My Beeline Moto arrived today, almost exactly a week or the promised 5 (to 7) working days since I ordered it. Tracking indicated that included 3 days sitting in Brisbane waiting for customs clearance. The box had been opened too.
Also in the bag was the accessory metal handlebar mount I ordered at the same time. Installation was pretty easy although it needed a combination of 3 rubber inserts to get a snug fit on the handlebars on my Triumph.
There are also 1” and 1-1/8” rubbers included - as well as neoprene band and stick on mounts that come standard with the unit.
Pairing with the app was easy.
Putting it in the charger for the first time needed a little bit more force than I expected it to need, but charging was very quick compared to my camera equipment.
When I first turned it on in my office, I was a little concerned about its legibility, but it’s one of those reflective LCD-type displays that gets brighter with more ambient light. Outside in full sunshine it was easily visible. In dull light I might turn on the back light – which comes on automatically at night.
Once moving the device works well. It’s very easy to follow and understand the info-graphical instructions. I went off course a few times on purpose and it re-calibrated quickly – even after several intentionally missed turns.
The App works well and it synced with the device seamlessly. It's built on Google maps with a few Beeline-specific enhancements and the search and waypoint options worked as expected.
There are functions to save and share rides and publish to the Strava app. After the first ride I’m pretty pleased with it and think it will enhance some of my rides - particularly going to gigs and for when my pals foolishly let me lead the weekend rides. Those U-turn numbers should decrease markedly.
I'd consider getting the more expensive (still) metal body unit if I was putting it on a Harley or showy bike, rather than the black plastic unit. It just looks better.
On one hand it’s quite an expensive device for what is essentially a simple monitor for a map App. On the other hand, it’s an elegant and workable solution to one of my First World problems. And I’m happy with that.