the DR650 thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by sleepywombat, May 1, 2006.

  1. Schmokel

    Schmokel Jazz hands!

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    Laconia Harley is having a demo day this Sunday. Friends want to ride down together.




    Shit.
  2. 8gv

    8gv Long timer

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    Just tell them that you need to keep a reliable bike...with the baby coming and all.
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  3. GarageGuyChris

    GarageGuyChris Adventurer

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    All this talk about mopeds and scooters and limited speed 50cc... I live in the suburbs of Toronto and neither are the problem here. The problem here are the E-bikes. Regularly you see these ass-hats
    1. dodging potholes and sewer grates at 30kmh while traffic is going 70kmh.
    2. No insurance or licence there is no previsions for either here so its not even possible
    3. Wearing anything other than proper motorcycle helmets, bicycle helmets forwards and backwards, hockey helmets, sometimes no helmets.
    4. Quite often no gear, flip flops and t-shirts
    5. Carrying one or more 24's of beer in the step through
    6. Towing some sort of trailer like a bicycle trailer again with beer or empties
    7. Carrying children in the step through or on the back that are to small to be a passenger. (There are laws about passengers here)
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  4. Schmokel

    Schmokel Jazz hands!

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    This wouldn't be a purchase I make this year or next. But a few years down the line; if I even did. I figure sit on the 2017s and by the time I am ready to see about another purchase, they'll be a few years old.
  5. ct-ktm

    ct-ktm Long timer

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    Heavily forested area is where I would be 90% of the time..!! and a cloudy day wouldn't keep me home either.
    That's exactly what I read and didn't like, most folks say the inreach uses different satellites.??.. beats the shit out of me, I couldn't tell you how they work.
  6. colinvh

    colinvh Been here awhile

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    Different satellites than what? A communications satellite like the ones the inReach uses is (as far as we care) basically a cell phone tower that's in low Earth orbit, like the ISS. There are about 60 of them, and they split the world into 12 coverage zones. Each zone is a line across the sky that (effectively) 5 of the satellites follow.* As long as the inReach can see enough of the line that it can establish a connection and send a message before a satellite moves out of sight, it should work well. Apparently they are not affected by atmospheric conditions. Sparse foliage should also be fine, but dense gets problematic.

    * There are actually 6 orbits with 11 satellites each, but each one goes all the way around the world, so it makes more sense to think of them as 12 lines. Illustrated with a 1MB GIF: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Iridium_Coverage_Animation.gif
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  7. AlH

    AlH Long timer

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    The InReach and Spot are on different networks. I've never had my InReach fail to get through- eventually. Worst I've ever seen was a 90 min delay in heavily forested mountainous terain while I was actively riding. I watch the InReach and if it gets too far behind I take a break and it catches up much quicker, usually less than 5 minutes, when stationary.
    I've had it ping reliably (subject to the aforementioned delays) inside a travel trailer (camper) with aluminum framing even.
    The sats for the Inreach are moving, ie NOT geosynchronous- so even if you are blocked another one with perhaps a better LOS path will be by shortly.

    The thing I like is that pinging can be automatic, in my case every 10 mins. You can pay more and get 2 min.
    So if I crash out of sight and am disabled and unable to hit the SOS button, the wife who always monitors my rides for safety, can see where I last was and either come look for me or get help sent to that exact location.

    She has been instructed to use common sense- IOW if I haven't moved for, say an hour, and I'm at a restaurant or gas station don't get too worried. Probably chatting with someone.
    If I'm in the middle of nowhere and haven't moved for awhile- then get worried.
    Once I used it to text her I had lost my wallet and phone so I'd be out of touch looking for them. Found them both, amazingly, on a dirt road miles behind me. Phone was busted though. Used it again when I found the phone to text her that phone was broken. If she needs me then text me via the InReach.
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  8. ct-ktm

    ct-ktm Long timer

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    There are different networks, you are showing Iridium's coverage
  9. TwoUpTourer

    TwoUpTourer Been here awhile

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    I have Spot Connect. Can text messages out unlike the other Spot models. Two way would be nice, but Spot Connect at least allows you to send a message of your own choosing and still fit with in a budget.

    Sent from my Redmi Note 3 using Tapatalk
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  10. procycle

    procycle Long timer

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    +1
    The satellite network that InReach uses is much better than the network that SPOT uses.
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  11. AlH

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    Cost was mentioned but honestly I'm pleased at how little it does cost. I pay about $25 a month for the service- unlimited tracking at 10 minute intervals and 40 text messages.
    I ride in the NC mountains- cars run off the road and sometimes aren't found for weeks. Spotting a bike? Much harder.
    What's your life worth?
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  12. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    Click here for half price sale ($74.99) going on at Cabela's for Spot Gen 3. That pushed me over the edge to order one this morning for my upcoming western TAT trip.
  13. ct-ktm

    ct-ktm Long timer

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    Sorry to folks for another off topic question..but this is something I do want to get.
    I am a cheap ass so my question is for the $11.95 plan it says .10 per track. I take it you can turn that part off.?? and just have 10 texts and preset messages for that price..
  14. drmiller100

    drmiller100 Been here awhile

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    I bought one of the later Gen Spot's off a guy on Craigslist for 40 bucks. He had upgraded to a Delorme.

    I figure that is a savings fo 250 dollars over the delorme - no one ever sells a delorme used. I'm on a pretty tight budget, or I'd have the delorme.
  15. Schmokel

    Schmokel Jazz hands!

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    I'll be selling my Gen1 Spot pretty soon here for short money.
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  16. 3shot

    3shot Been here awhile

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    yeah you can turn it off or set up to once per hour.
  17. 3shot

    3shot Been here awhile

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    i got inreach because i know where im going will have next to zero cell service. and i can text in a non life threatening emergency. its insurance
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  18. ct-ktm

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    Do you folks think the front sprocket cover does good or is it letting crap stay back there.?. My chain life seems better then other bikes without a cover, but not a great comparison.
  19. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    The biggest advantage of the Inreach is the ability to receive a message back. No matter how many combinations of prepackaged texts SPOT comes up with if you don't have the ability to receive confirmation that your recipient got your message then you're just sending the text out there in faith.

    I've been a long time user of SPOT and it has served me well but I'll be looking for other options now that they are available.
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  20. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    I've never used that cover but I doubt that accumulation of dirt due to using it would cause any significant amount of wear on the sprocket.