Friday, June 14, 2019

Top Apps For Riders



A lot of us ride to get away from it all, including our phones - but there are great apps out there that can be incredibly beneficial for riders. Check out 5 apps every biker should download below.

EatSleepRIDE (Free) -
One of our favorite apps is EatSleepRIDE because it truly has it all. This app was designed specifically for motorcycle enthusiasts and allows you to track unlimited rides, explore the best motorcycle routes, create rider groups, and share rides. Plus, if you’re looking to build a rider community, this app is for you. You can keep track of your friend’s rides and discover new rides with the help of other bikers.

Gas Buddy (Free) - Gas Buddy is helpful no matter what you drive because it helps you find the cheapest gas in your area - making pit stops quick and painless. You can even refine your search by price, location, brand, and other amenities like restaurants and restrooms - super helpful after a long ride. This app loves, and rewards, user participation by encouraging you to report prices and leave reviews for the chance to win giveaways. You can even pay for your gas within the app and receive additional discounts.

Dark Sky ($3.99) - While we hope your riding weather is always perfect, storms do play a role in deciding if you should hit the road or wait it out. Dark Sky is one of our favorite weather apps because it gives you up-to-the-minute weather data and is considered the most accurate source of hyperlocal weather information. With this app, you’ll know the latest forecasts so you can be prepared for anything while out on the road. While there are other great weather apps out there, in our opinion, Dark Sky surpasses them all and is worth the $3.99 investment. It’s rare to find an app that lets users report on the latest weather, but Dark Sky does just that. No one likes getting stuck in the rain, and with this app, you won’t have to.

Cycle Trader (Free) - Alright, this might seem like a shameless plug, but our recently updated Cycle Trader app really is the best tool out there to help you find your next bike or sell your current one. Whether you’re actively searching or just browsing for fun, our app has over 200,000+ bikes for you to look through. In the app, you have the option to filter your listing search by type, location, year, make, price, mileage, and so much more - taking the hassle out of finding your new ride. You can also easily save your searches and can quickly calculate payments for the bike of your dreams. If you’re looking to sell your bike, our app also gives you easy access to post a listing on our site.

Waze (free) - Waze is a GPS navigation app that suggests you the multiples routes, provides turn-by-turn directions, route details, and travel times. But this isn’t your average GPS app. It takes navigation to the next level by letting other motorists share information on traffic, police presence, and potential hazards along your route - and as a user, you can share that same information with others along the way.

There’s always room in your smartphone for new apps. Why not make them useful for your motorcycle lifestyle? Check out these apps in the iTunes App Store or on Google Play, today. Do you have any apps you swear by? Share a few of your favorites in the comments below.
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Your Motorcycle News Fix



Keeping you in the know about the latest motorcycle headlines is important to us. We’ve scoured the news and are here to fill you in on the newest models and a few other top headlines from this past month. Check out them out below.

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BMW Motorrad Reveals Concept R18 Cruiser - BMW Motorrad recently drew back the curtain on their Concept R18 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy at the end of May. They’ve taken a historical motorcycle design and have given it more of a custom and modern flare. This new bike is still instantly recognizable as a BMW with its boxer engine, cradle frame, and exposed universal shaft. “This concept bike appeals to something deep down – you just want to just get on it and ride off. But when you get off it again, you don’t just put it in the garage and walk away – you turn around again and give it a final parting glance”, said Edgar Heinrich, head of BMW Motorrad Design. Check out this new bike for yourself. Read More.

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KTM Launches 2020 Off-Road, Dual Sport Models - KTM just launches their 2020 lineup, including the new KTM 150 XC-W TPI, KTM 250 XC-W TPI and KTM 300 XC-W TPI 2-strokes, and the new offroad-only KTM 350 XCF-W and KTM 500 XCF-W 4-strokes. They didn’t forget about dual sports, adding the KTM 350 EXC-F and KTM 500 EXC-F to their lineup as well. Each new model boasts the latest in innovation, featuring high-performance engines, a new chassis including WP XPLOR suspension, updated handling, new bodywork, new air filter box, new cooling system, and new exhaust systems. Is that enough new for you? These bikes will be coming to North American dealers this summer so stay tuned. Read More. 

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Motorcycle Group Announces Charity Ride to the Arctic Circle - The journey has begun. On May, 25th, the Moto.Men, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts based out of/from all over the country, set off on an adventure that covers the entire United States. The trip, called Project’19, will take roughly 35-40 days and will take the Moto.Men riding along the East and West coasts, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Arctic Ocean. During the course of their trip, Project’19 plans to ride 16,000 miles and will make stops for those in need and will raise funds for various organizations supporting disabled veterans, military service dogs, and cancer victims. During their stops, they will deliver four individual endowments to cancer survivors and disabled veterans totaling over $10,000. We are excited to follow their journey and wish them the best of luck during their ride. Read More.

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Honda Unveils 4-Seat Talon Side-by-Sides - This story is for all of you side-by-side lovers out there. During the start of Power Lab 2019, a Honda dealer event, the manufacturer revealed two new four-seat sport side-by-side models - the Talon 1000X-4 and the Talon 1000X-4 FOX Live Valve. These new four-seater models give riders the opportunity to share the offroading experience with additional family and friends. Honda has other Talon two-seater models, but their riders were requesting the ability to fit more passengers and Honda is making the request a reality. The new Talons are packed with features and come in at a variety of price points that you’ll want to see for yourself. Read More. 

Motocross Legend Carey Hart Creates Custom Indian Motorcycle - Motocross legend Carey Hart has some serious custom bike building skills and he’s put them to good use. Hart recently brought together a team of friends and professionals to “reimagine a modern Indian motorcycle back to its original race track roots.” The bike they’ve created was built for the One Moto Show in Portland, Oregon and the team took home the Red, White & Blue award for “Best American Build.” Check out their award winning bike. Read More.

You’re officially all caught up on the latest motorcycle news. Feels good to be in the know, right? Stay tuned for next month’s motorcycle news roundup and let us know your favorite stories in the comments below.
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Top Motorcycle Tech



Motorcycle tech is what really takes riding to the next level - and across the board, what’s available in the motorcycle space is only getting more advanced. We’ll breakdown the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos that will help make your ride even better this summer. Check out a few of our favorites below.

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Tech-Savvy Helmet - There are tons of great helmets on the market, but none quite like the Jarvish X-AR. This helmet has all the basics you’d expect, including carbon fiber shell, cooling vents, and an excellent safety rating, but the over-the-top technology included is what makes it stands out. It includes an integrated Heads Up display, Alexa compatibility, and 360-degree cameras (front and rear). It also includes an advanced Augmented Reality feature that displays your speed, weather, direction, navigation, and a number of other stats and figures. All of these stats are included on The Heads Up display, located directly on the helmet’s face shield so you won’t have to look elsewhere while riding. The helmet is due to be released in September and we can’t wait for the big debut.

Promising Review: “It is not a Helmet! JARVISH is a new way to understand motorcycle riding.” - JOSE MARIA PUJOL Smart Solutions Business Unit Director at IDNEO Technologies, SLU, Barcelona (Spain) 


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Phone Mount - We’ll say it time and time again - we do NOT recommend using your phone while operating your bike, but there is one exception. Navigation is important while riding, especially if you’re crossing into new territory - you need to know where to go, plain and simple. Today, smartphones are often used as GPS systems, but holding your phone while riding is unrealistic and extremely dangerous. Check out the RAM Mounts X-Grip Fork Stem Kit ($61.99). This kit allows you to attach your phone to your bike securely without scratching it. This kit can fit a variety of phone models (15+ to be exact), including the latest iPhoneX. While your phone is in the mount, you won’t have to worry about it dropping or falling off your bike.

Promising Review: “Love my RAM mount. Extremely easy to install and finished product on bike looks sleek and simple all while being extremely useful. (iPhoneX) - Travis M.

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Bluetooth System - A Bluetooth headset is a must while riding. It allows you to make calls hands-free, listen to music or GPS instructions, and have intercom conversations with a passenger or fellow riders. We’re all about the latest hands-free technology and we recommend the Sena SMH-10 Bluetooth Headset ($140.88) as a top option. This model gives you 12 hours of talk time and is designed specifically for motorcycle riders. The sound quality on the Sena is pristine and it includes a 4-way conference intercom so if there’s a detour or pothole ahead, you can warn fellow riders in your group.

Promising Review: “You can't go wrong with the SMH-10 if you are getting into the Bluetooth helmet game. It was extremely easy to install & paired up with my phone. I recommend it to any new or even experienced riders that want a great unit that is easy to use and set up.” - Andres

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Mountable Camera - We’re willing to bet you go on some pretty epic rides, and it can be hard to capture all the scenery you take in along the way when you’re leaning into that curve. That’s where the GoPro Hero 7 Black ($329.00) can help. GoPro has long been a go-to for adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies - just like you, and their new action camera is perfect for riders. One of our favorite features of the new model is its hyper smooth video stabilization. The camera can predict your movements, minimize camera shake, and delivers insanely smooth video footage. The Hero 7 Black is rugged and waterproof, so no need to worry if you get caught in a sudden rainstorm, and also has voice control allowing you to take photos and videos hands-free during your ride.

Promising Review: “Outstanding. Everything that has been advertised met my expectations by far. Image stabilization is amazing, and live features are great. Best GoPro yet!” - Antonio

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Mobile Tire Inflator - We’ve all had a flat or a tire that’s looking a bit low on air while out on the road. For that very reason, it’s important to have a mobile tire inflator with you if you don’t have access to a compressor. We suggest the Slime Power Sport Tire Inflator ($41.32), which has been coined as the “world’s most versatile compact air compressor.” This air compressor is truly compact - measuring in at 3.875” W x 4.75” H - and will easily fit in just about any saddlebag. The model is capable of airing up a standard car tire in just 10-minutes and includes a convenient carrying case as well as interchangeable connectors that can adapt to any 12-volt power source.

Promising Review: “Very compact and easily fits in my saddlebag. I have used this many times on trips to keep my tires properly inflated. My Fatboy's tires like to slowly lose air sometimes. Have used it to top off tires as well as refill other peoples flat tires to get them back on the road. I also keep one on my Yamaha Grizzly 700 and it has been a lifesaver more than once.” - J. Hines


We’re lucky to live in a time where technology is all around us and we are always stoked when new motorcycle tech comes out. What are some of your favorite motorcycle-specific gadgets? Let us know some of your top picks in the comments below.
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