So you’re out riding around, exploring new roads and, no how matter how prepared you thought you were, something happens during your ride. Sure most of us carry cell phones, some of us carry a SPOT™ messenger, but chances are the first question to run through your head is going to be “What do I do?”
If you’re a member of a club or are active online you have resources like the ADVrider Tent Space list, ST-Owners RAN list, MOA’s Anonymous book, and probably dozens more I’m not aware of.
But, wouldn’t it be nice if there was a list you could go to that combined members from these groups and more together and combined them into one list that you had access to? Well as it turns out there is and it’s called (wait for it) “Assistance List “.
Originally started as the FJR Forum list in February 2006, the list has grown to include riders from all of the major online forums, giving you more potential to find assistance.
The neat part about it is that they give you the ability to subscribe to different groups you might be interested in without creating accounts on all of the forums. They have worked a lot of great features for gaining access to, and getting help from the members. The different formats include paper, GPS downloadable, and access from a web enabled device.
You know we love our SPOT™ messenger which is why I really like the feature that enables you to include your SPOT™ in your recovery plan.
Put the flint and smoke signal towel away folks because by pressing the HELP button on your SPOT™ device to send a request to your emergency contacts, and, any list participant within a 100 mile radius. It can also send text and email messages to get in touch with the members. And yes, if the volunteer as opted to, their phone number will be listed so you can go old school and call them.
This site has a lot of potential and, for the most part, is completely free. Basic usage is free and there are some fees if you do use it for SPOT, and texts but hey, they have to cover their cost so the nominal per incident fee should be a non-issue, especially since it’s meant to get you and your bike out of a pinch.
Assistance List is definitely worth checking out and, while still in it’s infancy stage, has a lot of potential as a tool to help you when you’re out on the road so check it out and spread the word.