Navigation system


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thrasherg
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Navigation system

Postby thrasherg » Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:15 pm



I am in the process of looking for a 1800 goldwing and I see several 2008's for sale but most do NOT have the Honda navigation system fitted (and I like the idea of the GPS). I have seen several breakers selling the Honda nav system (obviously removed from acident damaged goldwings), is it the same wiring harness on all 1800 2008 goldwings? I realise I would need the LCD screen, the keypad and associated wiring and a different dash board, just wondering if it's reasonable to add the Honda nav system to a wing that didn't originally have it, or if I just hold out for a second hand model with the nav package to come up for sale, or I just by a goldwing without the nav package and bolt on an aftermarket GPS? Thanks for any recomendations, this will be my first leadwing in 30 years of riding motorbikes.
I also intend to uprate the suspension with the traxxion rear shock and cartridge forks as I took a goldwing for a test ride and found the suspension did wallow far too much for my liking, probably gives a very comfortable ride, but was too soft (I know I will not be racing, but would prefer a taughter suspension), looking forward to getting out there and looking at the scenery a bit more and the racing line a bit less!
Regards Gary



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rob97989
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Re: Navigation system

Postby rob97989 » Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:17 am

Gary - My '09 has the Nav package and it is very hard (time wise) to input routes with stops and turns. I believe Honda worked with Garmin to develop the bike unit and the results were disappointing. You have to pull over and be in neutral to make any changes and when stopping for gas, etc. if you do not remember to punch a button for the map, you will have to stop. If you could locate all the parts to retrofit a factory GPS, I can not imagine what it would take to install.
I run a Garmin Zumo 550 on the handlebar with the J & M set-up for it to talk through the bikes speakers. The Zumo is programmable from your PC off of a "Streets & Maps" program and then download to your Zumo unit. You can also download a route from your group leaders Zumo so all on the ride know turn-by-turn instructions (a must for the tail-gunner).
I use the factory unit, without voice, to see out about 10 miles but keep the Zumo on a 1 or 2 mile look with voice instructions.
If you decide to go the Zumo route, there are a couple of sites with good pricing - abesofmain.com and gpscity.com and ebay. Good luck.
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Re: Navigation system

Postby thrasherg » Tue Oct 27, 2009 11:13 am

Thanks Rob, as it was built into the bike I thought it would be easier to use, waterproof, linked into the audio system, etc.. Doesn't sound like that is the case!! Maybe I will save a few pennies and get an 06 model and just run an aftermarket GPS unit. Many thanks for the feedback.

Gary

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Re: Navigation system

Postby Juanki » Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:22 am

Really Honda Navigation system is rubbish. Get a Zumo or a TOMTOM.

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Re: Navigation system

Postby thrasherg » Mon Nov 02, 2009 3:05 pm

Thanks guys, I am use to Honda products being excellent and figured the GPS would be!! I am a bit surprised to hear that it falls short of many other GPS units, but that's good news as I can buy an older goldwing and fit an aftermarket GPS. Now I just need to sell my RG500, so I have some money to put towards the goldwing!! Can't wait to go for a few long rides with my wife and kids..




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