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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-28-2019, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Personal Locator Beacon

Iím taking a solo trip that includes the Blue Ridge Pkwy in about a week. A friend suggested that I take a personal locator beacon. He said that some are like the inflatable safety vests in that they use a string to detect when you are separated from the bike and send a SOS signal.

Anybody have recommendations?
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I carry a spot tracker on trips. Best thing about it is that my ole lady can just look on the web and see where I'm at. That avoids the phone calls three times an hour asking where I am.

It also has an SOS button that could be handy in an emergency.

And one last use I get from it, is having the ole lady carry it when she's on the road. Then when she calls and says shes lost, I can have here send a check in message and see exactly where she is.
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I have done SPOT, SPOT Gen3, InReach and Iridium. I like SPOT because it’s cheap, you can leave it on for two weeks without worrying about batteries dying, and using SPOTWALLA is my favorite website for creating and viewing tracks. Throw it in the left fairing compartment and forget it. That said, InReach and SPOT4 have texting ability, and Iridium is a WiFi hotspot for when you don’t have cell coverage. FWIW
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I have done SPOT, SPOT Gen3, InReach and Iridium. I like SPOT because itís cheap, you can leave it on for two weeks without worrying about batteries dying, and using SPOTWALLA is my favorite website for creating and viewing tracks. Throw it in the left fairing compartment and forget it. That said, InReach and SPOT4 have texting ability, and Iridium is a WiFi hotspot for when you donít have cell coverage. FWIW
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My wife always worries about me when I’m riding so put the Life360 app on our phones. Free & seems to track pretty well both of us. Haven’t noticed a significant battery drain.

https://www.life360.com/
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My wife always worries about me when Iím riding so put the Life360 app on our phones. Free & seems to track pretty well both of us. Havenít noticed a significant battery drain.

https://www.life360.com/
On Google maps there is a location sharing option which I use when riding so my wife doesn't worry too much. On my recent trip to Sturgis however, lack of cell coverage in some areas was a hindrance. I couldn't even text or receive texts at our camp ground.

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^^^Life 360. Great free app. You can see where people in your group are and also you can track your ride when you're done. And even though my daughter's 5 hours away, I can tell when she's not in a dorm room.


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Been using the Garmin InReach with the plan that I can postpone charges when not using it. I only use it when I am on long trips without the wife, in areas with no cell coverage. The texting has proven useful as has the SOS button when a friend wrecked a few years ago.
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if you have an iPhone you can activate the "find my friends" app with your wife; it is free and works very well
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if you have an iPhone you can activate the "find my friends" app with your wife; it is free and works very well
Plus 1 Beaver^^^^^^^

I assume my wife uses this for me, it's a good thing I am not trying to get away with anything.

I think location services need to be on.


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