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Hi
Not sure if this is the best place to post my questions or if I should have posted in the trip section.
I bought the bike to enjoy riding. I don’t usually commute for work. I do travel distance several times a year.
The question, what precautions do you take before a longer trip, particularly if traveling on a relatively remote highway.
Many many years ago I crashed a bike North of Loch Lomond. Not badly hurt and helped by other drivers but still hour or more from emergency services back then, got a ride to the emergency room in the back of a police car.

The obvious TCLOCK. Bike is in good shape, tires brand, new and right pressure,
Heading up Island tomorrow. It’s a ways. Even in the summer it can be a very lonely road North of Campbell River. I plan to get there before dark, sunset around 2130. Wife knows my itinerary, route, and ETA. She will also be expecting to hear from me when I stop on route. Also buddy is expecting me by 2130.

Cell cover pretty spotty if any. Not much traffic, lots of wild life, Spectacular scenery, hell of a temptation to put foot down.

So just wondering. What precautions do you take if riding alone on lonely highway.
PS I post when I get there.
 

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I always travel now with a Spot Gen3 personal GPS locator device if I am out of town. Plus I carry a compact yet well-stocked trauma kit, because if you get hurt out there, who cares about a bandaid. Then there's a tool roll, and flat fix kit.

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You can use a GPS that has tracking and share your track with someone you know or several people you know. That works even if there is no phone service.

Plan your route carefully and make a list of stops. These days you can get phone numbers and addresses of gas stations before you leave. Make a list of the ones you plan to stop at and share that list with someone. If you can, text that person when you get to a stop. I number my stops on the list and just text my wife that I've reached the stop. Stick to the plan, so that people can figure out where you are if something happens.

Try not to ride in the wee hours of the night, when there will be even less traffic and it will be harder to spot deer and other animals on the road. That's probably one of your biggest dangers on a lonely highway.

Definitely have a significant tool roll and a tire repair kit. Also, bring a 1 gallon container of gasoline, in case you miscalculate or get a leak.

Honestly though, I prefer to go on rides like that with other people. That's your best protection.

Well, I hope this helps.

Ride safe.
 

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Well I got here. Turned out it took a bit longer than I anticipated.
Much to my surprise they cut off motorcycles for the ferry. One other unlucky guy and I got left behind with all the cars.
Bike is still getting run in. I ended up staying on the highway rather than use the scenic coast road.
I am a bit slow. I was laying down on the tank like a crotch rocket at 100 or 110.
North of Campbell River turned out to be further than I thought took me over 3 hours. I forgot how high and cold it is.
I found I was happier at about 80 to 90 particularly when it got cold. Not much traffic, I let a few past.
It got dark and I’m not supposed to be out after dark. Spent a lot of time riding into a setting sun. I figured best to keep to a comfortable speed and get there. On two wheels, in once piece. rather than try riding faster than my abilities. So it got dark.
I updated my ETA at Campbell River. Still was optimistic. Missed it by a ways.

Couple of things I need for longer rides. Decent luggage rack. Warmer gear. Or more layers. A windshield. It had been hot in Vancouver. Even riding up to Campbell River was warm enough.
I was pretty dam cold when I got here. Fortunately it didn’t rain.
I hit a lot of bugs. Some pretty big.

Well the headlight is pretty darn good. Way better than my old bikes of decades ago. Even the low beam lit the road well.
Not that I should know this cause I’m not supposed to be out after dark. When I head home I will be starting in the morning.

I never thought about a better tool kit or tire repair kit. I should have those.

Enjoyed it. Would have been much better if I had set out earlier.

Bottom line the Street Twin is tougher than I am. :smile2:
 

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You can use a GPS that has tracking and share your track with someone you know or several people you know. That works even if there is no phone service.
I am curious about this? Especially the last part ("That works even if there is no phone service"). GPS does use satellites, but most people think that it's your phone sending a signal to the satellite. This isn't true, it's a constellation (group) of satellites and all they do is broadcast what time they think it is (they have very accurate atomic clocks). They receive no earth bound signals (at least not from GPS devices). Your earth-side device needs to receive 4 (though preferably 5 as that gives you elevation) time signals from different satellites, and then, making some calculations that Einstein discovered, can know where you are on the planet.

So if there's a tracker working without cell/phone coverage, it must be using satellite communication (not GPS) to relay that data. Not unheard of (there are pager systems that use satellite communications and they're mostly inexpensive).

All that to really ask... Can I get a link? Because this definitely perked my interest! :)

- Craig
 

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I am curious about this? Especially the last part ("That works even if there is no phone service"). [...]
So if there's a tracker working without cell/phone coverage, it must be using satellite communication (not GPS) to relay that data.
Correct. There are a variety of emergency beacon schemes that can be used to notify rescuers you need help. Some just broadcast a a dumb ping on known frequencies and rescuers triangulate on the signal. Others send your GPS position to monitoring satellites that relay the "SOS" to [somewhere]. Others can be used for normal (non-emergency) comms.

Not unheard of (there are pager systems that use satellite communications and they're mostly inexpensive).

All that to really ask... Can I get a link? Because this definitely perked my interest!
https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/personal-locator-beacons.html
 

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All that to really ask... Can I get a link? Because this definitely perked my interest! :)

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You can use the Garmin InReach system: https://explore.garmin.com/en-US/inreach/

It's only $450 to buy the device (not much more than a good GPS receiver) and you need a subscription to use the satellite service.

I'm sure other brands have similar services and devices. I mean with cell phones providing basic GPS-like functionality they had to up their game.

Also, thanks for the lesson in GPS technology.
 
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