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Doing a Pandemic ride around the southwest

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32 minutes ago, betoney said:

I don't have an SOS or a tracker but I at least always let someone know my exact route for each day.  I plan my trips out in advance on Google maps and break them down by each individual day instead of one whole route.  I email each days route map to family, if I will be gone 7 days, they get 7 individual map routes.  

yeah that's solid, and I do similar in email to a few friends and family.   The tracker is a great piece of mind when riding in areas I know are hours away from civilization.   I primarily use it for backpacking though, where I could easily be 4 - 5 hours hike from other people.   That's a good strategy you have. 

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The inReach tracker is good insurance.  I've traveled some places out west where there is no one around.  Luckily, I've never been broke down.

In the local area, there are places where you can go off the road and there's no cell coverage too.  I heard they found the body of one motorcyclist and his bike ten years after he went missing.  At least my wife would be able to tell the police where to go looking.

I recently had an opportunity to use my inReach SE for more than motorcycling.  I was hiking near Mt. Rainier and my friend started getting totally out of breath and over-heating.  He could barely stand up for over an hour.  We couldn't get in touch with rangers to get him out either.  I went back to the bike to get my inReach with the intention of using that SOS button.  In the end, we didn't need it...but it was there in case we needed it.

Chris

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So I got the authentic SW-Motec plate in today.  From my non metalurgist expertise... I'd say its made of significantly superior aluminum alloy.  They are slightly different designs but I weighed the SW and it was heavier by an oz or two which would account for the differences between some shit 6061 or lesser aluminum, and 7075 or 7000 series aluminum on the motec one. 

I am going to lay down a 3x6" strip of 3mm 304 alloy stainless steel covered with a 3mm strip of adhesive EDPM rubber on top of it under the sump area to super double protect that side and overall strengthen the plate.   Probably not needed, but if something is worth doing, its worth doing right :)   (The materials are all ordered from McMaster-Carr  easy to order!)

 

 

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 I didn't know you had the Real McCoy

Check out the thread on which skid plate where I posted what I did to my SW plate, drilling a hole for the drain plug, I have a 15 with the plug underneath, and a hole next to the left front bracket to the plate for oil that drips down the bracket. I also safety wired the oil filter. I see you use a filter I also use. I'm also thinking of reinforcing the the bottom of the skid plate.

It's definitely a fairly hard I don't know what temper 7000 series I don't think it's 6061 because it was very hard to drill.

 

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