Main Motorcycle: 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
Other Motorcycle: 2013 Street Triple R
Extra Motorcycle: 2014 Tiger Explorer 1200
My wife and I each have one of those Spot GPS messenger devices, and we carry one with us when riding alone. They aren't the cheapest option, but the do have a couple advantages over cell phone. First, they will work in remote areas where a cell phone signal might not be possible. That's not uncommon around here in some of the passes and canyons, as well as some remote off-road areas. Also, the GPS is more accurate than some of the cell phone based systems, which may be using Skyhook or A-GPS for location info.
Luckily, for me at least, the only time I have had to use it was when I came upon a motorcycle vs car accident in a Canyon, where dialing 911 wasn't an option due to no signal. It worked extremely well. Pushed the S.O.S button and before I knew it, sirens were approaching from both directions in the canyon. A couple of the responders who had not previously seen one, were really impressed and curious about it. One thing I had forgotten though, is that if you don't shut it back off, it continues to send an S.O.S every 15 seconds.
Aside from the emergency functions, it can also track your location on a map, and has quick function buttons, which I use for sending "stopping for food and fuel" type messages with 1 button press.
The Mountains Are Calling, and I Must Go… - John Muir