Like the title suggest, are there alternatives? This has been my first season riding a dual sport. I almost always go out with a friend, but there are times I go alone. Although I always tell family the area I will be riding in, but I still have it in the back of my mind. "What if" I should go down and get hurt. I don't always have cell reception up in the mountains. I have been looking at the Spot, but the more I read the reviews the more I feel it would be a major PITA to set up. And from what I understand it can run as much as $300.00 to get it up and going. I would love to hear of your experience with the Spot. Do you think it was a worth wile investment? Have you found an alternative? I am still very ignorant when it comes to these things and GPS's. Thank you in advance for your help and in site.