Motorcycle Navigation: Keeping up With the Weather

Jun 20, 2017 View Comments by

As touring motorcyclists who are constantly exposed to the elements, weather is a major consideration for our safety and comfort. The term “weather” is actually an abstraction for many atmospheric conditions, and riders have different personal thresholds. For some, air quality might be the most important factor (e.g., people suffering from asthma). However, by and […]

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Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental Launches Self-Guided Luxury Dirt Tour

Dec 20, 2016 View Comments by

Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental has announced its latest self-guided, off-road excursion, called Dirt Deluxe. The new tour combines award-winning luxury accommodations with an exciting unpaved route that takes riders into the more remote and obscure areas of Ecuador, giving a glimpse into ways of life that have largely disappeared. The six-day tour crisscrosses the northern Ecuadorian […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Mounting a GPS Device to Your Motorcycle, Part 2

Dec 19, 2016 View Comments by

In the previous article I described a generic multi-layer mounting stack that can be applied to any combination of GPS device and motorcycle. I also highlighted the importance of selecting a good mounting location and recommended the heads-up display (HUD) position. The recommended design approach for mounting a GPS is to start with the bottom […]

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Road Rash: GPS’d OFF

Sep 29, 2015 View Comments by

When Technology Gets Under Your Skin – “Recalculating! Recalculating!” The synthesized female voice of my new GPS begins chanting this familiar mantra 
the instant I turn into the parking lot. “Pop a Valium, Erma—I’m 50 feet off the route to pump gas and process my last cup of coffee, so deal with it,” I mutter, […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Best Practices for Route Design

Sep 02, 2015 View Comments by

A Motorcyclist’s Guide to the Galaxy – In the previous articles in this series (follow these links to Yuval’s previous articles: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4), I explained how to create your own route. The recommended method is a hybrid design—a combination of bottom-up route planning followed by on-the-fly rubber band dragging of […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Designing Your Own Route

Jun 11, 2015 View Comments by

The Motorcyclist’s Guide to the Galaxy – “… I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower In my last article (follow these links to Yuval’s previous articles: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), I explained what GPX routes and tracks are and how to use them in the […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Finding Your Route Using GPX Files

Apr 26, 2015 View Comments by

The Motorcyclist’s Guide to the Galaxy – How GPS Works In my last article (follow these links to Yuval’s previous articles: Part 1, Part 2) I explained how the satellite receiver performs ad hoc navigation from a source waypoint to a target waypoint. This article will focus on the GPX file format, available GPX software, and how […]

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TomTom Unveils New RIDER GPS

Jan 19, 2015 View Comments by

TomTom is aggressively seeking a larger share of the motorcycle market with the all new TomTom RIDER GPS unit. The RIDER comes with a host of motorcycle specific features and route options that will help riders find the best roads wherever they’re riding. The GPS can even suggest what it thinks will be the most […]

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RoadRUNNER Website GPS Tutorial

Jul 13, 2014 View Comments by

If you’ve ever wondered how to use RoadRUNNER’s trip planning functions, check out this tutorial on using our Interactive Tour Map, downloading GPS files, viewing a route online, and importing the files into your device. Let us know if you have any more questions in the comments below.   Want to receive free Touring Tips, […]

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The new TomTom Rider: Getting More for Way Less

May 16, 2014 View Comments by

We are all used to receiving offers from our favorite accessory makers for an enhanced unit that only costs a little bit more. We know it’s automatic that when you add features, the price goes up. It is once in a very rare while you are presented with the opportunity to get more and pay […]

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Getting Google Maps and Garmin to Play Nicely

Jul 01, 2013 View Comments by

I love Google Maps; it’s a great way to plan a trip with friends. I also love my old Garmin GPS Map 60CSX, an old handheld unit that’s helped me navigate to some of the most beautiful places on earth. But while I love them both, they don’t love each other. There’s no button on […]

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Maps Gone Wild

Sep 27, 2012 View Comments by

So the iPhone 5 was recently released and the fan boys and fan girls have been camping out again, waiting for their chance at acquiring the latest and greatest from Cupertino. By most reports, the new iPhone is another leap forward—bigger screen yet smaller overall, faster CPU and faster network, yet even better battery life, […]

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