iPhone 6 and 7 PLUS Cases!

The much awaited Twisty Ride iPhone 6&7 PLUS cases are now available for pre-order on our North American and European websites. We worked hard on this new design to bring you the best case on the market:

  • Ultra slim design to fit in your (large) pocket
  • Certified IP68 waterproof (best in class): this iPhone 7 Plus case can be used in your bath to take underwater pictures.
  • The iPhone can be fully operated including fingerprint recognition, touch screen, volume and on/off buttons.
  • Front and rear cameras windows to take pictures and video.
  • Let the sound go through: phone calls can be had with the case on.
  • Shock-proof internal rubber surrounds the iPhone to protect it from vibrations.
  • Compatible with the new Twisty Ride motorcycle USB charger (and other standard iPhone chargers)

As always, these cases are compatible with your previous Twisty Ride mount. If you’re upgrading to an iPhone 6 Plus or 7 Plus, you just need to purchase this item and it will work with your existing mounting system.

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Charger Install Guide

Wonder how to best install our 12V waterproof phone charger? Neil, one of our customer, has put together a very comprehensive video guide of his install on a BMW 1200 GSA. It’s a very clean setup and Neil provides plenty of useful tips. Check it out!


Thanks Neil, that’s brilliant!
The TR Team

Smartphone, GPS and the Sahara: The Return

The story so far: a small number of TR crew members took the support truck to the Sahara to participate in a rally with one twist: the GPS navigation would be done entirely with two mobile phones. Yep… the rally organisers were a bit surprised at first. But then we won it so it wasn’t such a crazy idea after all. The rest of the 60 odd participants were mostly on big Garmin GPS units with a few having specialised off road products with very detailed maps.

We used two applications (more on why we choose them on this post):

We downloaded the map tiles to get a full country (Morocco) coverage at a medium zoom level (zoom 11 on Backcountry) and a selected number of cities at maximum zoom level (zoom 16 on Backcountry).

Findings:

  • You really need zoom 16 everywhere around the route’s track. We discovered that quickly and were able to download the missing tiles on the hotel after day 1 so no biggies.
  • With the tiles in, the accuracy and topographic information provided by the apps was great (especially Backcountry) and in fact better than most of the Garmin units. There has been a number of instances where we have been able to compare the decisions we made with competitors and found out we did better because we had more information than they did.
  • Phones are not super rugged (hence our case) so we were a bit concerned. We only had one issue when one of the phone overheated and decided to shut down. Thankfully we had a backup. The Garmins did not overheat but there has been two reported issues where the unit couldn’t lock on satellites.

Bottom line, it worked really really well. Did I already mention we won the rally? At £10 per app, instead of £300+ for a serious off-road GPS I think it is a no brainer.

A direct result of this adventure is that http://www.twistyride.com will be modified this coming year in order to become compatible with these apps. Indeed, with the Garmin app requiring to be constantly hooked to a data connection (not good if you intend to go on a different country) and TomTom dropping the support for ITN files (why TomTom, why?) we believe that the two apps we used for the rally are what is needed for serious touring.

Erg Chigaga

Smartphone, GPS and the Sahara

As of 17:00 GMT today, a small number of TR crew members will be leaving for the Sahara. The Sahara, let’s remind ourselves, is a vast expanse of sand where life is not really striving. But more than life, the really annoying thing is that telephone masts are non-existent. Un-be-lie-va-ble. I wrote a few angry complaint letters to Vodafone but they have refused to comment to this date.
 
In the absence of 3G, we will be forced to go “offline”, a mode of communication which all but ceased to exist since 1492, when Christopher Columbus twitted that he found the last place on earth not to have cell phone coverage. A few years before that there was the dinosaurs.
 
Sooo, what to do you may ask. Well, we’ve gone all “time team”, brought out the digger, took our smartphones and searched for the best offline and off-road GPS navigation software out there. The rest of this article is history in the making.
 
The NOTS
A large number of applications where rejected based on the following criteria:
  • Some did not do offline (all the major free ones like Google Maps)
  • Some couldn’t load GPX files (waypoints are a necessity where roads don’t exist)
  • Some did not have coverage of the Sahara
  • Some had photographic maps as opposed to topographic maps
  • Some had topographic information stored as images as opposed to vectors i.e. too heavy for the limited storage capacity of a phone
 Two real gems were found:
Both have all the features you need to not lose yourself too much in the desert. Downloading the map tiles is a little bit painful on both as the coverage areas and zoom levels have to be specified manually. We went for full country (Morocco) coverage at a medium zoom level (zoom 11 on Backcountry) and a selected number of cities at maximum zoom level (zoom 16 on Backcountry).
 
The real life test starts tonight. We’ll report on our progresses soon.
 
PS: I have to come clean and admit that we’re taking the support truck (Defender 110) for this first foray into almost unchartered land. The bikes will follow once we are sure we can come out of there alive. The full benefits of the apps will still apply thanks to our IP54 dust and waterproof motorcycle phone mounts obviously!
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Frontline Newsflash: 2013 Motorsalon, Belgium

We’ve just received the pics from the 2013 Salon Auto of Brussels where Twisty Ride was represented. We are proud. Very proud. 2012 has seen a lot of work to turn our vision into a solid product.Prototypes after prototypes, we finally created the only motorcycle iPhone holder on the market to be certified waterproof at IPX5 level. So seeing it on a big show like this is always a great boost!

Twisty Ride at the 2013 Salon Auto

Many thanks to the team at Bike Design, our distributor in the region, for the continuous support they have provided us.

Waterproofs, Rain and Private Parts

We had one of our all-time best customer support email today. This now client of ours wrote to tell us that his testicles were getting wet when wearing his waterproof suit under rainy conditions. So the team went into diagnostic mode.

The main point to understand about motorcycle waterproof oversuits is that the good ones are… waterproof. Which also means non breathable (this includes our Ride magazine Best Buy waterproof oversuit). Before anybody asks, I haven’t seen any successful Gore-Tex oversuit (boots, trousers and jackets are no oversuits). I suspect the high price of this material does not sit well with the battering it takes when traveling at speed. I also suspect that the breathability qualities of Gore-Tex might be acting in its disfavour when there is so much wind pressure applied to it. But parenthesis closed. If anyone wants to report about Gore-Tex and motorcycles please write us at puncture@twistyride.com.

So, for all intents and purposes, rainsuits aren’t breathable. They are also constantly refreshed by rain. Those combined effects mean that the sweat our body produces in surprisingly large quantities when riding goes out and condenses on the inside of the suit. The results is that although the rain did not come in, you will find your leathers have a visible layer of “water” on top of them and feel a bit wet. There is no real solution to it aside from stopping regularly and giving it a breather.

Now in the case of our customer, it turned out his previous suit was actually leaking (not from us, no no no).