Who is MotoMappers?
MotoMappers was founded by me, Guido van Eijsden. I created it, designed it and now also develop the website and the apps through my Apps & Websites company Pinguido.
How was MotoMappers born?
It will come as no surprise that I'm an enthusiastic Motorcycle Rider. When I started riding in 2008 I wanted to know where the best scenic roads were for Motorcycle Riding. It always took me quite some time to find nice routes on the internet and then I was stuck with the chalenge on how to follow that exact route. To make a long story short, after experimenting quite a bit with paper maps, printed directions, iPads in tank bag, Mainstream Navigation Apps, Garmin Zumo, etc. I came to the conclusion that there was no ideal solution out there. So, in my quest for the perfect Route Finding and Navigating solution I decided to start MotoMappers in my free time. A few years later I decided to quit my corporate job and put all my efforts into MotoMappers. It was officially registered as a company in July 2014.
My first bike (I still own it and it still runs) is a 1999 Yamaha Diversion. It always served me well and I did quite some road trips with it. I'm keeping it around for sentimental reasons. After all it was my first baby :-)
My second bike was the orange/black german... the BMW R1150R Rockster. I loved this bike and it rode smooth as only a BMW can. I bought it when I was living in Chicago for a year and unfortunately had to get rid of it when I moved back to Netherlands. :-(
Then, there was the Honda VFR (or Interceptor as it's called in the US). The Black Beauty. I loved the looks of this bike (still do), but in the end it turned out it wasn't quite my thing. Don't get me wrong, it's a great bike, but for me it was a compromise between a street/race bike and a tour bike. I'd rather go for one or the other (or have 2 bikes :-)
That brings me to my last bike. The 2009 Buell 1125CR. Talking about no compromises, well, this is about as far away you can get from a compromise. It's a nimble beast! I absolutely loved riding it. Due to it's short base it handles amazingly, not to speak of the 146 bhp it's got. And still I could comfortably spend a whole day on it.
I sold my Buell recently and now looking for a full blown touring or adventure bike... not sure yet. Until I make a choice my old reliable Yamaha will do.
If you have any questions, comments, feedback or would like to contribute to MotoMappers, there's a few ways you can contact me:
Ride Safe and Enjoy the Ride!