. Not sure what was going on. Diagnostics said it was OK. Carried it in my tank bag, facing up. I started doing some reading up and found there were lots of other people having issues lately with Spot not working as it should (not much use as an Emergency locator if it doesn't locate). eg.

SPOT I quit tracking mid ride [Archive] - ST-Owners.com Forums


May have been a change in satellite usage. Who knows. Anyway, I have found the inReach to be much better. Rarely misses a ping even when it is in my riding jacket pocket. The fact that you can text message with it (without cell coverage) is an added bonus. It uses a different satellite system than the Spot.Yes, it is more expensive than a Spot but really, should price enter into it if you use it for its intended purpose?

BTW - I am in no way connected to either one. Just passing on my personal experience with the Spot 2. YMMV.

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I rode with a Spot for years. Stopped using it when my wife lost interest in finding me!

I would buy the DeLorme InReach now. It has a 2 way communication capability where the Spot is only one way.

Conceivably you could be lying hurt somewhere and think you have rescue on the way (because you activated the Spot's 911 function) but you have no way of knowing that anyone actually received it.
 

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We have used our Spot on numerous trips and recently lent it to a friend who did an unsupported ride across the Simpson Desert and it has been fantastic for those people who want to follow you.

The I'm OK function at the end of the day gives everyone back home that peace of mind the day has ended well.

Here is a story from ADVrider that unfortunately did not end well but may have with a spot, who knows it still might not have helped.

Missing Rider - from Dubbo region | Adventure Rider

Anyone riding solo should carry some form of tracking/EPIRB device IMHO.

Cheers V2man & GotaV2
 

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I started riding with an Inreach Explorer a few months ago. Tried cellular tracking and it was just too unreliable in the NC mountains where I mostly ride.
So far it has worked really well, haven't had an emergency and hope to never really need it.
Often when I head out to ride I have no idea where I am going so it is impossible to "file a flight plan" and at 62 I'm a little more concerned about a crash somewhere off the main roads where I might not be found in time.
 

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I would say YES, it's really a no brainer if you are off by yourself or even with mates, especially off the beaten track. Obviously there are the other systems DeLorme etc. Depends on your finances really.
I wouldn't go anywhere here in Australia without setting mine up for my loved ones to track me. Not only for the bike but I go kayaking, camping in some strange places.
Buy what you can afford to run, a must have before all the other Farkles.
Also I carry a personal distress beacon connected to my body.
 

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I got one for my Coast to Coast trip in September, at the recommendation of a friend who also just put on over 15,000 kms. His unit gave him issues in October, and they replaced it free of charge. Fortunately as well, I didn't need the emergency feature, but used the daily "I'm OK" button for the family. I also used the send email button to to my riding buddies...just to piss them off >:)

After I got home, I added satellite screenshots of those locations to my trip report photo gallery. I bought the SPOT Gen3 in August and received the 50% off rebate check a week after I got home in early October.....a 100% refund is a no brainer !

I do recommend though, that your SPOT not be placed in your tank bag, but in an accessible zippered coat pocket. After all....what good is it in your tank bag, if your bike is 100 feet away and you are further down the hill with a broken leg !
 

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Probably a very worthwhile investment if you ride in sketchy areas with no cell service. A couple of years ago a guy near here rolled his quad over and got pinned underneath -- it took a couple of weeks to find the body. I assume if some family member noticed the signal stationary for a while a SPOT-like device would be helpful even if the rider was unconscious.
 

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Well, I'm not married, so no wife to worry about. (Currently no girlfriend either). But, still have family and friends who do worry.

The InReach device looks really good also. The idea of two way communication seems like a real mental relief if there is an issue, since there wouldn't be any wondering if messages have been received.

The service plan with InReach might work better for me as it can be used when needed. The cost is higher for the device....

Believe a device should be purchased if it isn't too expensive, will have to do some close accounting to decide which one would be the most effective for me. InReach seems to be the most reliable for peace of mind, and what cost is that worth?
 

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Like others if I were doing a trip to the boonies I'd probably go with InReach. The better coverage and text messaging are huge.

Also I refuse to bite on mail-in rebates on principle. They only make sense for the vendor because for one reason of another they can get out of paying a lot of them. If you intend to give me a deal just lower the price.
 

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Whenever this subject is discussed, I think of this event.


That post is three years old, so I wonder if the Generation 3 Spot, or their service hasn't improved?

I had the original and now the SPOT 3. The 3 has never missed a track point. The original missed 30%+ depending on the terrain. So yes it is significantly better.
Mine is in a Ram mount on the bars. Some want it on their person, but I found it gets forgotten about in a jacket pocket. If the bike gets separated from me(And I can't get to it.) my family knows to check that the tracking is all in one location and no check-in was received. Might take them a couple hours to figure this out, but they would know to sent help.
 

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Since the only reason not to buy one is the cost, I would ask your wife want she thinks. It is a lot like an insurance policy, except it can cover you as well as her. Unlike a life insurance policy you don't need to be dead to use it. You, or a member of your group could just be hurt and unable to get help any other way.

I know stories of wives who have insisted on them for Alaska trips.

There are cheaper apps out there that rely on wifi or cell phone service, but the Spot covers you when you are in the real wilderness and otherwise cut off from civilization.

Again, ask your wife if she thinks it is worth the cost. Then you will have a clear conscience about spending the money.
Ditto, 100% I got separated from my riding partner in the Mt. St. Helens wilderness and the sheriff reported me missing to my wife. I was quite safe, but my wife was Pi$$ed for a long time. That's when I got the SPOT.
 

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Had mine for 4 years now for wife's peace of mind when I'm 1000 miles away from home. Can get one free now plus $150/yr for tracking.
 

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I am still using an original Spot. Dad and I share it. Over the years it has missed a few pings, but not that many that can not be explained away being in areas that nothing short of a miracle would have worked. Will not ride without it. Maybe an upgrade to something newer will be in the cards in the future, but for now my original one works great.
 

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I still use an original spot. I've had it active since 2006 or 2007. I've used it for roadside assistance a few times, but fortunately have never needed it in an emergency situation. I did come close once way in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. It gives me peace of mind having it with me. I've never noticed it missing points and have never had any issues with it.
 

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I've a SPOT original as well. I got it for free. The yearly subscription rate is about a motel room and a half but the peace of mind it brings my wife is priceless. I ride by myself and use spotwalla.com so friends and family can watch my progress in real time. I also lend it to other family members. If it's missed a ping I've not noticed.
I'd never ride out of town without it.
 

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Ruled out the Spot immediately due to limited one way communication. Pulled the trigger on the Delorme InReach Explorer unit from GPSCity.com. Called and got a 12.5% discount off retail. No sales tax and free shipping option available. Should be delivered tomorrow and I look forward to activating it and the peace of mind from the two way satellite communication. I always ride solo and every ride takes me well out of cell coverage. Started thinking about the consequenses of being injured or stranded in the boonies and this unit, while not inexpensive, fits the bill. :fineprint:
 
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