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I'm really kinda hoping to lure TWA out to Cedar Vale next May The Sultan
Just a little more info on the Beeline. It's a Nav system that works off the smart phone. Program a route and the Beeline gives arrow pointers and mileage countdowns to critical turns. Not maps that are hard to see. It works like route notes with no chance of missing a turn due a missing highway sign (pretty common in my state). https://www.cycleworld.com/story/motorcycle-gear-and-products/beeline-navigation-review/Just make sure you're phone is charged. I carry a battery pack in my tankbag that works great for my phone, camera and bluetooth speaker. And the arrow can be confusing on three way intersection on unmarked back roads, so you might make a turn around, but the arrow will tell you right away that you've made a wrong turn.On my last trip to Arkansas, the route leader was using a map and went by a critical highway intersection. Three riders went past me when I made the correct turn. I waited for a while but they kept going. We finally met at dinner but the were an hour and half late.
Don't ever attempt using any fancy device to find Woolraoc , trust me on this , we were so far off in the boonies the locals sitting on their porches were pointing and laughing as we went by TS
Woah I completely missed that.That looks great I think I'm gonna pick one of those up.Thanks for posting that.
I purchased it from one of the members here that got it from "go fund me" startup. He never used it and sold it for cost. The only glitch I've had is when the phone goes into battery save mode. I had my phone adjusted for 70% power. Just to be sure now, I carry one of those $30 battery packs with USB connect. Very handy on the road. I think Triumph and RE use a version of it on some of their bike now.
So this device works in conjunction with an app you put on your phone?You may have to explain this to me in the upmost simply terms, LR and thanks for sharing this with us👍
From the reviews for the Beeline app in the Google Play Store it seems that one can use the app independently of the device and see how it works before making a financial commitment. This might be a good idea, considering a number of negative reviews of the system. However LowRiter's testimony means a lot too. It certainly seems like a promising device.Moto
Dan, Beeline has a Nav App that installs on my Smartphone. Supposedly, I can download or text a map to the phone as well. Unfortunately, there is a special "map" digital format (GPX?) that I can't quite find to do that. And I find all the digital map programs and Apps to difficult to tailor, certainly not as easy as using a magic marker on paper maps; OTOH, maps usually only show the marked highway and not the back roads. What I find the best way to make a custom map, is to build it from the start by waypoint to waypoint. Typically the sections of road right after the turn you want to make or right after merging to the road you want to be on. It gets frustrating altering a preexisting route with the final destination already entered. I found this is true with Google Maps as well as Beeline and all the other demo Apps I've played around with.When I was in Arkansas and riding back highways, it worked great. There are many curvy roads there but not many alternatives when going to a specific place. But again, sometimes I had to plot point by point until I entered my final destination. It did work great when I was running out of fuel and needed to get to the closest town with gas.
Update: I just downloaded the app to my phone and confirmed that it works independently of the hardware. I plotted a route to Lansing, Minnesota [sic] and then took a walk down the street and confirmed it was leading me on the way with the same arrow system seen on the device. But I don't see how to add waypoints or load info from other applications. I suppose this can be figured out. Anyway, you don't need to buy the device to test the software!M.
Moto, did my comments help?
Yes! Sorry not to have said so right away.At least on my Android phone the technique is to tap on the blue line indicating the original route. Doing that creates a pin symbol that you can then drag off the route to establish a new waypoint. Works pretty well. I wonder if the underlying data is from Google.I'm under doctor's orders not to do any riding right now, but in a couple of weeks or so I'll strap my phone to the handlebars and try the system for free. Maybe that will cause me to shell out $250 for the device.You might like to read the comments on the Android store or elsewhere for yourself. It seems like many of them had to do with the accuracy of the data rather than a fundamental problem with the system.Reading the documentation on the company site I was interested to see there are two modes of using the system during a trip. One requires a data or Wi-Fi connection, but the other does not and operates independently via GPS alone, including when it leads you back to an appropriate route if you miss a waypoint. At least as I understand it.I'm eager to try it.Moto
Yes, your method does work. But for some reason it takes a lot of tapping to establish the next waypoint when I try it. Maybe I can get the hang of it with practice.
Making a custom Route? Probably not. I find it a PIA. As I've said, none of these Nav Apps seem to make it very easy. Beeline is no better or worse than Google Maps and all the others I've tried. Not sure why we can't just make as it as simple as tracing a yellow marker on a map.OTOH, if you just want to follow the easiest route, and don't get lost, just follow the recommended route.
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