You’ve got an Adventure Motorcycle. New found freedom to hit open roads, trails, highways and bi-ways. But how about actually finding new routes, roads and riders to fill your summer days?
I think I’ve tried just about all of them. I’ve found they each do some things better than others, here’s a rundown of my preference and reasons, what about you?
Best App for Group Rides
Wolfpack is focused on group rides. It lets you plan (and schedule) routes in advance with your “pack”. On the day of the ride you not only get navigation, but beacons indicating where the rest of your pack is on the route.
I found discoverability lacking though, and a weird side effect of what seems like lots of facebook spam accounts. So unless you already have a pack, keep looking.
Best Planning & Discovery App
Calimoto is an app out of Europe. It lacks any social features (though oddly you do have a profile..) but where Calimoto excels is planning and tracking routes.
- Online route planner instantly syncs to your device
- import and export .gpx files of routes or past rides
- download offline maps
- Plan a random trip by providing ideal mileage and direction.
- Add photos, notes and ratings to your rides (which are optionally discoverable by others)
(Calimoto is my hands-down favorite, so much I renewed my premium subscription)
Best Community & Engagement
Rever has to take the crown here simply due to the sponsors involved driving user traffic with rewards and challenges. Nearly every major motorcycle and gear brand hosts “challenges” to get riders logging miles.
They also allow users to create profiles and discover nearby riders.
Unfortunately they recently dropped support for Android devices and most features are locked behind a (rather pricey) paywall.
Best “get you home”
If you’re out and about, and you just need accurate means to get from A to B, Google Maps is a clear winner. It’s the most up-to-date maps, includes offline access, and is even aware of many mountain passes that the others would never know of.