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Killer_kaw    138

I've never owned a gps before but thinking of getting one for the bikes. I would like to know what brand/model most folks like and what to stay away from. Basically I don't know shit about these things. 

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thompsonian    83

I use a Garmin 660. I'm not a fan of Basecamp, the routing software, but I like the unit itself. You can find pretty good deals on them.

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2talltim    9,767

If you want a GPS made for motorcycles prepare to pay out dearly. I personally will not pay the price they want for them. I've taken cheap car units and mounted them in dry boxes. Currently I just use my phone with sygic app and download the maps to it. Phone is mounted with a x grip and my GS7 is already water proof. My back up is a first gen TomTom rider1 it's ancient and out dated but works in a pinch if my phone would fail me. 

If money is no obstacle I've heard the Garmin are the only way to go. But I would never pay $500 to $700 for a GPS unit. I've heard the TomTom Rider newer Generations are fairly decent too, just a little bit different format and maybe about a hundred bucks cheaper than the Garmin

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Connie14    436

I've got a Garmin Zumo 590, and I like it.  I don't use all of its capabilities, but I like having a waterproof GPS.  I've had to pull off my old Zumo of at the start of rain too many times.  

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Wahoo    103

I have a Garmin 590.  It wasn't cheap, but it works great and has way more features than the 765T I was using up until last year (plus it's waterproof).   You may be able to find some deals on the 590's now that the 595 is out ($400 vs $799).  Has most of the same features.  

I still use Streets and Trips to plan routes, then import the .gpx files to the Garmin.   Harley's ride planner website and Honda's ride planner work too.

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Tonik    10,985

Just use your phone.

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marlboro man    1,324
31 minutes ago, Tonik said:

Just use your phone.

One thing I noticed though you're screwed if you don't have service for long periods of times

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Tonik    10,985
Just now, marlboro man said:

One thing I noticed though you're screwed if you don't have service for long periods of times

I use Sygic. It downloads maps to your phone. I got all of North America on mine.

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marlboro man    1,324
Just now, Tonik said:

I use Sygic. It downloads maps to your phone. I got all of North America on mine.

 

1 minute ago, Tonik said:

I use Sygic. It downloads maps to your phone. I got all of North America on mine.

I might have to try that

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JustinNck1    898

Sygic works great, especially with custom routes made in ITN Converter. I am using a Garmin 590 for the first time this weekend. (Got dad one for Christmas, so we share it)

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Killer_kaw    138

Sounds like the phone might be my best bet. Guess I didn't realize how much a decent gps unit was. $600 on a set of shocks I can justify to myself but not a gps. Seems it would be great for long trips though. Maybe next season. 

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thompsonian    83

I only paid like $350 for my Zumo 660. I don't think that's awful considering the prices of the 390 or 590. Came with the lifetime maps too.

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Danimal    701

Same here. $300 for a Zumo 660. 

 

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Ron505    712

I like the features of my old TomTom a lot better than any of the new Garmins that I've had.  Distance/time to next stop on a planned route, POI along your route, etc...

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Tpoppa    11,019
13 minutes ago, Isaac's Papa said:

I do it the old fashioned way. 

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This.

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Bad324    21,451

I added a powerlet outlet to my steering stem, RAM mount to the front bolts on my gas tank and an older Garmin and was all in for under $100. I created maps on google/mapquest and imported them on to the unit.

Could not have been happier because it was cheap and reliable. My favorite option was when we were out on long rides and I was either fatigued or needed to get back and had to split from the group. Hit the "take me home button" and worked out fantastic

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hiro    53
8 hours ago, Bad324 said:

I added a powerlet outlet to my steering stem, RAM mount to the front bolts on my gas tank and an older Garmin and was all in for under $100. I created maps on google/mapquest and imported them on to the unit.

Could not have been happier because it was cheap and reliable. My favorite option was when we were out on long rides and I was either fatigued or needed to get back and had to split from the group. Hit the "take me home button" and worked out fantastic

Could you show some photos and add some details? I need to do this.

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2talltim    9,767

This is my old set up, I still have it but its not on the bike currently. 

Garmin nuvi 50 that I bought black Friday for $40, ramount dry box $40 and tech mount that was already on my bike.

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Bad324    21,451
2 hours ago, hiro said:

Could you show some photos and add some details? I need to do this.

I can't seem to find any and I sold the bike with the setup 2 years ago. Was absolutely perfect for the VFR

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Killer_kaw    138

Been doing some more searching and... Some of the tomtom units can be had for little $$. Seems quite a few folks run them on bikes but gotta keep them dry. I'm thinking for all the more I would use it could be the ticket. Anyone here used one?

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2talltim    9,767
1 hour ago, Killer_kaw said:

Been doing some more searching and... Some of the tomtom units can be had for little $$. Seems quite a few folks run them on bikes but gotta keep them dry. I'm thinking for all the more I would use it could be the ticket. Anyone here used one?

Stay away from the rider ones the first gen. The mounts are weak and break and the screen looses calibration and is a pain to recalibrate. I'm on my 3rd mount and they are getting really hard to find because they all break eventually. 

The rider 2 had a better mount but i hear about a lot of dock mount charging issues. Mainly due to using th same tiny pins the R1 uses I'm always cleaning mine with contact clraner. Just got in the habit of cleaning them if i think they ever get wet. 

I'm not complaining about my R1 because I only paid  $60 for it and paid  $20 for the last mount. So for what I have invested it works as a good back up to my phone. But if it ever craps out in pulling my cheap nuvi and dry box back on

 

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Isaac's Papa    37,898

I ran a Nuvi for a while with a RAM mount. Did the job but the vibration really messed it up some days. Did the GoogleMaps via phone, mounted in a similar fashion and decided to just use Bluetooth and put the phone in my pocket. I can listen to directions without the hazard of looking at my phone while riding. 

I prefer to just memorize the route ahead of time, but that's not always conducive to exploring. 

Bike looks great, btw. Anxious to see the final product. :) 

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durk    253
9 hours ago, Killer_kaw said:

Been doing some more searching and... Some of the tomtom units can be had for little $$. Seems quite a few folks run them on bikes but gotta keep them dry. I'm thinking for all the more I would use it could be the ticket. Anyone here used one?

I have an ancient Tom Tom mounted in a ram mount that is zip tied to the steering stabilizer cover on the 1000rr. I had the same thing on the 600rr but it was zip tied to the triple. I was caught in the rain multiple times on the 600rr and never worried about it. The gps got very minimal rain on it since it was somewhat under the windscreen. I'm not sure how it will work out on the 1000rr. I don't download maps typically. I will input multiple towns that run my route and just click them off as I progress through the ride. 

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Helmutt    8,863

I recently bought a Zumo660LM because my old gps setup wasn't very user friendly.   Had a Nuvi40LM in a Motech weatherproof nav pouch, but I could barely see it during the day ( Zumo is MUCH brighter ) and since it didn't Bluetooth to my Sena ( Zumo is bluetooth equipped ) it left me hanging on when/where to turn next.   Haven't mounted my Zumo yet, but will be using this RAM mount setup I installed for the original setup....just wont need the nav pouch since the Zumo is waterproof, so it will give me a bit more room to see the indicator lamps above my clocks

 

 

 

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