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Old 11-20-2012, 09:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm thinking about putting a GPS on my bike, but after some research, I heard I could overload my battery with too much add ons. right now I have a light bar, adapters for heated gear, and triple wammy tail lights. How much of a load can the stock battery handle? and what considerations do I need to be aware of before adding a GPS? last, what model type do you have and might suggest.
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A GPS doesn't draw much current, < 1 amp. You'll probably be fine.
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Add 2nd alternator connect to rear wheel j/k
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do they make a GPS that has a battery that will last 8 hours or more, before needing a charge? I see GPS systems on ebay anywhere from $49-$649, I wonder why?
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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 ride...to each his own. Good luck...
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Your bikes charging system will handle the demands of a GPS, no problem.

You shouldn't have to worry about the GPS running your battery down when the bike is not running, because if you leave it on the bike it will be stolen long before the battery ever runs down, you will ALWAYS want to take it with you.

The one caution is to never pull power for ANY accessory through the ignition switch.

There are plastic parts inside the switch that cannot handle the heat generated from powering accessories.

Run all accessories through a relay off the AUX plug in the headlite bucket.

I ran a GPS for awhile and stopped using it. It was too difficult to program it to take the route I WANTED to go as opposed to the route that the GPS thought I SHOULD go.

Not to mention they are really hard to see in the sunlight.

Like you, I just had to try it.
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Makes sense, I only was thinking about using it for a cross country trip next year, I think I'll just use map quest and a bunch if yellow sticky's on my tank LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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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 ride...to each his own. Good luck...
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.
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Makes sense, I only was thinking about using it for a cross country trip next year, I think I'll just use map quest and a bunch if yellow sticky's on my tank LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That is pretty much what I do.

I mounted a spring clip on my windshield bag and just clip notes with key way points on it.
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I carry an iPad with me for maps. Until recently, the maps were one of the best till they upgraded to the new OS. But still handy to have with me on my rides. No additional power drain on the bike. Will last for a few days with moderate use. I also carry my own WiFi hot spot.
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