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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-15-2016, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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Normal GPS vs Motorcycle GPS

Does anyone use a normal vehicle GPS rather then cashing out a few hundred more for a motorcycle GPS? I'm just wondering how you like it. The only thing I now that the motorcycle GPS does, is scenic routes.

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-15-2016, 10:11 PM
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I use a regular Garmin Nuvi in a RAM mount. Got a cheap water resistant cover for it. I've ridden in day long downpours with no issues. And if it craps out it was about 1/4 the price of the zumo.

As far as scenic routes on the MC models I've never used them but i prefer to plan my routes in advance anyhow. I use garmin's BaseCamp.
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I purchased a Tom Tom Rider a couple of years back, got life time map updates as a part of the package. It also came with a Ram mount. Overall it has done its job, nothing fancy and I was able to down load an add on that loaded all the HD locations. I use a Bell mag-9 helmet with Sena SMH10 to hear the voice commands.


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I bought a reconditioned Garmin nuvi for $100 in 2010. It had Bluetooth, MP3 player, no lifetime maps. Then I spent another $75 - $100 to mount it to the bike, power from the bike, water protect it, and shade it so I could kind of see it.

It did the job for a few years, but since it wasn't water resistant, wasn't dust resistant, wasn't vibration resistant, didn't have daylight readable screen, didn't have lifetime maps, etc, it grew old and decreased in use to where I could barely see the screen.

Picked up a Garmin Zumo 660 for $300 New with lifetime maps, and motorcycle mount in the box. It is waterproof, dustproof, has daylight readable screen, MP3 player, Bluetooth, plus hardwire connection if you want to pump the music through the stereo. Well worth the money. I bought additional bike mounts and move it to whatever bike I am riding that day.

If you only occasionallyuse a GPS, you might as well just buy a mount for your smartphone. If you use one all the time, get one designed for use on a motorcycle.
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I got me a Ram mount for my cell phone so I could switch them out when doing shorter rides, been testing it out locally, only issue I have ran into so far is that my screen on the phone is not glove friendly like my Tom Tom Rider. One thing I can suggest is to test it all out before a long ride, nothing is more frustrating when leading a group of folks and having navigation issues. I still like doing a good map recon before heading out just in case my GPS starts doing something stupid.
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I know many people with both the Zumo and Nuvi models. The Zumo is more due to being more vibration and weather resistant than car based models. Then, as previously mentioned, you can get more features that drive the cost up. Both will work, but I felt safer with a Zumo. Here's a testament picture for you. I gave my Zumo to a friend after I bought the 2015 Special. His Heritage went right into the path of a car and the Zumo came flying off into the other lane after the head-on impact. (Friend still recovering). After he was loaded into an ambulance, I tried to turn on the Zumo and it worked like a charm. I was impressed! Bike and car totalled. Garmin Zumo 550 that I bought years earlier just needs a new mount.
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I use my Boom GPS on my 15 RGS as a homing device. I ride long and hard and when its time to go home I put it on scenic and have discovered roads I didn't know existed before.
The placement of the screen is perfect, I'm able to keep my eyes on the road while glancing at the GPS screen.

Tried the phone GPS which works well but signal gets cut off if you get a call.
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Motorcycle units are generally more vibration proof, and have a little better visibility.

And there's the waterproof factor.








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Before my current sled, which has the infotainment GPS system, I used inexpensive Garmin Nuvi GPS on RAM mounts.
I have 3 of them & they always worked out quite well on the bikes. I never experienced any ill effects because they weren't "vibration resistant" or waterproof. I simply covered them with a new (non-wrinkled) ziploc baggie with the bottom secured with a rubber band. Never had a water-related failure despite logging many miles & many days in the wet.
While I'm not knocking anyone's decision to obtain a motorcycle-specific GPS, I never spent more than $125 for one & they always served me well.
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Cool Normal GPS vs Motorcycle GPS

Have a 2017 FLTRXS but still use my Ram Mount and Iphone with the Waze GPS free app. Its a real time GPS with people reporting current traffic conditions. They report road hazards and where the cops are. It they are not where it says they are, they are in the same area close by. Save me a couple of tickets going to Strugis and home the other year.
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