2010 1800 Nav or Google Maps?


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2010 1800 Nav or Google Maps?

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Anyone ever try this? On my other bike I used Google maps from my phone Bluetoothed into my helmet. Since the phone was Ram mounted I could see and hear all the instructions, worked pretty good. On the GW I can't hear the instructions because I usually wear ear plugs and don't feel like being a noise polluter with loud announcements but I can see the screen for the directions.

I was thinking of setting up google maps via my phone, in my pocket so yet to be Ram mounted, with the bluetooth for the auditory instructions and using the on board GW nav for the visual directions. I wonder how the two might duplicate their instructions?
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I nearly always have my Garmin set to the address....
but there are times when I could gladly kill the SOB who programmed that thing.
get into a dense metro area and it insists on taking the Interstates for miles out of your way.

I set the phone up and say "Take me to 123 Jackson Street, Tulsa " and it nearly always will be a logical route.

I hear them both, I just ignore the one that does not make sense.

we generally have a sense of where we want to go, just not quite how to get there.
Paper maps on a bike are just about useless unless you stop and write down a detailed list of turns, and then a semi pulls up and blocks the addresses/street signs.
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I recently got rid of my trusty old TomTom GPS and XM Satellite Radio and replaced them both with a used cell phone from eBay. I got a Samsung S7, because it's waterproof, and works well. You can see my GDS RAM Mount setup here: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=51365

An extra $10/month on my cell phone bill (T-Mobile) and it gets the same unlimited calls, text and data as all the other phones on my account.

It runs Android Auto, which starts up automatically when the bike turns on. I have it bluetoothed into my bike's audio system, so I can hear the phone through my helmet. I can listen to music, and hear the GPS instructions. A main benefit of the Google Maps GPS on it, is that it knows where traffic or construction is, and will automatically re-route me if it sees a substantially faster route. I was travelling through southern Ontario last month, and it suddenly told me to take the next exit off the highway. I did as instructed, and I very soon found myself riding all by myself on a deserted service road, looking at the bumper-to-bumper traffic sitting at a standstill on the highway I had just exited. Love it!

It also lets you know when there is a speed trap ahead. :)

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WingAdmin wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 9:30 pm
I was travelling through southern Ontario last month, and it suddenly told me to take the next exit off the highway. I did as instructed, and I very soon found myself riding all by myself on a deserted service road, looking at the bumper-to-bumper traffic sitting at a standstill on the highway I had just exited. Love it!
Sounds like the Queensway between Hamilton and St Catherines. There is almost always a gridlock on that stretch. Sometimes for miles and long periods of time. I always drop off and run the service road on the north side.
It ain't about the destination - it's all about the journey

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Viking wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 6:47 am
WingAdmin wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 9:30 pm
I was travelling through southern Ontario last month, and it suddenly told me to take the next exit off the highway. I did as instructed, and I very soon found myself riding all by myself on a deserted service road, looking at the bumper-to-bumper traffic sitting at a standstill on the highway I had just exited. Love it!
Sounds like the Queensway between Hamilton and St Catherines. There is almost always a gridlock on that stretch. Sometimes for miles and long periods of time. I always drop off and run the service road on the north side.
You nailed it, that's exactly where it was!



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