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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-30-2015, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Look for a little help when it comes to GPS for my RG. We usually travel with a map, and have loved it since day one. I’ve been tempted to get a GPS unit, but don’t want to always take the quickest shortest route. I’d like to have one that allows me to plot a course on my computer then upload to the unit, but I have ZERO knowledge of these units. Any and all help will be appreciated.

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You can get fancy or keep it simple with a gps. I prefer it to a map because it's easier to follow while I'm riding or driving and, most importantly, will always get me back on the right course. Even if I deviate from the course on purpose and want to do a little exploring. As long as I have a destination programmed then I'll always be aware of the general direction I should be heading.

If you want to get fancy you can plot out your whole trip on the computer with Google maps and then download it to the gps. No matter how complicated the route might be. The concept is that everything between the start and end points are put in as waypoints. There are a bunch of websites that can help you, especially for garmins

If you want to keep it simple then you can just use the gps to get you to a point on the route that you've picked on your paper map. When you're there you plug in the next point, and so on. Again, the unit can just be used as a backup to keep you on a general course towards your final destination.

As far as the actual gps unit goes, I prefer regular garmin nuvi's. They're a lot less money than the motorcycle specific ones and you can get a weatherproof cover and clamp for about $25.

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Garmin has some great weather proof, glove friendly GPS units. They have a desktop app, Base Camp, that will let you get as creative as you want with the routing and then upload it to the unit. As mentioned above it's particularly good for getting back to your planned route after a detour or just getting back to your hotel after a wander around an unfamiliar town looking for a good place to eat.

I have a Zumo 590 which also has the ability to get weather and traffic on the unit. It's pricey but I, for the most part, really like it. There are much less expensive units available as well. I have mine wired into the switched connection under the seat so when I turn on the ignition the unit powers up.

While GPS units are great, having a good set of maps along is always a good backup should something go wrong.

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How do the garmin nuvi's screen perform in the sunlight? My iphone screen will wash out in bright sunlight.

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I have the Zumo 660. It works if you just punch in an address, but you can also use BaseCamp to lay out a detailed custom route and then upload it. It's not cheap, but it's completely waterproof. I have used mine now for over 2 years, been through hours of downpours with no issues. I mounted mine with the harley handlebar mount, and have been able to adjust it so that I can see it well in the majority of sun conditions


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This year while out on my 8000 mile journey over a month period, my old garmin started acting up. I stopped at Walmart, bought a 6" screen garmin for $94. I already had a mount so I just hooked it up. I can't believe how much they give you for that price. It works great, warns you onscreen of upcoming turns and how far up the next turn is. You actually don't even need to hear the voice on it. I think I paid something like $600 for my first one in 2006. I had talked to Garmin about their ability to withstand rain. He told me all the gamins will stand the test of dropping it in a 5 gallon bucket of water an reaching in and picking it out of it. I have ridden in downpours as I did twice on this last trip and the garmin never skipped a beat. Got to love it.
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I'm a big fan of Garmin GPS.
I have an older Zumo 550 that I've had since 2006. It has over 70k on it
and that's just on the bike. Recently replaced the display.
I've been looking @ the Zumo 590LM. As soon as I have the funds I'm going to sell
the 550. I'm about half way there.

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I'm a big fan of Garmin GPS.
I have an older Zumo 550 that I've had since 2006. It has over 70k on it
and that's just on the bike. Recently replaced the display.
I've been looking @ the Zumo 590LM. As soon as I have the funds I'm going to sell
the 550. I'm about half way there.
I have the same model, the 550, and it's been around since 2004 or 2005. I've used it on 4 different bikes now and absolutely swear by it. The best part is creating your own routes for long distances so you can avoid what you want to and see different roadside attractions. last year it finally gave out, no power to screen, so I sent it back to Zumo and for about $100 received a completely refurbished one. Apparently they stopped production of the 550 which is a shame as I really like it. However resale seems to be through the roof. I've seen used ones go for more than I paid for mine new, although that was some years ago.

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