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Motorcycle Ride Review Using Google Streetview

24
February
2011
  Posted at 01:00:00 PM
  File under  Travel Web
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

There are now quite a lot of motorcycle ride web sites out there, and to run one nowadays you need to stand out in the crowd. Here's one that does that by incorporating an interesting current technology; Google's Streetview.

As you may know, Google has been photographing world's roads and streets. They've incorporated these Streetviews into their Mapping web site (Google Maps).

Click for bigger version of DailyRide Ride Streetview
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DailyRide Ride Mini Map
Sunday Morning Rides Open link in a new window is a web site that allows you to store interesting motorcycle rides, all over the world. They have another site, called Daily Moto Ride Open link in a new window, that takes these rides and hooks them up with the Google Streetview photos.

Using full screen, you can "ride" your virtual motorcycle through the proposed itinerary, as if you were there, minus the bugs, rain and cages.

On the screen, by moving your mouse cursor (slowly) over the elevation map, you get to see the photos of the ride. On Google Chrome, it did not go very well, but using Internet Explorer, is went just fine. I didn't try any other browser.

Of course, it helps if you have a fast internet connection, since there are many photos.

On the right of the screen is a mini-map. There you can see where you are in relation with the itinerary. Nice.

Sunday Morning Ride

You can also see the trip on the main Sunday Morning Rides site, where you even have more control over  the view, but the photos are smaller. But still, you can get a nice view of the ride. You click on the road arrows to progress through the ride. You can pan the view 360° to get an impression of the scenery.

So if you're planing a motorcycle ride, you can see what you'll be seeing, and can then decide whether you want to go ahead, or you can ride famous rides around the world without leaving your armchair.

Sunday Morning Rides allows you to print the itinerary, and even download them into our GPS.

Click here to access the Daily Moto Ride site Open link in a new window.
Click here to access the Sunday Morning Rides site Open link in a new window. (thanks Lily Padrona)





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