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Touring & Adventure: Motorcycle Gadget Man

Meet David Deep (love his name!) and learn why he has tons of devices on his BMW

By Genevieve Schmitt

From helmet cams and GPS to Bluetooth, Spot messengers, and radar detectors, there are more gadgets to use while riding a motorcycle than ever before. Want to talk on your phone while riding? No problem. Just attach a Bluetooth-enabled communication system to your helmet and take a call while going 75 mph down the highway. Are you lost? No problem. Your GPS will point you in the right direction.

A good friend of mine from Aspen, Colo., recently stopped by the Women Riders Now (WRN) office in Montana on his way to Alaska for a month-long solo ride. David Deep is not a gadget kind of guy—in fact, he's quite a simple man. So seeing him with an abundance of gadgets strapped to his BMW R 1200 GS made me laugh out loud. What was he doing with all this stuff? Turns out his girlfriend, Jackie (who is also a friend of mine), insisted he bring along all sorts of communication devices because he would be riding solo. It was all in the name of safety. I'm not ragging on Jackie—I'd probably insist my husband do the same thing.

Take a look at this video and decide for yourself if gadgets are the way to go on a motorcycle.

To gadget or not to gadget—that is the question. Can't decide which way to go? I wrote an article asking that very question a few years ago when I had a monthly column in American Iron magazine. You can download the PDF of the article here—it's a fun read. Then leave a comment below and tell us what you think about all these gadgets for motorcycling.

Also be sure to share this story with your friends by using one of the share buttons below: email, Twitter or Facebook. I'd love to know what other motorcyclists think of the whole gadget thing. Thanks!

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