The app is NOT required in order to use your bike. As soon as your Flash is assembled, you can take it out and ride without ever using the Flash app.
However, the app does provide you with some great features, including:
- Setting a personal PIN code for the bike's touchscreen to turn on or disarm your Flash.
- Live check-in on battery, security and location status via Bluetooth.
- Arm/disarm Flash while connected via Bluetooth.
- Receive alarm notifications anywhere in the U.S. where there's cellular coverage.
- Update your Flash firmware so you have the latest and greatest.
- Customize your bike under settings