Moto Trip Now! Features
Share your motorcycle rides with friends, family and riding buddies.
Spontaneous or Planned
Select a planned trip, or be spontaneous and go!
Bike info including registration, insurance, oil change reminders
Add riders to your trips with quick contact info
View & manage your trips
Milestones & More
Simple milestone creation. Record notes and photos
Moto Trip Now!
Milestone map, record achievements. Get weather forecasts and more
Let's Ride! Now!
Record your trip notes, keep a journal, include photos and videos along the way, rate the route and save your favorites to revisit.
The Home Screen
The home screen is your access point to all the app's basic features - managing your bike(s), your riding buddies, planning your trips, and starting and stopping your trips.
- The Bikes, Buddies, and Trips buttons allow you add, archive, plan your motorcycle trip specifics. See the tabs above for detailed information on each.
- The center launch pad area titled List of Planned Trips always includes a "Spontaneous" option at the top of the list, followed by your planned, uncompleted trips below.
- Tapping any of the trips in the planned trip list will present you with the Start Trip screen (yellow background). If you choose the "Spontaneous" trip, you can simply enter the trip's title and go. Your actual start date and time will be recorded for you.
- Simply press the Start button to launch your trip. You will then be presented with Trip Underway screen (green background), which will routinely update itself showing you the amount of time you've been underway.
- The Finish button terminates your trip, records your trip's end date and time, and removes the trip from your list of planned trips.
- The Moto Now button is the heart of the app and is described in detail under the "Moto Now" tab above.
The Bikes Features
Tapping the Bikes button on the home screen presents a list of your bikes grouped by bikes you own and ones you've rented. You can add a new bike using the "+" button or tap on any bike in the list to view detailed information about the bike including...
- Model. Record pertinent information about your bike model including license plate number and registration expiration.
- Service. Manage your service information including tire pressures, last oil change, and last inspection.
- Insurance. Your insurance coverage, phone contact information, policy number and expiration date.
- Roadside. Record the roadside assistance service and contact information you have.
You will notice that the expiration dates for the different services will notify you if the services are current, expired or within 30 days of expiring. This comes in handy later when you are planning your trips and adding a bike to a specific trip. When you add the bike it will display the status of each service attached to the bike.
The Buddies Features
Tapping the Buddies button on the home screen presents a list of your riding buddies grouped by active buddies and archived. You can add a new buddy using the "+" button or tap on any buddy in the list to view and manage your buddy's contact information.
The Trips Features: List Screen
Use the Trips button on the home screen to manage, plan, edit and review your trips.
Your trips are organized into "Planned," "Completed," and "Favorite" trips. You can scroll through them. You can add a trip using the "+" button and tapping on any trip will allow you to view and edit the trip.
The Trips Features: Detail & Edit Screen
Tapping the Edit button in the title bar will toggle the trip screen mode between Edit and Save. In edit mode you can enter your trip name and tap the Star icon and it will turn blue to designate this as a favorite trip. Tap it again to remove favored status.
Enter your planned start and end dates in "mm/dd/yyyy" format. Use 24-hour time (ie. 13:00 = 1:00PM) in the planned time fields.
You can always enter the actual start and end dates and times on this screen, although the actual start date and time will be automatically populated when you start a trip (from the home screen). Likewise, the actual end date and time will be automatically populated when you finish a trip using the Finish button on the home screen.
The title bar area also includes a Share button that allows you to email your trip, it's details, notes, and milestones or post to facebook.
The Buddies tab (see screen shots below left) displays a list of your riding buddies. You can select one or multiple riding buddies for any given trip (or none). Tapping on a buddy will highlight the buddy and automatically save this buddy as part of your trip. Tapping on a highlighted buddy will deselect her.
The Bike tab (see screen shots below right) allows you to select one bike per trip. Once selected your bike choice is highlighted and automatically saved. It's status (registration, inspection, etc.) is displayed in the status area at the top of the screen. Tapping a highlighted bike will de-select the bike and remove it from your trip.
The Trips Features: Milestones
Milestones help you plan and document your trip. There are two ways to create milestones - manually or by importing a Google Map KML file (map id).
Manual milestones can be created at any time. You can create them before your trip to help you plan your route or you can create milestones any time during your trip.
If you prefer you can use Google Maps to plan your trip's milestones (where you'll start, places you'll eat, stops you want to make, or sights you want to see). The maps you create and share as "public" have a map id you can enter into the Moto Trip Now app which will then download and import the milestones. You can also enter a map id someone else has created as long as she has made her map "public."
Below, you'll see how to import and share milestones, how to plan a trip with Google Maps, and finally how to add notes and photos to your milestones.
If you want to plan your trip's starting and destination points and milestones in-between, then Google maps is a great way to do just that (don't worry the next section "Using Google Maps Milestones" will discuss this in more detail). When you create your own Google map it is assigned a "KML" or map id. The "Moto Trip Now" app can use this id to automatically import all the milestones and assign them to your trip.
The Add ("+") button will present you with the option of importing or manually adding milestones.
When you have your map id (here's a sample you can use: "1V-i1LRiK-ZIAfIHg3qYtkZvThn4"), copy and paste it into the trip map id field and tap the "Save" button. Once imported you will be returned to the list of trip milestones. Tapping on any of the milestones allows you to edit it and swiping the milestone to the left exposes a "Delete" button.
As soon as you have at least one milestone a Map button appears and will overlay a map with milestones (red motorcycle pins are "unachieved" milestones, green are "achieved").
I will not cover how to create your own Google map, because Google already covers this.
I will assume you've found the "My Maps" link (1), you see a list of your maps (2), and you've chosen the map you will import/share (3).
The important bits...
The title you give your map markers and the description text will be used by the Moto Trip Now app when you import the map.
Also, if you add an "Order" field to your map markers (optional) then this will also be imported. The order field is used by the app to present your milestones in the order you want to achieve them.
The easiest way to add the "Order" to your map markers (milestones) is to view your trip map in Google maps and make sure you are viewing your map in "original" mode (if you see "Open original map" then you are not viewing your map in "original" mode - and you should click that link so you are!).
Next to the layer name ("Untitled layer" in the example screenshot) click once on the three vertical dots menu and choose the "Open Data Table" item (4). You will see "name" and "description" entries for each map marker. Click once on the triangle next to the "name" column and choose "insert column before" (5). Title the column "Order" and then enter numbers for each map marker to order them (6). This is also an easy way to update the marker titles and descriptions.
Now, to share your new moto trip...
Again, while viewing your trip map in "original" mode, click on the "Share" link and copy the link that appears in the pop-up window (7). Also, make sure that under "Who has access" that you see "Public on the web". If you don't set your map to public, you won't be able to share or import the milestones. If you need to change the setting, then select the "Change..." link.
The only portion of the "share" link you need is the map id. So, in our example, the whole link is: "https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zio5xqF0-Wgs.kBr4Cz77OGEs&usp=sharing", the map id portion of it is just: "zio5xqF0-Wgs.kBr4Cz77OGEs" (the portion after "mid=" and before "&usp"). This is the id to enter in the app and share with your riding buddies.
Regardless of whether you have imported your milestones from Google maps or created them manually, you can update them.
Tapping on a milestone in the trip's milestone list allows you to access the milestone's detail, record the date and time achieved, view and record notes specific to the milestone, add photos to the milestone, and share your milestone.
To edit any of the milestone's attributes, simply tap on the blue labels ("Title:", "About", etc.). When you are on a trip and have stopped at a specific milestone you can record the milestone's latitude and longitude and the date and time you arrived by tapping the "GPS" and "Achieved" labels.
Record personal notes or experiences about the milestone. Press the "Edit" button to enter your notes, then the "Save" button when done.
The "+" button will allow you to add photos to the milestone that you've captured using your smartphone's camera app. Tapping on any photo thumbnail in the list will enlarge the photo. Tap, hold, and swipe will scroll the photo. Note - pinch and zoom does not work at this time. Tapping the enlarged photo (and not holding) will return you to the thumbnail photo list. You can always remove a photo from the list by swiping it to the left to expose the "Delete" button.
The "Share" button lets you create an email or facebook post with all the details about the specific milestone including the notes you've entered and photos you've attached to it. This is different from the "Share" button on the trip screens, which will share your complete trip detail and all the trip's milestones.
This is where you'll find your achieved and outstanding milestones. Outstanding are shown in green. Achieved are white and sorted to the bottom of the milestone list. Each milestone also includes the approximate distance from your current location (note: this is a straight-line calculation!)
Swipe any milestone to the left to expose the "Attain" button. Tapping the "Attain" button will record the current date and time for the milestone. Swipe back to the right to hide the button.
To manually enter the date and time you attained a milestone, tap the disclosure arrow. This will also allow you to view location details, edit milestone notes and attach photos to the milestone. These screens are documented under the "Trip - Milestones" tab, then press the "Documenting Milestones" link.
The location tab displays your trip map highlighting your current location and trip milestones. Green bikes (milestone markers) are outstanding, gray bikes are achieved.
The weather forecast for each outstanding milestone will be displayed immediately below the weather for your current location. The weather forecast is for today and three days in the future.
If you recorded roadside assistance and insurance contact info for the bike you've assigned to your trip, then it is shown on the "Emergency" tab (hopefully, these won't be needed!)