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Why I bought the new SPOT Gen3 GPS Messenger.

I recently bought a SPOT satellite GPS messenger Gen3. BONUS, because right now it is 50% off. As I enjoy solo motorcycle trips, scuba diving, skiing, boating and other off road adventures but dislike emergencies I can’t control, this product was always on my ‘to buy’ list. I want to go off road more and deeper away from the main roads and this product gives me peace of mind to do that. As some of you may know, I also volunteer with Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue. I have seen and heard of many emergencies that could have greatly benefitted from the use of some sort of beacon to alert Emergency Responders.

Well, I saw it was on sale in a local newspaper ad and ran out and bought it.

The 50% off is a mail in rebate so it was not immediate savings, but it was also $20 off at the store. Before tax and after rebate, I paid $75 Canadian. That’s a good deal. Now, it does require a subscription and I was aware of that. As a Life Insurance Broker, I am very aware of paying a little bit each month as insurance so that I have the resources or help I need if I find myself in an emergency situation.

My personal reasons I bought the SPOT gen3, in order of priority to me:

  1. SOS Emergency response at the push of a button. Very important as I travel alone sometimes.
  2. Able to call for SOV, Save our Vehicle, at the push of a button. I like this as it covers me in any vehicle I am in if I have my SPOT with me, including my car. Basically, it is road side assistance even if there is no road or cellular coverage.
  3. At the touch of a button, and at any time, I am able to send up to 2 different prewritten email or text message to up to 2 lists of friends or family that I am OK.
  4. Track my travels for myself and for others to follow online.
  5. There are some more features as well, like tracking a stolen vehicle with SPOT etc.

Once, I brought the unit home, I created an online account and bought the annual subscription package that best suited me. I am happy to pay this, as I can’t imagine being stuck in the back woods or on the water and not being able to call for help in an emergency. Time is precious in an emergency.

My SPOT is all set up now and I have tested the personal messaging and created my 2 family and friends lists and emailed them details on how to track me on my adventures. I am looking forward to the peace of mind and the possibilities this unit will provide.

If you go off road at all, regardless if it is back country, on water, ski hills etc. do yourself and your loved ones a favor and buy a SPOT. I hope you never have to use the SOS feature, but the peace of mind is priceless.

Here is a link to buy your own SPOT  – Click Here. Also, don’t miss out on the referral program as we can each save 20% on our next annual subscription. Read on…

SPOT is helping to keep you and your valuables safe, and now we want to share this award-winning technology with your friends. When a current SPOTcustomer refers a friend who purchases and then activates any new SPOT product, you and your friend will both receive up to a 20% credit towards your next annual service plan.Once SPOT verifies you and your friend have qualifying SPOT devices, you both will receive up to a 20% credit towards your next annual service plan.

Click here to enter your SPOT info and participate in the referral program and save . Tell Your Friends and Save – SPOT Referral Program.

To safe and memorable adventures.

Richard Van Liempt

 

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Oldtimers Motocross. Aug 5-6, 2017

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Bike night August. 9

Open to the Public
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Bike night will be a fun event for everybody who is a motorcycle enthusiast.
There will be free hamburgers, hotdogs, snacks and pop.
MotoGP racing will be playing on the big screen as you mingle throughout the collection of classic motorcycles and others.
Message our Facebook page or email any questions to
info@class6cycles.com

Bike Night

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It’s all about perspective.

This is a photo taken from my dashcam during my recent solo adventure through the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It was a time to reflect, observe and take in the beauty. I did not see my trip as good or bad, but I allowed myself to be present, and this in itself was perfect.

Richard Van Liempt

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A beautiful ride from Vancouver to Lillooet, BC in 35 deg sunny weather.

Heading south on Hwy 99 just past Duffy Lake.

There are now words that could describe the beauty John and I  experienced on our ride to Lillooet, BC. Riding time there is about 3.5 hours. We prepped the bikes, put on sunscreen and sorted out our wireless communication. We were all set. [click to continue…]

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New stallion for my stable? Hmmm…stay tuned.

…update 3 days later. Yup. Now I have 2. I’ll be keeping the one with the BMW hard panniers and selling the other.

 

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Reconsider Your Use of Plastics

https://www.plasticoceans.org

I recently watched this documentary. Wow, I thought I knew we, as a world, used a lot of plastic, but I didn’t realize just how much ends up in our oceans. As a scuba diver and boater, I love my ocean. I live right beside it in fact.

I highly recommend that you watch this documentary with your family if you can, and share this link to my post so that others are aware as well. [click to continue…]

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Air Canada Motorcycle Cargo Shipping Promo Again for 2017

Air Canada Cargo’s Fly Your Bike program is designed to transport motorbikes when traveling with Air Canada or not. This program is valid from May 1 to September 30, 2017.

To book or find out about our Fly Your Bike program please call the customer service number in the city your shipment will originate from.

Click here for Air Canada’s Procedure Guide

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RV Adventure. Part 3/3. Kelowna to Vancouver

 

Part 1 / Part 2

What a beautiful morning to wake up to. The sun is an amazing blue and the air fresh. There is adventure in the air as I loosely plan my day today. I definitely want to drop by Area27 in Oliver, BC and it’s a perfect day for it.

There were a lot of RVs at the Walmart parking lot in Kelowna. I had a nice chat with a couple who are moving from Winnipeg to Kelowna area and they bought a little trailer as their temporary home until they find a new home. Adventures are also about meeting new people and hearing their story.

So off I go…Kelowna to Oliver, Area27. [click to continue…]

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