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I was as dubious at the notion of "useful" motorcycle apps, (as you surely are now, dear reader), but the other day I decided to check while on my new smartphone. Some are duds, (gaming apps and “build your own!” motorcycle apps designed to inform biking newbies) but to my surprise I can affirm that there are several apps, and some of them are quite good. Though motorcycling apps on the whole lack the sheen and pizzazz of more mainstream app categories, the quality is still there and they can help with maintenance, purchasing parts, and even route mapping.
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The first app is for motorcycle maintenance and repair issues. Motorcycle Minder is designed to work as a digital log/reminder for all your maintenance needs. It’s easy to use interface allows you to log all sorts of reminders about your bike, from oil change dates to mileage to information about your tire tread. The more information you store in this app about your motorcycle, the more it can do to ensure that you meet all the necessary maintenance needs. Motorcycle Minder will anticipate and notify you about impending repair deadlines, warn you if it thinks you’ve traveled too long without having a tune-up, and so much more. In other words, it’s an indispensable service for motorcyclists with a tablet or a smartphone.
Greatest Road Motorcycle Rider GPS Road Finder
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Whew, that title is a mouthful! But despite the clunky name, this app designed by Greatest Road Software can be invaluable for motorcyclists traveling long distances towards foreign locales. It is essentially a crowdsourced tour guide of thousands of popular biking roads and destinations. Fellow bikers leave comments and reviews on certain routes, informing anyone nearby of their difficulty, scenery, distance, and any other useful information you’ll need to know. It’s a great app for helping a biker decide between multiple routes, as the most popular routes on this app are often the best ones available!
Ultimate Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide
And then we have the app for someone in the market for a new (or first) bike. Despite the somewhat slapped-together interface, the Ultimate Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide actually contains a host of useful information for bikers looking to buy or sell a new set of wheels. The developers tend to release a new version of their publication every month, so there’s always some new information to read about the latest trends and insider tips on how to get the best deal on a motorcycle. What’s more, the app is free so it doesn’t hurt to give it a try!
Stacy Holmes is a freelance blogger for a number of publications including motorcycleinsurance.com. When Stacy isn’t writing about motorcycles, insurance, or personal finance, she’s either enjoying the open road on her ride or spending some time indoors with a new novel. Feel free to leave her comments!