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Anybody using a regular GPS in their bike? Not a motorcycle specific GPS

If anyone is using a regular GPS not a motorcycle specific GPS on their bike what brand you got and how do you find it works? I'm thinking of buying a regular none motorcycle specific Garmin 5 or 6 ince viewing area, Bluetooth capable. How do you keep it waterproof and what's it like to see in the bright sun. Those motorcycle specific GPS are way expensive. Please share some feedback on what some of you are using, brand, pros and cons.

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If anyone is using a regular GPS not a motorcycle specific GPS on their bike what brand you got and how do you find it works? I'm thinking of buying a regular none motorcycle specific Garmin 5 or 6 ince viewing area, Bluetooth capable. How do you keep it waterproof and what's it like to see in the bright sun. Those motorcycle specific GPS are way expensive. Please share some feedback on what some of you are using, brand, pros and cons.

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I do, I use a Garmin and it works fine but I can't get audio to go through the sound system. To be fair the Garmin I have is a older model and it's not bluetooth compatible but it works well if you look at the screen. You can buy cradles that are made for putting the GPS on the bike and they are pretty cheap. The Garmin is durable, it handles bumps and vibrations with no problem you just have to put it away if it rains.


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I used Garmin for years then just switched to my cell phone and use google maps. I can listen to my playlists and get notified of turns as well. One device no worries.
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I buy used Garmins off of eBay. You can usually get a decent one for $75. If it starts to rain, use a ziplock bag like someone else suggested and if it gets ruined you can still buy 5 or 6 more before even approaching the cost of one of those overpriced, motorcycle specific models. The one I am currently running has lasted over 3 seasons now and been through numerous road trips in various weather conditions.

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+1. I just stuck the suction cup to the gas lid. No Bluetooth but worked great only problem wire chaffed my tank a little on my 13.


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+1. I just stuck the suction cup to the gas lid. No Bluetooth but worked great only problem wire chaffed my tank a little on my 13.
That's where I stick mine too. Works perfectly.

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I use an IPhone with a tech mount. Works perfect for me especially since I’m listening to iTunes or pandora anyway.
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btdt. was a total waste of money imo. the screen didn't get bright enough to even see it in the daytime. if it rained, i would put a ziplock bag over it, and forget that it was even there. you couldn't see the screen through the bag.

i ended up buying a road tech zumo online for a good price (for a motorcycle specific unit, still higher than a car unit) but i have not regretted buying it once.

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