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AZgl1800
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Re: To gps or not

Post by AZgl1800 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:21 pm



WingAdmin wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:14 am
AZgl1800 wrote:
Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:41 pm
ask me how I know.... NASR was a hoot, but my daughter lost her car to a buck deer there, and NO CELLPHONE SERVICE.... that was a bad scene...
Precisely why I carry my SPOT tracker. :) You don't have to travel very far from here to start encountering extended areas of zero cell service.
Scott,

I have been "rethinking my practice" on only using the SPOT when I travel by bike....
I originally got it to give my family "Peace of Mind", and for me to be able to call 911 helicopter if that was ever needed....

Now, I am thinking that it should just be in my "Go Bag" and if I go somewhere, it ought to go with me.
It doens't need to be "turned on" while in the Go Bag, just available if you need it.

Which, if it had been with my daughter, she could have used it to call for help.
The other lady who helped her, had to drive into the next town and alert the LEOs when she got there.
She was very nice, returned to the scene and gave the LEOs her version of what happened, as she was on a few hundred yards behind my daughter and saw the deer leap the hedgerow.

Funny thing WVA, the investigating officer just gave my daughter his Badge number and name, Told her here in WVA we don't even bother to write up a Deer Strike, it is a waste of time, WVA has the highest Deer Strikes/Vehicles in the nation. so he said anyway.

The insurance company more or less agreed, they took his name and badge number, and paid off like a slot machine: albeit, a very slow one, but it was done in about 4 weeks time.


~John

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Re: To gps or not

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:27 pm

I should restate that - I actually take my Spot with me anytime I'm doing long distance travel, by car or bike, or going hiking somewhere remote, going out on the lake on a boat, anywhere where I'd rather have it in a pinch than not. :)

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Re: To gps or not

Post by LeMaitre » Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:04 pm

I got a Nuvi65. Not bike specific. I like its large screen. I do carry a plastic bag to place over it if it starts to rain. The main uses I get out of the GPS is checking the speed of the bike, average moving speed, total run time and stop time.

-Mark
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Re: To gps or not

Post by ironman218 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:58 am

Bought a TomTom 730 last year off ebay but realized only now that it will no longer accept map updates, per Tom Tom's web page information. :( My fault for not digging deeper into Tom Tom's policies regarding older models. Buyer beware.

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Re: To gps or not

Post by AZgl1800 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:54 pm

I did not realize that TomTom was doing that.


all of my Garmin GPS units will still take updates, even the old 3.5" unit.... can't even remember what it is called. it is at least 7 years old.

a Nuvi 40, I found a review written on it in 2004, and it noted it will have LifeTime Updates
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Re: To gps or not

Post by Deaf4Jesus » Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:50 pm

I have a Garmin for my car. It bluetooth with my phone. I tried mounting it onto my 1983 Goldwing Interstate. My mount kept sliding down. No matter how tight I thought it was it still slid down. It was hard to read in bright daylight. My helmet is bluetooth SENA but my car Garmin didn't pair with it and my helmet. (frown).

I still take it on long trips just in case I feel the need to stop and plug it in to see my route. I will someday trade in my long friend of 60,000 actual miles to a newer Goldwing but no monthly payments keep me from taking the debt road. Besides, my grandchildren love the security of the back seat with arm rest and my drivers back rest. They have fallen asleep several times on long rides.

I'll use my smart phone for GPS since it does pair with my bluetooth helmet SENA. Long rides, for me, needs GPS.



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