Originally Posted by smokinrider
what does everyone think. i really only want this as an emergency backup. or am i being too over cautious?
adventure biker: "Hi, I am a biker and I just broke my leg in a crash. Could you send a ambulance, or the flying doctor-service?......"
911 opperator: "ofcourse sir, where are you exactly?"
adventure biker: "Well, I am behind the second dune on the left of the little old hut which is facing the tree under the sun...."
Even though it might give you a sence of security... and even if the battery's did not leak inside... and even if the keyboard was not vibrated to smitereens.... and even if.... Well, I don,t think you would get much help in a reasonable amount of time.
And.... how much miles will you actually do in totaly desolated places?
To give you a example.... My worst nightmere was having a bike-breakdown (unfixable) in the middle of the dessert or the middle of the amazone-jungle.
Ofcourse, both actually hapened. How about that for "living the dream"
The first time it was my stupidety. I wanted to "ride the dune's" without all my lugage.... so I left everything in my hotel and set out into the thar-desert in India.... to have a flat tire about 20 km from the nearest town (or road for that matter).
No water, no food, and.... my tire-repair-kit in my hotel (Yes, I am STUPPID).
So what happened next? A feature-movie-crew came by and picked me up. They were shooting in the desert and saw my bike. I was a great day.
Two years later my chain (brand-new) broke after 600 Km.... in the midle of the amazone-jungle (nightmere number two).
It was broken in three pieces and ripped the teeth from the sprocket.
What hapened next?
A few hours later a car came by. The guy towed (yes towed) me and the bike to the next settlement (150 km) where we spent the night, left the bike and went for the next town (an other 200 km) where I bought enaugh stuff to fix the bike in a way that it could actually ride (I had to file new teeth on the sprocket) with 60 km/hour. I then rode the 1200 (!) km (those were long day's) to the big citty where I got things properly (well, sort of) fixed.
What I mean to say (apart from amuzing you with my adventures) is that shit happens... and it happens in the most rotten places.... but there is always some one who passes by an hour, or a day later.
So think carefully if you really need the phone, the battery's, the battery-charger etc, etc.......
Hope this helps
ps. Ever thought of a "epirb" (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) ? They are cheap, small and shock and waterproof. Easy to fix on the bike (to bad if you take a strawl and fall down a ravine (this actually happened)) and no subscribtion.