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  1. Top Apps to Have on Your Phone When Riding

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    As motorcyclists, we know we have to do a lot more preparation before heading out on the open  road compared to a car driver. While those on four wheels can just get in and drive away, we need to at least don our protective gear before firing up our bikes.  Top Apps to Have on Your Phone When Riding

    If you’re travelling with others, you’ll likely need to test your communications equipment and discuss what route you’ll take.

    You might also want to consider using some apps as part of this preparation as they can provide us with crucial information about road conditions, help us find the best roads for biking, and keep an eye on us while we’re riding.

    Social Apps

    One of the best things about riding a motorcycle is the community of other riders that share the same passion. Of course, there are many cafes, bars, and rest stops where you can almost always find bikers congregating, social apps add a new element to this experience.

    Kappa, Riser, and Rever are all great options for this. Most include planning and tracking features, but they also include social features like friend tracking, challenges, message boards, and community areas.

    This is especially great for when you’re heading on multi-day rides and you want to get tips on where to stay or advice from those that have ridden the route before you.

    Entertainment

    In that same vein, if you’re riding for more than a day, you’ll need to spend some time resting to ensure you’re fresh for the next day in the saddle. Thankfully, there are thousands of mobile entertainment options that cater to just about every taste.

    If you’re kicking back in a hotel, you might want to put your feet up and watch a movie. In which case, apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or Britbox are great options. There are plenty of motorcycle shows, movies, and documentaries on all three of these platforms.

    Alternatively, you could use the MotoGP app to watch the latest shows including live coverage of races and exclusive interviews with people close to the sport. Those that enjoy betting on MotoGP races while they watch could also download the app of one of the many bookmakers that cover motorbike racing. You can improve the experience even further by creating an account with one of the companies that also offer free bets or one that offers live race updates right in the app.

    Navigation Apps   Great navigation apps that motorcyclists can use while riding

    There are plenty of great navigation apps that motorcyclists can use while riding. They all connect to your smartphone’s GPS to give you a precise location and most will also give you indications of the traffic locations.

    The most commonly used apps are Apple Maps and Google Maps, depending on which type of smartphone you own. These are great and will serve most people well, however, you may want to give Waze a try.

    Waze uses the same traffic data as the other two apps do, but adds in community reports to alert you to stopped vehicles, police cars, accidents, road closures, traffic cameras, and more.
    This means you’ll get faster notification of incidents on your route than you would with any other app.

    Tracking

    Tracking your riding stats has become a popular hobby among bike enthusiasts in recent years. There are plenty of apps out there that will track your route, speed, and even lean angle.

    Apps like EatSleepRIDE will then give you maps that let you see your route, the changes in elevation you went through, and other interesting data. You can then share it to social media or keep a record in case you want to retrace your steps.

    Safety

    Safety is important when riding. Much of that is your own responsibility, so apps like Autoist can help keep track of your servicing and MOT so you never forget to get your bike checked.

    Some apps, including the tracking app EatSleepRIDE, also feature an automatic crash detection feature. This will use your smartphone’s sensors to pick up if you’ve fallen off or crashed your bike and will begin a countdown timer. If you don’t cancel it, the app will automatically alert the emergency services to your location so help can be summoned if you’re incapacitated.

     

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  2. Book Early For Your 2022 Motorcycle Tour!

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    With our eye on a bright future for motorcycle touring 🏍️ holidays, we're getting excited about restarting our worldwide tours next year 😀. We hope you'll join us for the ride of a lifetime, making lasting friendships and unforgettable experiences. 

    Our guided tours are already filling fast with customers who missed out in 2020 and 2021, so don't delay and book soon. And if you're ready to plan your long-awaited self-guided tour or rental only, availability is limited for the same reason. Just email or call me.

    Full details on our Orange & Black website.

  3. Combining The Love Of Riding And Boating

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    The wealthy love their toys and the creativity of some leads to some incredible innovations in the recreational industries. Even during the pandemic and increased emissions regulations, motorcycle sales were staggering at times posting double-digit percentage growth over the previous year. Boat sales also followed this trend where sales dropped in March 2020 when COVID restrictions hit, but rebounded to post one of the best years ever. Without the ability to seriously travel, people either hit the road on their bikes or took to the water for enjoyment.  Combining The Love Of Riding And Boating - Motorcycle garage for yacht

    For yacht owners, cruising from South Florida to the Northeast is an annual migration that happens in early summer with destinations like the Hamptons or Newport, Rhode Island. Others spend the year island-hopping through the Caribbean, moving from marina to marina with family and friends in tow.

    For motorcycle owners that are part of this yearly, seasonal activity, this presents a challenge as to how to bring your bike with you during your on-water adventure. Many yachts have large spaces near the transom of the boat, but these are often devoted to an extra cabin for crew, water toys, or storage. While most are large enough for a motorcycle, getting one down to the swim platform creates too many challenges.

    One custom motorcycle builder has gone above and beyond to create a solution for one of their clients. The “Lauge Jensen Tender” is a safe and elegant way to store and transport your motorcycle while cruising on your boat, assuming its got a large enough deck to handle it. Many motor yacht have large cockpits and decks that stretch 18 feet wide or more making it possible to install this portable garage.

    A mechanical arm, similar to what is used to put a yacht tender into the water, actually unloads the motorcycle right from your boat, to the dock. And away you go!   British boat builder, Princess Yachts - Riding And Boating

    Another major British boat builder, Princess Yachts, employed a company called CJR Fabrication to develop a Motorcycle Display Unit, or MDU for short, for their 30-Meter Superyacht. The MDU was constructed of stainless-steel and toughened glass, but also was designed to be aesthetically pleasing as well. To suit the look of the Princess 30M, CJR mirror-polished the metal structure, as well as painted some of it with a white gel finish to match the color of the fiberglass on the yacht.

    This particular yacht owner wished to continue riding his new Lauge Jensen Viking custom motorcycle as he traveled abroad. Another requirements included the need to be able to see the motorcycle at all times. The MDU was placed on the forward deck of the boat with the three toughened glass panels facing out, so all could easily see the bike.

    No matter what the obstacles may be between you and the road, with enough creativity, ingenuity, and resources, anything is possible.

     

     

     

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  4. For more details on the Cafes voted for...

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    See below more details of the address for each place voted for*, A-Z below, in smaller sections -
     
    A - D
    Ace Cafe, Stonebridge, London, NW10 7UD
    Ann's Kitchen, Mochdre, Colwyn Bay LL28 5HN
    Billy's on the Road, Five Oaks, West Sussex, RH14 9AE
    Blu-Belles Cafe, OX9 2NU
    Butchers Hook Cafe, East Sussex, TN21 8RA
    Cafe 33, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 9XX
    Castle Cafe, Withernsea, Yorkshire, HU19 2JS
    Chequered Flag SW, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 3GD
    Coast Riders Diner, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 5LB
    Custom Cafe, Pevensey Levels National Park, TN39 4QR
    Devils Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth, Cumbria, LA6 2SE
    Doms Bike Stop, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0QJ

    E - M
    Elaine's Tearooms, Feizor, Austwick, North Yorkshire, LA2 8DF
    Faun Cafe, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 5TL
    Filling Station Cafe, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5PR
    Gilks Garage Cafe, Kineton, Warwick, CV35 0JP
    Headlands, Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire, YO15 1AR
    H’s Cafe, Kent Motorcycles, Barnham, Canterbury, CT4 6SA
    H-Cafe Berinsfield, Wallingford, Oxford, OX10 7LY
    Hot Tram Roll, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5DF
    Hungry Hogs at Hillside Cafe, Leicestershire, LE15 9AB   Hungry Hogs at Hillside Cafe, Bikers welcome, Belton-in-Rutland, Leicesters
    Jack’s Hill Cafe, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8ET
    Krazy Horse, Bury Saint Edmunds, IP32 6LJ
    Loomies, West Meon, GU32 1JX
    Mavericks, Mostyn, Holywell CH8 9DQ
    Nell's Cafe, Watling Street, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 5UD  
     
    O -S
    Owls Nest Tea Room Diner, Carmarthenshire, SA20 0DJ
    Pinewood Bar and Cafe, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3AQ 
    Pitstop Diner, Leyland, Lancashire, PR25 2ZF
    Ponderosa Cafe, Horseshoe Pass, Llangollen, LL20 8DR
    Route 59 Cafe, Skipton, BD23 6AF
    Salt & Pepper Cafe, Newcastle, NE4 6AD
    Seaways, Fridaythorpe, Driffield, YO25 9RX
    Strawberry Fields Café, Crockey Hill, York YO19 4RH
    Squires Bikers Cafe, Sherburn-in-Elmet, Yorkshire, LS25 3LX
    Super Sausage Cafe, Northamptonshire, NN12 7QD

    T - Z
    Tattershall picnic site, Lincoln, LN4 4JG
    The Bikers Cove, South Queensferry, Edinburgh, EH30 9TA
    The Bike Shed, Shoreditch, London, EC1V 9LT
    The-Destination, Ghost Bikes, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 4LQ
    The Green Welly Stop, Tyndrum, Perthshire, FK20 8RY
    The Haven, Firsdown, Salisbury, SP5 1SP
    The Manor Farm Cafe, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 5QH
    The March Hare Tearooms, Lincolnshire, NG33 4NH
    The Nook, Alston CA9 3BG
    The PitStop Diner, Stockton-on-Tees Durham, TS18 3TG
    The Old Stores Motorbike Cafe, Pontblyddyn, CH7 4HR
    The Tea Set at The Quiet Woman, Oxfordshire, OX7 5QH
    Two Hoots Tea Room, Devil's Bridge, Aberystwyth, SY23 3JL
    Union Road Moto-Velo, Devon, EX17 3AL
    Whistlestop Cafe, Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, LL18 5UZ
    Whistlestop Cafe, Whitby Railway Station, Yorkshire, Y021 1YN
    Yonderman Cafe, Wardlow, High Peak, SK17 8RW
    Zoom Cafe Bar, Brough, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU15 2JQ
     
    For more details on the Cafes voted for, most of these Cafes are on our website as -www.thebikerguide.co.uk/bikerfriendlymeetingplaces.html
     
    *From the details we have on our systems.

    Vote for your favourite Biker Friendly Cafe in the UK!
    We have seen lots of new Biker Friendly Cafes opening in 2021 and becoming popular with visitors to the website and facebook group members, so we have decided to once again hold this poll.
     
    To cast your vote simply go to our facebook group as -
  5. Motorcycle touring in Sweden

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    Sweden is one of the most picturesque countries in Europe for a motorcycle tour, due to the wide, open roads and stunning scenery. As an adventure motorcyclist, you'll be treated to a range of landscapes, depending on which area you tour. Choose the Dalarna country in central Sweden and you'll be charmed by traditional red cottages surrounded by gorgeous lakes and mountains. Tandövala's ancient pine forest will remind you of a Lord of the Rings novel! If you opt for a trip in the south-west, you can visit the stunning nature reserve Bohuslän — an area famous among locals for its delicious prawns and granite cliffs.  Motorcycle touring in Sweden

    Where to eat when you're touring

    There's a meal to suit every taste in Sweden's many eateries. Traditional Swedish meals enter the realm of fusion cuisine where old meets new. Delicious wild meats are cooked in berries, 'ripa', a white fish, is cooked in many creative ways in the Summer. Like other countries, Sweden doesn't allow smoking in many public places. Outdoor areas of eateries are definitely not the places to get out a cigarette after a lovely meal. Snus is a Swedish company that makes delicious chewing tobacco. Their Nicotine Pouches are tobacco-free and come in a big variety of minty and fruity flavours. Head over to snusdirect to check out their range!

    Some beautiful, lesser-known towns in Sweden

    Jokkmokk's a tiny town in Northern Sweden and Lapland. In summer, it's ablaze with the midnight sun and in winter it's a magical, snowy place where you can almost hear the reindeer bells jangling. Grundsund is a charming town on the west coast of Sweden. Here you'll find a traditional fishing village and all the delicious fresh fish you could ask for. Multicoloured houses contrast with the blue sea to create a postcard-esque picture. If you crave a city but don't want the hustle and bustle of the bigger ones, try Västerå. Built on the shores of Lake Mälaren in central Sweden, its medieval charms will wow you.

     

     

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