Beeline Moto

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Triaguar

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583 posts

169 months

Monday 2nd December 2019
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There was a thread in the recent past about the Beeline Moto sat nav. Slipping supply dates and whether they were any good or not etc.

I bought one of these and at first could not really take to it but a bit of practice over a couple of hundred miles and I found it quite useful. But that is not really the point of this thread. Whilst out in the Yorkshird Dale's I lost it,, in that one minute it was there the next it was gone. I am firmly of the opinion that the supplied sticky fitting arm failed, but to the contrary if you were BeeLine Moto you could argue i didn't fit it right. However the company accepted my version of events without a quibble and replaced the unit free of charge..... the point of my post is we are quick to moan about poor service so really it's only fair to praise this company for on this occasion
Really good service. Thank you Beeline.

Krikkit

18,978 posts

137 months

Monday 2nd December 2019
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Fair play that's really good.

Mine hasn't budged despite being strapped to a V-twin, although I'll double check it now! And the software continues to improve which is nice.

Triaguar

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583 posts

169 months

Sunday 24th May
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A quick update on The Beeline sat nav after about a year of use.

Having got used to it I am really impressed. First thing is to not compare it to a traditional sat nav, it's more like asking someone on the side of the road for directions. The best thing is I have it set in my eyeline and have become so used to how the direction indicator appears a millisecond glance is all it takes to get directions it really is intuitive and safe. The next is the size I just leave it in a jacket pocket and use it as and when. It works from a phone app that is really quick and easy to use. All in all it sometimes is, that less is more.

Krikkit

18,978 posts

137 months

Sunday 24th May
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I had a problem with the charger on mine - just had to send them a quick photo to show what the fault was (stuck pin) and they sent a new one out via courier, arrived next-day.

Like you I find it to be the perfect companion for biking - I'm not fussed about super-detailed directions, so it works a treat.

Pizzaeatingking

300 posts

27 months

Monday 25th May
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I'd never heard of this product till now, just done a bit of reading up and watched a few YouTube videos, looks like a cracking bit of kit. I don't use any GPS on my bike at the moment, I done a few road trips, longest one was a 3 day ride along the south coast and north devon, the whole trip took me ages to plan, not only deciding on a route but writing out directions to put in the tank back sleeve. It worked, we didn't get lost once but something like this would be fantastic.

I had planned to get a basic android phone and mount that on the bike for navigation needs but I'm leaning towards one of these now. I dont use spoken instructions so that's not a problem, it looks smart and appears to do a decent job of navigation, plus the compass mode for exploring is perfect for most of my rides. Added bonus of being able to swap it between bikes easily is great too!

Thanks for posting, I'd never most likely have found it otherwise!

Triaguar

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583 posts

169 months

Monday 25th May
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Pizzaeatingking said:
I'd never heard of this product till now, just done a bit of reading up and watched a few YouTube videos, looks like a cracking bit of kit. I don't use any GPS on my bike at the moment, I done a few road trips, longest one was a 3 day ride along the south coast and north devon, the whole trip took me ages to plan, not only deciding on a route but writing out directions to put in the tank back sleeve. It worked, we didn't get lost once but something like this would be fantastic.

I had planned to get a basic android phone and mount that on the bike for navigation needs but I'm leaning towards one of these now. I dont use spoken instructions so that's not a problem, it looks smart and appears to do a decent job of navigation, plus the compass mode for exploring is perfect for most of my rides. Added bonus of being able to swap it between bikes easily is great too!

Thanks for posting, I'd never most likely have found it otherwise!
When you get it bear with it because it's a strange little thing to start with. It soon however becomes intuitive. One draw back is due to size the icons are a bit small, especially the numbers for roundabout exits, so much so I cant read them and used to get in a bit of a kerfuffle thinking I wouldn't know which exit to use. But it's so intuitive as you approach the roundabout the little next turn dot more often than not lines up with the sign!. It sometimes goes wrong as they all do. But the advantages of it far out way the drawbacks.you just have to get used to its language. The phone app is an absolute doddle to use, either for planning routes on or importing someone else's route. When fixing it try and get it into your sight line if possible. Enjoy.

crofty1984

14,153 posts

160 months

Monday 25th May
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I have one and really like it.

Pizzaeatingking

300 posts

27 months

Thursday 2nd July
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Triaguar said:
When you get it bear with it because it's a strange little thing to start with. It soon however becomes intuitive. One draw back is due to size the icons are a bit small, especially the numbers for roundabout exits, so much so I cant read them and used to get in a bit of a kerfuffle thinking I wouldn't know which exit to use. But it's so intuitive as you approach the roundabout the little next turn dot more often than not lines up with the sign!. It sometimes goes wrong as they all do. But the advantages of it far out way the drawbacks.you just have to get used to its language. The phone app is an absolute doddle to use, either for planning routes on or importing someone else's route. When fixing it try and get it into your sight line if possible. Enjoy.
Nice one. I had put off buying it for the moment, then my dad said he wanted a GPS for his bike, I showed him this and he loved it so he bought us both one (the twin pack). Should be getting delivered tomorrow.

Triaguar

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583 posts

169 months

Friday 3rd July
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Hope he likes it. Funnily used it just yesterday for a 5 hour ride. Never missed a beat. The one serious drawback is it couldn't stop it raining.

Pothole

30,359 posts

238 months

Friday 3rd July
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Triaguar said:
Hope he likes it. Funnily used it just yesterday for a 5 hour ride. Never missed a beat. The one serious drawback is it couldn't stop it raining.
If we can find a gadget that does that, Rodney, this time next year...

Triaguar

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583 posts

169 months

Friday 3rd July
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Pothole said:
Triaguar said:
Hope he likes it. Funnily used it just yesterday for a 5 hour ride. Never missed a beat. The one serious drawback is it couldn't stop it raining.
If we can find a gadget that does that, Rodney, this time next year...
Remember I came up with the idea just send royalties to ......... lol

jdearauj

27 posts

28 months

Friday 3rd July
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I was looking at one of these a few months ago and allot of reviews mentioned it slow to pick up your location. So you end up missing turns etc etc.

Has this now been fixed or was this just an isolated issue with a couple of users? Any advice or information is appreciated.

Krikkit

18,978 posts

137 months

Friday 3rd July
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jdearauj said:
I was looking at one of these a few months ago and allot of reviews mentioned it slow to pick up your location. So you end up missing turns etc etc.

Has this now been fixed or was this just an isolated issue with a couple of users? Any advice or information is appreciated.
I suspect that's down to the phone it's installed on - with my Samsung S9 it's quick as a flash, but my old HTC was a bit spotty in how fast it updated. That's with the very very early app too - they're constantly improving it, so it wouldn't surprise if they made some performance tweaks.

Triaguar

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583 posts

169 months

Friday 3rd July
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Krikkit said:
jdearauj said:
I was looking at one of these a few months ago and allot of reviews mentioned it slow to pick up your location. So you end up missing turns etc etc.

Has this now been fixed or was this just an isolated issue with a couple of users? Any advice or information is appreciated.
I suspect that's down to the phone it's installed on - with my Samsung S9 it's quick as a flash, but my old HTC was a bit spotty in how fast it updated. That's with the very very early app too - they're constantly improving it, so it wouldn't surprise if they made some performance tweaks.
It doesn't pick you up until the bike starts to move. 3kmph I think. So if someone who doesn't know how it works would sit on their bike all day waiting for directions to begin then slag it off for not picking them up if you get my drift. I have done thousands of miles on mine and that is not something I would say has ever been a problem. The pairing between phone and device sometimes drops. But I think that is down to my cheap crappy phone.

Pizzaeatingking

300 posts

27 months

Sunday 5th July
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Triaguar said:
Hope he likes it. Funnily used it just yesterday for a 5 hour ride. Never missed a beat. The one serious drawback is it couldn't stop it raining.
He's chuffed with it! He's a bit of a pain with technology but I think with it being so simple he can use it without issue. We went to southend yesterday and used it, no issues at all.

jdearauj said:
I was looking at one of these a few months ago and allot of reviews mentioned it slow to pick up your location. So you end up missing turns etc etc.

Has this now been fixed or was this just an isolated issue with a couple of users? Any advice or information is appreciated.
No issues for me so far I've got it set to miles, it counts down and seems very accurate. The only time it was a bit confused was a big junction in Chelmsford, right then left, it was a bit slow at reacting but I made it through and it's one small screen, it has limitations.

I think part of it is learning when to look at it tbh, quick glance at the right time and you're good to go. Not tried the explore mode yet but it looks smart, might give it a go in the week.

mister_ee

335 posts

138 months

Monday 6th July
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I got one on the Kickstarter campaign so it took a while but only cost £100 - some people complain about the price but at £149 it's still substantially cheaper than any of the bike GPS units and anything else is either non-waterproof car GPS in some sort of case or use your phone on a stand but then you've got to power it.
Really pleased with it so far although not done as many miles as I would have liked (life getting in the way) but once you get used to the interface it's a doddle to use and becomes very intuitive very quickly

kurt535

3,532 posts

73 months

Monday 6th July
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mister_ee said:
I got one on the Kickstarter campaign so it took a while but only cost £100 - some people complain about the price but at £149 it's still substantially cheaper than any of the bike GPS units and anything else is either non-waterproof car GPS in some sort of case or use your phone on a stand but then you've got to power it.
Really pleased with it so far although not done as many miles as I would have liked (life getting in the way) but once you get used to the interface it's a doddle to use and becomes very intuitive very quickly
ok-showing my age..whats a kickstarter campaign??

mister_ee

335 posts

138 months

Monday 6th July
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kurt535 said:
ok-showing my age..whats a kickstarter campaign??
Kickstarter is a crowdfunding entity whereby millions of people give money away to projects that are either massive scams, vapourware that'll never work, slightly flawed ideas that other people have done better or occasionally things like Beeline. I put £100 into Beeline before they had made any and if enough people do it they get the funding to go build them, if not you're supposed to get your money back - it's like a mass market online Dragons Den.

This is the only one I've funded and I'm happy with it, there's a lot of chaff before you find any wheat

Triaguar

Original Poster:

583 posts

169 months

Monday 6th July
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mister_ee said:
kurt535 said:
ok-showing my age..whats a kickstarter campaign??
Kickstarter is a crowdfunding entity whereby millions of people give money away to projects that are either massive scams, vapourware that'll never work, slightly flawed ideas that other people have done better or occasionally things like Beeline. I put £100 into Beeline before they had made any and if enough people do it they get the funding to go build them, if not you're supposed to get your money back - it's like a mass market online Dragons Den.

This is the only one I've funded and I'm happy with it, there's a lot of chaff before you find any wheat
I was the same. That's what the original thread was about. Delayed delivery dates were making us think it was a scam. They actually appeared on Dragons Den trying to raise money and they laughed them out of the studio. I think they totally missed the concept.


mister_ee

335 posts

138 months

Monday 6th July
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Triaguar said:
I was the same. That's what the original thread was about. Delayed delivery dates were making us think it was a scam. They actually appeared on Dragons Den trying to raise money and they laughed them out of the studio. I think they totally missed the concept.
The moto version came out a while after the velo (pushbike), so I figured it was a reasonably safe bet, that's the thing with stuff like this, stick a bit of money in and count it as lost until one day a parcel arrives.