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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...:doh:...
What do y'all think...??? What is your opinion please...???
Thanks and have a good one...Old Dog...
 

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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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Discussion Starter #4 (Edited)
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....
Thanks and have a good one...Old Dog...
 

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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...:rockon:...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
 

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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.

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.
 

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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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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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Ok, I read in another post about the port for a cigarette lighter on our bikes (or cell phone/GPS charger, etc). I should know this but I don't so screw it, I'm asking. Did you guys install the port on your bikes somehow? Is it factory and I'm just oblivious? I looked briefly one day after reading the post but I couldn't find it. If there's one already on our bikes, where is it?
 

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Discussion Starter #12 (Edited)
There is NOT one already on our bikes... I bought one in the boating Dept. of china-mart and installed it on mine... I mounted mine (2-screws) under my rear luggage rack (see edit) and run the wires under the seat and wired it into the 2 accesory wires under the right side plastic cover (where the Vulcan thing is) and fused it and also put a toggle switch on the front of the plastic cover...
NOTE-The one I bought used 2-screws and had a spring snap cover and was water proof... The next one I bought (for my lawn mower) was a bit different (they didn't have one like the first one) from the 1st, it used 4 screws and had a spring snap cover and was water proof... I don't smoke but use them to check (volt meter) and charge my batteries, and on the cycle to charge cell phone, GPS, and whatever, very handy & useful little add ons, especially for the cycle I think...
Edit- It is under the luggage rack but mounted on the signal light extention plate...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
 

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OK-Pulled the trigger and ordered the Garmin Nuvi 500 from BrodwayPhoto @ $293 w/free shipping... We'll see how it does as a bike GPS, I'll put the Nuvi 200 in the cage and leave it there... I believe the 10 Hr. battery, water proofing, and for me the ability to pick routes will be a good thing...
Thanks and have a good one...Old Dog...
 

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Be sure to give us your evaluation once you've broken it in...

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Be sure to give us your evaluation once you've broken it in...

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LOL... Just don't let it break! did you get a bike mount for it or are you leaving it on your tank? Secure that puppy on there.
 

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LOL... Just don't let it break! did you get a bike mount for it or are you leaving it on your tank? Secure that puppy on there.
Yep, gonna be leaving it on the tank where I like it and use a safety lanyard like I put on the Nuvi 200... The lanyard I made is just a strong cord with a knott in the end that I place under the gas cap near the hinge with the knott on the other side, so far using the dash disc it has not needed the safety lanyard... I did have it come loose and the lanyard catch it before I put the dash disc on the tank, I guess the slight curverature tank may have caused the suction cup to release...The 200 weighs 5.2 Oz. and the 500 weighs 7.6 Oz. which could make a bit of difference, but I don't think it will shake loose either...
I'll keep y'all up on how it does, but I think it will be the trick for me since I aint into all the complicate stuff...lol... The main things I liked over the 200 for my cycle use was the water proofing, and the main thing was the 10 Custom Routes, I hated the 200 always trying to take me a route that I didn't want to go...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
 

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Discussion Starter #17 (Edited)
LOL... Just don't let it break!
Don't think I mentioned this before, I did drop the Nuvi 200 the first time I started to put it on the bike and it hit the concrete on the corner and made a place with a chip but didn't bother it a bit...
I did track the 500 order (UPS) and it is on time for delivery tomorrow...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
PS-Got it in today 2-6-09 and am charging the battery....Back later...
 
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