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GPS

Postby wiredgeorge » Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:00 pm



I would like to buy an inexpensive GPS... I saw motorcycle specific Nuvis selling for $900!!!! I have a very limited budget. I would like to be able to connect to the audio system to hear it over the bike's speakers (don't do headphones). I would also like some suggestions on how to mount the thing. Thanks! wg


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Re: GPS

Postby 93aspy » Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:43 pm

George,

Most any inexpensive GPS can be used on your 1500... I am partial to Garmin so I would recommend any of lesser expensive GPS's like the Nuvi 1390 or 765T (refurbished from Best Buy) http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Garmin/Garmin-Car-GPS/pcmcat127000050005.c?id=pcmcat127000050005...

The downside to the Nuvi's are they are not waterproof, but when I was using my Nuvi 660 on my bike, I just slipped a zip lock bag over it if it started to rain - that worked fine...

In terms of mounting the device, look at RAM mounts... They offer a variety of options for mounting various GPS units on your bike... Probably the best way to integrate the audio on the 1500 is to have the Aux input mod http://www.sierra-mc.com/gl1500auxinput.html done by Sierra Electronics... Then you can plug the earphone output of the GPS right into the radio and use the aux input...

Make sure that the GPS you ultimately buy has a headphone jack on it - that feature will be required on any GPS you buy in order to integrate the GPS audio into your bike sound system...

If the GPS you buy has Bluetooth, you can probably integrate your Cell Phone into your bike as well... With the addition of matching transformer connecting the GPS external mic jack to your bike mic audio, you can have hands free cell service on the bike as well...

So ideally, your GPS should have a external headphone jack and an external mic input jack and Bluetooth... I believe the aforementioned Nuvi 765T meets all those specifications... It is worth mentioning here that most of the Nuvi's will not let you do a route on your computer and transfer it to the Nuvi - they do not support that type of function... In order to do that you will need a Garmin Zumo... The Zumo's are designed specifically for motorcycles and they all support this function... Some of the older Street Pilots also support this function and can be had at a pretty reasonable price... I used to use a 2610 Street Pilot and it was a pretty decent GPS except it did not announce any route directions... In order to have the GPS "talk to you" you'll have to have a newer one that supports "text to speech" or "turn by turn" instructions...

Good luck with your project...

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Re: GPS

Postby RoadRogue » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:09 pm

Im using the Tomtom Go630 and this http://goldwingdocs.com/Store/Goldwing- ... -Input.asp to hear it through the intercom system in my helmet. I know you said you dont want to use the head set,it just what works for me. I think I paid $129 at walley world for the Tomtom. when it rains I slip a ziploc bag over it. not stylish but very functional. 8-)
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Re: GPS

Postby Ghostrider52005 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:30 pm

Ok here is El Cheapo striking again :lol: Dont own a 1500 so no idea how to make it run over the speakers but I use a garmin nuvi and after looking at mounts and prices I went to the Dollar General store. :oops: Picked up a 2 dollar pack of velcro strips. Put one on top of the dash and one in the inside of the windshield. One on top of the nuvi and and one on the bottom. It sticks right there sitting on the top of the dash looking directly at me :lol: Been running that way for a good while charging off my cig lighter and its never moved.
Mine isnt water proof but unless its a flat downpour to the extent i cant see to ride anyway the windshield leaning back over it doesnt let rain fall onto the dash or the gps. And I cut my stock shield down two inches.
Probably not the way a lot would mount one but it doesnt glare get wet and I can hear it fine in a full face helmet at highway speed. Oh well poor guy has poor ways I guess :lol:

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Re: GPS

Postby wiredgeorge » Sat Oct 20, 2012 8:15 am

Found the Ram website and the 47 steps necessary to picking out the right mount start with first knowing which actual GPS model you are trying to mount so I will have to buy one first; will get one with an earphone jack.
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Re: GPS

Postby WINGRIDER345 » Sat Oct 20, 2012 5:03 pm

The TomTom 720 has a FM trasnmitter and will play thru the speakers on an unused fm station. Draw back is you may have to change stations a couple of times on a multi state trip. Ram makes the best mounts for bikes... :)

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Re: GPS

Postby m2102 » Sat Oct 20, 2012 5:22 pm

i got a garmin street pilot c550 on ebay for 43$and works great. they don't make them anymore but you can still up date maps through garmin web site. as for mounting,i took the badge out and made a plexi filler with a ram ball mount bolted to it. i'm not comfotable using the suction cup holder. a little imagination and you could come uo with something.my wing came set up withe all the hook ups for blutooth and gps and radar. if you need something to make it work,go to the site store and what they offer will fill the need.

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Re: GPS

Postby redial » Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:57 am

Just a word of warning.

If you buy a new Garmin on eBay or similar, they may not honour the warranty. On my Nuvifone (asus-garmin made), the owner's sheet says that they will not honour the "free" lifetime maps if it is purchased on an auction site. Check before you buy. Obviously, this does not apply to 2nd hand ones.

I am having a lot of trouble with my Nuvifone trying to get some map updates, and after a number of messages to them, they are playing "no speak".
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Re: GPS

Postby m2102 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:09 am

i agree about the "free"map updates on mine and any bought on ebay.but for the price of a new garmin and for what a purchase of a life time maps would be,it is still less than a garmin with the maps feature.,if mine goes south,in can get a "for parts one or get another street pilot and once the maps are bought it should stay to use on another.once registard.for all the maps on it now i cant think where i would go to need more maps,maybe for revamped or routed roads but the street pilot has worked very well in all cases.gets you were you want to go. it doesn't reroute you back if you miss a turn but will find another way to get to your destination

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Re: GPS

Postby Scanjo » Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:21 pm

I'm pretty sure lifetime maps are tied to the serial number of the unit. They don't transfer to new owners or new units.

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Re: GPS

Postby wiredgeorge » Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:31 am

Needed a GPS for our trip home from Alabama so stopped in a Wallys and they had two... a Garmin for just about $100 and a TomTom for about $120. I bought the TomTom because it has free maps for life. The mount is fantastic... has a suction cup with a ring that tightens and stuck it on my windshield. Works great. The GPS itself doesn't have a headphone jack nor does it seem to have an FM transmitter so I am stuck with watching for directions. It isn't that great in bright sunlight but good enough.
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Re: GPS

Postby Scanjo » Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:27 pm

wiredgeorge wrote:The mount is fantastic... has a suction cup with a ring that tightens and stuck it on my windshield. Works great.


Keep in mind that in some states it is illegal to have a gps stuck to your windshield. Minnesota for one off the top of my head. Before my Zumo, I stuck the disk that comes with the Nuvi on the flat spot just above the radio. Not quite as handy to see but legal in every state I know of (and free). Otherwise you would need a handlebar mount (re: Ram Mount) or some other solution you might come up with.

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Re: GPS

Postby rtaylor137 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:07 am

I use a program/app called Motion X on my iPhone. Tons of options, also accesses my stored music and plays through the bike's system as an added function of the program. Mounted on the left handle bar it's very easy to access once you cut the end of your glove's index finger off to work the touch screen. I'm going to look into a small pad type unit that I can mount directly in front of me next year. GPS functions are integrated into many multi-funtion devices these days, not sure I'd want a "stand alone" GPS anymore (tough I have three).

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Re: GPS

Postby vtxcandyred » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:02 pm

I have an el cheapo hundred dollar Maggellin. Its been wet before and it still works.The Mount Guys have a HUGE selection for just about ANY application. Mines I mount to the place on the console in place of the Eagle emblem. My own design.




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