There have been apps before that share rides, stories, photos and other motorcycle information, but EastSleepRide also includes a safety device every rider should have.
It’s called Crashlight and it was developed in conjunction with the University of Toronto.
It uses the built-in sensor technology in an iPhone to detect a motorcycle accident.
Crashlight has been tested under various conditions such as sudden stops, hard acceleration and radical cornering, but it doesn’t activate until a real crash with the bike ending up on its side.
They’ve even worked out how to tell the difference between dropping your phone and crashing.
If you do crash, it kicks in and dials emergency services, next of kin or a mate with a trailer – automatically. You can choose up to three people to be contacted in the event of a crash and whether they get an SMS text message, phone call and/or email.
If you’re ok, you can easily cancel the notification within three minutes.
EatSleepRIDE Motorcycles for mobile is available via iTunes for iOS devices, with an Android version coming soon.
The app sells for $US2.99 and CrashLight is available in-app for $US4.99 a year with prices varying slightly by country.
Both work in Australia.
The EatSleepRide app also includes a data dashboard which lets the rider record and view recorded routes, speed, elevation and even lean angle, so there will be no more bench racing without proof.
The GPS-based social riding features also make it possible for riders to see each other’s whereabouts on a map, while geo-proximal search finds motorcycle roads and biker friendly places nearby.