From Sea, to Sea, to Shining Sea : July-October 2013

Discussion in 'Americas' started by duncanmac, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. duncanmac

    duncanmac Been here awhile

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    My better half is a little anxious about being in the middle of nowhere and me becoming incapacitated. How does she get help? Peace of mind comes with something like a satellite tracker and Delorme seems to be the best on offer for the personal user. BUT.....

    For reasons I am still trying to explore, Delorme has different plans for different countries. The USA Seasonal Plan is exactly what I am after in terms of service offering and price yet when I went to open my account my computer was directed to the website of the Australian agent, Pivotel. This is where my blood pressure started to rise and my pills did not bring it down again.

    The offering via Pivotel does not include a seasonal plan and those which are and match the Delorme plans are stingier and cost a great deal more, in the main. The Basic plan being the worst offender.

    My questions as to why this is so have been answered with what appear to be guesses. As a banker involved in credit assessment and decisioning for corporations, I have a pretty good grasp on what impacts costing and so far all respondees have failed. If I ever get an acceptable answer I will post it here.

    Delorme will give me a USA plan if I can give them a USA credit card with a USA address. The latter is easy and the former is more difficult, but I am working on it. There are plan's B and C and I WILL NOT be robbed by Pivotel Australia.:wink:

    Any suggestions as to the best mount, or should I just put it in my tank bag?

    PS Thanks ceej, for explaining how to post photos.
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    1200gsceej Long timer

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    You are welcome.
    Did I miss why you chose Delorian over SPOT? Just curious.
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  3. duncanmac

    duncanmac Been here awhile

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    Done and dusted, as we Aussies say. The Inreach is connected and working - and on a USA plan, too.

    I selected one of my credit card providers, called them up and said I needed to attach a USA address to my card and explained about my impending trip. They were just so helpful, what a pleasure dealing with them. I went back to DeLorme and said I was ready to proceed. They tickled their computer and gave me the green light. I soon had the unit activated and conducted a test message with DeLorme (free) and my son (part of the month's quota). Yesterday I went for a spin with the unit in my pocket (mount still on its way) and it accurately tracked my progress across town. Happy camper!

    @ Ceej: the decision favouring DeLorme over Spot was quite easy, notwithstanding the extra cost. The Iridium satellite network used by DeLorme is 100% global, whereas Spot is not. Even where Spot does provide coverage, which is most of the world, satellite acquisition would seem to be less reliable and usually slower, simply because they have fewer birds in the sky.

    The clinchers were that DeLorme, operated standalone, acknowledges an SOS; and when paired with a smart phone, one can send AND receive SMS/email. Case closed!

    I have until now been focussed on the date of our flight to Los Angeles. This week I realised with something of a start that it is only four and a half months to packing the bike in the container. I have therefore ceased waiting for the price of the Zumo 665 to fall and I placed the order on Friday night. The mounts have also been ordered and within a week or two we will be ready for a shakedown trip up country somewhere.

    More photos when the electronics are mounted.
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  4. duncanmac

    duncanmac Been here awhile

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    She who must be obeyed will, as perhaps previously stated, be spending four weeks with me on the crossing from West to East, with a significant southerly detour on the way, as far as the Grand Canyon. She has already, with justification, passed unfavourable judgement on the standard BMW top box cushioning. As a happy pillion is an essential on a ride lasting anything longer than about twenty five minutes, something needed to be done.

    I called upon a local auto upholsterer who said it was all too easy and produced something far more substantial as can be seen in the photo. It cost twice what BMW charged, but it is tailor made and with a production run of one there are no economies of scale. Indeed, one always pays a premium for a custom job.

    Hopefully it does the trick.

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  5. duncanmac

    duncanmac Been here awhile

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    The Garmin Zumo 665 and DeLorme Inreach Satellite navigator/communicator arrived a couple of weeks ago and were duly mounted; although I am still awaiting the locable Touratech mount coming from my favourite source in Germany. (NOT Touratech).

    I have made the acquaintance of RAM mounts and they delight me with their simplicity, flexibility and effectiveness. I have set a mount under the beak, ready to receive the XM receiver/antenna which comes with the Zumo. I have not yet completed the fitting as, there being no XM service in Australia, I am in no rush.

    The Garmin Australia Maps are accurate enough, but the routes they plot/directions they give are, in my opinion, grossly inferior to those provided by Tomtom, which I have in my car.

    The Inreach messaging services are a bit hit and miss at the moment, which may be my fault; however I am communicating with DeLorme and I hope to have everything sorted before we leave in July. The tracking, however, works exactly as it should.

    Here are some photos of the mounts.
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    Awaiting the arrival of the lockable Touratech mount for the GPS.

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    This is awaiting the installation of the XM satellite receiver/antenna
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  6. duncanmac

    duncanmac Been here awhile

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    On Tuesday I rode the bike to Sydney and on Wednesday I took it to the shipping depot and watched it being loaded into the container for the trip to Portland, Oregon.

    In just over two months we will collect it in Portland and commence our odyssey. Patience is not my strong suit.........

    I will commence a new thread under Ride Reports and kick it off just before we leave.
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  7. duncanmac

    duncanmac Been here awhile

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    This post is for those who may be subscribed to this thread; or lurkers who may be interested in what comes next. Please feel free to visit the thread 'Bucket List Item - USA on a GSA - Summer 2013' in Ride Reports. http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=905889
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