You have a motorcycle. You have a smartphone. Maybe you just put a phone mount on your bars, have a trick touring bike with some built-in smartphone connectivity, or have a new Bluetooth comm from Cardo or Sena that you want to get the most out of. Whatever the case may be, there are some great apps to enhance your riding experience, both on and off the bike. After extensively testing what's out there, I've narrowed down the field to the slickest apps that you're likely to actually use.

Motorcycle Weather  

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Motorcycle Weather is a pretty straightforward app. At its most basic level, it displays the weather forecast, which isn’t much different from what any other weather app on your phone does. It sets itself apart by allowing you to enter parameters for high and low temps, precipitation percentages, and wind speeds you’re willing to ride in. Once your preferences are set, it displays motorcycle or car icons next to the day to inform you whether or not the weather is amiable for riding. With a tap you can expand the day to see a detailed hour by hour breakdown of the weather to better plan your rides. You can set the location to automatically use your GPS data or you can input specific locations, which is great for planning longer road trips.

Cycle Trader

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If you’re looking to buy or sell a motorcycle, look no further than this stalwart of motorcycle classifieds. The Cycle Trader app is an easy, stripped-down, native experience of the Cycle Trader website. You can easily search by keywords, year, make, model, and trim, then further narrow down those results by price, listing date, or geographical proximity. Create a Cycle Trader account and profile to save favorite listings and searches, complete with notifications, which will help to ensure that mint ’82 Honda CX500 Turbo won’t slip through your fingers again. That was oddly specific...

Rever

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Rever’s primary function is to plan, track and log your rides, and it’s very good at that. It has some social networking features to allow you to connect with your friends and other riders through communities to share rides, routes, stats, and even your location. The social networking features extend to various challenges sponsored by the likes of Klim and Honda, with leaderboards and prizes. You can also keep a virtual garage of your motorcycles, and it has a virtual gear rack.

My biggest issue with Rever is getting into the habit of using it consistently. To bypass that downside, you can purchase the $249 (+ subscription fee) RLINK device. It’s a GPS device that supposedly gives you seamless and automatic tracking, monitoring, and security. I'd rather forget to log a few rides than part with $249, but the monitoring and security features are at least compelling.

Waze

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The king of live map apps, Waze isn’t just for avoiding traffic jams and speed traps in your car. If you’re unfamiliar with Waze, it’s a handy app that assists you in finding the best route to your destination by providing real-time traffic information provided by other drivers. It’s great for your motorcycle, too. You can set motorcycle as your vehicle type and Waze will give you motorcycle-optimized route data. You can also change your icon on the 3D road display to a little motorcycle. It includes an audio player to listen to Spotify, Pandora, Stitcher, Audiobooks.com and many others, so you can queue up your favorite tunes, podcast, or audiobook from within the Waze app. Waze has a metric crap-ton of other features (far too many to list here) to make your vehicular travels more convenient, but the point is that it’s not just for cars.

Spotify

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For those who want some tunes while they ride, there's Spotify, which is hands down my favorite music streaming platform. Spotify has an overwhelmingly large library of music and podcasts. The experience is heightened through robust algorithms to tailor the selection to your listening preferences through custom playlists, artist radio, and so much more. It helps keep the tunes in your ears fresh. With a Spotify Premium subscription you can access offline listening to download your favorite songs and playlists, which is great as a motorcyclist, either for cutting down on mobile data usage, or when you're riding through areas where mobile service is sketchy. Spotify has risen to become pretty ubiquitous in the last decade, and if you haven't tried it, I suggest giving it a go.

GasBuddy

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Last but not least is GasBuddy. This app helps you find deals on gas. You input your preferred fuel grade, and GasBuddy will take it from there to find you the best deal nearby. For trip planning, you can input your route and GasBuddy will display gas stations with the price of your preferred fuel grade along the route, and let you know how out of the way you'd have to go to hit a station.

You can take the savings a step further and sign up for their “Pay With Gas Buddy” program to pay for gas either through the app or via a gas debit card that links to your bank account. You’ll score a discount on each gallon of gas you buy (a handful of select stations don’t accept it, but those have been few and far between in my experience). At 5¢/gallon savings, I’ve personally racked up over $100 in savings using Gas Buddy. I dig the extra security of using Pay With Gas Buddy, too. Since the card can only be used at the gas pump, the risk of your card being stolen by a skimmer at the pump card reader and used for unauthorized purchases elsewhere is much lower.

Best Motorcycle Apps for Smartphone List

Motorcycle Weather

Cycle Trader

Rever

Waze

Spotify

GasBuddy