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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-30-2009, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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GPS Question-Garmin Nuvi 200 vs 500 ??

I have been using the Garmin Nuvi 200 since last year mounted to the gas tank on my bike with the suction cup and a safety lanyard that latches under the gas cap, and all has been well since I glued the dash mount disc to the tank, the suction cup did released a time or two from shake before I mounted the disc...
OK, I am thinking I may just assign the Nuvi 200 to the cage and get the Nuvi 500 for the cycle, if what I believe is true... First the 200 takes me on roads that I don't want to go, the 500 has Routes that as I understand it you can pre set up to 10... Next the battery life looks to be a bit longer on the 500 8hrs vs 5hrs, next the 500 is water proof or I guess resistant would be a better word... One worry is the 500 weighs a couple of ounces more than the 200 and I am wondering if that would be a problem with the suction cup shaking loose...The Nuvi 500 can be had for +/-$300...
As far as bluetooth and that sort of stuff, I am not concerned...I do well to do the simple stuff......
What do y'all think...??? What is your opinion please...???
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I have owned the c330, nuvi 230, 750 and 760. All of the Garmins work great. Pick the one with the features you want and go for it. Tom Tom users seem to have more problems with their units. One word of advice about battery life is that it varies from unit to unit. Features selected will also effect batt life, keep your settings simple and the battery lasts longer. The plus to smaller units is that they are easier to carry when you want to walk around a large city.

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As far as battery life, the draw of a gps is nothing on the vulcans system providing you don't have extras now.
I've been eyeing this simple guy
Cheep as refurbished & supposedly also water proof.
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As far as battery life, the draw of a gps is nothing on the vulcans system providing you don't have extras now.
I run my GPS on the tank unpowered except for its own battery and charge when needed via cigarette lighter plug on the bike or home 110v & adapter... The main things I was after on the 500 that the 200 lacks is the ability to route and the water proofing, the extra battery life would be a bonus also...I just don't like the way the 200 and standard GPSs try to take me on the main routes (Interstates & 4-Lanes etc.) all the time and think the ability to route would cure that problem and guide me through the mountain twisties etc....
I don't know yet but I may go with the Garmin Nuvi 500 and hope I am not dissapointed... Broadway Photo has it for $303 & free shipping... That is about as cheap as I have found it from a fairly trustworthy sourse...
PS-Oooops, just a day later and I went back to the Broadway site and the Nuvi 500 is now $293, $10 less than the yesterday....
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Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
RoadKing Air Shocks, Mustang Seat, Progressive Fork Springs...

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Never thought seriously about a GPS for my bike, but took a look at the "motorcycle" units that Garmin makes. Man, they sure are proud of those. It appears that making a GPS unit for a "motorcycle" automagically triples or quadruples the price...

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Look at your Garmin and program the avoidances. Shortest route plus avoidances should keep you primarily on the back roads. I beleive thes are found under preferences.

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I think the 500 has the avoidance but don't think the 200 does... I have down loaded both user manuals... I really think the Custom Routes in the 500 would be very useful as a cycle system, you can customize up to 10 custom routes in the 500......
FireAnt, I know what you mean $$$$ that is why I have the Nuvi 200 and am thinking about the 500 instead of a motorcycle specific GPS...Besides I don't even like their size and mounts, I'll take mine stuck on the tank please......
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MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
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I was just looking through the nuvi 200 specs... it is a tad limited for a garmin. I'm actually suprised at the lack of features. Garmin does make a good gps but so does Magellan. I've bought 2 gps units from the guy I linked above. His prices are pretty hard to beat & if he doesn't have what your looking for be patient, his stock is always changing. That one seems to be what your looking for.

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Trip Computer Shortest time, Shortest distance, Least use of freeways, Most use of freeways, Route Recalculation
Waterproof Standard IPX4 Waterproof Standard
Battery Average Run Time 8 Hours
Map Features Internal


Details
Display Size 2.81 in. x 2.11 in.
Interface Touch Screen
Memory Card SD (Secure Digital) Card Slot
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WAAS Position Accuracy < 10 feet
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For $60 bucks to your door, how can you go wrong? I'm just sav'n my pennies.
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. Features
Trip Computer Shortest time, Shortest distance, Least use of freeways, Most use of freeways, Route Recalculation
Waterproof Standard IPX4 Waterproof Standard
Battery Average Run Time 8 Hours
Map Features Internal Details
Display Size 2.81 in. x 2.11 in.
Interface Touch Screen
Memory Card SD (Secure Digital) Card Slot
WAAS Enabled WAAS enabled, EGNOS enabled
WAAS Position Accuracy < 10 feet
MPN 2200T
For $60 bucks to your door, how can you go wrong? I'm just sav'n my pennies.
I agree that is a good looking unit, and for the $60 price if I did e-bay I might give it a try, plus the good looking bike mount @ $13 and the extra L-I battery @ $5... All seems like a heck of a deal for the money anyway...
Have a good one...Old Dog...

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Girl's Bike 09 Sporty xl 1200 Custom...33k + & clickin......
Sportster Owner/Rider since age 72...lol... Rider since Simplex...???
09-xl1200 "C" Vivid Black, Cast wheels w/19" Frt., SE-Stage 1+, X14iEDs...
MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
RoadKing Air Shocks, Mustang Seat, Progressive Fork Springs...
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I mounted my Magellen Roadmate 3050T to the handlebar. Bought the mount for $11.00 and a hardwire kit for about $15.00 on-line. The 3050 is no longer in production but you can find refurbished or used ones out there very cheap. It is an excellent GPS and great for a motorcycle. I wired it to the aux port in the left side cover. The mount is very secure, it has never popped out, I do tether it for security but haven't needed it. It's mounted in a good spot, easy to read.
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