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Experience with motorcycle GPS

#1 Unread post by spydercanopus » Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:40 pm

I'm looking to get a GPS for my bike. I want to explore without getting lost. Anyone have some experience with them? What should I look for or avoid?

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#2 Unread post by Johnj » Tue Apr 26, 2011 6:04 am

I love being lost.
People say I'm stupid and apathetic. I don't know what that means, and I don't care.
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#3 Unread post by spydercanopus » Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:12 pm

I guess such a thing isn't so popular. Perhaps it's too distracting from the ride to be a safe add-on.

Getting lost, here I come.

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#4 Unread post by Johnj » Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:04 am

Sorry for being so flip. I research the roads I'm going to be riding. I also carry a Garmin GPS when I'm on the road, but not a motorcycle unit as I use it when I stop. Now that I have a smartphone I'm going to try to use that.

I do like to get lost. 8)
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#5 Unread post by storysunfolding » Wed Apr 27, 2011 7:14 am

I used to use a street pilot then I switched to a garmin nuvi... I want to say 550? One of the nuvi's in the 500 range is waterproof. It's essentially the zumo but without the crazy price. I mounted it with a ram mount and gave it dedicated power from the bike.
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#6 Unread post by jstark47 » Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:17 am

My wife has a Zumo 550 and she's complained it can be hard to see the screen sometimes in bright sunlight. So I'd say buy the unit with the biggest, brightest screen you can find.
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#7 Unread post by storysunfolding » Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:17 am

They also sell aftermarket sunshades that work great for a GPS. Glare is definitely one of my biggest problems.
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#8 Unread post by flw » Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:13 pm

I have a Garmin Zumo 220, I got it last Christmas.

I like it. It can be used in my car, bike and when I go overnight to downtown Chicago I like to walk around. Its nice to be sure I can get back to my hotel without getting lost or having to use a taxi.

It fits in my pocket and is easier to carry around than large maps. Now I do like maps at home for planing the general way I wish to go. Buy when out, I prefer a gps.

My Zumo is nice because it works in many different modes. Riding, driving and walking.

Mine was new and onsale for $299 plus about $10 for shipping. The larger screens are less pocketable due to the screen size. On my bike I can tilt the unit in any direction, if the sun is a issue.

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#9 Unread post by pchast » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:54 pm

Whats so wrong about getting lost. I'll go for a ride and maybe keep a general direction. If its time to head home, I'll pull over and take a break. The gps comes out of the pocket to tell me where I am and how to head home. I don't need another distraction when I'm enjoying the ride and sightseeing.
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