N.W. of Phoenix ADV Riders

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by AZ Mark, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. AZ Mark

    AZ Mark Long timer

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    Thanks for your concern DirtKlod...
    I have thought of pros/cons of this mounting for hours. Let me explain my thoughts. Keep in mind that the SPOT must have clear view of the sky to work. Not under me or lying on my side but straight up and must also be activated.
    1. Main purpose of SPOT is to let my wife and others on well-being list is to "check in" every 30 minutes. I just push the checking in button and my location is sent to my list of receivers. My exact location shows up on their email. They have been instructed to be concerned if two 1/2 hour check in are missed. My Endurance has a clock and it is now a habit to check-in every hour & 1/2 hour.
    2. If something happens and I'm down and can not reach the bike it is likely that I could not get the SPOT activated or facing upwards either, unconscious or whatever.
    3. If I have made no contact within... say 2 hours. Assistance is sent to my last recorded location. Yes two hours would be a while to wait but it would likely be quicker assistance than most.
    There were several other reasons but I'm tired of typing :D. This is the location I believe is of the most use to me. Read the SPOT thread as there are several reasons to have it on your person also. Just a personal preference I guess.
    Yes I understand there has been some reports of electrical interference with GPS units. However, in the past two years and approximately 4000 miles of hard use. Also using three different GPS units and have never noticed any interference of sending "checking in" messages. I have been fortunate not to have needed any other SPOT signals.
    I truly believe these are a great piece of equipment... as does my wife!
  2. AZ Mark

    AZ Mark Long timer

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    This is my peace of mind link that is sent every 30 minutes...
    See above post :D

    Click the link below to see where I am located. <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  3. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT wannabe

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    well thats cool, at least you know the pros cons and have a system set up.

    my wife wouldnt be concerned until the day after i was supposed to be back home, and that could leave me laying somewhere for a few days if i went down on the first. i keep telling myself to get a spot, must be the luddite in me, i only just recently got a GPS, but havent used it yet.
  4. DR650SEDDY

    DR650SEDDY ride2discover

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    Just like Dirtklod mentioned earlier, the preferred place to be is on ur body somewhere where it can be reach by both hands. This tech has been for over 15 years taking from Dakar races or the like. They use beacon sensors activated via satellite where they can be monitored live all along the race. These beacon are designed to be inside the racers jacket. The spot is also critical for maritime activities. I usually keep it on my chest protector where left or right hand can reach it to press any button,
    imho.
  5. AZ Mark

    AZ Mark Long timer

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    Don't tell my wife that I'm using it incorrectly... :lol3 There will be HELL to pay!
    I may never be allowed to ride off the property again. Just circling around our 5 acres, uphill & down over and over. Sounds like a trials set-up to me. Thanks Eddy I'll point out that you suggested I get a new Beta, just to be safe:clap:clap:clap. You may be getting a call from her soon just to clarify your suggestion of the Trials bike, my buddy-pal.:eek1
  6. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT wannabe

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    what? if your gonna do a trials bike build the perfect one ,,,,

    I'd have a Beta front end so it would turn inside of any other trials bike
    A Scorpa rear end - I like the un-articulated rear shock, but a modern adaptation.
    The light weight and dealer network of a GasGas
    the Sherco 2.9 engine
    the fuel injection of the Montesa.
  7. AZ Mark

    AZ Mark Long timer

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    Last time I was on a trials bike, 1978, they still had a seat! :wink:
  8. AZ Mark

    AZ Mark Long timer

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    Had a chance to make a couple of little 40 mile loops this weekend.
    Took a few images to share...


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    Started out on the wrong side of the tracks :cry


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    Was I brave enough to stay under here when the Train went overhead... :cry Too bad I had to move on before testing the size of my Gonad's.

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    Did I mention that dust got kinda deep!

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    ... Ohh Yes then there was a hole or two along the way, really deep...:eek1 :eek1 :eek1

    Once out of this I did some cow trail'n as I always called it. Several miles of just weaving in and out of scrub brush, buck brush and an occasional cactus.
    Just missed this near perfect specimen.

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    Now... I have been around lots of Bull-Shit in my lifetime and this is a very fine example of Desert Cow Shit.
    This would make the Flap-Jacks at Ike's envious of the perfect shape and texture. :wink: Careful... now, Big-E...
  9. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT wannabe

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    wow, now thats something for a cow to show his friends.
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    jtwest Redneck Adventererer

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    Uh??? A "COW" to show "HIS" friends...???
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    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    Yeah. There's boy cows and girl cows. Boy cows have horns.

    Dontcha know? ;-)
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    2 SPOT wannabe

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    yeah, dontcha know:D
  13. BIG-E

    BIG-E AKA; Mongo-E

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    :ddog:nono

    Hey now, Nothing beats the sourdough cakes at Ike's!:deal
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    DOD idiot dirt rider

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    If only Ike's was on the way to Montana Mountain.

    :D

    -dod
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    DOD idiot dirt rider

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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.

    -dod
  16. AZ Mark

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    The tracking mode, an extra $50. or $100. per year. I believe it send a point every 10 or 12 minutes. I would certainly have this if I had a long distance trip planned.
    However I'm still not sure how the signal is sent when carried in jacket or/? without a clear view of the sky? :ear
    I have a good support/rescue group in the areas I mostly ride so... I also have a button set up for mechanical assistance or injured but not critical. Sending signals to different individuals who can assist with what my needs may be. ...my method I hope will work OK if needed. :wink: However I hope it is never needed ! ! !
  17. DR650SEDDY

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    The best way is to not ride alone with or without Spot unit in hand.
  18. AZ Mark

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    In the ideal world that would be great.
    However, I generally ride a few miles two or three days a week depending on the weather. If I had a "Clone" he could ride whenever I get the urge :thumb but otherwise its me-myself-&-I...
    But... when I venture further than 75 or so miles from Wickenburg I do attempt to find a traveling companion. :D That would not leave me! Tom you listening?:ear
  19. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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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.
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    Yes I am & if we get separated I promise not to go home:lol3