Calimoto – No more straight roads?

The Calimoto app is undoubtedly one of the best-known motorbike navigation apps. Since its launch, it has helped numerous motorcyclists to plan their tours, discover interesting routes and reach their destination safely.

From 3rd of July 2023, users are in for some changes that will have a big impact on motorcyclists who want to use Calimoto for free.

In this blog post, we will like to take a closer look at these changes and their practical implications for motorcyclists.

Using Calimoto for free – all this is no longer possible

Probably the most significant change concerns the availability of Calimoto’s free features.

From 3rd of July 2023, almost all of the app’s features will be subject to a charge, making it virtually impossible to use Calimoto for free. This means that users will still be able to plan motorbike tours, but the navigation option will only be available to paying premium users. Even in the previously free regions, navigation will no longer be available.

In addition, it will no longer be possible to record and save your own tours without taking out a subscription to the premium version of Calimoto. The annual price for the premium subscription is now €59.99.

What does that mean in practice?

The practical implications of these changes are clear: it is no longer possible to use Calimoto for free on a motorbike. Whilst routes can still be planned, users will not be able to navigate or export these routes using the app.

For many motorcyclists who have relied on Calimoto to safely navigate winding roads, this means a noticeable loss of functionality. The paid premium subscription is therefore a prerequisite for being able to use the full range of functions.

What else has changed?

In addition to the paid conversion of most functions, Calimoto has also announced a price change for the Premium subscription.

From 3 July 2023, the annual subscription will cost €59.99 per year. In addition, an “All Maps Package” will be offered, which allows you to purchase all available maps but not Premium features (!) for a one-time price of €249.99.

These price adjustments are certainly an important aspect that Calimoto users should take into account when deciding for or against the Premium subscription.

What other Calimoto alternatives are there?

For many Calimoto users, the question now arises as to whether it makes sense to take out the paid subscription or to look for Calimoto alternatives. Fortunately, there are some valuable Calimoto alternatives on the market that are also free to use. Here are three popular options:

  1. Motobit: Motobit is a motorbike app that allows users to plan, navigate and record their motorbike trips. With the function for automatically avoiding town centres, Motobit offers helpful support for route planning. In addition, the recorded tours can be shared with other motorcyclists.
  2. Kurviger: Kurviger is another popular alternative to Calimoto. The app is characterised by its special route planning, which is designed especially for motorcyclists. Kurviger can be used to prioritise winding routes and avoid motorways. Offline navigation is also possible.
  3. Scenic: Scenic is a comprehensive motorbike app that is available for both iOS and Android. In addition to route planning and navigation, Scenic also offers a variety of other functions such as recording journeys, the option to plan round trips and the integration of music streaming services.

Each of these alternatives has its advantages and disadvantages, so it is advisable to compare them in detail and choose the one that best suits your individual requirements and preferences.

If you’re looking for a Calimoto alternative, take a look at our article on the 5 best apps for motorcyclists.

What do motorcyclists think about this?

In order to get a comprehensive picture of the mood and opinions of motorcyclists, we have intensively analysed the discussions and contributions on this topic. We found a variety of reactions:

Some motorcyclists express their disappointment about the switch to a paid model and and the impossibility of using Calimoto for free. They are of the opinion that Calimoto loses value without free use and consider switching to app alternatives or purchasing a conventional sat nav as possible solutions. Here are a few examples:

“Well. That was the final coup de grace to switch”

“Erm…what’s left in the free version then? Can you throw it away without Premium, can’t you?”

“buy a subscription or cards. otherwise switch to an alternative. as a free user, the app is useless as of 3 july”

These posts were taken from open Facebook groups and serve only as examples. They do not represent the opinion of the author.

However, others show understanding for Calimoto’s decision and are willing to subscribe to the premium subscription for access to the advanced features. They see the value of the app and are willing to pay for a high quality navigation solution.

It is important to note that these opinions are subjective and depend on the individual needs and expectations of motorcyclists. Ultimately, it is up to each individual to decide whether they are willing to pay for the premium version of Calimoto or switch to one of the alternatives.

To get an objective impression of users’ opinions, it is worth taking a look at the current reviews of Calimoto’s iOS or Android app.


The new changes to Calimoto will fundamentally change the user experience for many motorcyclists. Most functions will be subject to a charge, and free navigation in the “free” regions will no longer be possible.

However, there are various alternatives such as Motobit, Kurviger and Scenic, which also offer free usage options and are worth considering. Ultimately, every motorcyclist should consider their individual requirements and priorities to find the right app for their needs.

Whichever option you choose, we wish you a safe and adventurous ride!

Frequently asked questions

Is the Calimoto app free of charge?

No, from 3rd of July 2023 almost all functions of the Calimoto app will be subject to a charge. Free use will be severely restricted and navigation will only be available to paying premium users.

How much does the Calimoto app cost?

The annual premium subscription for the Calimoto app costs €59.99 per year from 3 July 2023. An “All Maps Package” is also offered, which includes all available maps but no premium features (!) for a one-time, very ambitious price of €249.99.

What can Calimoto Premium do?

Calimoto Premium offers paying users extended functions. These include full navigation, recording and saving your own tours and access to all the app’s available functions and maps.

Which sat nav apps are free?

Three free alternatives to Calimoto are: Motobit, Kurviger and Scenic. These apps also offer route planning, navigation and other functions specifically for motorcyclists and can be used free of charge. If you would like to get an overview of other Calimoto alternatives, take a look at our article on the 5 best apps for motorcyclists.

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