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SAILOR
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GPS

Postby SAILOR » Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:54 am



My speedometer is out in my GL1200. I'm thinking of getting a GPS. Anyone know if I can run a GPS on a GL1200 without it draining the batterry. I know these bikes are limited on power.



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virgilmobile
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Re: GPS

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:07 am

I've got a Tom Tom.It lasts about 5 hours on it's own battery.Even that said,They draw very little current.I wouldn't leave it charging on the bike overnight tho.

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Re: GPS

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:48 am

I have a TomTom as well, and it draws 800mA when on & charging. A typical GL battery has around 18 AH capacity, so you could leave it on for almost a full day before draining your battery. Off and charged, it draws less than 100mA, so it could be left on for many days with little effect.

When the bike is running, the current draw of a GPS is negligible.

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Re: GPS

Postby SAILOR » Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:36 pm

I will only be using it while riding. I'm more worried about it maxing out the charging system while riding and having i draw the battery down.

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Re: GPS

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jun 21, 2011 2:27 pm

SAILOR wrote:I will only be using it while riding. I'm more worried about it maxing out the charging system while riding and having i draw the battery down.


You shouldn't worry. A GPS will use less than a tenth of the power your brake lights use when you step on the brakes. It's an inconsequential amount, your bike won't even notice it.

geddisleroy
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Re: GPS

Postby geddisleroy » Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:28 pm

I use a tom tom XL on my 78 Gl1000, the only problem I have is seeing the screen in bright sun light.

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Re: GPS

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:46 pm

geddisleroy wrote:I use a tom tom XL on my 78 Gl1000, the only problem I have is seeing the screen in bright sun light.


Try a Glare Stomper, it works really well for me.

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Re: GPS

Postby geddisleroy » Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:59 pm

Thanks I will check it out.

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Re: GPS

Postby geddisleroy » Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:17 pm

Looked like just what I needed . I orderd One. Thanks again.

jwhitmore44
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Re: GPS

Postby jwhitmore44 » Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:38 am

A GPS would be negligible, now heated clothing and auxiliary lights are a different story :)

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WINGRIDER345
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Re: GPS

Postby WINGRIDER345 » Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:34 am

Ijust rode my 84 1200A through 5 states with my Garmin NuVi plugged in (it has a FM traffic receiver in the power cord) without a hitch. No drain on the charging system what so ever..... :D




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