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Hey Crew,

Just wondering what kind of Apps everyone here is using...
Things I'm looking for:

1) maintenance tracking (with $$ costs), i.e. keeping track of when I've cleaned/lubed my chain, oil change, put new tires on, etc.
2) gas mileage
3) cost-of-ownership tracking (based on the above)
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4) ride-tracking? I downloaded the Calimoto app and have played around with it a bit and it seems pretty cool ... anything else similar that also has the above included within the app?
5) weather / directions is less of an immediate concern but would be useful down the road.

Thanks!!
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For ride tracking I use Rever which tracks the miles done, the time taken and max/average speed and it plots your course on a map for saving later.

for weather I use Accuweather, is is pretty accurate most of the time I have found, even for living in a small town in New Zealand.

for directions, Im assuming you mean map directions, I use Here maps which is like a tomtom/garmin gps for your phone but doesnt need internet access only gps tracking enabled.

Here's an example of one of my rides saved using Rever
 

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Welcome to SVR!

Here's how to search SVR for information.
If you want to see everything here pertaining to the Anti-Lock Braking system,
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Replace abs within the quotation marks with whatever you want to learn about.
There are literally thousnads of posts on your questions. Look first at threads, second at stickies.
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Got it, thanks SteveSLO. I tried to poke around a bit but didn't find much ... Apparently I wasn't doing a very good job!
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1) Google spreadsheet for now. May switch over to Autosist.com.
2) Fuelly.com
3) see 1)
4) For ride tracking I use Google Maps "your timeline" feature. It tracks everything already, unless you have disabled location history. Motorcycle specific tracking apps are Rever and Riser, but never used them since they don't offer me much beyond tracking. Calimoto looks great but is way too expensive.
For navigation Scenic on iOS, Kurviger on Android. Scenic uses Kurviger's twisty road engine, but has many more features and a better design.
5) If you're in the US, go to forecastadvisor.com which will show you the weather apps with the highest accuracy in your region.
 

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I appreciate you're looking for apps, so my answer probably isn't 100% what you're looking for. Just food for thought if you don't necessarily need an app.

1. Call me old school but I still use a notebook. Quarterly I transfer the data onto excel, and every year I print out that year's service work and add it to my folder for the bike.
2. When I fill up, I reset the trip meter. Next time I fill up, the value on the pump is the amount that it has cost me to travel the number of miles on the trip meter.
3. Also an excel spreadsheet
4. I use google maps for nav - It has a handy route tracking feature which is enabled by default
5. Darksky for weather - It gives a minute by minute forecast for the next hour which is scarily accurate - Perfect for finding a window in the rain to ride to the shops if you don't drive. found it to be extremely helpful in the UK.
 

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If you value your privacy at all, keep in mind some of these apps send all of the data they collect to somebody else, e.g. Google.

There's really no legitimate reason for them to do that imo, and Google in particular got busted for storing GPS and position data even if you and the options disabled.

Regarding maintenance, it seems like an app is more trouble than it's worth unless you have a larger fleet. It's simple to just jot it down on paper in a table with some fields. Hands get dirty working with grkime and oils, etc., too. Just leave this paper near your workbench. I don't bother keeping records, it's easy enough for me to check things over periodically, which I would do anyway.

Similarly, fuel mileage is very easy to mentally calculate with your trip meter. Fishing a phone out and taking a glove off to unlock it, etc., is impractical to me, although at times it would be nice to have a history chart. If anyone has a suggestion for a simple app that also doesn't require connectivity at all I would try it.
 

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If you value your privacy at all, keep in mind some of these apps send all of the data they collect to somebody else, e.g. Google.

There's really no legitimate reason for them to do that imo, and Google in particular got busted for storing GPS and position data even if you and the options disabled.

Regarding maintenance, it seems like an app is more trouble than it's worth unless you have a larger fleet. It's simple to just jot it down on paper in a table with some fields. Hands get dirty working with grkime and oils, etc., too. Just leave this paper near your workbench. I don't bother keeping records, it's easy enough for me to check things over periodically, which I would do anyway.

Similarly, fuel mileage is very easy to mentally calculate with your trip meter. Fishing a phone out and taking a glove off to unlock it, etc., is impractical to me, although at times it would be nice to have a history chart. If anyone has a suggestion for a simple app that also doesn't require connectivity at all I would try it.
Just use a spreadsheet stored in DropBox or other cloud service with a mobile office app. WPSOffice comes to mind

There are several finger sleeves for touchscreen use that you can slip over your glove finger. Or just use a cheap stylus
 

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Buy some better gloves. I dont need to take gloves off to use my touchscreen phones.
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Resistive touch-Screens will work with any object/gloves

Capacitive touch screens need the electrical interference provided by your finger. I have touchscreen riding gloves - You can also get a little touchscreen finger sock or a coating that you paint onto the finger tip every few months.

Some people have also had some luck in sewing conductive thread into the fingertips of their riding gloves.
 

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To all the folks commenting about the touchscreens, the issue is the fingerprint scanner, not the touchscreen. My gloves and phone are just fine, but I can't unlock it.

Also, it's more tedious to fish a phone out with gloves on...zippers other objects, etc. Not worth the hassle. It's hard enough to fish a credit card out of a wallet.
 

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To all the folks commenting about the touchscreens, the issue is the fingerprint scanner, not the touchscreen. My gloves and phone are just fine, but I can't unlock it.

Also, it's more tedious to fish a phone out with gloves on...zippers other objects, etc. Not worth the hassle. It's hard enough to fish a credit card out of a wallet.
LOL, so fingerprints are insecure AND inconvenient?
 

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LOL, so fingerprints are insecure AND inconvenient?
Sorry, but I didn't understand your comment or why you though it was funny (?) or relevant to the topic.

At least the fingerprint data is local to the device (for now).

Still haven't seen any app suggestions...only one I have is Torque Pro, but that's for vehicles with OBD-2.
 

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Being so paranoid that you can't use a simple pin number is not good either. And undoing your main zip with gloves on is not hard, my phone sits in a pocket made just for phones at the top of my jacket around the chest area. But if you're going to depend on a phone while riding its probably better to have it mounted.
 

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Being so paranoid that you can't use a simple pin number is not good either. And undoing your main zip with gloves on is not hard, my phone sits in a pocket made just for phones at the top of my jacket around the chest area. But if you're going to depend on a phone while riding its probably better to have it mounted.
Lots of assumptions going around....you know what they say about assumptions...

Fingerprint is required by work, so you can call my employer paranoid all you want, at the end if the day they have way more money than you or I, so there's that.

I don't "depend" on my phone, they do have therapy for that, though. However, EM/RF radiation from your phone is particularly damaging to heart tissue. My jacket has that pocket as well, that's two zips and some damaged cells...so I keep it in a lower pocket. I'm usually carrying other things in my pockets, etc., Like spare ear plugs, gas receipt, house key, etc.

Getting gas is usually slipping wallet outta my ass pocket and sliding the top card out, leaving gloves, jacket, and helmet on. In and out in 2 minutes or less. Fumbling around with removing gloves, dropping said gloves on the ground, walking around bike to pick them up, unlocking my phone, using some app, putting jacket and gloves back on...not gonna do it.
 

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Lots of assumptions going around....you know what they say about assumptions...

Fingerprint is required by work, so you can call my employer paranoid all you want, at the end if the day they have way more money than you or I, so there's that.

I don't "depend" on my phone, they do have therapy for that, though. However, EM/RF radiation from your phone is particularly damaging to heart tissue. My jacket has that pocket as well, that's two zips and some damaged cells...so I keep it in a lower pocket. I'm usually carrying other things in my pockets, etc., Like spare ear plugs, gas receipt, house key, etc.

Getting gas is usually slipping wallet outta my ass pocket and sliding the top card out, leaving gloves, jacket, and helmet on. In and out in 2 minutes or less. Fumbling around with removing gloves, dropping said gloves on the ground, walking around bike to pick them up, unlocking my phone, using some app, putting jacket and gloves back on...not gonna do it.
Yeah fair enough. Dont know where you read that cellphones can cause you health problems, theres no evidence to support it.
 

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1) Google excel spreadsheet for now. Template I stole from a google search.
2) I refuel every 100 miles and calculate in my head lol...probably not the best idea
3) see 1)
4) For ride tracking I use Track addict pro, pretty good app i think for 5$ or whatever it was in the app store.

I strap the iphone in the tail section of the bike and forget about it.
5) Accuweather
 

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I don't actually see a point in tracking fuel usage, unless you're doing the same route every day at the same speed every day, then what's it matter? Particularly when the price of fuel fluctuates. It's going to cost what it's going to cost regardless. And you'll probably find that the cost of owning a bike is near equal if not more to that of owning a car if you don't cheap out on consumables and things that need maintenance done on them.
 
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