iPhone Motorcycle App Thread

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by NachoRoto, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. Firenailer

    Firenailer just passin' thru

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    Good Question,

    I just got mine and am wondering how many of these apps are still recomended?
  2. Iball

    Iball Been here awhile

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    I own a BMW so the only app I need is the Starbucks app.
    HD riders only need the HD Service Center locator app.
  3. dpifko

    dpifko Can u smell the It's Its?

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  4. NachoRoto

    NachoRoto Meet you there. OK?

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    I still use and Love MotionX Gps Drive.
  5. orbiker

    orbiker Been here awhile

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    I have owned 3 Harley's over the last 34 years. I have only been stranded on the side of the road once in over 450,000 miles. I have read about many other bikes (especially BMW's) that have had their share of break downs.
    The apps I have in my Iphone can be helpful while traveling. Weatherbug, Photobucket, Tripadvisor, AroundMe and Urbanspoon.
  6. Harry Swan

    Harry Swan One more time

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    Love Harley's ... HOG stock is up to $44 today!!! A few more points up and I'll be on the road come summer. Love HD ride BMW's.

    I'm still using my weather apps, RadarScope, Accuweather, Weather channel.

    MotionX and Greatest Roads to supplement MadMaps and Garmin for naviation. FirstAid and Epocrates for medical. TripAdvisor, booking.com, Hotels.com, AllStays Camp and RV, along with a bunch of individual hotel apps, BestWestern, Choice and others. Food, Yelp, foodspotting.

    Best, most used" TPE (the photographer's ephemeris), f8, photobuddy and snapseed. Nothing better than to know when the light will be just right.
  7. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    I'm an "Apple Developer" and publish a small Motorcycling App.

    Because of this I was able to install the new IOS 6 on my iPad yesterday. The new maps program is pretty sweet so I though I would share a few screen shots. I took some of Engineer Pass in Colorado so I could post some real photos of the pass with it to show how sweet the new Apple Maps are. (also has turn by turn nav built in now too) The red pin on the map is one imported from the Google Maps that was on my ipad when I was on top of Engineer Pass. I dropped the pin at the sign for reference.

    This could be really cool stuff for trip planning. It was very easy to follow the trail and get a feeling for what it would be like to ride from the quality of the map images and the 3D topo.

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    Notice the flaws in this one? But look at it compared to the photo below it.

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    Real photos of the pass taken last week. :clap

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  8. NachoRoto

    NachoRoto Meet you there. OK?

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    Very cool. When will ios6 be released?
  9. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    Probably in September when they release the new Iphone. (total guess here):lol3
  10. SF_Rider

    SF_Rider Been here awhile

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    for Xtremjeepn. What is not mentioned-or I wasn't able to find is if the new mapping software will take advantage of satellite capabilities of the iPhone? I bought the $40.00 garmin app and it utilizes satellite when cell service is not available which is very nice.

    Also, do you know if the new mapping software is "smart"? Meaning that if you make a wrong turn it will re route you? The current google maps doesn't do this. Heck, the free map quest software will even handle this(AWESOME free app by the way).

    Thanks in advance if you have this info.

    I'm hopeful the new making software is more than just cool eye candy. I was already reading peoples disgust in the San Francisco Bay Area that it seems that they don't have public transit direction like google has that show you how long until the next bus, shortest routes, etc.. Maybe that will be added by time of release?
  11. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    I'm sure they have some catching up to do with the Google maps in some venues. (for example the Sat image of my house is about 6 years old on the Apple Maps:huh)

    I personally love my phones (android and Iphone 4s) and Ipad for around town or normal "travel nav" BUT......... for the motorcycle I prefer a dedicated GPS unit for several reasons. Usually more durable, more sunlight readable, glove friendly, and it takes your PHONE out of harms way incase you NEED it for emergency calls, etc.

    I use my ipad and my Evo a TON when traveling on the bike to find food, plan routes etc. But as soon as the bike is in motion or there is water falling the phone stays in a safe waterproof place for emergency use only.
  12. dpifko

    dpifko Can u smell the It's Its?

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    xtremjeepn - congrats on the Motum app release. It looks beautiful.

    Time to mow something cool into the lawn!

    There's a bunch of good stuff in iOS 6. To add to what xtremjeepn wrote:

    * iOS 6 -will- be released this fall, whether or not there are going to be new devices announced at the same time.

    * Devices that will get it: iPhones back to the 3GS, iPod touch 4th gen, iPad 2nd and 3rd gen. That said, not all features will be available on all devices. For example, map flyover and turn-by-turn directions will require an iPhone 4S or later or an iPad 2nd generation or later.

    I'm interested in seeing how far we can take the Eyes Free and add to Siri. For less wet, less bumpy rides, it would be good to throw the iPhone into a case or backpack and be able to use a Siri button attached on the handlebar.

    Daniel
  13. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    Thanks!:clap

    I was just playing around with your app, ver cool:clap


    The "eyes free" thing could be great for the motorcycle! :freaky
  14. nitsuj

    nitsuj Been here awhile

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    I drive all day for a living. Not over the road trucking type stuff, but residential address seeking type stuff. I've been using Motion Pro for 2 years and it's acceptable, but I don't love it. I recently started using Waze as my gps, and so far it's working well. And it's free. I didn't read the whole thread so I don't know if it was already mentioned or not.

    Waze is sort of like a social GPS, other users in your area add input like traffic jams, accidents, visible police, etc. them as you drive, it will show areas of your route in red that are potentially going to slow you down. When you stop at lights and don't need the navigation, it pops up traffic info around you, like "Wazer user reported visible cop on RT 79 near X exit" Wazer user reported traffic stand still at Hemlock road in Cranberry" that sort of thing, once you get moving, it goes back to navigation mode.
  15. dpifko

    dpifko Can u smell the It's Its?

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    Unless Waze is somehow in a relationship with Apple, they're going to have a hard time on iOS come this fall. Crowdsourced traffic and incident reporting will be available for free, out-of-the-box, with iOS 6. Rumor has it that Apple is using TomTom's system, which jives with the look-and-feel of their new tech and with the crowdsourced features.

    I hope Waze can figure out a strong path forward, as they're a sharp team with some forward-thinking products.

    Daniel

    Update: Waze and TomTom are both providing content for Apple's new navigation system. Awesome.
  16. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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  17. mbishara

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    I'm having some issues. It's not about the money for a stand alone GPS unit. It's more about the "why". I have my iPhone glued to my hand all the time for various reasons. And I have a blue tooth setup on my bike. I can't see also cradling a standalone GPS. it's too much.

    The iPhone GPS apps are great. I use the iPhone native app for when I have an Internet connection and I can use the Tom Tom for when I'm roaming and turn off my data connection to avoid the hue carrier roaming charges.

    But the problem is that I can't find a good iPhone GPS app that will help me plan my trip by importing GSX files into the GPS app like a lot of the stand alone GPS devices can do.

    Yes we get turn by turn navigation but what if we don't talk to talk the shortest, fastest highway route from one point to another? And what if we want to use something like "greatest road" to map a course that other riders really liked?

    To date I haven't found a food way of doing this with the iPhone and I might have to purchase a stand alone GPS. The only thing is that the stand alone GPS isn't much better IMO than the iPhone's Tom Tom, EXCEPT for the fact that they can port GPX files.
  18. mbishara

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    This is what I received from The GPS Drive support department:

    "Only MotionX-GPS supports GPX file importing. MotionX-GPS is designed for tracking and recording outdoor activities such as hiking, sailing, off-roading, flying, geocaching, or exploring new places. MotionX-GPS is available worldwide. For more info visit, http://gps.motionx.com/iphone/overview/.

    GPS Drive does NOT support GPX file importing. MotionX-GPS Drive is a complete GPS navigation solution. MotionX-GPS Drive helps you find what you're looking for and provides turn-by-turn directions with optional Live Voice Guidance using industry-leading road maps. MotionX-GPS Drive is only available in the US and Canada. For more info visit http://drive.motionx.com/iPhone/overview/."

    If I can find a way of doing this with GPS Drive then problem solved.


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  19. seevtsaab

    seevtsaab Been here awhile

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    Why not use Motion-X GPS to navigate when using imported GPX files? Along with creating tracks, it seems to be what the app was intended to do. Drive is your basic plug-in-an-address-and-take-me-there deal.
  20. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    Great post you guys. Very inspiring. ​

    I really like my iphone 4 for bike travel. Makes a fair phone to make calls on sometimes, too. :evil

    I found a free web based site to generate different options of QR code images.

    I wrote a couple for fun. Useful for one-click mapping, etc. The map locations saved as QR pop instantly into Google Maps on the iphone.

    Hmmm.

    Another one I saved (the last one) is just a place I want to go to next season, and now I can just print that QR code in my pre-trip notes, and if I want to go there, read more, reference something, it's an iphone scan away.

    Kind of fun. It is amazing how fast the iphone grabs these just from the PC screen:

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    Link to free QR generator:

    http://www.qrstuff.com/