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Old 11-14-2013, 05:51 AM   #121
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[QUOTE=Reidy008;22772944] If they see I am in one spot for an extended period of time in the middle of nowhere then they know there is a problem. /QUOTE]

Either that or you weren't able to keep up with Julio again.



I put my spot in the top of my tank bag. It seems to see the sky fine from there.

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Old 11-14-2013, 08:16 AM   #122
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I run a spot on my bikes. I have it mounted on the bars via a ram ball and mount. I pay the extra money and run the tracking feature as does YB. The unit sends a signal every ten minutes and you can share the webpage with who ever you like and they can watch your entire trip.

The units have a check in button that sends a message when ever you push it to let those you want know your ok. When I ride on my own I leave my truck with the ramp and straps in it so if my family are needed to come get me then they can just jump in and go. If they see I am in one spot for an extended period of time in the middle of nowhere then they know there is a problem.

I think these units are great and also have the 911 feature that once hit the authorities are notified and hopefully come save your ass. The new units can send out a text and have some new features, they are small about the size of a key fob for a vehicle maybe a little bigger. They work insode a jacket or inside a riding pack no problems.

Well worth the investment if something ever happens.

I'm cheap... or thrifty... & punch the checking-in button every 30 minutes. I would certainly upgrade to the tracking feature on an extended adventure.
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:32 AM   #123
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Is there a feature that keeps track of the other rider as in if he went home
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:43 AM   #124
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Is there a feature that keeps track of the other rider as in if he went home
You should have had a SPOT on your loaner bike... just to keep track of it ! ! !
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:03 AM   #125
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Time for a new rear tire as the old-meat was getting kinda slippery in the little rocks. What to get???
Running Pirelli MT21, a DOT tire, front & rear. These replaced a pair of D606 back in June of 2012. The D606 were very hard and I found the front washed-out badly and the back started chunking very badly at 25% wear.
Changed to the MT21s and was pleased from the beginning. Now 4200 miles later it was time for a re-rubber. So I went back to the MT21s as they had served my type of riding well. Of the 4200 miles I can honestly say less than 1000 miles was on pavement. The rear tire wore cleanly and no chunking, several rock cuts but nothing extreme. No flats on the rear. Front tire has worn oddly and a couple of the side knobs are nearly missing. Have had 5 flats with the front tire. I generally run 12lb to 14lbs front & rear.
Just my 2 cent review on the Pirelli MT21s...

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Old 11-14-2013, 09:14 AM   #126
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...Keep in mind that the SPOT must have clear view of the sky to work....
I keep hearing this and see so many riders bar mounting their spots but I've had a spot now for about 5 years and I keep it in tracking mode inside my camelbak and it works fine. The spot sends out a tracking point every 10 minutes(?) and you may get one or two that skips. But overall it works extremely well.
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:24 AM   #127
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On the SPOT topic, YBracing runs his in the tracking mode so if he crashes people can find him without him having to activate the unit. If he is in a canyon or a hole of some kind, it will tell searchers his last location. Not a bad idea.

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If you get knocked out and are unconscious hence, unable to click on the 911 or help button at least someone following your tracks will be able to see that you haven't moved from a particular location for a while.

When I was moving my mother in law here from NY I took the spot so my wife could follow my progress. My buddy Steve and I drove 2 and a half days straight only stopping at rest areas to take naps when needed. This is what the satellite image of one of those naps looked like on the SPOT:



That's just the unit sending out your location every 10 minutes. If it were you laying there on the ground, it would be a very good thing for someone to have this level of accuracy to pinpoint where it is that you are lying face down in the dirt.

I have a first gen spot. I'm sure that the current generation spots are even better.
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:54 AM   #128
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I keep hearing this and see so many riders bar mounting their spots but I've had a spot now for about 5 years and I keep it in tracking mode inside my camelbak and it works fine. The spot sends out a tracking point every 10 minutes(?) and you may get one or two that skips. But overall it works extremely well.
Really do not understand why more people do not use SPOT.
I often use it to mark an area that I would like to get an Arial view when back at the computer.

Perhaps your camelbak is pointing "UP" more than you realize!
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Cyberdos... now how do I erase those stops at the Girlfriends house?
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You can also clip it to the strap of the camelback if you're worried about it not receiving reception inside the bag. I used to do that but after throwing it in the bag a few times to test it out and it working just the same I just leave it in the bag now.
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Cyberdos... now how do I erase those stops at the Girlfriends house?
aw shit honey, I must have ran out of battery....again.
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:06 AM   #132
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or you can give it to a buddy that is actually going for a real ride.

Don't ask me how I have all this figured out already.
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:08 AM   #133
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or you can give it to a buddy that is actually going for a real ride.

Don't ask me how I have all this figured out already.

Damn... never thought of giving it to a buddy...
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Old 11-14-2013, 02:34 PM   #134
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I also find the Spot unit a good helper in finding new route. As get lost (during recon for a certain ride) and decided to back track, my Spot will locate that exact same point where I got lost. Later on when I examine that location on my PC and where it can lead you to, I'll built a new route from where I got lost, and go recon again and so forth. Just a thought.
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Old 11-14-2013, 03:52 PM   #135
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I also find the Spot unit a good helper in finding new route. As get lost (during recon for a certain ride) and decided to back track, my Spot will locate that exact same point where I got lost. Later on when I examine that location on my PC and where it can lead you to, I'll built a new route from where I got lost, and go recon again and so forth. Just a thought.
That's what your GPS is for you know.....................
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