Motorcycle Apps

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February 7, 2011 | By: Jason Hayes

In today’s world of technology smart phones offer us unlimited information at our fingertip. With a smart phone comes what is known as the App (application). There are thousands of these small programs that allow us to play games, get instant news, edit pictures, listen to music, or find the closest restaurant. What I’d like to concentrate on are those apps designed specifically for those of us who ride motorcycles.

There are plenty of biker apps from which to choose in the motorcycle world, depending on what you want to do. Shopping for a bike? Check out the Cycle Trader app. Studying up for your motorcycle permit? The Motorcycle Test Prep app can be your tutor. Looking for new places to ride? Try the Best Biking Roads app to get on a new path. The list grows longer by the day.

What I’d like to do today is review two apps that I’ve found to be particularly useful for bikers. The first is the Marlin’s Accessories Pro-Dash app, which enables the motorcyclist to utilize five different instrument gauges. There’s a clock, speedometer, thermometer, altimeter and a compass that are shown on the screen. One primary gauge of your choice is displayed in the middle while the other four are surrounding it. Want to change from one to the next? All you have to do is touch which one you would like to view and it moves to the primary spot on the screen.

This app also has a maintenance log for keeping track of you service info. It logs such things as oil change intervals, odometer readings or what parts you have added. In addition, the Pro-Dash app features a bike locator for those who might forget where your ride is at a big event. To take advantage of this service, you park your motorcycle, pull the app up and mark your location on a map. Then when you’re ready to go, using GPS, the app will show you exactly where you parked. This app works great with the Marlin Gator mount or the new Marlin M-mount for smartphones.

The second motorcycle app is the Cycle Sounds Automatic Volume Control app, which automatically adjusts the volume of your music when you accelerate or decelerate. Ever slow down to a stop and can’t hear yourself think because you have the radio cranked up? This app puts an end to the annoying task of turning your volume up or down, according to your bike speed. All that’s needed is to configure a few settings before you take off and you’re good to go. This app uses a GPS signal to determine how fast you are going and changes the volume accordingly. A few other features of the app include a map, play list selector and speedometer. Using this app with Cycle Sounds speakers make listening to music on you bike easy and enjoyable.

As the reader, I encourage you to let us know about any motorcycle apps that you run across that are useful or just plain fun. Maybe we can share them with others via the blog and the J&P Facebook Page.

Comments (6)

For those who haven’t gone to the dark side, what about listing and profiling Apps for Android??

So … as long as I have n iPhone or iPad, i’m golden. But those of us with androids don’teven get a mention?

sigh.

How about a recommendation fr a trip app … time and distance travelled, record the track/path and allow plotting, maybe?

Duhhh! You can’t got the the App store (where you actually buy the app) and search for “Marlin’s Accessories?”
If that’s beyond your technical prowess, you probably don’t need a smart phone.

yea, what Dennis said.

I would really like to get an app like Marlin’s Accessories after reading such a fine description of it….. BUT WAIT….. where the hell is it located to download. Nice article… next time include the where with the who what and how.

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