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even tho I don't believe in them...especially on mc's...I do have a mount attached to my bars just in case i do have to use mine (kept in saddlebag) when I'm traveling in unknown territories away from home and I need to eventually find where I am was the case the only time I ever used my gps...ran out of daylight...couldn't find where i was going and needed to get to I will admit there are times they are handy...

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I love paper maps When I pull over for gas, I pull out the map and see if there is another route I want to take, if I get lost, so be it. I also use a grease pencil and write on the lower left half of windshield a couple of key directions, wipes off easy and easy to read. (I have my iphone if I need to check for hotels and such, but not knowing where you might be is part of the long trip adventure).

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One of the best features of todays GPS is mapping an alternate route when you no longer want the shortest route. For those that choose to get on the bike and the destination is wherever you end up, it's an extremely valuable accessory. Good luck.
I chose the Garmin Nuvi 1490 specifically because it will talk to MicroSoft Streets & Trips. I can plot the route I want on my netbook (which rides in my saddlebag on longish trips), then plugin the Nuvi and download the route I want to take, not what the GPS thinks is the best route. Saves time over using the touch-screen interface on the GPS.

I recently used it on a 4 day trip around Eastern Texas, and was planning on traveling some pretty small state & county roads, so I wanted to make sure I caught the right corner. Then, at night, if I wanted to change the route for tomorrow to see something else, I could adjust it on the netbook and download the new day plan to the GPS. I've been pretty happy with it.

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I treat my bike just like my sailboat. NO ELECTRONIC GADGETS! I ride and sail to relax and take in the sights. If I get lost, OH BOY! An adventure. My phone has voice mail and boy do I use it!

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Most GPS navigation devices run about 40 - 60 mA.
They try designing them to be more efficent for internal battery devices; but not so much for external power connections, running a 12 channel receiver continuously plus the mapping and display functions does consume quite a bit.
This is why mobile phones adopted A-GPS for E911 and location-based services (most processing tasks were off-loaded from the phone to the base station).
You should be able to count up your current consumption and see if it meets or exceeds your limit (fused/relay/direct).
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I'm planning on going to visit my brother in Warrenington Virginia, just outside of Wash DC. This is a huge leaf of faith for me, givin the fact I can get lost 5 miles away from home, I do belong to triple A, I had them send me a route suggestion last week, (staying off the toll ways) Looks like I'll need a ton a sticky notes on this trip. LOL!!!!!
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Hi Jen,

When in June are you coming out to the Rockies? I'm always looking for opportunities for meeting more great people from here

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First, the GPS does not draw hardly any current so there is no problem with that. Second, whew! Lots of opinions on using a GPS! I have a RAM mount which is one of the best you can find, and a hardwired circuit for mine that connects in the headlight bucket. I use mine for trips and set waypoints every so often to follow backroad routes. I also used to live in an area I did not know well, so I would leave the GPS off then head out on some country roads for about an hour, then turn it on to find my way back! Also, you can set the unit for "most direct route" and you will be amazed at the back roads and side roads you will find!

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Originally Posted by DCinCT View Post
gps's should be banned from motorcycling...believe the purpose of the gps is to get one to his destination in the shortest time without getting lost... guess thats why i don't use a gps when i each his own. Good luck...
My riding buddy threw his out after a near miss with a oncoming semi

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My GPS works great, used for for a Canada trip and a couple of trips to west Virginia.
Has built in MP3 which connects to my Chatterbox. Having voice navigation helps at times.
Mine is a Garmin Nuvi 780.

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