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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 04-13-2010, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for a Motorcycle GPS

Been looking / shopping around for a motorcycle GPS. One that is waterproof, anti-glare, and won't overwhelm the VN750's pitiful electrical system.

Found this one so far:

http://www.amazon.com/TomTom-Rider-N...1211999&sr=1-3

Anybody have personal experience with any?

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post #2 of 35 (permalink) Old 04-13-2010, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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This Garmin gets much better reviews...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846

...but a pricetag of over $600???????


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1989 Kawasaki Vulcan 750

Upgrades so Far:
Coastered
R/R relocated
Analog Voltmeter
PFIII Windshield
RAM GPS Mount w/Garmin GPS
Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter
Saddlemen's Classic Explorer Seat
Pro-Tac Driver's Backrest
LED Tail Light
LED Rear Turn Signals
Luggage Rack
Storage Trunk
Engine Guard w/Highway Pegs
Radiator Grill Cover
Turn Signal Relocation Bracket
Saddlebags
Floorboards
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post #3 of 35 (permalink) Old 04-13-2010, 11:14 PM
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a guy i work with with has the tom tom mounted on his r6 i will ask him about it tomorrow.


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I have a Magellan from my truck. I find that, on the bike, it is hard to see, hard to hear, hard to program, and a pain in the ass. I now only use it for specific trips, like finding somebodys' house. I suspect that none of them ar good for our bike. If you had a fairing with a dedicated location, perhaps.
Also, the new price on the Tom Tom was incredible. I hope that was a typo.


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I dunno...the Garmin one is getting *excellent* reviews from bikers. But, I just can't swing $600+ for a bloody GPS unit. That's just outrageous...

My other two Garmin's were MUCH less than that, and they're the widescreen ones (one in each car).

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1989 Kawasaki Vulcan 750

Upgrades so Far:
Coastered
R/R relocated
Analog Voltmeter
PFIII Windshield
RAM GPS Mount w/Garmin GPS
Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter
Saddlemen's Classic Explorer Seat
Pro-Tac Driver's Backrest
LED Tail Light
LED Rear Turn Signals
Luggage Rack
Storage Trunk
Engine Guard w/Highway Pegs
Radiator Grill Cover
Turn Signal Relocation Bracket
Saddlebags
Floorboards
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I use my Motorola Droid for GPS in the cage and am looking at adapting a holster for it on the bike. It fits perfectly over the risers, just have to figure out the mounting solution!

Good luck with your search!

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I own a Garmin Nuvi 200. It's a low end unit that I got free for opening a discover card account (this was several years ago). Anyway, I don't use it while I'm riding. I pull over and fire it up and then get my bearings. Mostly I use it when I've gotten myself lost in the middle of farm country and I'm low on fuel (bike food or people food). It's great for finding the nearest fuel stop. And now that I've wondered off the point let me try to get back to it....

You should think about how you want to use the unit. Here's some things to think about.

1) Do you want bluetooth? I would probably use my unit more if I could leave it on and have it talk to a bluetooth earpiece. Even in the car I usually listen to it more than look at it. With the helmet, motor and wind sounds you can't hear the gps without an earpiece

2) I plan most of my trips on google maps because it allows me to avoid roads I don't like (interstates, roads with bridge construction, roads that I know have lots of lights, etc). My garmin unit will not allow me to upload my google map with it's waypoints. So my point is... if you like using some piece of software to map out your routes, make sure it's compatable with your GPS.

One idea for mounting the unit is to get a tank bag with a clear plastic pouch on top. Usually used to hold a map. The gps will slip in there. It's also nice because most tank bags have a strap or a handle so when you get off the bike you just grab the bag and you got your gps, cell phone, wallet, etc

For power, on my 2003 one of the previous owners popped out the reflector on the right side by the tank and installed a cigarette lighter. I use it to charge my cell phone in the tank bag but it can also be used to power a gps.

just my 2 cents.

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dont go for the tom tom he says its hard to see and if it sits in the sun to long the display does not work


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Keep the shiny side up
coastered
de-goat and baffles removed
jetted 42-150 2 shims
Earshaved with unifilters
inside of tank coated
spline lube
long Beach Blue Pearl Paint 4/07
Shindengen FH012AA r/r
TPE stator
Exide sc30lfa Battery 28ah 445cca
Saddlemen saddlebags
2001 HD fatboy solo seat
Custom taillight & rear turn signals
Fergy's coil relay mod
Fiamm El-Grande high/low tone horns
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I'm so old fashioned Jerry might even approve. I get a map and memorize the route...assuming there is one.
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that is what i use i found a map at a truckstop once that is especially for motorcyclists scenic routes national parks and such are all highlighted and rated was made by rand mcnally


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Keep the shiny side up
coastered
de-goat and baffles removed
jetted 42-150 2 shims
Earshaved with unifilters
inside of tank coated
spline lube
long Beach Blue Pearl Paint 4/07
Shindengen FH012AA r/r
TPE stator
Exide sc30lfa Battery 28ah 445cca
Saddlemen saddlebags
2001 HD fatboy solo seat
Custom taillight & rear turn signals
Fergy's coil relay mod
Fiamm El-Grande high/low tone horns
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