For the riders who prefer the simple, analog life, but crave little more without spoiling the riding experience, a few apps can go a long way.
You don’t have to ride motorcycles to know that when it comes to luxuries, technology and creature comforts, cars and their drivers have a leg up. While some top-tier bikes like the Honda Gold Wing come with Apple CarPlay, GPS navigation, a radio and heated seats, the majority of the motorcycle community makes do with a lot less. For the riders who adore a more simple, analog life, but crave just a little more without spoiling the riding experience, a select few apps can go a long way. Now, these apps won’t heat your seats, but they’ll definitely make life on two wheels a hell of a lot better.
Eat Sleep Ride
Eat Sleep Ride is more than just a way to connect with other riders. You can track and share your rides and participate in competitions to win gear. However, one of the most helpful features is a crash detection system which shares your location in the event of an emergency.
When you’re on an epic adventure ride with friends, swapping driving duties for some hands-free time isn’t an option. So who takes all the road notes and jots down the exact route (and where you took all those amazing photos)? Once you find cell service and/or an internet connection, Polarsteps syncs up your route, your stops along the way and then geotags your photos, organizing them all on a vivid, shareable map.
Since motorcycles have much shorter ranges than cars, it’s even more crucial to know where your next fuel stop is. GasBuddy is a way to find and share gas stations and prices in your area. On top of that, if you join Pay with GasBuddy, you can save 15 cents a gallon on your first fill-up and five cents a gallon every fill-up after that.
Pirelli Diablo Super Biker
Most of the free riding world doesn’t have access to the same technology MotoGP riders have — tech that records almost every detail about each lap, like lean angle, speed, lap time, acceleration, altitude, etc. But the Pirelli Diablo Super Biker app brings you a couple steps closer by putting all of that data acquisition in your pocket.
When you head out in a car for a drive, you generally don’t have to worry about the weather unless there’s a hurricane or blizzard inbound. On a motorcycle, we’re a tad more vulnerable. Dark Sky provides valuable and accurate foresight with weather reports updating by the minute over the hour, plus hour to hour predictions throughout the day and for the week ahead.