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Replacing my old GPS

Postby ScottM » Thu May 03, 2012 8:42 pm



I need to replace my old GPS model and I’m wondering if I really need to buy a $700.00 model that’s waterproof???. Would an ordinary car GPS work ok since I never travel in the rain, and even if I get caught, I cold place a plastic bag over it. Has anyone ever done this?



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Re: Replacing my old GPS

Postby WingAdmin » Fri May 04, 2012 9:09 am

ScottM wrote:I need to replace my old GPS model and I’m wondering if I really need to buy a $700.00 model that’s waterproof???. Would an ordinary car GPS work ok since I never travel in the rain, and even if I get caught, I cold place a plastic bag over it. Has anyone ever done this?


That's precisely what I do, and have done for years.

I have a TomTom One on my 1100. It had a couple vent holes on the back that I sealed up. It has a GlareStomper hood on it that does a good job of keeping any rain off the screen, and it can be folded over the front if it gets really wet out. I think on one or two occasions I have taken it off its mount and put it in a storage pocket when it was just pouring rain.

I have a TomTom 700 series on my 1500, and I've set it up exactly the same way.

I have never had any problems not using a $700 waterproof GPS.

I also have an XM radio on both bikes. The 1100's has sat out in the rain for years, I've never taken it off, it just keeps working. The 1500's seems a bit more delicate, so I have a zip lock bag in a storage cubby that I can put over it if needed - or, it can just be popped off its mount and shoved in a pocket or whatever.

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Re: Replacing my old GPS

Postby RoadRogue » Fri May 04, 2012 10:55 pm

I do the same thing , I have a TomTom go630 that lives attached to the windshield of the 1100, ridden through lots of rain with it there and only once or twice had to put a Ziplock bag over it. Moved it over to the 1500 and plan on the same water proofing technology.Its cheap and very effective
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Re: Replacing my old GPS

Postby ka4yqi » Sat May 05, 2012 6:20 pm

All I even used is the automotive type. First one was a magellan 4210 with a ram mount. It finally gave up life. Now I am using a Garmin 1390 with the ram mount. Got it with live time maps and traffic. The ziplock bags work great.

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Re: Replacing my old GPS

Postby tallman21 » Sat May 05, 2012 8:14 pm

Thats a great idea with the plastic bag.. gotta try that

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Re: Replacing my old GPS

Postby cardinal » Tue May 08, 2012 2:50 pm

Jumping in here a little late, but I haven't been able to find a regular Auto GPS that you can program turn by turn. You give it a destination and it determines the route. I think the $700 is not only water proof, but programable as well.

I just mounted an old GPS I've carried around in the car for at least 5 years, on my 1500. I got the GOLDWING GPS AUDIO INPUT DEVICE from the GoldWing Docs Store. What I plan to use it for is when I go exploring in unfamiliar territory, I don't have to stop and keep reading a map to find my way back to the Motel or Camp ground. I just put in the address and listen to the turn by turn instructions. BTW, that Audio input device works great!! And like the ad says, it's easy to install.

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Re: Replacing my old GPS

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 08, 2012 3:08 pm

I'm glad you like the GPS Input device - I had so many people request that I make it to sell, and it seems everyone really likes it.

I do the same with my GPS a lot of the time - we'll set our home base (wherever we're staying), then go off exploring - hey, that road looks great! Let's take it! Without the worry of getting lost. When we've had enough, tell the GPS to take us home, and it works every time. Takes a lot of stress away, worrying about finding your way back.

My TomTom Go 740 allows you to set up Itineraries in advance, so you can determine the route of travel, instead of just leaving it up to the device, btw.

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Re: Replacing my old GPS

Postby cardinal » Tue May 08, 2012 3:53 pm

WingAdmin wrote:I'm glad you like the GPS Input device - I had so many people request that I make it to sell, and it seems everyone really likes it.

I do the same with my GPS a lot of the time - we'll set our home base (wherever we're staying), then go off exploring - hey, that road looks great! Let's take it! Without the worry of getting lost. When we've had enough, tell the GPS to take us home, and it works every time. Takes a lot of stress away, worrying about finding your way back.

My TomTom Go 740 allows you to set up Itineraries in advance, so you can determine the route of travel, instead of just leaving it up to the device, btw.

I've got to look into the Tom Tom 740. I hate having the GPS route me on nothing but Freeways. I looked at so many GPS units descriptions, trying to find one that is programable, I darn near went cross eyed. Maybe I should have been looking for "ITINERARIES" instead of programmable.

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Re: Replacing my old GPS

Postby themainviking » Tue May 08, 2012 3:56 pm

WingAdmin wrote:I'm glad you like the GPS Input device.

My TomTom Go 740 allows you to set up Itineraries in advance, so you can determine the route of travel, instead of just leaving it up to the device, btw.


Where are those GPS audio input devices available from guys?

and won't most GPSs allow you to select your route? Just edit the route and add stops along it to customize the route. I have an El Cheapo Tom Tom 350 XL that cost under a hundred bucks, and it will allow it. I make routes on the computer in Tom Tom Home, using "Operate my Tom Tom" and after the route points A and B are in and saved, I can edit and add the stop points. I wish the GL1800s GPS were this user friendly.
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Re: Replacing my old GPS

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 08, 2012 4:50 pm

themainviking wrote:Where are those GPS audio input devices available from guys?


Right here: GPS Audio Input Device

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Re: Replacing my old GPS

Postby gtomei » Tue May 08, 2012 7:31 pm

Zip lock bag does work fine but I found it blows around and flaps a bit and causes some glare. I use a plain old sandwich wrap and find it works best and does not interfere when you need to touch the screen. You might want to put a bit of clear tape on the back to seal the seam. Additionally I made a little hood that clips on and reduces glare.
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Re: Replacing my old GPS

Postby ogilly0753 » Fri May 11, 2012 9:59 am

I bought a Garmin 2460LMT with a ram mount for my GL1800. The probelm I have is glare from my jacket (high vis yellow). I have the intensity at 100% with a Glarestopper shield and its just about glared out, so still looking for solutions.
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Re: Replacing my old GPS

Postby virgilmobile » Fri May 11, 2012 10:10 am

I make 4 right hand turns.This always gets me back home. :D




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