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Android app that takes motorcycle/adventurous routes?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by BristolDSer, Jul 31, 2019.

  1. BristolDSer

    BristolDSer Brit riding a KTM 1050 Adventure

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    I'm at the point of buying a Zumo or a waterproof android phone.

    What puts me off the android phone, is so far I didn't see an app that routes via adventurous roads.

    I've also not tried this personally with the Garmin, so don't know if it's a non issue... But it would be cool to have the freedom to put in a 6 hour route with just one endpoint and let the software pick the best roads when I don't have time to draw a route.

    Thoughts?
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  2. worwig

    worwig Long timer

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    Kurviger may do what you want.
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  3. 919nick

    919nick Been here awhile

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    Kurviger or Tomtom app.
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  4. gzrglyde

    gzrglyde Been here awhile

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    So what is the verdict on Kurviger? How about some reports?
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  5. TripleTriples

    TripleTriples Long timer

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    I just downloaded it and started farting around a little.

    Seems pretty decent if you're just looking to avoid boring roads.

    One thing I wish it had was a "favor dirt" button.
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  6. turtlespeed

    turtlespeed Been here awhile

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    also check out calimoto... not free, subscription based.
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  7. chrisjk

    chrisjk Been here awhile

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    Kurviger is King! It keeps getting better too as the developer is super responsive/active.
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  8. mslim

    mslim If it's worth doing... it's worth overdoing

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    I'm still on the fence with Kurviger Pro. Yesterday I set up a route https://kurv.gr/ww5VH There was a erroneous turn voice prompt that sent me to a dead end road. I imagine it wasn't the fault of Kurviger itself but rather it was whatever database it was using (maybe OSM). I turned around and got a "route missed" prompt. Once I started going on a viable detour it seemed the app couldn't offer an alternate routing. With Waze you get a little beep sound and it immediately tries alternate routing to get you to your next waypoint.

    Has anyone else experienced this problem with Kurviger?
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  9. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    that's not a route, it's only routing points.

    the algorithm, map, and point locations all will change what happens with that.

    your points are blue, my route is green.
    Screenshot_20191008-174017.png
    give this a shot and see how kurviger handles it

    Attached Files:

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  10. mslim

    mslim If it's worth doing... it's worth overdoing

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    Did I make a mistake when importing it into the app? What options or settings should I have chosen in the Import Route screen so that the app will correct and update? I see the Overlay and Routing subheadings. What does extend route mean? I'm sorry if I sound a little thick on this but I am. I've never understood the difference between a route and a track and BaseCamp totally eludes me. I OK with a map and compass and a GPS.
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  11. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    when you import routing POINTS the gps/gps app guesses the best way to shape a "route"to reach one.


    when you import a track, it's already plotted. well, the same can be said for a route, but generally speaking a "route"in the world of Garmin means everyone ends up with something different.

    i don't waste time with basecamp anymore.
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  12. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Heh, Just updated my Macs to Catalina. No 32 bit apps work on the new OS. Oh well deleted BC and some other ancient software I don't use anymore. I know they do have a 64 bit version for MAC OS, but I doubt I'm gonna waste the HD space. :lol2
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  13. Sameer Dawood

    Sameer Dawood Been here awhile Supporter

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    +1
    I also use calimoto. For road rides its the best.
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  14. willibauer

    willibauer Been here awhile

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    calimoto ain't bad, but i don't like their subscription model.
    kurviger is great, makes good routes - which is what i use it for. For riding the routes i use orux, or i put them on the zumo as track (actually i like that most, it's just like a drawn line on the map, like in older times, with the benefit of zooming and auto-pan ;-)).
    The zumo itself makes good routes when using "motorcycle mode" or what it's called. It's good for when you're on the road and need to get somewhere, but don't wanna ride highways. Kurviger is even better, though, for finding really nice to ride roads.
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  15. EddieWebb

    EddieWebb ADK Rider

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    Kurviger looks decent, website works for me here in us, but app seems to fail to load routes. I've had good luck with calimoto, dont mind the subscription, but wish their was some groups/connections like other apps to find local riders.
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  16. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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    I paid for the premium version of the Kurviger app... but after using it a couple of times, what I've ended doing now is creating a route online, downloading the GPX track, and opening the track using OsmAnd. It handles simple GPX tracks pretty well. I got frustrated with Kurviger a couple of times. It just doesn't seem like a very good app for following a route or track.

    Jamie
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  17. turtlespeed

    turtlespeed Been here awhile

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    I have Kurviger Pro and it helped me do the NEBDR when everything else failed. Once I set it up, I was able to follow the route and track.

    I had the GPX file on my whats-app msg, clicked it, it asked which app to open, I selected Kurviger and the track was spot on... I had to set the route to follow the track and all was well..

    Kurviger does need internet to do routing (offline is not tat reliable).
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  18. EddieWebb

    EddieWebb ADK Rider

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    That's my approach with Calimoto currently. I really like being able to plan my route fullscreen here, and have it appear on my phone.

    But I find Calimoto's map frustratingly oblivious of some of the roads around here. Google maps will at least concede to a route even if not recommend it, but Calimoto refuses to acknowledge any class V roads.
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  19. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Kurviger has been working fine for me for planned routes. I love that I can wander off route and then on e I get back on it just picks up from that point, not try to get me go back to a previous waypoint I missed. I never had any issues, but I always make sure I am on the same maps for both the online planner and the phone app. I only do my pre-planned routing on a PC. I find it just so much easier then trying to do it on a small phone screen.

    I've never used the auto routing feature on it so I can't say how well the different routing themes work.

    For tracks, Locus is still my go to.
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  20. TripleTriples

    TripleTriples Long timer

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    I've finally settled into a happy place with this.

    Kurvinger is for when I know where I want to go, but not how I want to get there and want to take back roads, find curves, avoid cities, etc. Out does a very good job of getting you from a to b inside of those parameters.

    OnX Off-road and TrailForks are good for finding off-road tracks when I don't already have one and an unfamiliar with the area. I'll probably not renew OnX after finding TrailForks, but make your own opinions there.

    Waze/Google maps for every day getting around when there's cell service. Can't beat the live police and traffic reports.

    Locus for following GPX tracks, offline navigate when I need it and just as a generic map source when I'm out tooting around aimlessly.

    I'm a subscriber to the "Buy an old phone to navigate with" philosophy and use one of the ubiquitous Kyoceras with a Google Fi sim. Costs me a few dollars a month on average.
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