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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.?
 

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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-101-which-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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...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....

:surprise:
 

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for you guys who are not happy about battery life on your phone, when running gps and apps.

I bought this phone mount a few months ago. It is high speed wireless charging, and also has a USB port on it. Holds the phone very tight and I have no fear of it coming off. It can either attach to round handlebars(I have a Rox riser which exposes the center of the handlebar) or it comes with a mount to attach to the mirror mount.

My Garmin Zumo has been acting up. Either will not connect to satellites, or shows me in a different place then I know I'm at.
 

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Just curious, do you have a micro sd card installed for back up. Something I came across with the 550, it had failed and the symptoms were identical, purely by accident as taking it apart to get the printed circuit board out the sd card is in the way. I removed it and like I said, discovered it worked, put it back in and no go. Some times wouldn't load or just searched, location was off also . After I updated the software and gave up on the micro sd, as they are almost impossible to get now. Original was 2 gig, some info stating that some 4 or 8 gig will work, but sent the one from China back to Walmart.
 

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I'll look and see if there is a sd card in it. I did try resetting the gps several times. That at least got it to get me my mph.
How do I update the gps? I got the gps used with the bike and no paperwork.
 

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Go to Garmin support and you should be able to down load the manual for the GPS.
Garmin may be down for a while due to a suspected ransom ware attack. I know wearables are not working properly right now because of it.
 

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I'll look and see if there is a sd card in it. I did try resetting the gps several times. That at least got it to get me my mph.
How do I update the gps? I got the gps used with the bike and no paperwork.
Just in case, on my 550 it is behind the battery, you need to look real close. As to updating, you need to load garmin express onto a computer, then save your GPS favorites etc. , for that unit you may need to register the serial number but the older GPS , if there is newer software, it is at no charge. At some point, the maps and softgware will not update further , something like Microsoft windows 7&8 , SOL , need to buy new!! Don't get me wrong, they will take your money, just nothing newer, just remember , these devices had limited storage , new software requires much more memory.
 

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Yea, mine is a zumo 450 I believe. I know where the sd slot is, as I loaded a map into it once, but no idea if I left it in there.
I'm away right now so I'll check it out when I get home. Thanks.
 
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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.

No, it's Waze data reported from users.
 
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