iPhone Motorcycle App Thread

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

  1. Mudsurfer1234

    Mudsurfer1234 Newbie Dual-Sporter

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    Just got a new app that I thought I'd bring up.

    Skobbler

    It's a road-oriented GPS routing app. Type in your destination, it routes you, with voice guidance (not street names, just "turn right in 200 ft"). The UI is not the best, and searching for things sucks, but it's FREE, so you can't expect much.

    It uses Open Street Map data, which means it might not be the most accurate, but if something's wrong, you yourself can report an inaccuracy or edit it.

    This, along with MotionX GPS are my 2 sole apps. They are making me think really hard whether or not to pick up a 60CSx.
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  2. JML

    JML n00b

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    "GPS Kit" does the trick for me. Pricy ($9.99) but very useful when preparing rally and detailing stages (track altitude, speed, upload rally stages and reccee info and so on). I'll be starting to use it for touring on the bike!! can't wait!
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  3. jodyz121

    jodyz121 Mostly Harmless . . .

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    I used TripJournal for a while, and it performed very well. It had a Notes module, and you could save your Photos with your GPS position, so your public could follow your route, read the notes and look at the pictures associated with each location. Exports could be e-mailed out, too.

    I just hate typing on a phone.
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  4. hetman

    hetman Been here awhile

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    Check out Momento too.. I keep reading great reviews of it, specifically for journals.

    Here's a recent Gizmodo review:
    http://gizmodo.com/5703396/app-of-the-day-momento



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  5. marchyman

    marchyman Cam Killer

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    OK, so I'm a month late on this one. I still haven't found anything better than a moleskin and a pen. OK, so it's not an app. It's still the right tool for the job. They come in plain paper and graph paper versions, too.
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  6. Road Agent

    Road Agent Adventurer

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    Yeah, I know what you mean! I've used spiral 5X7 notebooks for years for my trip journals which works pretty well. I do find that I have to go back and look at maps, gas receipts, etc. to figure out where I was, what the town name was, (and how to spell it), Route #s, and other details I sometimes forget. I thought by documenting a few notes on an iPhone I could do a better job of journalism. In the evening I thought I could look at notes and thoughts during the day and write something more accurate and better documented. Some days, if it's been a really long day, I may not get around to doing the journal until the next night, and some of the days info is forgotten or missed.

    Thanks to everyone in the thread for their thoughts!

    Steve
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  7. marchyman

    marchyman Cam Killer

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    Ahhh, that's where the GPS comes in. One with a very long track log, a way to save daily track logs on unit, or a way to download the track logs helps. Then I can just note a time and use the track log overlay on a google map to figure out the roads, towns, and other good stuff.
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  8. ironmtnracing

    ironmtnracing MotoQuest Seattle

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    Check out Pocket Scout.

    It was an app originally designed to support Hollywood location scouts and allows for a mapped waypoint, photos of the location and notes.

    Very clean little app.

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  9. dpifko

    dpifko Can u smell the It's Its?

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    Here's another good feature - in the latest version of TomTom, you can navigate to the location of any picture that has lat/long coordinates. Very cool. It makes it really easy to lay down waypoints - just take a picture. Done.
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  10. NachoRoto

    NachoRoto Meet you there. OK?

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    Photobucket has another great update today. You can now pick multiple images to upload at the same time. No more one by one. And it finally works in the background. And it texts you when the upload is complete with the offer to view them.
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  11. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    Considering that SmugMug funds ADVrider, you might want to get a SmugMug account.
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  12. Mendodave

    Mendodave Road Scholar

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    I use Car Care for maintenance and service tracking, not just for the bike, cars too.

    works quite well.

    david
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  13. jtice

    jtice Adventurer

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    You need to check out the Everytrail.com site and iphone app then !
    I love it, been doing all my recent trips on it.
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  14. NachoRoto

    NachoRoto Meet you there. OK?

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    How is their app for the iPhone? Is it good? Is it free? I am all for supporting sponsors that support adv. But it has to be good and easy. I have been with Photobucket for a long time. With zero complaints. I woul hate to change. But if it's better, why not.
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  15. NachoRoto

    NachoRoto Meet you there. OK?

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    I tried joining. But it wasn't free. Call me cheap. I will stick to Photobucket. I believe my account is free there because of how long I have been a member. If they start charging me, I will give smug mug a try.
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  16. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    My all-time favorite iPhone app is RadarScope. It's an elegant little app that parses the raw NEXRAD weather radar data feed and renders it -- faster and more efficient than downloading the already-rendered radar images from the National Weather Service or wherever.
    [​IMG]

    It also uses Location Services to track current position and can automatically choose the nearest weather radar. I'm doing a long trip next May and plan to mount my iPhone on the handlebar with RadarScope running so I can keep an eye on weather that's in my path. In the past I've just kept the phone in my pocket and checked RadarScope when taking a break, sometimes adjusting my route or schedule according to what the radar is showing. But on a long trip it would be nice to have more immediate access to this information.

    To keep service records on my bikes and car, I use Road Trip.

    Campwhere is a great app for finding a campground -- it's got virtually all public campgrounds, from national parks down to city campgrounds.

    GreatestRoad is a nice little app for collecting excellent stretches of road.

    I'm still looking for an ideal GPS app. I want one with quality offline maps, but the few existing apps that include maps are very automotive-focused. The TomTom app, for example, does not allow route planning with more than a single viapoint.

    --mark
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  17. fosters2

    fosters2 It is what it is

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    Looks nice but $9.99 :eek1 We're talking about a data feed that is free. For that price, I'll stick with the slower alternatives or just use the www.wunderground.com/radar link on the iphone to access the same data.
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  18. PARIAH

    PARIAH Been here awhile

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    Check out "Awesome Note." I'm very impressed with it.

    http://www.bridworks.com/anote/en/main/index.php
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  19. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    Nothing worth having is free. SmugMug is infinitely better than Photobucket.

    US$35.00 per year gets you professional photo hosting (it'll support RAW, full-sized pictures, etc.) AND keeps ADVrider ad-free and private?

    That's a bargain in my book.

    ...Or maybe you prefer the more commercial motorcycle sites.
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  20. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    :bluduh

    You're really complaining about $10? It's less than the price of a frigging movie ticket.

    The data feed may be free, but the app to access it and parse the data is still worth paying for to reward the developer's time and effort. For your measly $10, you get an outstanding app that has useful features and doesn't have ads plastered all over it.

    I ride a Wee-Strom; I'm pretty damn cheap. And even I think $10 for a solid, genuinely useful piece of software is a great deal.

    --mark
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