Take care when riding alone.
Posted by Leon Novello on August 30, 2020, 10:59 am
From one of our REG, Royal Enfield Group members. |
<> Some good advice
I would like to suggest to all members of our group that you enable being findable when out
riding, especially when out riding by yourself.
It’s been a year since the death of motorcyclist Siemon Mulder. I did not know Siemon
personally but his brother is a mate of mine. Tragically, Siemon crashed and was killed whilst riding
alone. Even more tragic is that his body was unfound for a week. In the week between the crash and
the discovery of his body, family, friends, SES, Police and drones were all out searching for
Siemon. Search efforts concentrated on the Glorious road as that was a common ride for Siemon.
However, his accident was outside Maleny, quite some distance away. This week was absolutely
horrendous for Siemon’s family and friends.
Fellow REGies, I just want to seriously recommend to you going beyond leaving your loved
ones with a few words of where you’re headed. Today I went for a solo ride and enabled phone
tracking. My wife Fiona could see where I was at all times. There were some minor inaccuracies
during my journey but more to do with timing than location. I realise that you value your freedom
and independence when out riding, but have some consideration for those at home, especially in a
worst case scenario as that faced by the Mulder family.
Tracking was made easy as Fiona and I both use iPhones but I am sure there is an equally
easy to use tech solution to do this for Android and hybrid Android/iPhone families and for Google
Maps users. If you are an Apple iThing household, then here is the link to an article on how to
achieve being trackable. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be traceable forever. I chose the
“Remainder of the day” option, there’s also a one hour option and always until disabled again.
Please consider implementing being findable when out riding alone. At your end, once enabled,
there is nothing you have to do. So if you are injured, unconscious or tragically dead, you are still
findable. One last tip. Head out with a fully charged mobile phone battery. Safe riding all.