Saturday, November 30, 2013 @ 15:56
We are pleased to announce that we now have launched our new web site design and some brand new functions. As Tourstart always listen to our users, and are in constantly contact with the users, we get a lot of information about new functions which will improve what it is all about - riding the motorcycle and get some good experiences.
What is Tourstart all about? Well, you know of course, but it might not be obvious for new users who visit Tourstart for the first time. Therefore we have made an introduction page, where users can read about Tourstart, and get an impression what we offer to our users.
On "My Page" - which is your profile page - you will find a lot of new functions, which are all focusing on making it easier to establish social relations with other bikers, and hereby exchange more infomation about the good motorcycle rider.
You now have a personal wall where you can post what is going on and see what your friends are up to. Here you will also get notifications from the bike clubs, friends BikerBeds you follow, so when either the bike club or your friend have made a new tour, then you get a notificaiton.
On the map you will get a quick overview of all your tours, bike clubs and events you have bookmarked.
Pictures and videos
Possibility to add more pictures of you and your motorcycle, and you can also add videos on your profile, so you can share even more with your motorcycle friends.
On your wall you can see pictures of your friends, and we have made it easier to find and connect with your motorcycle friends.
Now you can change your name of your profile, so you can write your full name. With this it is much easier to find each other and connect.
Note: Due to we have made some changes on the design and now offer more personal functions, please check your own page to assure that only information you want to submit to the public are visable.
Motorcycling is more than riding the motorcycle on a day ride. It is for sure also to get away on a multiple day journey and see new parts of the world - and to get some good food togehter with a nice place to stay. This is now possible, as the new function BikerBed is introduced.
Here are some key issues regards the BikerBed:
The BikerBeds can offer free tours which you can easily be downloaded direct to your gps. Now with improved overview of the routes, as all tours are shown directly on the Bikerbed page.
The services offered are easy to get overview of, such as washing possibilities and locked parking
Follow your Bikerbed
By a single click you can now get latest updates on your own wall when your favorite BikerBeds post a comment or a new route.
Not only have we introduced our own maps, but we have also extended the map view on the main pages. Hereby you get a better overview when searching for an event, tour or make a new RidePlan.
Please bear with us
It is a HUGE task to develop so many new functions, so there might be some bugs... Well, we are sure there are bugs. But, you can rest assured that we do our best to solve any problems as soon as we discove them.
Then you might ask, why did we not test? Oh - that we have done, but it is simply not possible to test all functions properly before it is launced to all users.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you find some bugs or have ideas for improvement. Also you are welcome to mail us if you tell us what you think about the design and functions.
Sunday, September 1, 2013 @ 21:36
Not many years ago all motorcycle ride plans were made on a printed road map. Then the map was placed on the tank bag, and you had to look on the each time you were in doubt where to turn and in which direction you needed to ride. That was OK, and we still reached the motorbike roads.
Then the technology developed and we got the motorcycle gps which are watertight and can handle the harsh conditions on the motorcycle with vibrations and weather. That is still the preferred navigation system for some motorcyclists. The typical motorcycle gps are the Garmin Zumo 550 or the TomTom Rider 2, which are not only waterproof but are also delivered with a holder so it is easy to take the gps with you when the motorcycle is parked. With the new technology and the development from Tourstart, it is now possible to create a motorcycle tour and transfer this to the gps - totally avoiding paper maps.
How to plan a motorcycle ride and transfer to af Garmin Zumo
On www.tourstart.org you can plan a motorcycle ride and transfer this to your gps by a single click. When a motorcycle tour has been found or created, then you can see on this YouTube video how to transfer it to your Zumo.
How to transfer a motorcycle ride to a TomTom Rider
Many motorcyclists have a TomTom Rider and the routes found on Tourstart can also be transferred by a single click - watch this tutorial.
No click are needed
However, we are in the middle of a change in technology as many motorcyclists now are having an iPhone. This means that no clicks are needed anymore. Now Tourstart has a complete concept where all functions are in one - so now it is not necessary to transfer gps data anymore. All is ready now with the new iPhone app.
Ride planner for iPhone
As the iPhones gets more and more popular, and they contian more and more functions, it means having an iPhone means that you can avoind having a traditional gps. With the latest and most advanced app technology Tourstart offers a motorcycle ride planner for iPhone, which means you do not need to have a traditional motorcycle gps, as all necessary functions are inside the iPhone app. This means in reality that you only need the iPhone as your ride planner, as all functions are covered. Another advantage is that you always take the iPhone with you so whether you are travelling domestic or international you can always access your motorcycle tours and search for other motorcyclists tours for inspiration.
Plan your motorcycle rides on Tourstart
The technology to make this work is that Tourstart is both a web page and an iPhone app. The great advantage is that all content on the web is available on the iPhone ride planner and any motorcycle ride plan you make on the iPhone is also available on the web page.
Download Ride Planner from the app store
Should you like to download the iPhone app, then just click on the AppStore logo below.
Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 21:31
Motorcycle accomodation and mc roads
One of Denmarks best known motorcycle accomodations are "Bed & Breakfast Dannevirke" which are located in Germany. Many motorcyclists have during the last years where Carsten has been the owner, visiting the cozy B&B. Tourstart has also been there, and we had a great week-end togehter with many other motorcyclists.
We arrived a bit early, but our room was ready, and the keys to our room were placed just inside the front door. A small note with our name were attached to the key - and that was the end of that check-in. Perfect :-)
The rooms are all top class. Nice and clean - and you can also make a cup of tea or coffee. Our room had entrance to the terrace and the very cozy patio - which for sure is an extra plus to the room. After making a cup of coffee, we were ready to explore the area on our motorcycle.
Motorcycle rides starting from B&B Dannevirke
As a new service to the motorcyclists B&B Dannevirk offers now ten different motorcycle routes to ride - all free of charge. The mc rides can be downloaded to the gps and you can also get then in print format. Hereby everybody can get a good experience on the motorcycle. The ride of the day "Langs Kielerkanalen" and the speciallity about the ride is the ferry hanging in wires from a bridge. Note that it is free to cross the Kieler Canal, which you do more than ten times on this motorcycle tour. Each crossing of the Kieler Canal takes only a few minuts, so there are simply not time to pay, which might be the reason it is free of charge.
The whole environment aroud the ferrie are relaxed and cozy. We met a lot of other motorcyclists - both Danes and of course also a lot of Germans - who went on this ride to enjoy the ferries and the small twisty motorcycle roads. It is recommended to make a stop at Sehestedt, where you can have a break on the "Imbiss" with a great view of the Kieler Canal, ferry and the ares. An ice cream or pommes frites are much tastier when the view is nice. However, just exactly as Carsten mentioned, the wire ferry was closed as normal in the school holiday, as it was being maintained. Still, we stopped at the ferry and admired the construction.
Relaxation after the motorcycle ride
The purpose of visiting B&B Dannevirke is to get some good experiences riding the motorcycle and have enjoyable hours with friends. So when the motorcycle tour is to be evaluated, the sun is shining and then it is a perfect mix to grab a cold beer and relax on the terrace. Carsten trust his guests, so anybody is welcome to take all beers they like in the fridge, and just inform Carsten about the consumption and pay when leaving the B&B. We enjoyed a quite beer before we head to Landhaus Hentschel for the dinner. Landhaus Hentschel is the local inn -1 min walk from B&B Dannevirke - where they have fair prices and the friendly people server you a wonderful "wienerschnitzel and weissbeer".
Cozyness at B&B Dannevirke
There are a special atmosphere at B&B Dannevirke, as all guests speak to each other as we all share the same interest in the motorcycle. That we felt right after arriving, but also in the evening at the terrace. Here all guest sat all evening and enjoyed the weather and a refreshment - in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The weather was so mild that we did not go inside, as there are also a 1. floor with "Steen's Corner" and motorcycle parts to give the perfect atmosphere. That we must try at our next visit.
Many motorcycle clubs has B&B Dannevirk as a goal for a week-end ride on the motorcycle, and Carsten Alstrup informs "B&B Dannevirke is a very popular place going for the Danish, Swedish and Norweigean motorcyclists, as we are only 50 km south of the Danish border. Further to this, we have many motorcycle clubs who have a club ride down here for a cozy week-end" and Carsten Alstrup continues "that is also the reaso why we have made the ten motorcycle rides starting at B&B Dannevirke, which fast became very popular amongst our guests as it never has been easier to go for a great motorcycle ride".
A great start of the day - breakfast
It is easy to get a good a start on the day at B&B Dannevirke, as a large and healthy breakfast meets you. The breakfast is according to nutritionists the most important meal of the day, and that B&B Dannevirke takes serious, as you are served egg, bread, juice, youghurt, coffee etc.
Driving home from B&B Dannevirke
After the breakfast and check-out it was unfortunately time to say to Carsten and we all hope to see him and B&B Dannevirke soon again. Luckely, we had great weather and a nice motorcycle ride to the village of stork's, Friedrichsstade which is the German answer of Venice and up the coast to Denmark. The motorcycle tour is "Nordfriesland rundt" and we eneded the ride driving along the border on the German side to Flensburg before we with great thanks left Germany after a wonderful week-end with many good expereinces.
Saturday, August 10, 2013 @ 21:31
Alebo Hotel in Småland - the oldest hotel in Sweden
This profile story is about Hotel Alebo which is owned by Mette and Erik Dich. Both are danes with a desire to run a hotel in Sweden, and their large interest for motorcycles have established them as a well know destination for Danish motorcyclists.
Alebo is only 2½ hours motorcycle ride from Sealand, 2 hours from Göteborg and 1 hour from Varberg, so it is easy for both motorcyclists from Sealand and Jutland to reach Alebo. Even there is not many kilometers, the nature is very different that what is in Denmark. Here are a lot of twisty motorcycle roads, scenic rides and not much traffic, so it is easy to enjoy riding the motorcycle.
Alebo is a protected wooden house filled with soul and coziness. It is located just down to the lake "Unnen" where everybody is welcome to go for a swim or try the cano on the 18 km long lake.
Washing the motorcycle
The pleasure riding the motorcycle is bigger when it is clean and polished. That is the motivation for Alebo to have a dedicated washing and polishing area where it is possible to get back to the shiny great bike again. Should minor repairs be necessary, this is also possible. Erik is quite handy, and can both adjust carburators on a Jaguar as well as supporting technical issues related to the motorcycle.
Food and drink
"Life is too short for boring food" - which is a statement Erik has based the kitchen on. All motorcyclists must have an opportunity to enjoy a great meak, and that the chef will assure. Further to this, the breakfast will ensure the motorcyclists are ready for a long day on the motorcycle.
Motorcycle rides in the Swedish nature
The good experiences comes from riding the motorcycle. Therefore Alebo have - based on the guests demands - made a lot of exciting motorcycle rides from Denmark all leading to Alebo. The motorcycle rides made by Alebo starting from the hotel can all be ridden in one day, and the rides can be downloaded to a Garmin, TomTom and Navigon gps. Read more about the rides on Alebo hotel web page on Tourstart or on Alebo's own web page.
Here are a couple of examples on the rides made by Alebo, where the motorcyclist will explore "food and museum" on Krösarunden and a scenic ride aroung Bolmen.
Should you be a member of MCTC? If yes, then you can get 10% discount on the hotel room.
Saturday, August 3, 2013 @ 09:11
Conversation during the motorcycle ride has before the intercom era been "sign language" such as a more or less friendly stroke on the other person on the motorcycle. Well, if the speed became too high, then the stroke might not have been that friendly.. Just imagine, that when driving your car it is only natural to talk about life, the daily experiences and what you experience during the ride. With the new Cardo C3 this is now possible during the motorcycle ride also.
For more than 25 years we have beein riding motorcycle, and have in reality not been missing the opportunity to talk during the ride. But now where we have done this during the test, we agreed that this is what we should have had years ago. It is pretty comfortable - and cozy - to talk together during the ride.
Scala Ridere Q3'eren - the first impression
You will get the Cardo Q3'eren in a nice bag contaning all necessary equipment for mounting the motorycle intercom on the two helmets. The first impression is quality - and it lasts all way through.
Mounting the Rider Q3
We both have flip-up helmets which makes it easy to access the inside of the helmet for mounting. So the mounting was no problem, as the helmets are prepared for the loudspeakers and the rest is easy to fit inbetween the inside of the helmets, as all the inside linings can be clicked off easily for fitting the wires.
There are only one thing to be awar of. You need to pull the cord between the loud speakers on top or your heat, as the wire also have antenna function for the FM radio.
Do you have any questions in realation to the mounting and usage of the Scale Rider Q3, then there are many suggestions of how-to on Cardo's web page as there are pretty good FAQ's answering the most common questions users asked.
The most positive about the Q3'eren are the many functions of the intercom system hace, and to get the full picture you can read more on Duells web page. The functions I find most important are:
Telephone conversation - perferct, and nobody can hear you are actually on a motorcycle
Listen to the radio - great to have latest news update while riding the motorcycle
Receive gps instructions -safe and relaxed, as you can now get the instructions in the helmet
Intercom biker-to-biker - perfect
Bike-to-bike - not tried yet, but with a range of 1 km I am sure it will be great
Bike-to-bike function I have not tested yet, but based on the other functions of the Scale Rider Q3 I am sure it will be brilliant, and I look forward to the test.
One of the things I found extremely easy was using Cardo's web page. The intercon kit is ready to mount, however, there are always some set-up you want to make adjustments in the settings to suit your personal preferences. Even all is stated in the manual, it is a great help to create a profile on the Cardo web page and use their web based tool.
One of my personal preferences are to increase the sound as the noice level increases inside the helmet - and that is done by a single click. As to protect my hearing I always use the cheap foam ear protectors, and therefor I need a higher volume when the noice increases, which was easily done on the web page.
After several years of motorcycle riding with the Garmin Zumo 550 gps mounted on the motorcycle, it is now a great pleasure to get the instructions in the helmet. Now the driving safety has reached a new level, as the focus is fully on the road and enjoying riding the motorcycle. The instructions are loud and clear, and in combination with listen to the radio, the radio is muted when there are an instruction and it is automatically returning to the radio when the instruction is over. Pretty smart.
Intercom communication with the passanger
The intercom is in stand-by in order to offer a long battery life. That is a good solution, and all it takes to activate the intercom is to make a sound. You just need to make a sound and wait a bit, then both headsets are activated and you can start to speak. The intercom is powered up perfectly long time, so you can continue the conversation even after some seconds of silence without waiting for the Q3 to power up again.
Listen to the radio
Who have not tried to practice for the next X-factor as nothing better to do? There are not so many other sounds than the motorcycle and the wind, so why not sing a bit. That I luckily do not need doing anymore - and I would never win the X-factor anyway. Now it is possible for me to enjoy the latest news and some music while riding the motorcycle.
Telephone conversation during the motorcycle ride
It is a fantastic technology developed by Cardo where all noice is filtered out. Technically there are two microphones combined, so there are one on each side. One heading towards the mouth and one opposite. The technology filters out all sound which are received by both microphones and only the microphone heading towards the mount is transmitted.
This was tested during normal driving speed, with and without the visor open. The result is amazing, as everybody I spoke to during the ride simply could not hear that I was riding my motorcycle.
The daily use
To get the most pleasure out of the Scale Rider Q3, it is recommended that you do not want to use all functions at the same time. I have tried to listen to the radio, receive gps instructions and have a conversation with the back-seat passanger. Well, it is not due to I am a man, and cannot multitask. But the Q3 is muting all when there are gps instructions, and then you do not hear the radio nor the passangers words. Optimum is to have as few simultaneous things going at one time.
As mentioned earlier, I use the cheap foam earplugs, and it is about time to review that, as the damping is too hard in the entire range. There are some smart earplugs on the market, such as the Alpine Motosafe which I want to test in the future. I am pretty sure they will increase the pleasure using the Q3.
To turn on the radio you need to double-click on the MM button, and to search for a new radio station you need to click on the "V" button and..... There are pleanty of functions to remember - and there are nothing to do about that, except to learn the most common ones. The number of clicks and combinations are on the high side.
Conclusion of the Cardo Scale Rider Q3 test
I am already very happy using the Scale RIder Q3'eren, and I am just thinkng about why I did not got an intercom much earlier... It gives a new and positive dimension riding the motorcycle, and the Q3 can only be recommended to all motorcyclists.
Find a reseller
Cardo Q3 is imported in Scandinavia by www.duells.dk who also kindly supplied the intercom for the test. Alternatively visit www.cardosystems.com for a reseller in your region of the world.