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I'm interested to learn what others are using, planning or conceiving for communication and navigation. . I've picked up great insights from disparate forums - and would like to hear from others what works, why and how!

Using:
Nexus 6P, running Android 6, mounted to the Indian Nacelle phone mount via Rokform universal adapter.
Sena 20s Bluetooth Communicator

Short term Goals:

1. Use Smartphone's native voice commands and/or Google voice command to:
Answer or Ignore phone calls
Invoke Google Maps for navigation
Check weather
Occasionally make calls or texts.
Occasionally Listen to downloaded Music
Turn everything off!

2. Use the Sena's voice commands or buttons to initiate Intercom conversations with passengers, and to occasionally to access FM.

I already execute most of these features by voice in my car with a Plantronics edge Bluetooth earpiece. The display provides adequate viewing for Navigation,

Anyone using their smartphone similarly? What is your experience?
 

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Just hang up and ride. There's enough f-tards driving around in cars totally distracted by their phones, we don't need bike riders that way too.

If a call is that important, stop somewhere and make a call.
Agreed - However, I'm mandated to respond to certain calls within given timeframes, so knowing who is calling is paramount. That being said, while driving in my car, my plantronics edge (<$100) notifies me of a call, who is calling, and if I wish to answer or ignore. A voice command of "ignore" is all I need to send the caller to Voice mail, allowing me to pull off he road to call back and take notes.

I also have a disabled son, and am often called on topics related to his care. Voice commands are a god send in this case.

My point is that not having to fumble with a phone or touch screen, or to even move your hand from the handlebar has proven a good thing. Even better when I can turn everything off!
 

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Add the following app to your Nexus:

"Locate Indian Motorcycle Dealers"
Locate Indian MC Dealers - Android Apps on Google Play

I'm the app developer (aka Rings Island Software) and just updated it yesterday with the current count of 300 Indian Dealers Worldwide, 155 in the US. It's a quick way to find the closest Indian Dealer with buttons to invoke Google Maps navigation, Phone, Web page.

(No, this is not a commercial plug. This is a free to download and ad free app. I developed a version of this app for Harley Dealers a few years back for a road trip - that app now has 14k downloads/4.4 Rating - and I developed this app a couple of weeks after I bought my RM this summer).
Wow!

You are much closer to all of this and can explain what is happening from a development and "supercomputer in a pocket" perspective - I hope you continue to post!
 

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Sounds fine until you get in a mountain range out of cell phone service area.
After adding all that to your Vintage, might look a bit crowded on the handlebars.

  1. Look at the Schuberth C3 Pro helmet. It has an add-on devive that does nearly all you listed, when connected to whatever device.
  2. Go with a Linux based phone (Android). Open Source software allows for FAR cheaper apps. Stay away from Apple - proprietary software will lead you directly to the withdraw window of your bank. Window$ OS? Forget it - too vulnerable, unstable, quirky, and also proprietary.
Cell phone service is not always needed - Most GPS devices and smartphone apps can download map data to the device.
 

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