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Kuzmandew 01-31-2018 09:17 PM

Motorcycle GPS
 
So I bought some new Shinko 777 WW's last weekend and donated my 18 yr old tires to the smithsonian.....motorbike wing.

I am now looking to purchase a GPS. I did use my car Garmin GPS one trip but I think the vibrations killed it. I like using one for a constant overview of my surrounding streets and street names as I meander through these New England towns. I also want to try and pre plan trips at home, then load into the unit.

Anyone have one they like?

Whiskey 02-01-2018 06:04 AM

I have a Garmin Zumo 660. It works great for me. It isn't cheap, I think I paid around $400 for it, but it's lasted me for a number of years. It's also got an MP3 player built into it along with Bluetooth, so it's essentially the stereo for my bike.

The only other one I looked at when I bought it was the TomTom Rider. That one was cool because it had a twisty route option you could turn on to help you find good roads.

Whatever you choose, I'd highly recommend spending the additional money and buying a GPS designed for motorcycles. They are weather and shock proof, so they'll stand up to the abuse a lot better.

Counter Steer 02-01-2018 03:47 PM

I use the Zumo 220 as I prefer the screen size. Rain, vibration, easy to see in daylight have made this a great GPS for me. Runs all day with out being plugged in, but on this bike it is wired.
Tunnel in Zion
https://image.ibb.co/fyUbpR/16_6_2_Z...g_Water_15.jpg
Headed down towards Grand Tetons
https://image.ibb.co/hSsqG6/16_6_9_L...o_Falls_28.jpg
Only issue and it just makes me laugh a little is that because of the screen size and glove friendly use, inputting destinations takes a few seconds longer.

floydrturbo 06-25-2019 02:42 PM

I've tried to use my smart iphone for travel directions but its too small (and I have tthe large one) at my age to see on the handle bars so I've got an option to buy a used Garmin Dezl 770 that an tractor trailer instructor friend has and never used that much in last 2 yrs - just demo'd to students. At $150 seems like a great deal even tho its got more trucker options and I'd have to pay another 80 for life time map updates, I might have to pull the trigger. I'm surprised there is not much on this site except this post for GPS use. Maybe my search criteria is not selective enough

beezer 06-25-2019 03:13 PM

There's been threads over the years but I think most people use their phone at this point in time.

Whiskey 06-25-2019 07:01 PM

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Originally Posted by floydrturbo (Post 5059028)
I've tried to use my smart iphone for travel directions but its too small (and I have tthe large one) at my age to see on the handle bars so I've got an option to buy a used Garmin Dezl 770 that an tractor trailer instructor friend has and never used that much in last 2 yrs - just demo'd to students. At $150 seems like a great deal even tho its got more trucker options and I'd have to pay another 80 for life time map updates, I might have to pull the trigger. I'm surprised there is not much on this site except this post for GPS use. Maybe my search criteria is not selective enough

I'm still using the Zumo 660 that I mentioned above and still happy with it. I'm not familiar with that model, but a dedicated GPS is much easier to see. I would recommend however that you stop depending on looking at your GPS and start listening to it. Consider getting a Bluetooth headset and connecting it to your phone or GPS unit. Turn off the screen and let the voice tell you where to turn rather than trying to look at the screen. It's a lot safer and you actually miss fewer turns that way.

scorpion46 06-25-2019 08:32 PM

I'm still using a cheap garmin nuvi 50. Mounted and hardwired with a fabric sun screen, it has done fine for over 5 years now. The sunscreen is more nylon than anything. Makes it pretty waterproof.

FireManC50 06-26-2019 09:56 AM

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Originally Posted by scorpion46 (Post 5059120)
I'm still using a cheap garmin nuvi 50. Mounted and hardwired with a fabric sun screen, it has done fine for over 5 years now. The sunscreen is more nylon than anything. Makes it pretty waterproof.

Can you please share a photo of your setup?

rabies 06-26-2019 02:17 PM

i tried to use my phone. but it kills battery whilst listening to music.
a small gps that is water proof should work for extended time if you put some rubber under the mount.
I looked up the zumo 660 and 220 they are pretty dated it seems.

found this. rather cheap. but.........Chinese
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorcycle-...AAAOSwOwZdDZqr

beezer 06-26-2019 04:38 PM

In the rain a new baggie over a conventional GPS works fine with a RAM mount along with a holder made for your GPS or get The Claw.



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