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Meet Drunken_Crow, a member of the EatSleepRIDE community from Oshawa, Canada. He downloaded the EatSleepRIDE App and unlocked CRASHLIGHT mostly on a whim. It wasn't long before he had a minor crash while off-roading; the good news is that he is OK and that CrashLight detected the crash.
Rider Review of the EatSleepRIDE Motorcycles App
While this particular crash may not make the most harrowing tale, he knows CrashLight works. We asked him a few questions about his life as a rider and his review of the EatSleepRIDE Motorcycles App
So what kind of rider are you?
I just bought my bike in March. Work and family keep me pretty busy, so I don't ride as much as I'd like. I try to get out at least once a week when not on vacation, sometimes three times a week for short rides. I plan on doing a 3600km round-trip on the bike in a few weeks.
Do motorcycles run in the family?
After one ride on my bike, my wife was hooked and a few weeks later we bought her a motorcycle too. The other guys on the street are jealous, especially those whose wives won't "allow" them to buy a bike.
Are motorcycle people hard to find?
I first downloaded the App for the social aspect, to see if it offered opportunities to meet with new local dual sport riders in my area to ride with.
What made you decide to get CrashLight?
I wasn't sure at first that I wanted to pay for the CrashLight add-on. I thought it was a good idea but I was skeptical of the technology; I thought a drop or hard impact or even a bump on the bike would set it off, but it didn't.
Did you consider other technologies?
I have looked at the Spot personal locator but couldn't bring myself to pay for the technology. With where I ride, it's just not that remote to really require a satellite-based tracker. Also I've read disappointing reviews about the reliability of Spot and sometimes it just shuts off or the device stops working. It may be something I still consider in the future.
Spot vs. the EatSleepRIDE Motorcycles App
Is CRASHLIGHT worth my hard-earned cash?
I paid for the App and CrashLight add-on at a discount during the initial launch. If I hadn't seen it work, I don't think I would've paid the full price for the CrashLight service. However, now that I've used it and witnessed it in action, I would pay the full price. If you show me the value of an app, I don't mind spending the money.
Is there a learning curve to setting up CrashLight?
The first time I sent the CrashLight test to my contacts, I wasn't sure why they didn't get notified instantaneously. I didn't realize it was only after the three minute countdown that they were notified. It's good, because it gives you time to cancel the notification if you're OK, like I was, in this situation.
But how do you know CrashLight works?
My crash (if you want to call it that) was at a low-speed; when my bike came to a stop, the balance was thrown off, I wasn't able to hold up the heavy F800 GS and it fell over in the sand. [Once I noticed my phone vibrating,] I did cancel the notification.
For other motorcycle riders, why should they buy the EatSleepRIDE App and CrashLight?
I often ride alone, because there is no one else to go out with. I ride off- road with my Enduro bike. My wife, who's still learning to ride, is not comfortable going off-road and she has a street bike anyway. CrashLight allows me to feel more comfortable riding on my own in case something happens on a back road or trail where it could be sometime before someone comes by.
Would you recommend EatSleepRIDE App?
I would recommend the EatSleepRIDE App for anyone who rides and wants to be part of an online community. The price of CrashLight even when added to the initial cost of the app is worth the peace of mind when riding alone to know someone will be notified in case of an accident.
For more info on how to use CrashLight check out this post http://eatsleepride.com/c/18487/
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