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And now I often use Kurviger. Tell it I want to go from A to B, and it looks at the roads, counts the number of turns, and literally routes you in the least direct route it can find. I have been finding a lot of new roads using the software. Roads I would never think about taking on a paper map, or even just exploring. It does put me on a lot of gravel, but I am OK with that. So far my only real complaint is that if I go for a ride, it tends to put me on the same twisty route on the return trip.And there is the bonus of it recording where you have been. Go for a long ride and travel on a lot of new forest roads or such and wonder where you were, just pull up the recording.
Just for giggles, I went on to give it my second test, which is a simple search. While connected to wi-fi mind you, it could not find:-The monthly breakfast location-The old monthly breakfast location-The restaurant where I go to play trivia.
The reason why you don't use that function is obvious .... The Sultan
I've got a Tom Tom Rider 550 and think it is fantastic. I used it on a trip to the Adirondacks, over to Vermont and down thru Massachusetts and it worked supremely. And it gives you the option of including dirt roads on your route.
Meh , some of us like being surprised , all of this technology removes the mystery , what is over that hill or around that bend . Never had any trouble finding a place to eat , or a place to sleep . Hell , if we had GPS in 1968 I wouldn't have picked Cedar Vale as a destination . The Sultan
^^^You haven't ever been in my part of Oklahoma , or ridden the Talimena drive , which is a better motorbike toad than the dragon everyday of the week . The Sultan
I agree. I can't remember the street names, but I can tell you turn left at the second street ect..I Google map for places that I have not been. Then I write the streets/highway down and which way to turn. The little piece of paper goes in my top pocket. When I get to the last turn I can remember, pull the paper and then go on.Tom
My little Enfield came with an extra gauge, called Tripper. When engaged, it becomes a turn by turn navigation system using only an arrow on the screen. Works with Google maps. I don't use it. When not engaged, it's a clock. THAT I can use.
I have ridden in southeast Oklahoma, and through the rest of Oklahoma. I can also use Google Maps with terrain features turned on. The dragon is a tourist road. Too many other roads to ride in the Tennessee / North Carolina mountains, but the Dragon is one of the roads that must be ridden to get from east to west without traveling many miles north or south. You could spend weeks in the mountains finding new exciting roads to explore. Talimena is one road, then go enjoy Arkansas.
I don't agree with Dusty, even about his, but you go out of your way to offend folks. I don't know why you want to make a personal preference into a personal disagreement. You do it often and persistently.
Being offended is a personal chose I'm told. I didn't know that pointing out why some people knock down technology to hide their fear of it would be offensive. Should I be offended because I use said technology that is being bashed? So much negatively that many thrive on.
^^^^^^^I can be as easily offended as the next snowflake , but I have not noticed any particular "disagreeableness" on the part of TWA. OTOH, his praise for adaptive cruise control is absolutely nuts; ACC is, IMO, the devil's work. So, maybe we can drift this thread over to discussing the excessive technology in new cars. We recently bought a new Honda Fit. One of the reasons -- aside from its 2009 stablemate having 256K miles on its odo -- was that one can turn off almost every one of the "assists." We have a friend with one of the new big Subs. He's stuck with everything. Now, before I have to plead guilty to first-degree ludditeness, be aware that I leave most of those functions on, but ACC is maddening. If no one bites on this, I'll just sulk. Kathi says it's one of my talents. Bill
I'm not playing. Go bait another hook.
Interesting analysis , except it is incorrect . First , who is bashing the technology ? Second , not needing something doesn't indicate a fear of it , only that some of us prefer a more pure experience , call it a lack of need . Some of us rarely if ever visit a large city where this high zoot tech might actually be useful , out in open country a compass is about all most of us really need , right ? Maybe simple is better , or maybe I always know the compass points . We're riding motorbikes , not attempting to locate the moon from the seat , although I have read that after the first visit the pilots flying the Apollo vehicles had a pretty good idea where it is and how to find it . See , anything that distracts from the pure experience is just that , a distraction , although it was kinda cool to have a certain Triumph triple verify by his GPS that we had truly broken the tonne on a rural highway in SE Oklahoma , on one of those roads you found so uninteresting , of course i was pretty sure we had anyway . Have a nice day The Sultan
What else do I have , oh almost a million miles on street bikes W/O any electronic assistance . Here is reality , some folks are more interested in Gadgets than they are in just the experience , and there is nothing wrong with that . I thoroughly enjoy having a simple flip phone that allows me to stay in contact with dozens of people and understand that said phone is a direct result of technology , that doesn't indicate a need to have some device that removes all of the wonder of life . Some of us simply prefer a less cluttered existence , don't want or need multiple motorbikes , the latest in technical advances . Call it a distillation of needs , a way to live that isn't reliant on stuff . As for my preference in equipment on a motorbike , well , a simple touring device suffices , the Aerofoil keeps the bugs and rain off of me , the panniers carry stuff , the disc brakes mean stopping distances are short , the electronic carburetors and ignition systems simplify my life in practical terms , no fiddling with points or non-electronic carburetors . The tubeless wheels do the same , right ? Now there are some who argue that even the Aerofoil complicates their relationship with the riding experience , they can't see the front wheel , or feel the wind , and that is just fine by me , their experience is theirs to have and enjoy , I certainly put a lot of miles on unfaired motorbikes , and at times sans helmet , still do occasionally ride W/O a bash hat , shocking isn't it ? The experience of doing so takes me back , reminds me of what is so wonderful about these two wheeled devices that is so addictive , just a rider and a motorbike , once again a distillation of life unencumbered by extraneous influences . The Sultan
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