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.
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
This app is designed to be as easy as possible to either plan your trips and then document them on the road, or to make it up as you go! The Trip Milestones feature allows you to plan your trips in advance. The "Moto Now" tab will show you how to manually create milestone on the go.
Below, you'll see how to import and share milestones, how to use Google Maps to route your trip, milestones and milestone order, and finally how to document your milestones by including notes and photos.
So, you either have a Google map ID because you created a Google map and have planned out your trip, or someone has shared their Google Map ID with you (don't worry the next section "Using Google Maps Milestones" will discuss this in more detail).
In either case, use the "Edit" button to paste the id in the "Google Trip Map ID" field and then press the "Save" button.
If you have a valid id, the app will retrieve the trip milestones, their order, and milestone detail. You will then see a list of ordered milestones.
You will also see a new set of three buttons "Map," "Share," and "Clear".
- Map will overlay a map with milestones (red motorcycle pins are "unachieved" milestones, green are "achieved").
- Share will launch your smartphone's email application and populate an email message with the map id, so you can share it.
- Clear will clear the map id and delete the list of milestones (this can not be undone... although you can re-enter and save the map id).
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.
Tap the disclosure arrow on any of the milestones 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.
Milestones imported from a Google map ID are marked as "KML". Milestones you create manually while on the road are marked as "Man".
"KML" The "Edit" button will only allow the Attained date and time to be modified. Manually enter the date and time or tap the "Now" button to auto fill the fields with the current date and time.
"Man" All milestone information can be edited including the attained date and time. Manual milestones can be created when your trip is underway (more about this on the "Moto Now" tab). In addition to the "Now" button for the attained date and time you will find a "Here" button that will automatically fill the milestone's latitude and longitude from your current location.
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.
The "Share" button when viewing a specific milestone will create an email with all the details about the milestone including the notes you've entered and photos you've attached to it. This is different from how the "Share" button on the trip screens work, which will share all the trip detail, including all the milestone detail. Use the milestone "Share" to email a specific milestone.
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!)