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what kind of gps you use?

Postby dodgeball » Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:18 am



looking on buying a gps for my 89' 1500. but don't want to spent 600.oo or more on a cycle gps unit. will standard car gps work. looking for ideas thanks.



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Re: what kind of gps you use?

Postby wing rider 2012 » Fri Nov 29, 2013 12:05 pm

I use the Google maps and GPS on my smartphone, works great. My phone uses the GPS receiver and not the cell towers for location and the updating on the GPS runs at a 2 second duration.
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Re: what kind of gps you use?

Postby themainviking » Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:08 pm

Yes, a car GPS will work, but may dim out in sunlight. Also, you cannot leave it on the bike in inclement weather conditions, because if it gets wet, you will need to buy a new one. I have a Tom Tom, a Garmin and two Magellans, and all work suitably. The Tom Tom is the smallest and lightest, being about the size of a large cell phone, and I tie a string around it, as it is suction cupped to a shiny disk that I two sided taped to my dash. I am afraid it could fall off and so, the string. A proper mount would solve my problem, however, my bike has the built in GPS, so I only use the Tom Tom to speed compare the speedo with new tires, because the built in is not capable. I carry it along though just in case of malfunction of the bikes OEM built in. I like GPS and mapping systems real well, and so have lots more besides the ones listed, for hunting, and for boating, and for canoeing/kayaking, etc. I really never met a GPS I did not like.
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Re: what kind of gps you use?

Postby Fatwing Chris » Fri Nov 29, 2013 4:35 pm

Been using a Nuvi 550.Not your normal car Nuvi.This is a motorcycle unit.Got it new for approx. $270 with a car mount and a RAM Mount to my door(auto/moto bundle).Waterproof and a great screen in the direct sunlight.Now that I've teased you a bit I recently checked back at GPSCity where I got mine and the price was $389 I believe.Back when I got mine I could get the unit without the RAM Mount for $209.Wish I had've bought 2 at the time.As much as I'd like a Zumo I don't think they're worth that kind of money.
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Re: what kind of gps you use?

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Nov 29, 2013 5:31 pm

I've been using a standard auto TomTom Go for years with no problems. I use a GlareStomper GPS sunshield, and the unit is stuck to my left speaker grille. I have ridden in rain many times, including 19 hours straight of on-again-off-again torrential thunderstorms from Florida to Ohio and it never missed a beat.

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Re: what kind of gps you use?

Postby dingdong » Sat Nov 30, 2013 8:19 am

I us a Garmin 1450xxx simply because it has a 5 inch screen.
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Re: what kind of gps you use?

Postby cbx4evr » Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:04 am

I'm using a Garmin Nuvi 14 series of some sort. It's not waterproof but so far that hasn't been an issue. If it starts raining I throw it in the trunk. I'm usually not that lost.

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Re: what kind of gps you use?

Postby harvey01 » Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:24 am

Shortly after Garmin came out with the motorcycle specific unit the Zumo 660, I happened upon a great deal from a major cycle online supplier. In fact, I thought they may have goofed on their price as it was much lower than normal. Since I was not a techno geek and not into GPS, I hesitated but then the wife pointed out if the price was so good, and the unit was supposed to be really good maybe I should buy it an learn.

So I got a Zumo 660 and have been learning to use this thing ever since. I like the screen size(bigger would be better but where would you put it), and I like the fact it came with a motorcycle and car mount so I can use in on the Wing, or in any car. And I do move it around. I have since obtained a backup motorcycle mount for my CBX and put it there on some rides.

I have ridden all day in rain, all day below freezing, and all day with temps pushing 100. It still works so I believe buying a unit designed for the vibration of a motorcycle and to be weather proof is worth the money.

I still like a map when planning a route. In fact I tend to use the GPS more to locate a specific location, than for trip routing.
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Re: what kind of gps you use?

Postby offcenter » Sat Nov 30, 2013 1:59 pm

I use the GPS between my ears that I was born with. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: what kind of gps you use?

Postby cbx4evr » Sat Nov 30, 2013 7:15 pm

offcenter wrote:I use the GPS between my ears that I was born with. :lol: :lol: :lol:



and you're hopelessly lost - :mrgreen:
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Re: what kind of gps you use?

Postby bstig60 » Sat Nov 30, 2013 8:27 pm

I just bought a Garmin download gps that works off line for my Iphone. I have not used it on the bike yet, but plan to when I get a Bluetooth helmet next spring. So far is seems good using it in the car.
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Re: what kind of gps you use?

Postby dodgeball » Sat Nov 30, 2013 9:26 pm

thanks for all the ideas guys. I decide to buy a garmin 5" screen gps online Friday. think I'm going to get a accessory oulet kit from cyclemax , an install somewhere . thinking about mounting by speaker adjustment knob. don't like the idea of it on handlebars. I only use mainly for finding points of interest. ideas on mounting will be helpful.

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Re: what kind of gps you use?

Postby pidjones » Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:15 am

I'm still using a Garmin Streetpilot 2730 that I bought in 2006 off eBay for $200. I have the lifetime maps subscription (another $50 on Amazon), and it hardly ever leaves the handlebars. I have a Nuvi 745 that I use in the car and when I fly (has Euro maps SD card in addition).

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Re: what kind of gps you use?

Postby redial » Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:43 pm

It's too late for your purchase, but I use a Garmin-Asus A50. Which is a hybrid telephone/GPS. It is intended to be used as a mobile/cell phone, and when mounted in the car or the mc, it operates as a GPS. When a call comes in, it switches from GPS to phone, either Bluetooth or regular, and when you hang up, it resumes as a GPS. The advantage of these is that it uses both the GPS locators, as well as the mobile/cell phone towers to make its locations. It seems to work well, and I have had it for a couple of years. It comes complete with a windshield suction cup mount, and when plugged into the cigar lighter, it operates all the time. When it runs on the internal battery, it goes into "sleep" mode for the screen, but the verbal directions are still audible.

The only thing to worry about with Garmin, is that they take a product to "end-of-life" and replace with a more modern one fairly rapidly, thus making your map updates "for the life" - Garmine does not mention whose life, yours, their product life cycle, or the maps that they are willing to provide?


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