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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?
 

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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.
 

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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

Headed down towards Grand Tetons

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.
 

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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
 

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

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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.
 

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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.
 

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Good thread. Right now, I just use my phone (same in my car), but as others have said, the screen can be a bit small if you want to see the roads around you and not just get voice directions from point a to point b. I'm interested in everyone's suggestions as well.
 

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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-4-3-GPS-Touch-Screen-Car-GPS-Navigation-Waterproof-Bluetooth-8GB-Map/333242806298?hash=item4d96d1b01a:g:qIAAAOSwOwZdDZqr
Same/similar unit is sold on Amazon for $30 more. Reviews are so-so, maps are very outdated with no updates available, pirated software, plastic mounting hardware, Bluetooth issues... not worth the time somebody spends to install it and try to make it work.
Tom Tom and Garmin both make motorcycle specific GPS, $350-$700 range plus mounting hardware.

I also use my phone in RAM mount, but my smartphone's optical image stabilization (main camera) and NFC (used for Apple/Google/Samung, etc. payments) failed due to vibration. Same would happen to most electronics not made for motorcycles specific conditions...
Depending on how much you value your smartphone, this should be taken into account. My phone and USB power plug (when charging only) aren't water resistant. This will become more of a problem when I decide to upgrade my used-to-be-$$$$-iPhone to something newer, since I don't want to have the same problem happen again.
 

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Garmin Nuvi GPS in waterproof case. ridden in torrential downpours, always stayed completely dry.
Going on 3 years old now, if it died tomorrow from vibrations it owes me nothing
 

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I got a Garmin Zumo 396 LMT-S a few months back for a 2100 mile trip and everyday use. You can plan exact routes using Garmin Basecamp PC software and download them to the Zumo. The route will not be altered even if you stray off course. I use Bluetooth helmet speakers. Also the Zumo will Bluetooth to phone; you can play music off phone or download MP3s to Zumo internal memory and/or memory card in the Zumo and play from it. Pause/Play/Skip controls from Zumo even with music from phone. Gives traffic warnings, red light camera warnings, school zone, speed limit changes in advance. Displays and announces text messages. Easy to wire into bike using the aux circuit in the headlamp bucket. Waterproof. Works well with gloves. Quick disconnect to prevent theft. I was very pleased with it and glad I had it on my trip. Many more features than my old Nuvi - brighter screen too. $340.
 

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I've been using a Zumo 660 for the last several years as a replacement for my old Nuvi550, which became too old and saddle sore.

So far, it's held up very well. The only complaint I have is the display, which is very dim even at it's brightest setting. I've read many similar complaints, but many others are pleased with the brightness, so I'm guessing there may have been some batches with dim displays that got past quality control.

Still, it works well enough for my purposes.

Whatever you get, a good quality mounting system should be used. I'm a big fan of RAM mounts.

I use my Galaxy S7 as a backup GPS. It's not waterproof nor glove sensitive, so it will remain a backup for the time being. It's on a RAM mount, too. (I'm considering ordering a waterproof case that has a glove sensitive screen.) My GPS app is CoPilot.

Between the two, one covers for the weaknesses of the other, so I like to have both on hand.
 

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I've been using a Zumo 660 for the last several years as a replacement for my old Nuvi550, which became too old and saddle store.

So far, it's held up very well. The only complaint I have is the display, which is very dim even at it's brightest setting. I've read many similar complaints, but many others are pleased with the brightness, so I'm guessing there may have been some batches with dim displays that got past quality control.

Still, it works well enough for my purposes.

Whatever you get, a good quality mounting system should be used. I'm a big fan of RAM mounts.

I use my Galaxy S7 as a backup GPS. It's not waterproof nor glove sensitive, so it will remain a backup for the time being. It's on a RAM mount, too. (I'm considering ordering a waterproof case that has a glove sensitive screen.) My GPS app is CoPilot.

Between the two, one covers for the weaknesses of the other, so I like to have both on hand.
What are the benifits of CoPilot over Google maps/Waze?
 

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I've been using a Zumo 660 for the last several years as a replacement for my old Nuvi550, which became too old and saddle store.

So far, it's held up very well. The only complaint I have is the display, which is very dim even at it's brightest setting. I've read many similar complaints, but many others are pleased with the brightness, so I'm guessing there may have been some batches with dim displays that got past quality control.

Still, it works well enough for my purposes.

Whatever you get, a good quality mounting system should be used. I'm a big fan of RAM mounts.

I use my Galaxy S7 as a backup GPS. It's not waterproof nor glove sensitive, so it will remain a backup for the time being. It's on a RAM mount, too. (I'm considering ordering a waterproof case that has a glove sensitive screen.) My GPS app is CoPilot.

Between the two, one covers for the weaknesses of the other, so I like to have both on hand.
galaxy s7 is waterproof. dropped mine in a river...it swam and took pics of fish works just fine still after 2 years. I use it in the shower too for music.
 
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