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Android & iPhone Apps for Motorcycling?

I can't help but feel the dedicated and expensive motorcycle GPS units are becoming redundant and obsolete due to the fact most of us are now carrying around a waterproof and vibration proof computer with significant processing power and built-in GPS and motion sensors.

Looking for software suggestions (Android). What software/apps do you people use for trip planning on a computer, running routes on your phone, navigation, performance monitoring, maintenance tracking, etc.?
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I'm no GPS expert believe me, but I'm running OsmAnd on a waterproof/shockproof Kyocera phablet (entirely off-line) as a dedicated GPS unit for my bike. ADVrider has an excellent sub-forum on GPS, which has several huge threads on using cell phones, including how to go off-line: https://advrider.com/f/forums/gps-10...gps-for-me.75/
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I can't help but feel the dedicated and expensive motorcycle GPS units are becoming redundant and obsolete due to the fact most of us are now carrying around a waterproof and vibration proof computer with significant processing power and built-in GPS and motion sensors.

Looking for software suggestions (Android). What software/apps do you people use for trip planning on a computer, running routes on your phone, navigation, performance monitoring, maintenance tracking, etc.?
I have an Iphone so I am not sure if it is on Android but I use an App called Rever. I enjoy it quite a bit as it can track my ride and certain things. Otherwise I use google maps and use the avoid highways option if I am going on a longer ride. I too do not see the point of a $600 GPS when my phone can do the exact same thing plus some.
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I have Co-Pilot on my phone (Android) as a back-up. It works a lot like a TomTom Rider. Basic App with 1 set of offline maps is free. Voice and more advanced features cost a little.
It accepts TRP files, so routing can be done using Tyre.
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I am happy with Osmand+. It is quite good for offline navigation, to save battery I can put the phone into airplane mode and it still navigates well. I have used furcot to plan routes - though it seems a bit complicated for simple rides. For something simpler, the other day I planned a loop from Guelph to Lake Erie using Kurviger (https://kurviger.de) and it did a very good job of finding the paved backroads for the route. For both of these, I export the route to a .gpx file on my Google Drive from which it is easy to import into Osmand on the phone (with Kurviger I had to choose the 'a lot' of points option, a bit of trial and error). On the phone you can just display the .gpx route and follow that or have Osmand navigate over the imported route for turn-by-turn directions. I find this much easier than to try to create the route on the phone itself.
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I use Waze with Cookie Monster's voice for GPS.

I use an app called Bike Sensor for my own angle testing. It has a buffer, so my angles appear to be more accurate than any of the other apps I've used.

Calimoto has a horrendously expensive pay wall, but looked promising otherwise.

I downloaded ESR, but haven't done much with it.

Yamaha's MyRide has decent functionality, but eats batteries very quickly.

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I ride with Bluetooth headphones under my helmet; and enjoy listening to music from radioparadise on my android phone with an occasional "speed trap ahead" message interrupting the tunes. I set a destination in google maps even if I know where I'm going just for that reason.
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Google maps can do that, warn for speed cams?

I use Flitsmeister for (normal) navigation and speed cams, poweramp app for music streaming to a Sena 3S.


And if I want to ride a pre planned gpx-route, I use the TomTom Go Mobile app, works very well but you need to pay for the subscription (6euro/month or 20euro/year) if you want to use it for more than 75km/month... So you need the subscription.
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I’ve used phones/apps for navigation on the bike but the main issue I don’t enjoy is the always limited battery life of phones/tablets. So, instead of a bike-dedicated GPS unit, I use the rock-solid Garmin GPSMap 64s mounted with a RAM mount. All the routing functionality of bike/car units in addition to many functions for hiking, adventuring, etc. And much cheaper than the bike units. Way better GPS antennae than phones/tablets, and uses always available AA batteries.
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The other day I needed some fresh air so I threw my phone on the kitchen table, left my Garmin in the boat, hopped on my bike and rode for 7 hours. I found that the roads I had never been on before had signs along the way and I was home in time to bbq the dinner. You aren't lost unless you have to be somewhere else
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The other day I needed some fresh air so I threw my phone on the kitchen table, left my Garmin in the boat, hopped on my bike and rode for 7 hours. I found that the roads I had never been on before had signs along the way and I was home in time to bbq the dinner. You aren't lost unless you have to be somewhere else
Or run out of gas.
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And most of Canada too, eh?
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...You aren't lost unless you have to be somewhere else....
OR - your bike is on its side and you're 'walking' out from somewhere;

OR - you're caught UNDER your bike, can't move it - and you have to be somewhere else....


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