10. Waze (Free. Available for Android, iOS and Windows)
Sure, riding motorcycles is all about the ride, the journey. But let’s get real; many times we use two wheels to get to a destination as quickly as possible. Helping you find the path of least resistance to your destination is the Waze app. Not just an ordinary GPS app, Waze calculates the quickest path to your destination by gathering speed information from all other Waze users in your area and those at your destination. With your smartphone paired to a Bluetooth communicator in your helmet, Waze’s helpful robotic spokesperson will speak to you, giving turn-by-turn directions. The app is constantly searching for the optimum route, too, so a beneficial change of course is entirely possible.
But that’s not all. You can also program it to search for the nearest or cheapest gas station. If you’re caravanning somewhere, all members in the group can connect with each other and see their progress, which is especially useful if you get separated from the group. Maybe the function that will appeal most to motorcyclists is the one that sends your route and arrival time to someone electronically so they can track your progress via the internet. Should you be running late, others can track down your location and see whether you’re simply stuck in traffic (on a motorcycle?!) or, worse, in an accident. Needless to say, this app is pretty handy whenever you’re on four wheels, too.