riding solo

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  1. BuckTurgidson

    BuckTurgidson Adventurer

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    Looking for opinions re: solo riding and safety. I just scored an '08 505 XC that is street legal, my plan was to use it for fire road riding in Nor Cal. This would be in Plumas County, which averages 8 people per square mile. I would carry first aid kit, tire repair kit, and emergency transponder. I would also err on the side of caution and turn back if the road gets too dicey. What do you guys think? is my plan misguided and should one always ride with a buddy?
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  2. Spongex

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    I ride alone quite a bit. Biggest thing is make sure someone knows your general location and know your limits.
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  3. justlookin

    justlookin Been here awhile

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    Agreed, my best rides are alone, sounds like you have a good backup plan. Although I have buddies that only will travel with others for the safety in numbers feeling, I don't have that problem
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  4. NJ-Bill

    NJ-Bill Life is good

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    I ride solo but take precautions; use a SPOT tracker and my wife always knows when I am riding. Knowing if there is cell service in the area is also a consideration. Also, I ride at around 60% of my abilities when solo.
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  5. Ever Onward

    Ever Onward Older,Wiser, Smarter

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    Its allways much safer to ride with others in case of mechanical failure. If you ride solo, you need to face reality of having to walk out on your own if mechanicals cant be fixed.

    Another issue is if you crash and get injured, and cant contact for rescue, your on your own.

    That being said, I ride alone alot. Out in wildland mountains where its common to spend 8 hours on remote trails and only see one person all day.

    Its risky from many angles, but I dont care. I take precautions, ride a dead nuts reliable bike, dont ride anywhere over my head, go slow and use only half my rideing skills at most.

    When in doubt, I back out. Its all about enjoying the adventure, its not a race, there are no trophys to be won for "Goin big".

    If you have alot of common sense and be conservative, and prep for what can go wrong, its not as dangerous as some may think.

    And NEVER ignore mother nature ! Watch the weather closely. Do not fight nature. Work with it and simply avoid it when its bad.



    Solo can be one of the most magical adventures a guy can have on a motorbike !


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  6. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    Plus 1, on this!

    Quite often my rides are impromptu like maybe decided an hour or 2 prior so usually I ride solo since most folks need more notice.
    That said I also take way use more caution when solo: might bypass rivers or mud that may contribute to potential drowning, mechanical failure, or an unneeded crash.
    I gave up my spot (after they got stupid with annual contract price - & no discount offered even for an 8 year customer)
    I now have a Delorme iNReach. Plan is a little more expensive but it also offers 2 way satellite text communication, not just a pre recorded message.
    The comfort level is better with that so I can at least advise others what happened if I'm stuck or broken. I'm usually in cell coverage but there are a few areas in local NF with dead zones.

    Tip - always carry your transponder (or spot / iNReach etc.) on your person. I keep mine in jacket pocket.
    It would do you no good if you crash and for some reason can't get to your bike to use it.


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  7. 06motorradman

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    Injury and mechanical issues as stated. Also, don't forget your ccw, or other means of self defense, if that's allowed in your state. Some of the best trips are solo. No one else sets the schedule.
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  8. Snapper

    Snapper Long timer

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    I've always been comfortable on the street alone, but off-road, the additional 2-way communication functionality of the Inreach is what kicked me over for doing solo trips (also backpacking and bicycle touring). Costs a bit more, but any 'emergency' I've ever needed comms for has been far below calling for the S&R cavalry, and some have been to call me back for family emergencies.

    But yeah... also stay well within your limits when solo.
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  9. jentzschman

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    As others have mentioned, ALWAYS tell someone the area you plan on riding with at least a rough itinerary of when youbplan on being back or at least back to an area of known cell coverage. Take a personal location beacon. These can pretty much in all cases get a signal out to contact S&R. Baic tools with duct tape and zipties. One would be surprised what theae simple items can fix. Also some JB weld. If you arr worried about the possibility of a break down, bring some comfortablr shoes in case you have to hike out. A sawyer mini water filter could save your life if you run out of water and are near a water source. And of course a GOOD trauma first aid kit. Forget the crappy basic crap kits. If you get hurt out there, a band aid wont do shit. Get a good kit with military grade supplies.

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  10. wiswoodsguy

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    Really !! Gotta bring a gun to go for a ride in the woods ?? Wee bit paranoid ??
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  11. 06motorradman

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    Prepared, not paranoid.
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  12. G54B

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    I only ever ride solo, I'm the only person I know who has both a license and a registered trailbike (everyone I know who rides is either interstate, doesn't have/can't get a license, doesn't have a bike, rides an MX bike or, in my old man's case, can't be bothered getting his DRZ registered when he's got a shiny new-to-him Litre-strom in the shed) so if I want to ride somewhere away from the farm or the forest next door I have to do it alone.

    Let people know where you're going and for roughly how long, don't do anything stupid and you'll be fine.
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  13. wiswoodsguy

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    Prepared for what ?? :ear
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  14. Cuttlefish

    Cuttlefish Riding to disappear.

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    "Here, hold my beer."
    Not when you're riding alone.
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  15. breakm

    breakm Been here awhile

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    I always ride alone like many here, and my worst fear honestly is meeting the wrong people out there. But I guess there is nothing you can do to completely eliminate those things in life anyway. It might never happen on a solo bike ride, and might happen in a dodgy late night subway or underpass on regular working day way home. On a bike trip at least you are geared up, that counts for something...
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  16. windblown101

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    Another solo rider here. Depends on your comfort zone. I used to hike and hunt solo quite a bit on public lands so being alone doesn't feel unusual. I carry a tracker these days. Moreso due to the realization that once on the high side of 50 a debilitating injury is a bit more likely than a fear of actually needing it.

    If you're traveling in remote areas solo you should possess at least some rudimentary survival skills and bring along the most basic of necessities for the environment you're traveling in.

    Have fun. If it ain't fun don't do it.
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  17. 06motorradman

    06motorradman Been here awhile

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    For anything.
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  18. Ever Onward

    Ever Onward Older,Wiser, Smarter

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    Got news for ya homie.......


    Shit is ALOT more serious here in the wild west !

    Whatta ya got in Sconny..... a raccoon, a little 150 pound black bear dumpster diver ?


    Shit gets real serious about 500 miles west of the big river.

    Bring your Packer ass out here and get eaten alive if your not prepared for mother nature ! :lol3
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  19. Ever Onward

    Ever Onward Older,Wiser, Smarter

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    BTW.

    Havin lived all over the country......


    The midwest is pussy shit compared to the real wildlands of the true west.....


    Experience talkin...........
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  20. Navin

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    Must be sum bigg asss mosquitozzz!

    Always bring a few buddiezzz!

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