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Find popular routes

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TyreToTravel is the platform for searching, making and sharing routes.
And Tyre is the program that integrates Google Earth / Maps with Tom Tom or Garmin.
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Manual

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1. Settings

You can adjust the settings of Tyre through Tools > Preferences. In the “General” tab, you can tick for example if you connect a TomTom or Garmin to your PC. We recommend ticking the following boxes:

Voorkeuren Algemeen

Voorkeuren Algemeen

Another tab is “Google Maps – Map”, where you can indicate for instance the house where the map is opened, and how much you want to zoom in. Tip: Fill in the Google Maps URL link for the country in which you want to create a route, like http://maps.google.nl for the Netherlands. Then the card is slightly more extensive than http://maps.google.com . And above all it gives better results when you search for a place name or address. We recommend ticking the following boxes:

Voorkeuren Google Maps - Kaart

Voorkeuren Google Maps – Kaart

The next tab is Google Maps – Route, this is an important one! Here you can specify how you want to move and how Tyre calculates the route. But also using the box “draggable route lines” is important. Tick ​​the box so you can use the mouse cursor to move, untick the box so you can put additional way point onto a route line by clicking on it. We recommend ticking the following boxes:

Voorkeuren Google Maps - Route

Voorkeuren Google Maps – Route

Then the ‘Add’ tab. This tab is about data that is added externally, from Google Earth, from the clipboard or from another file. This is not about way points that are added directly when working with the map. You can specify how Tyre should deal with such way points that are added externally. We recommend that you leave the default setting here:

Voorkeuren Toevoegen

Voorkeuren Toevoegen

Through the tab ‘files’ you can link your name to a file and indicate that Tyre is the default file type. This can be useful when you want to add sound clips to a route. But mostly it’s useful when sharing routes with others, because all the preferences of the route (from the ‘Google Maps – Route’ tab) are stored in the file. We recommend ticking the following boxes:

Voorkeuren Bestanden

Voorkeuren Bestanden

Finally we have the “Google Earth” tab. You can simply use Tyre in conjunction with this program to make your routes or to display them. From Google Earth, you can send way points to Tyre. You can do this by copying one or more locations to the clipboard from Google Earth. Tyre will pick them up from the clipboard and add them to the list of way points. Sometimes you will not want to do that, for instance when Tyre is minimalized in the taskbar. If you still want that in this situation, you can specify that here. Sometimes the Google Earth installation gets damaged and the cooperation with Tyre does not work well anymore. You can then use the button on this tab to make sure that everything is functioning well again. We recommend that you leave the default setting here:

Voorkeuren Google Earth

Voorkeuren Google Earth

2. Create unique routes in Tyre

This is what Tyre is really all about. Creating your own route along the most beautiful places and the finest roads. I usually start with the determination of the country and the region, as an example the Harz in Germany. Then I look in the library whether I can find beautiful routes in Tyre. In Chapter 8, we explain how you can find beautiful routes, download them and edit them in Tyre. But now we are going to make a nice route ourselves. Through the Internet, I see what attractions I would like to visit. Once I made a choice there, I already set some way points. This can be done several ways:

  • You can type the address into the yellow search bar and click OK, a pop-up window will appear on the map. In this window, you can add the way point to the route. Instead of an address, you can also enter the GPS coordinates of a location.
  • It is also possible to search the location using the cursor on the map and then clicking twice on your left mouse button. So double-click. A pop-up window appears and you can also add the way point to the route.
  • Finally, if you have your cursor in the map and click once, you can choose to set an “immediate” way point or a ‘provisional’ way point. A ‘provisional’ way point is added to the route by clicking ‘add to the route’ in the pop-up window
Routepunt plaatsen

Routepunt plaatsen via het gele zoekveld

Tyre calculates the path between the inserted way points. Tyre does this by default for the fastest route, which is what you’ll want in most cases. To adjust that you have the following options:

  • Very simply by placing additional way points on the roads on which you want to drive. Please note that new way points are always added at the end of the route. If you don’t want that, because you want to insert a way point between two existing way points, you can move them up in the list by dragging the way point to the right place. Or you use the arrows on the right side of the box with the way points.
  • If you find this too cumbersome, use the opportunity to insert way points. This can be done in two ways, depending on the set preferences. If you tick ‘Using draggable route lines’ in Tools > Preferences, see Chapter 1, then you can stay with your cursor on the blue line between two way points, click the left mouse button and drag the route. At the place where you release the mouse, an additional way point is inserted. If you have that option turned off, you can insert way points by clicking on the route line.
  • It is important to use a sufficient number of way points. You have to realize that no route line will be transferred to your device but only the way points . Your device uses the way points to calculate the route itself. The more way points you use, the more you force the navigation device to follow the route that you’ve made.
Routepunt verplaatsen

Routepunt verplaatsen

Tips & Tricks:

  • As I said, I usually make my own route by placing way points at attractions and beautiful roads that I found through the Internet. Then you have for example 6 way points on 250 km. Between those 6 way points I drag the blue line until I think that it’s a nice route. Six way points for 250 km is too little, so I use the function ‘advanced expanding’, see Chapter 13 to increase the number of way points through Tyre.
  • If I made a route I check all the way points by zooming in on all of them and looking at whether they are placed on the road and whether they are on the right side of the road.
  • Especially with attractions and lunch venues I check through Google Earth whether the way points are placed correctly (see picture).
  • Also if I doubt whether the route that I have chosen is beautiful, I look at it again through Google Earth.
  • If I can’t find some locations through the yellow search bar, I try to load the local map of the country in question. In Chapter 1, ‘settings’, it is described how to.
  • It is also important not to place way points on roundabouts, near an exit or driveways. This is because every GPS has a margin of error; if the way point is placed 2 meters before an exit, the way point in the GPS could be exactly on the exit and you would subsequently go into the wrong direction. Also avoid placing way points on roads with separate lanes. If you just put the way point on the wrong lane, you run the risk that your device will make you drive a few extra laps.
  • Want to see less pop-up windows when creating way points? Then hold down the Ctrl key while clicking or dragging. Or click on the left side of the map on the second button from the top.
Routepunt via Google Earth precies voor de parkeerplaats plaatsen

Routepunt via Google Earth precies voor de parkeerplaats plaatsen

3. Converting route files

Tyre has a built-in feature that lets you convert a route file into another type of route file. Almost all route files can be opened using File > Open or using the “open” icon in the menu bar. In the next “Open file screen”, you can choose what file you want to open to the right side of the bar using the down arrow. Only Garmin GDB files can’t be opened in this way. You have to import these using File > Import.

Bestand openen

Bestand openen

If you think this is too complicated, use the special ‘drag & drop’ window to open and import files. It’s very simple: minimize Tyre to the taskbar. A drag & drop window appears on the screen at that moment. Drag the file you want to open or import to the window and drop it.

Drag & Drop venster

Drag & Drop venster

The route file is shown in the map of Tyre, then you can convert in 2 ways:

  • Directly to your GPS. If you have a TomTom, Garmin or Interphone device connected to the computer, which is compatible with Tyre, you can click on the TomTom icon on the menu bar to copy the route to your device. The conversion is done automatically in this case: the file is copied to your device in the proper format.
  • Save to disk. Use this option if your device is not compatible with Tyre or if you want to save the file on your computer: just go to File > Save As, and choose your file type and the place where you want to save the file. You might copy the file onto the right place on your device then.

Kopieren naar TomTom, Garmin of Interphone

Tip TomTom and Garmin: When opening a Garmin file in Tyre, this is the best order:

  • If there are way points in the file, open them. These are the points with which the route is designed.
  • If there are no available way points, then open the track points. The number is very large, so it will be necessary to reduce the number (see Chapter 12), but the benefit is that you will have the correct course of the route.
  • It is not really advisable to open way points. Often they are not in the right order, and in addition, there might be points that don’t belong to the route.
  • Therefore, it is possible to switch off usage of the Garmin way points in Tyre: go on the tab ‘Files’ >’ Use Garmin way points.
  • For more information, look at the following discussion in the forum on our website “Tyre and navigation systems ‘.

 

4. Copying routes to your GPS

Tyre can copy your route to your device, with just one mouse click. This is true for TomTom, Garmin and Interphone systems.

TomTom: Connect your TomTom with the included USB cable to your PC, Tyre will recognize your TomTom. Click on the TomTom icon in the menu bar and the route file is copied to your device. You can also copy the route to your GPS. Using TomTom> Copy to TomTom Please note that not all TomToms support the import of way points. All Rider models and old GO models from the series 500, 700, 900 should, though. Visit our forum for more information. Garmin: Connect your Garmin with the included USB cable to your PC, Tyre will recognize your Garmin. Open or create a route in Tyre. Then you can use Garmin > Copy to copy the route to your GPS. Please note that not all Garmins support the import of way points. In any case, all Zumo models and quite a number of Nuvi models do. Visit our forum for more information. Interphone: Connect your Interphone with the included USB cable to your PC, Tyre will recognize your Interphone. Open or create a route in Tyre. Then you can use ‘Interphone > copy to Interphone’ to copy the route to your GPS. This feature only works for Interphone devices developed for the engine and working with software from NDrive or iGO. For other Interphone appliances, you must first save the route in the proper format (KML) on the computer and then copy it yourself to the right spot on the navigation system.

Kopieren naar TomTom, Garmin of Interphone5. Instellingen

5. Copying route tracks to your smartphone (for Tyre Pro only)

You can copy route tracks from Tyre to your Smartphone if you have installed the TomTom app. Here’s how it works:

  • Start Tyre, turn your Smartphone on and then connect your Smartphone to your PC using the USB port.
  • Tyre will recognize your smartphone with the TomTom app.
  • Create or import a route and go to the menu TomTom> Route Tracks> Copy to TomTom.
  • The route is now copied to your TomTom app in your smartphone, you can see the route track in the map as a collection of points (POIs).
  • Next, go to the TomTom app on your smartphone. You can see the route in the form of colored and numbered balls that are placed every 50 meters. Follow these balls to drive the route. Please note that due to limitations of the app on your smartphone, you do not get voice instructions to follow the route and you will only see the POIs when you’re around.

If you want to convert a Garmin route this way to your smartphone, you can best choose the off-road mode (the button over the yellow search field) , or Tyre will automatically set way points on the way and calculate the route between POIs, which could deviate from the planned route.

Routes verzenden naar je smartphone

Routes verzenden naar je smartphone

6. Search, find and book hotels

In Tyre, you can easily find a place of your choice for the night and book it directly. If you make a way point and you’ve chosen visible pop-ups, you can click on the top link in the pop-up window, “book a hotel in this area.” On the next screen you have choices of arrival and departure date, number of stars and the way of sorting, then click on OK, you will see the best results in the area and you can instantly book.

Hotel zoeken, vinden en reserveren stap 1

Hotel zoeken, vinden en reserveren stap 1

Hotel zoeken, vinden en reserveren stap 2

Hotel zoeken, vinden en reserveren stap 2

Hotel zoeken, vinden en reserveren stap 3

Hotel zoeken, vinden en reserveren stap 3

7. Drag & Drop window

You can use the special ‘drag & drop’ window to open and import files. It’s very simple: minimize Tyre to the taskbar. A drag & drop window appears on the screen at that moment. Drag the file you want to open or import to the window and drop it. The route appears in Tyre.

Drag & Drop venster

Drag & Drop venster

8. Library

A database of more than 1000 readymade GPS routes is available in the Tyre library. Every day more routes are added and you can also upload routes and share them with your friends and club members. You can access the Tyre library in 2 ways: 1. Through Tyre:

  • Click on the blue icon with the globe between the “POIs” and “Google Earth” or go to the menu File > Library.
  • At the top you will see two tabs: local and website.
  • In the tab you can see all your own routes if you have ticked “computer” and “GPS device”.
  • Double-click on a route, or click the > sign, then the route is displayed on the right of the map.
  • You can copy the route shown directly to your GPS if you click on the TomTom icon.
  • Also, you can open the route shown, click on the ‘open’ icon, Tyre is then activated so that you can edit the route, see Chapter 2.
  • The ‘website’ tab opens our Tyre library.
  • Here you can choose the country on the left, on the right it is also possible to choose the region, and then “tags”, these are keywords, and lastly the distance. (You can also leave one or more of these fields blank.) Then click search.
  • Now, the search results will emerge, make your choice and click on a route.
  • You will see one or more “stages” with a map. Some routes consist of more than one day’s ride, hence these stages.
  • Above the map you will see one or more route files; gpx and gdb are from Garmin, itn is from TomTom and trf is of Tyre.
  • Click on the link of the route file. Then you can choose what you want to do: open (with the ability to edit the route) or copy directly to your device.
  • You can also upload Tyre routes into the library itself. Just click on ‘Upload route’ on top of the menu.
  • Enter your name or nickname, email and the name of the route.
  • You can then upload the image through the button ‘Choose file’ below. Others will then see this image if they click on your route.
  • Below that, you can type a description of your route. Useful for anyone who is looking for a pretty route.
  • Now click on the field ‘Add corresponding tags’ to fill tags with which others can easily find your route.
  • Finally you can either enter the name of a stage if your route includes multiple files or directly upload a file of your choice through the button “Choose File”.
  • If your route consists of more than one file, then select ‘Add stage’. If there is only one route file, click on the ‘Submit route’ button.
  • We view all the routes and names to make sure the route is well made. If the route is okay, we put it on ‘active’ and we will send a message by e-mail to say that the route has been activated.
  • In that e-mail there is a link to the route. This link can be used to directly share the route with others.
  • The Tyre library is still in development, so keep an eye on the newsletters.

2. Through the website ( www.tyretotravel.com ):

  • You can also open the library in your web browser. Go to the website. At the top, next to ‘Start Tyre ‘ is the part ‘Tyre library’. Click on it. From that moment on it works just like in Tyre. With one exception: clicking on a file has a different result: you will be asked to download the file to your computer and save. Then you can open the saved route in one of the ways described in Chapter 2.
Tyre Bibliotheek openen

Tyre Bibliotheek openen

Tyre Bibliotheek website en lokaal

Tyre Bibliotheek website en lokaal

Zoekresultaat Germany met als tag TyreToTravel

Zoekresultaat Germany met als tag TyreToTravel

9. POI management (Tyre Pro only)

Use this option for an easy way to download files with points of interest (POIs) from the Internet and install them on TomTom or Garmin. At the top of the menu you can choose between TomTom and Garmin and then go to ‘Managing POIs ‘. Once you have installed POI on your navigation system in this way, they can easily be kept up-to-date, as the files are updated on the server. The fastest way to update preinstalled POIs on your device is through hotkey F8 or through the menu TomTom (or Garmin) > Management of Points of interest > Current POI files. In all these steps, you should make sure that your TomTom or Garmin is connected to your computer.

POI management

POI management

10. Optimizing routes (Tyre Pro only)

Do you have a collection of way points and want the quickest route to visit all of them? Use the option ‘Optimizing’. That option is available from the menu Tools > Optimizing. There are two ways to optimize a route:

  • Specify only the starting location. This is called an ‘optimized route ‘: Tools > Optimize> tick ‘Optimised Route’ > OK.
  • Specify the starting location and the ending location. This is called an ‘optimized tour’: Tools > Optimize> tick ‘Optimized tour > start and end location > Select OK.
1. Geoptimaliseerde route

1. Geoptimaliseerde route

2. Geoptimaliseerde rondrit

2. Geoptimaliseerde rondrit

11. Create touristic routes (Tyre Pro only)

For those who want it very easy: it is also possible to let Tyre create a route. With a few clicks, a route is made. Ready to transfer to the navigation system. This option is available through the menu Tools > Create a tourist route and you can activate it through the icon on the right of Google Earth. You can choose a sightseeing tour and a tourist route from A to B: 1. Sightseeing tour:

  • Activate the function via through Tools > Create a tourist route or activate through the icon on the right of Google Earth.
  • Check ‘tour’ and click OK.
  • Double click on the map for the starting location or enter an address in the yellow search bar.
  • Enter the number of kilometers that you want to drive. Good to know: the more kilometers, the more time it takes to calculate a number of possible routes.
  • Check ‘Try finding names for way points’ if you want, and click OK. Disabling this option can save a lot of time when calculating the route.
  • With the slider in the next screen you can view the routes that Tyre has found.
  • Make your choice and click OK.
  • Tyre then places the maximum number of way points on the map. By default, this number is set to 100.
  • If you want to edit the route, go to Chapter 2.
  • If you want to copy the route to your GPS or save it, go to Chapters 3 and 4.

2. Tourist route from A to B:

  • Activate the function through Tools > Create a tourist route or activate through the icon on the right of Google Earth.
  • Check ‘Route’ and click OK.
  • Double click on the map for the starting location or enter an address in the yellow search bar.
  • Double click on the map for the final location or enter an address in the yellow search bar.
  • Enter the number of kilometers that you want to drive. Good to know: the more kilometers, the more time it takes to calculate a number of possible routes. And, the number of kilometers should not be less than the direct line between the starting location and the ending location.
  • Check ‘Try finding names for way points’ if you want, and click OK. Disabling this option can save a lot of time when calculating the route.
  • With the slider in the next screen you can view the routes that Tyre has found.
  • Make your choice and click OK.
  • Tyre then places the maximum number of way points on the map. By default, this number is set to 100.
  • If you want to edit the route, go to Chapter 2.
  • If you want to copy the route to your GPS or save it, go to Chapters 5 and 6.
Een toeristische route maken stap 1

Een toeristische route maken stap 1

Een toeristische route maken stap 2

Een toeristische route maken stap 2

Een toeristische route maken stap 3

Een toeristische route maken stap 3

Een toeristische route maken stap 4

Een toeristische route maken stap 4

Een toeristische route maken stap 5 (heb even geduld)

Een toeristische route maken stap 5 (heb even geduld)

12. Advanced splitting (only Tyre Pro)

What should you do with a route that has more (or many more) way points? Of course, it is possible to remove a number of way points manually. But that’s not always a good solution, you might still want to keep all way points, or perhaps it would be too much work to remove them manually. Tyre offers two solutions for such situations: Reducing the file or splitting it. Both options are available through the menu file, then go on size. 1. Reducing a file:

  • First, look at ‘Tools> Preferences> Files’ to see the maximum number of way points that is set. A TomTom Rider from 2013 or thereafter has a maximum of 100. Older TomToms have a maximum of 48. If required, change the setting so that it fits your device.
  • Then go to the File menu, then to Scope > Reduce and click OK.
  • The first and last way point are retained. The list of points in between is depleted.
  • The advantage of this approach is clear: it is quick and easy
  • But there is also a disadvantage: if the original route had many way points, a lot of them are removed. That could change the course of the route.

2. Splitting a file:

  • First, look at Tools> Preferences > Files for the maximum number of way points that is set. A TomTom Rider from 2013 or thereafter has a maximum of 100. Older TomToms have a maximum of 48. If required, change the setting so that it fits your device.
  • Then go to the File menu, then to Scope > Split and click OK.
  • On the next screen you can directly click OK and Tyre splits the file into one or more files. For example if you have a file with 350 way points and you set up to 100 way points through the preferences, Tyre will make three routes with 100 way points and 1 route with 50 way points.
  • The approximate length of each section of the route is shown.
  • You can also determine where you want to split, such as at a coffee break or lunch stop.
  • Use the buttons with arrows to move the way points to the right or left.
  • By clicking on the button with the left arrow (in the upper left corner), the red way points move one list to the left.
  • By clicking on the button with the right arrow (in the lower right corner), the blue way points are moved one list to the right.
  • By clicking on the button with the right arrow at the right-most list, a new list is created automatically.
  • In this way, the parts of the route may be composed entirely to your liking.
  • The dividing line between the red and blue way points can be easily changed, click in the list where the partition should be between red and blue way points.
  • The advantage of this approach is obvious, because all way points are saved, the course of the route will not be changed.
  • But there is a downside: while driving a new file must be loaded each time, when the end of the previous file is reached. (Not that hard, but it has to be done).
Geavanceerd splitsen stap 1

Geavanceerd splitsen stap 1

Geavanceerd splitsen stap 2

Geavanceerd splitsen stap 2

Geavanceerd splitsen stap 3

Geavanceerd splitsen stap 3

13. Advanced expanding (only Tyre Pro)

It may be desirable to extend the maximum possible number of way points, to make sure that the navigation system will follow the set route. In that case, the possibility of expanding may be used: Tyre will expand the number of way points in order to reach the maximum number of way points. It works like this:

  • First, look at Tools > Preferences > Files for the maximum number of way points that is set. A TomTom Rider from 2013 or thereafter has a maximum of 100. Older TomToms have a maximum of 48. If required, change the setting so that it fits your device.
  • The possibility of expanding is available through the File > Size> Expand.
  • Then select the number of way points and then click OK.

Tyre will automatically place some additional way points. It looks for places that are important for a proper conduct of the route. Tip:

  • This is how I often work myself, first I determine the country and the region, in this example, the Harz (Germany), search for attractions that you don’t want to muss (eg Frontier Museum, Stolberg center, Rappode dam) through the internet. Set way points on nearby attractions, mark them as a destination and check through satellite view. Look for motorcycle friendly hotels in the area, you can see those through the ‘bed’ icons on the map, in case you see no icons, go to image > Transparency and tick ‘motor hotels’. Drag your mouse to ‘bed icon’, add the hotel to the route and possibly book directly, see Chapter 6. Optimize your route with your hotel as the starting point and end point, see Chapter 10. Select ‘use draggable route lines’ at Tools > Preferences > Google Maps – Route. Drag the route lines between the way points to the most winding roads in the area, then expand the way points as described above, be sure to check the way points by zooming into them completely. This way you can quickly create a nice route along different sites, and your hotel is already booked, have fun!
Geavanceerd uitbreiden (TIP)

Geavanceerd uitbreiden (TIP)

14. Sending routes to your iPhone (only Tyre Pro)

A route can be sent to an iPhone, on which Navigon is installed. Just use the menu Tools > iPhone:

  • Select “iPhone” from the “Tools” menu.
  • A window is opened.
  • Click on the settings and choose how to send the e – mail.
  • Type an email address that you can access on your iPhone and click ‘OK’.
  • An email will be sent to your iPhone.
  • Open this email (with the subject ‘Tyre’) on your iPhone.
  • The e-mail contains one or more links you can click to open the route.
  • In some cases, the e-mail does not contain any links but has files attached. In this case, open the attached file and click on the links contained therein.

Navigon can work with up to 24 way points. Therefore, if necessary, more than one link or more than one file will be used.

Routes verzenden naar je iPhone

Routes verzenden naar je iPhone

15. Add your own sounds to a way point (only Tyre Pro)

Sound clips can be added to routes in the TRF format (the format of Tyre). So make sure the route opened has TRF as format. There are two ways to achieve this:

  1. In the ‘File’ menu, select ‘Save as’ and save the route in the TRF format. From that moment, sound clips may be added. This approach can be used if you have an existing route with a different format, such as ITN or GPX: first create a Tyre route file (TRF).
  2. The second way is as follows: go to preferences and select the ‘Files’ tab. Enable the option ‘Make Tyre, the default file type’. Now each new file begins in the TRF format and thus audio files can be added immediately.

To add a sound to a way point:

  • Select the way point to which you want to add a sound.
  • Click on the button with the speaker (to the right of the list of way points).
  • You can then choose the default sound, click the blue speaker to hear how it sounds.
  • You can also add your own sound, for example narration, this must be an ‘OGG file’, otherwise the sound file is not accepted by TomTom.
  • Programs for editing and converting audio files can be found everywhere on the Internet, for example this .
  • The use of sound clips at way points basically works only for a TomTom Rider device, we are working on Garmin.
  • To ensure that sounds are placed correctly on TomTom, you have to copy them from Tyre, through the TomTom icon or through the menu (TomTom > Copy to TomTom). So do not do it manually.
  • Also, the removal of the route (and sounds) must be done by Tyre. Connect your TomTom to your computer, go to the TomTom menu and choose ‘Remove from TomTom‘. Do not remove the route manually, otherwise the sounds on the TomTom remain active.
Eigen geluiden toevoegen aan een routepunt

Eigen geluiden toevoegen aan een routepunt

16. Copying route Tracks – e.g. from Garmin – to TomTom (only Tyre Pro)

You can open or import all kinds of routes in Tyre and then copy them as a route track to your TomTom. This has the advantage that the route is exactly the same as the original route. The route is then not calculated in your TomTom but appears as a number of points that you need to follow. This function can also be used for TomTom models (NAV 2 and 3) that do not have a travelling planner function. There is one disadvantage: when following such a route, you get no voice instructions. Here’s how:

  • Start Tyre, turn on your TomTom and then connect your TomTom through the USB port to your PC.
  • Tyre will recognize your navigation system.
  • Create or import a route and go to the menu TomTom > Route Tracks > Copy to TomTom.
  • The route is now copied to your TomTom as a route track, this route track can be seen as a set of points on the map.
  • You do miss the voice instructions and you will only see the POIs when you’re around them.
  • These points are always numbered from 1 to 5, you just need to follow the numbers in order to drive the route.

If you want to convert a Garmin route in this way to your TomTom, you best choose the off-road mode (the button above the yellow search field, see also Chapter 17), otherwise Tyre will put way points on the road by itself between the POIs, and that could make the route deviate a bit from the original route.

Routetracks - bijvoorbeeld van Garmin - kopiëren naar TomTom

Routetracks – bijvoorbeeld van Garmin – kopiëren naar TomTom

Zo ziet een routetrack eruit op je GPS

Zo ziet een routetrack eruit op je GPS

17. Off-road mode (only Tyre Pro)

In Tyre, you can use an off-road mode, you can activate this mode by clicking on the button with the way (above the yellow search field). Tyre will calculate a route between two way points but show a straight line. This mode is especially useful if you want to copy imported routes from Garmin for instance identically to your TomTom. This can be useful if you want to drive the exact same route with multiple people with different navigation systems. See Chapter 16 for more information.

Offroad modus

Offroad modus

18. Riding a Tyre route

The following description is for TomTom:

  • Trip Planner -> Options -> Load Itinerary.
  • You may be asked whether you want to replace the current itinerary. Choose ‘Yes’.
  • Select the route you want to drive and confirm with “OK”.
  • Your TomTom will then ask if you want to navigate to the destination of this route. Choose ‘Yes’.
  • At this point you can choose how you want to ride the route. In most cases, it is wise to opt for ‘Fastest route’. But of course you are free to choose what you want. Confirm with “OK”.
  • For different systems from TomTom menu structure and illustrations may differ.
  • Click on the image for a visual explanation below.
  • TIP: stories, routes, photos and video clips on our motorcycle blog.
Klik op de afbeelding om de videoclip te starten

Klik op de afbeelding om de videoclip te starten

Motorblog

Motorblog

19. Placing way points carefully on ways

Tyre has a new feature in the Tools menu. It’s named: Placing way points carefully on ways. This function is useful when you open or import for instance a Garmin route: the way points are sometimes just wrong for a large part. This function runs all along the way points and places them on the nearest road.

20. Tips & Tricks

Places 20.1 Placing Way points Other tricks:

  • It is important to place way points strategically.
  • Way points should not be placed at intersections, etc. It is better to place them directly in front of them or behind them.
  • The same procedure applies to roundabouts.
  • When a way point is placed on a highway, it is important to make sure that it’s placed on the right side of the highway! Otherwise, the route might take a strange course: through ramps and driveways you are guided around until you reach the way point on the other side of the highway
  • The same applies to all dual carriageways, also when approaching roundabouts etc.
  • The reversal of the route is a quick and easy way which is commonly used. But it’s necessary to always check the route after this: way points can be placed on the wrong side of the highway or they are on a one-way street, etc. In this kind of situation it is necessary to correct the route after reversal.
  • You found a beautiful route, but the start point and end point should be changed?
  • There is a simple solution: select the way point from the list that should become the new starting point. Then click on the item ‘Starting point’ in the menu ‘way points’. That’s all!
  • When creating a route, it is necessary to realize that it DOES NOT create a route, but ONLY sets one or more way points. These way points are transferred to the TomTom and it will calculate a route using the specified way points and the preferences (avoiding highways, fastest route, shortest route, etc.) itself.
  • That’s why it is always important to set the way points correctly, to be sure that TomTom calculates the route that you had in mind: the places where you want to come or the places that you want to avoid.
  • This also means the following: the route lines in Tyre are not to be trusted blindly. The TomTom can calculate an alternative route (with the specified preferences) to Tyre. Therefore, it is especially important to use adequate way points, the more way points, the more accurate the route will be. (A way point on every meter of the route would mean a super precise route, but in practice this is of course not doable.)

20.2 Files and other tricks Good to know and convenient to use:

  • Existing files can be opened and edited. It is therefore not necessary to finish your work immediately.
  • It is better not to directly edit files on your device It is wiser to create and edit files on your computer. When you’re done, you can copy them to the navigation system. Tyre can do that for you. Choose “Copy to TomTom ‘in the’ TomTom ‘menu (or’ Copy to Garmin” in the “Garmin” menu).

Here are some suggestions for working with routes and POI files easier:

  • Want to quickly add a new way point? Hold down the Ctrl key while double-clicking on the map. The new way point is added immediately with a good name: no pop-up windows appear on the map.
  • Want to quickly close such pop-up window on the map? Press Ctrl + Q.
  • Click on the map with the right mouse button: in a context menu some ways of adding a new way point are offered.
  • A file can be easily opened (or imported) through drag & drop (see also Chapter 7), drag the file to the ‘list area’ and drop it there.
  • Tyre has three modes: the ‘TomTom’ mode, the “Garmin mode” and the “Interphone mode’. The ‘TomTom’ mode is the default when installing Tyre. Do you want to change the default? Then click on ‘Preferences’ in the ‘Tools’ menu. Click on the ‘General’ tab. There you have the option to change the standard mode. To set the default mode you can only choose between TomTom or Garmin.
  • Do you use devices from TomTom, Garmin, and Interphone? No problem: if Tyre is set in the ‘TomTom’ mode and there is another device connected to the computer, Tyre will recognize the device and (if it is compatible with Tyre) automatically switch to the “Garmin mode” or the “Interphone mode “as long as the device remains connected to the computer.
  • The same applies if a TomTom device or Interphone device is connected to the computer, while the “Garmin mode” is set as the standard.
  • In the ‘TomTom’ mode *. itn is the default file type for routes and *.ov2 for NP/POI files.
  • In the “Garmin mode” *.gpx is the default file type for routes and *.csv for NP/POI files.
  • Want to quickly find a place on the map? Move the mouse over the yellow box on the left side of the map.
  • It’s even faster if you use the key combination Ctrl + F.
  • A special button is available to add favorites to a list. But it is also possible to add them from the list of way points to the list of favorites using drag & drop.
  • To move way points and POIs up and down, buttons are available at the right side of the list. But it is also possible to drag them to another place using drag & drop.
  • Ever need the ability to switch quickly between TomTom and Garmin as default? Press Ctrl + T to quickly choose another default soon.

20.3 Working with Favorites In Tyre, you can create favorites. Those appear in a list below the way points. You can add locations to the favorites from the list of way points: drag the way point to the list of favorites or select the way point and then click the button with the yellow star and the green plus. It is also possible to use more than one group of favorites. Useful if you want to join favorites for a specific goal or a specific environment. To create other groups or open them, click the list next to the button with the map. You get a window with several options:

  1. Create: Click Create and enter a name for the new group.
  2. Delete: Select the group you want to delete and click delete.
  3. Rename: Select the group you want to rename, click rename, and give the group a name.
  4. TomTom: using this button, you can use favorites that are favorites in Tyre within your TomTom

20.4 Using and setting overlays (POI) Transparencies (overlays) are useful for displaying a number of fixed points (or route lines) on the map. It is possible to select files with POIs or routes that are to be used as overlays. In addition, standard transparencies are available. Selecting and setting the transparencies can be done via the Image > Transparency menu. You can tick or untick the standard transparencies.