Using CoPilot smartphone app for use on rideouts
Dedicated motorcycle sat navs are quite expensive . OK they are very expensive!
To create your planned route the device has to be able accept markers or waypoints so that the sat nav program follows correctly the required route and not the shortest or quickest route that it would normally do if you just ask it to go from A to B.
Another requirement is that the map data has to be preloaded on the device because there may not always be a signal to download ‘on the fly’.
Many people now already use smartphones. There is an app called CoPilot that will fill the above requirements.
The disadvantages of using CoPilot on a smartphone are:
· Not many phones are waterproof (there are plenty of waterproof cases though)
· Most screens don’t work with motorcycle gloves on.
· You will have to buy some sort of mount for your bike
· The screen layout is not optimised for use whilst riding a bike (but you can use the audio instructions)
· May be difficult to see in bright sunlight
There are advantages though:
· The CoPilot software is fairly inexpensive £20 for single map e.g. UK and Ireland or £35 for Western Europe.
· If you have a smartphone already, it’s much cheaper than the £200 - £500 for a dedicated unit.
· CoPilot app and map updates are free of charge
· Smartphones generally have faster processors and can update quickly
· You can use the phone’s mobile data to show traffic problems
Creating a route
To create your route it’s best to use a program on a bigger screen than the device. One such popular program is Tyre to Travel - Download Tyre here
With this program you place waypoints on the desired route. You can rename the waypoints if you wish to ‘Rest Stop’ or ‘Petrol Stop’ for example.
A good tip is to place waypoints after the turning that you want to go down i.e. not exactly on the junction. This will ‘force’ the sat nav to calculate the turn before you arrive at the junction.
Once you have created the file you need to save it. Garmin uses gpx files. TomTom uses itn files. CoPilot uses trp files, the latest version of Tyre now will save as trp file.
Adding the file to the smartphone
The file needs to be put into the com.alk.copilot.eumarket.premiumeupan/EU/save folder or for the free version com.alk.copilot.mapviewer/EU/save folder on the phone
To use the file in the CoPilot App you need to load it in as a route .
In the Copilot main menu at the bottom there is a route button (2dots and an arrow in a circle) press this and choose Plan or Edit Trip > Options> Load and then choose your saved file(s)
More details about planning a ride can be found here.