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Merry Christmas 2013

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 @ 09:14

We wich you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope that 2014 will become a great year for rides and adventures on your motorcycle. Christmas and New Year is a good time to summarize on the past year and give a bit info what to expect in 2014.


Merry Christmas to all motorcycle riders

It is now time to look forward to the Christmas present, but please remember not to touch the gift before unpacking as the surprice then will be gone.....

Motorcycle gift for Christmas


Tourstart in 2013 and 2014

2013 have been a busy year for Tourstart, and we have achieved quite some important milestones. We released our  iPhone app with voice guided navigation. Further, we have released our new design and functions on the web page. Already now we have got many positive responces and improvement suggestions. We are happy for both types of feedback. Should you have a comment, please do not hesitate to send us an e-mail on info@tourstart.org

Currently we are working hard to develop off-line maps for the iPhone app. This means, that you will be able to download the maps on your iPhone, so you are not dependent on an internet connection, as with our current app. It is our expectations to release this during the summer 2014.

Tourstart motorcycle members

In 2013 Tourstart got member number 6 000. Tourstart members are from the entire world. Thanks for all of you who are using Tourstart. In this connection, I will kindly ask you a favor. I will be very happy if you will recommend Tourstart web or app to at least one of your friends.This will mean a lot to us, if each and everyone will get at least one friend to sign up. 

Financial situation

As you know, Tourstart is free of charge. However, this do not mean that we do not have any expenses. We need a more stable financial situation in 2014, so we can continue to offer a good web page with free functions. One of the steps we take towards this in 2014 is the introduction of more adverts, and as our iPhone users have noticed, we charge for using the navigation. 

Design

Our last TourNews was about our new design - so not much more to say, except many thanks for our you being patient with us when fixing bugs, and also thanks a lot for all the positive comments and responces. 

Tourstart wich you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

May 2014 be a fantastic year with many good rides.

Best regards,
Jan A. Pedersen

New design and functions

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. 


Intro page

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.


My page

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. 

New functions:

  • Wall
    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.

     
  • Map
    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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Name
    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.

 


BikerBed

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:

  • Tours
    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.

     
  • Services
    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.

     


   
Bikerbed - services


Map

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.  

Motorcycle ride planner for iPhone

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.

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Motorcycle gps

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.

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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. 

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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.

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Bed & Breakfast Dannevirke

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.

Bed & Breakfast Dannevirke with motorcyclists

Arrival

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.

B&B Dannevirke room

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.

Crossing Kieler Canal with motorcycles

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.

B&B Dannevirke enjoying a cold beer after a great motorcycle ride

Motorcycle clubs

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

Breakfast at B&B Dannevirke

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.

 

Motorcycle hotel Alebo in Sweden

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-hotel-for-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. 

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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.

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Discount

Should you be a member of MCTC?  If yes, then you can get 10% discount on the hotel room.

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