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Social media being what it is, it was only a matter of time before the motorcycling community profited. Sure, hints of interactive route planning have found their demographic by way of the well received RideWithGPS as well as GPX-friendly host applications (OsmAnd for Android and Scenic for iPhone come to mind). Now there’s Rever, a combination route planner, recorder and navigator that appears to be heavily supported by CycleGear.
Billed as an all-encompassing riding software solution, Rever combines desktop and mobile use for members to share pre-recorded motorcycle routes. Those routes can be downloaded by others and navigated accordingly. Statistical data for each ride includes time, distance, average speed, elevation, cap headings and coordinates.
Rever’s interface allows for in-route photos and POIs along with a digital “garage” for keeping track of your flock. Their member “challenges” are where industry interests come into play, a capitalistic nod/echo to the more revered Iron Butt Association. Premium memberships expand on an already great array of uses, including Butler maps, offline maps, friend tracker, GPX export and groups.Read More ...
Simple solutions are greatly important to motorcycling. In the case of wiring a USB power port for my wife’s 2016 Triumph Street Triple R, that sentiment includes dodging an elaborate, multi-fuse auxiliary relay bullet. Our custom configuration for said bike deems it less than ideal for two-up travel, so avoiding over-complicated wiring is that much easier.
In deciding on a USB outlet installation, I weighed a series of options. Not the least of which was a (perhaps brutish) cigarette lighter port. These have their benefits as they allow for a pretty lengthy catalog of compatible extensions. My only qualm about going this route is that while seemingly universal, there’s always something a little chintzy about their conductive points. For this bad girl, we want something sturdy and reliable.
In the past, I’ve confidently employed both single and dual-port weatherproof electrics from BurnsMoto. Their products are durable to say the least, though in the case of their USB outlets I’d much prefer an inline fuse to their internal circuitry. Sure, they’re tough enough for the job but should one fail … time to order another.Read More ...
Many moons ago, when my second-generation Bandit 1200’s title found it’s way into my hands, she was a few years beyond the Givi V35 specific hardware that would’ve completed her conversion over to sport touring status. Thankfully, Twisted Throttle offers a hard luggage mounting solution for Shad saddlebags as well as their SH45 top case complete with a color scheme that near-matches my bike. This adaption wasn’t void of customer support and product-specific obstacles, however, so I’m writing this post-purchase article to clarify a few useful truths.
It all started with the arrival of my Shad luggage and optional, separately-purchased red reflective lenses. The installation instructions for said lenses don’t explain precisely how we’re to go about removing the preinstalled clear version. My phone calls to Twisted Throttle were met with vague “try this, try that” responses which might as well have translated loosely to “break this, break that”.
Don’t get me wrong. Twisted Throttle is a great company, offering sturdy products for sale by a more than polite staff. Their internal organization, on the other hand leaves a bit to be desired.Read More ...