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post #1 of 66 Old 05-02-2010, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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I am off on the bike alone pretty often and my wife gets worried so I decided it would be a good idea. I bought one today and look forward to checking it out soon. Anyone have one? Any pointers to get the most out of it?

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I have one and do not use it enough.

They seem to keep family feeling good about traveling alone and the 911 function is a huge plus. Keep the unit within arms length.

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I bought one last fall mainly for snowmobiling. It worked great. Got me safely back across a lake in snow & fog, just followed the breadcrumbs.

I now have the mount on my bike and a 12V outlet. I used it a couple of times on the bike. Itís nice to have and can be very handy at times but daily riding itís not necessary at all.

I have the Garmin GPSmap 60CSx. I have the Basecamp for down loading, tracking, and saving routs with TOPO which has all mane roads, secondary, and most sesaonals but I need to get another program to be able to rout a trip like you would do on Mapquest. Which one did you buy?
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I have one and do not use it enough.

They seem to keep family feeling good about traveling alone and the 911 function is a huge plus. Keep the unit within arms length.
Ditto! Best money spent on riding next to gas. I got one a few months back and had a hard time remembering to take it with me until my wife caught on. now she reminds me every time I leave alone, regardless of how far I planned to go. I turn it on and send a check message first thing. We are not always in cell range and this thing is a great and CHEAP insurance policy.

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I bought one last fall mainly for snowmobiling. It worked great. Got me safely back across a lake in snow & fog, just followed the breadcrumbs.

I now have the mount on my bike and a 12V outlet. I used it a couple of times on the bike. Itís nice to have and can be very handy at times but daily riding itís not necessary at all.

I have the Garmin GPSmap 60CSx. I have the Basecamp for down loading, tracking, and saving routs with TOPO which has all mane roads, secondary, and most sesaonals but I need to get another program to be able to rout a trip like you would do on Mapquest. Which one did you buy?

I think you're confusing a GPS with a SPOT locator (http://international.findmespot.com/ )

I have a SPOT and admit that it seems expensive for the service. But at the same time, I also am paying for the tracking service. This means that every 10 minutes (in theory), a signal is sent out. That way your family/friends can track your progress as you ride.

The other (basic) option is the "Press To Alert" service, where you have to physicallly press the "OK" button (or "send help", or "911"). I didn't like this level simply because I knew that I'd forget to press the button often enough.

Overall its a good peace of mind to have, not to mention fun for those left behind

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I think you're confusing a GPS with a SPOT locator (http://international.findmespot.com/ )

I have a SPOT and admit that it seems expensive for the service. But at the same time, I also am paying for the tracking service. This means that every 10 minutes (in theory), a signal is sent out. That way your family/friends can track your progress as you ride.

The other (basic) option is the "Press To Alert" service, where you have to physicallly press the "OK" button (or "send help", or "911"). I didn't like this level simply because I knew that I'd forget to press the button often enough.

Overall its a good peace of mind to have, not to mention fun for those left behind
So this is like an Onstar service? I have heard of something like this for hiking. I never looked into it. Do you pay a monthly fee?

I for sure would not remember to press the "OK" button.
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So this is like an Onstar service? I have heard of something like this for hiking. I never looked into it. Do you pay a monthly fee?

I for sure would not remember to press the "OK" button.

I've used a SPOT for a couple of years, works great. I ride alone in areas that don't have cell coverage so except for a sat phone it's the only thing I know of that will let you contact help.

The basic device/service has the OK and the 911 functions mapped to buttons. The OK sends an email and or text message, 911 alerts emergency personal. Both functions send the lat/long location that shows on a Google map. Tracking is an optional service that will send your location approx. every 10 mins
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I opted for tracking service as well. It is kind of expensive, but if you ever truly need it it would pay for itself ten fold. I figure I will try it for a year and see how I use it, or if I use it at all. I was envolved with a search for a missing rider last summer, and it really got me thinking about how easily one could get into trouble in this sport. I will post a report as to how I like it after I try her a few times. Be kinda cool being able to look at my route on the computer after Im home.

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I opted for tracking service as well. It is kind of expensive, but if you ever truly need it it would pay for itself ten fold. I figure I will try it for a year and see how I use it, or if I use it at all. I was envolved with a search for a missing rider last summer, and it really got me thinking about how easily one could get into trouble in this sport. I will post a report as to how I like it after I try her a few times. Be kinda cool being able to look at my route on the computer after Im home.
There was a Gold Wing rider lost up in Colorada last year that had run off the road and got killed a few days before he was found. I don't know if this is the search that you were involved in but I think of that guy every time I think about my SPOT. Had he had one he may have been saved. Never know but he surely may have been found earlier. That search was well discussed and updated on the bike boards, especially the GL1800 Riders board. Was sad to hear how it ended.

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There was a Gold Wing rider lost up in Colorada last year that had run off the road and got killed a few days before he was found. I don't know if this is the search that you were involved in but I think of that guy every time I think about my SPOT. Had he had one he may have been saved. Never know but he surely may have been found earlier. That search was well discussed and updated on the bike boards, especially the GL1800 Riders board. Was sad to hear how it ended.

The Spot gets the most tracks through when the unit is pointing face up to the sky because that's how the internal antenna is oriented. So in my case I keep the Spot in my tank bag when riding vs. on my person. My reasoning is at least there will be a track trail in case of an accident. If it's in my jacket I may not be able to activate it anyway. I have tried it in my jacket and the tracking is hit or miss.

There's a long Spot thread on ADV in the GPS section. One of the Spot employees answers some of the questions. He's the one that explained the antenna positioning.
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