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Reasonably priced GPS?

Postby Corkster52 » Sun Oct 03, 2010 4:07 pm



My old Garmin Nuvi 660 died by my fumbling fingers breaking a connection while changing the battery, so I am looking for a new one. What have you folks found that works for you without breaking the bank and going the Zumo route? Thanks



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Re: Reasonably priced GPS?

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:24 am

I've had a TomTom One on my bike now for a couple of years. It's worked great - even in the rain (despite the fact it's not waterproof), so I really can't not recommend it.

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Re: Reasonably priced GPS?

Postby RoadRogue » Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:07 pm

I use the TomTom Go630 and am pleased with it, on sale for $150.mounted at the base of the windshield , stays dry even in the rain. It has an audio out jack that makes it easy to get the sound into your helmet.touch screen that works well even with gloves on.
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Re: Reasonably priced GPS?

Postby lhelber » Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:31 pm

I use a Garmin Nuvi 755t that I picked up at BJ Wholesale. If it looks like rain I put a zipper style plastic bag over it. I would like a water proof Zumo but I just can't accept that $300 premium.

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Re: Reasonably priced GPS?

Postby richshaner » Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:23 pm

I've used a Garmin 255W for a couple years. Just stick it on the inside left of the windshield. I also have a power plug installed in the LH fairing pocket. Works great, only issue is that on a bright sunny day it can be a little harder to see. I live in Canada and the Garmin 255W is currently on sale at Canadian Tire for $120.00 Cdn.

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Re: Reasonably priced GPS?

Postby gareva1 » Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:17 pm

I agree, the 200 series Garmin units are cheap enough that you can consider them throwaway units...looked up a map upgrade for my wife's nuvi 200, and it was more than what she paid for the unit!!! When they break or get out of date, just toss them (or ebay them) and pick up another one with more current maps.

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Re: Reasonably priced GPS?

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Re: Reasonably priced GPS?

Postby rickcardwell » Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:59 pm

I mounted a Garmin Nuvi 205W on my 84 Wing, but opted for a cradle mount I found at gpscity.com. The cradle locks the unit in place with a handle bar mount. I positioned mine on the left handlebar by the clutch reservoir, easy to reach, easy to see. Cradle mount has a 360 degree ball mount so it can really be positioned just about anywhere. BTW it sells as a kit, so make sure to get it all when ordering, was a little over 30 bucks, can see it in this photo.


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Re: Reasonably priced GPS?

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:54 pm

That's where I mounted my first GPS, but I found it had three problems mounted there:

- When the handlebars were turned all the way to the right, the GPS hit the windshield

- I had to look too far to the left, taking my eyes off the road, to see it

- It got soaked when it rained

I ended up moving it to the center of the handlebars:



It comes off easily, the mount itself is a piece of welding bar stock and a couple of U-bolts - very solid, and no more than about $5 in parts to build:


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Re: Reasonably priced GPS?

Postby Jenkinsrawhide » Tue Nov 02, 2010 5:36 pm

Go to Ben's Outlet on the web. I just purchased a reconditioned one for $69.95. Mounted it but have not used it yet. All I know is that it does come on when plugged into the cigarette lighter socket I have mounted in my left fairing pocket on my 2008GW. I truly did not care if it was refurbished or not because I figured if they were smart enough to make them and refurbish them then they ought to work. Mine mounts with a suction cup. The brand escapes my memory at this time as my bike is out in the garage, but I think its a Magellan. Anyway try BensOutlet.com

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Re: Reasonably priced GPS?

Postby Corkster52 » Sat Nov 13, 2010 7:54 am

I wonder if there is more than one www.bensoutlet.com? I did not see mounts in the one I looked at. Thanks

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Re: Reasonably priced GPS?

Postby rickcardwell » Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:54 pm

Hi, Wing Admin. I thought about mounting the gps where you have it but was a no go with the radio, clock ect. I have mine on the mount from www.gpscity.com, inside the "V" of the handlebars, and on the same plane as the left mirror. So when checking for the ones trying to upset my day, I get a look at the screen, and the mount never touches the windshield. But to each their own, what ever works, works! And when it rains I'm sitting somewhere warm and dry, chugging coffee, and the gps is in the trunk. By the way, they, gpscity has a nice case to put the gps unit in and store in the trunk, no scraches, and if your using a Garmin Nuvi put the switch end in first, or it will turn the unit on, running down the internal battery.

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Re: Reasonably priced GPS?

Postby Corkster52 » Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:38 pm

As I was riding today, and boy is it nice having 65 temps this late in November, I was eyeballing where the GL1500 logo just below my ignition and sure wish there was a decent way taking to attach what looks like an excellent ram-mount cradle (RAM-HOL-GA35U) to a ball mount in that location. Some of my friends tell me when I fret about such things, "You gonna look at it or ride it", but even though the old '88 has a lot of years on it, I still don't want it to look like crap. If I didn't care, heck I would rough it up, slap on some 2 part epoxy, attach a round flat ram base, the double ended ball mount attached to the cradle and it would be there for life. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! :?

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Re: Reasonably priced GPS?

Postby rickcardwell » Sat Nov 13, 2010 6:11 pm

Hi Corkster, not much I can say as far as feedback. My wife and I had the same conversation about keeping the bike looking like you care about what your riding. I looked on ebay till I found the Aspencade driving light mounts that go under the faring. Actually I wish I had 65 degree weather here, (near Traverse City, MI) but it's raining and about 40 degrees. So "The Wing" is going through a "fundemental transformation" this winter, from pretty much stock, to pretty much dressed out. Radio upgrade, windshield, chrome, Diamond seat, driving lights and brackets, chrome, Aspy. passenger floor boards, front tire, go through the handle bar master cylinders, and left front caliper, already did the right front and rear caliper and master cylinder, fork seals, did I mention "Chrome" :lol:
Here is what she looks like now



Will post more as we go along and when she comes out in the spring.
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Re: Reasonably priced GPS?

Postby Corkster52 » Sat Nov 13, 2010 7:33 pm

Thanks for the feedback Rick. I may have to go kicking and screaming into the winter soon. So far, have only driven my cage 2 days since June. I have a few goodies in mind for the winter months as well, that is if the $$ are in line. A new scratch resistant windshield will be one of the first things. I hate driving into the sun and see little other than a million tiny scratches. By all means, send me eye-candy with your progress.




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