Smartphones create deadly distractions on the road, but the same technology can make riding safer, more efficient, and more fun when used responsibly. Read on to learn about some of the most useful apps for motorcyclists in 2019.
5 apps to download before your next motorcycle ride
CurbNinja – FREE
Few things are worse than wandering around in city traffic trying to find motorcycle parking. CurbNinja’s community-based app helps you save time and avoid parking tickets or towing by directing you to free and paid parking spaces verified by fellow riders.
Waze – FREE
As the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app, Waze aims to help everyone on the roads find “the best route, every day.” Real-time submissions from other motorists give you a heads up about speed traps, accidents, road hazards, traffic jams, and more. An active community of editors constantly work to improve and update the maps, and the app also lets you view and share the best gas prices in your area.
GasBuddy – FREE
If you’re always on the hunt for a deal, this is the app for you. GasBuddy users find and share gas prices in your area to help you track down the best place to fill up your motorcycle. As a bonus, you can save five cents off every gallon by signing up for the free “Pay with GasBuddy” program.
Dark Sky Weather – $3.99 (iOS) or $2.99/year premium subscription on Android
Motorcycles and their riders are much more vulnerable to the elements than other kinds of vehicles. An unexpected storm while you’re riding isn’t just inconvenient – it could put your life at risk. Dark Sky uses machine learning, storm velocity extraction, and constant error monitoring to provide the most accurate hyperlocal weather info featuring down-to-the-minute forecasts.
EatSleepRIDE – FREE
EatSleepRIDE is the ultimate app for motorcyclists. Its wide variety of free features allow you to track your rides, explore and share new routes, keep up with your riding buddies using private groups and friend maps, and participate in games to win prizes.
Riders have the option to upgrade to EatSleepRIDE’s CRASHLIGHT® premium service for a small annual fee. The app sends an alert with your exact location to your emergency contacts if it’s not quickly deactivated after it detects a crash.
What are your go-to apps when it comes to planning your rides? Tell us about your favorites in the comments.