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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-10-2008, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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GPS anyone??

ok so im looking at a gps system for my fiancee and i was wonderinf does anyone have one??? do you take it with you onthe bike??? im trying to figure out how to mount ir... i know alot of sportbikes have a bracket that bolts to the gas tank but is there something like that for the vulcans?
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I got a Garmen Nuvi 350, it is a good unit and they make a motorcycle mount by Ram Mount.
It is not waterproof is the only downside.

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ha im lookin at the garmin nuvi 200w... yeha onnly downside tht ive seen is its not waterproof... you wouldnt happen to have a pic of how you have yours mounted would you??
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ha im lookin at the garmin nuvi 200w... yeha onnly downside tht ive seen is its not waterproof... you wouldnt happen to have a pic of how you have yours mounted would you??
I have the Garmin Nuvi 200, not the wide, and I mounted the dash mount disc on the tank near the filler cap, then epoxied a small metal loop on the back of the unit to loop a cord in that I let lay under the gas cap at the hinge and lock down as a safety, works for me...... Then I ran a fused wire w/toggle switch from the accessories lead to the back and mounted a cigar lighter resepticle (sp), and carry the charger in by back bag... Don't usually need it but it's there if needed, as the Nuvi 200 has a good battery life, like 5 Hrs., which I think is better than most...... I can use it on the cycle or window mount in the car or van...
My water proofing is a double zipper freezer bag...lol... But then I only ride in the rain when caught and have to...
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I have a Garmin Zumo 550. This unit was designed specificly for motorcycles, although they do come with a car mount so you can use it when you are in your car or truck.

Most mount these using a RAM mount to the handlebars. Do not have a photo of the Zumo mounted to the Vulcan, but here is a shot of it on my FJR, you can just see it at the top of the photo on the left bar:




The Zumo has a built in MP3 player, bluetooth to phone and I have the optional XM radio with traffic and weather.

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I have owned a c330 and a NUVI 750, wife has a Nuvi 220. They all work well but the Nuvi is by far better. The Nuvi's have more whistles and bells. A friend of mine that had a tom tom was impressed enough with the Garmins user friendliness he went out and bought one. None of the ones I own are waterproof but the plastic bag trick will work and numerous ebayers sell motorcycle mounts. If your only looking for crate use I would advise an 750 or 760. The 750 has a FM tramsmitter and can play MP3 files through your radio. The upgraded model adds bluetooth so your cell will work through the nuvi to your radio. Go to the garmin web site and compare features and then find a cheaper place to buy them. My 750 was $220.

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I've got a Zumo 550, it works fantastically. The unit mounts on the handlebars with an included bracket.

The Vulcan has two spare power connections, one in the headlight and one behind the left side plastic panel. I connected to the wires in the headlight, looping the spare cable behind the light. Didn't want to remove the gas tank to route along the frame back to the side connector.

The zumo is pricey, but VERY good.
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I have a Garmin GPS 72, waterproof, floats, has a lanyard, very big screen, and lots of cool features. I baught a motorcycle mount for it through Garmin's Web Sight. here is the link to the GPS and the link to the Mount. (i also have the power adapter for it as well click here for power link)

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I have a Garmin GPS 72, waterproof, floats, has a lanyard, very big screen, and lots of cool features.
Would not call a 1.6 X 2.2 inch screen "very big"...perhaps for the cell phone sized hand helds it is. My old eyes have a hard time seeing small stuff , much less on a moving bike.
You young guys perhaps not a problem.

Does it have voice prompts?

And you need to let us know when you ride your bike into the lake if the unit keeps the bike afloat too....


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Garmin GPS Nuvi 200 & IQue M-3), no experience with any other... I don't know how good they are in the cities, but I do know that sometimes out in the sticks they get more confused than I do and that is bad... Set on shortest distance I have had mine route me up a long dead end private drive and almost ate up by dogs, route me up creeks, and trails that a rabbit would have a hard time with... I have never used off road mode, I can't imagine where it would take me (have to cut bushes I guess)...lol... So I only use fastest time and just try to stay off the main roads & interstates when I am trying to ride the back roads...
Can some one explain what I am doing wrong, I just don't see it favoring my riding style... One other way is to just use the map setting, which works better than some others... What settings would you use when riding the twisty back roads...??? I've gotten to where I mostly just use it when I get lost...lol... I guess I'm a dummy, but thats just my take... Don't get me wrong I still like & use the suckers...lol...
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