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  1. luna

    Phone based gps help!

    Oracle, sorry little late, but yes, Phone would have been my next question. Glad it's working out for you.
  2. When recommending a Phone App I always recommend you run, whatever your group of friends you ride with run, eg: GAIA, LOCUS, OSMAND, LEADNAV, etc. There is a learning curve to apps, it's not plug and play. If you think it's simply buy a phone download an APP, and be one your way, not for you. For some you'll figure it out in two days, others up to two weeks. Reason it may take long is just the familiarity of an APP. APP's are made to be customized, so there's a load of tools for you to use in an APP. Those tools are intimidating at first. After you figure it out though, the advantages are tremendous.
  3. Figure for popularity of phone based GPS, can ask questions here about apps. Maybe make a new yearly Topic, as technology improves and new APP's are made.
  4. luna

    Phone based gps help!

    Oracle, lets see if we can find the issue. The benefit of a phone is bigger screen to see more. My Garmin Montana is tiny screen in comparison. Phone has a "liyttle" learning curve for personal preference, so lets try to get it dialed in for you. Let's start with the basics. Were you in Topo Map or Satellite Map for map viewing on your ride offline? Do you have a screen protector? Was phone mounted parallel to the ground? Mine personal preference always, is to ride by Topo Map offline. I download Satellite too, only switch to Satelitte Map when I come to a locked gate or new fence, or need a bail out. I will be stopped anyways, to go back and forth. Then go back to Topo map. Reason I go to Topo Map is beige background, shows super easy on screen, as my route is easily visible. Satellite Map is terrible to see while riding, but best to find those Single Trails. Screen Protector, make sure your screen is clean, the oil in our skin, does smear screens sometimes. Minor I know, but everyone is different, keep a clean screen. My preference for phone mount position, I like to be able to view it perfect when sitting down. So it has a tilt in, still can see while I stand up, but best viewing is sitting down. Only time looking at GPS normally, is at a stop, or coming to a corner, so more then likely sitting down. Main reason for tilt, is obviously number 1, sun glare. Like I said, we'll get this dialed in for you.
  5. luna

    Phone based gps help!

    Oracle I either you "sign in" or just be a "guest" on Caltopo. Signing in I believe you can save up to 5 maps you're working on.Maps you can "export" to GPX file or have it open in GE and save it as KML file. To get the mst out of Caltopo the YouTube tutorials made it very to helpful to make tracks quicker. I save all my maps to GPX, then import all maps to Basecamp. Basecamp I still store all my tracks.
  6. luna

    Phone based gps help!

    Dan, no problem. Ask away. ADV Bum, my primary phone is my Iphone, I just leave it in my pack. For long rides like Baja, I leave my Iphone phone in "airplane mode". In Baja my cell plan covers Baja for free so , but those who's celluar plans don't, we go to OXXO and buy a prepaid SIM card if they want cellular capabilities for that trip. When I took my Kyocera to Europe I bought a prepaid SIM card for it, to have cellualar service to it. Those are options, but again my Kyocera is offline(no service plan) GPS only. So all my maps are offline. Stays on the bike always. Just need WiFi, which is everywhere, including making your phone a hotspot. I see why motorcyclist pick "Rugged Smartphone" for their GPS weatherproof, dustproof, shockproof, etc. Why I didn't use an old iphone. Google "Rugged Smartphone" And to stay on subject, IMO we should start a new thread regarding which app to use, it's like an oil thread or tire thread. Everyone has opinions on that,myself included, I will give my top few choices in that thread.
  7. luna

    Phone based gps help!

    This is right up my alley. I haven't used my Garmin Montana in over a year since converting. There is no comparison, the smartphone is where it's at. Can make routes from your phone in minutes, instead of on a computer, Store offline Satellite maps. I use Kyocera Dura Force Pro Verizon edition. Verizon has 1GB more memory, and the better screen(sapphire). Smartphone and accessories all can be had for around $100. Here is what I use. Kyrocera Dura Force Pro Verizon Can be had for under a $100. Verizon model is the best. Silicone Cell Phone holder Tried Ram Mounts, by far silicone mount best, lower to handlebars and stays on. Magnetic Micro USB Charging Cable In case you're mobbing single tracks, branch pulls on cord, no worries its magnetic, easy to plug back USB Motorcycle Charge Kit USB plug from battery Finally to make tracks, my favorite by far is Caltopo I also use GE, but been using Caltopo as my primary. I do save every gps file I have still in Basecamp. Finally if you decide on smartphone, you'll have to choose an app. Plenty of good ones out there.
  8. luna

    Local Area

    Camping this weekend in Superstition, sounds like a fun ride.
  9. luna

    Greetings from Chula Vista

    Welcome Frank! Good guy right here. Awesome family. Everyone I have ridden with here on this board is awesome. Great bunch of people, you'll like this forum. You'll have fun on group rides. You ever need help on anything or question's please hit me up, your boys helped my boy, so will always appreciate that. Greg
  10. luna

    New KTM vs Husqvarna

    For only couple hundred dollar savings, always go with newest model. 1K+ savings,then start looking at older model. Husky/KTM pick your color. I've ridden both, both excellent. This 2019 KTM 500 from Motoworld has a low asking price I saw in Cycletrader, have to see though what OTD is with all the fees they add on. https://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2019-KTM-500-EXC-F-5007192662
  11. Good times for sure! I can't make it today, going to the lake with the family. Have fun out there.
  12. Otay River Valley ride tomorrow 9/14 meet at 8:30am and return around 10:30am-11am. Beat the heat ride. Just hitting the trails/hills/tracks/explore in there for a quick ride. Small Bike Only, Intermediate+ Ride. Meeting at High Tech High School East front parking lot. https://goo.gl/maps/mjHfkpXHvhp5grkY8
  13. Sucks to always hear of new fences being put up, but hey still best places in world to ride is Baja. Food looks amazing.
  14. Have fun! I'm riding Piutes Peak area this weekend with a fairly large group. Leaving today, never been riding up there so super jazzed to hit the trails there.
  15. I'm in if it's cool to meet you when you go up Pio Pico side assuming, that's the route you're going after Honey Spring's Rd. I can be there at 9:30am and just wait for you guys. Riding the 500, it's all I got. lol I'll PM you. Greg