Better road choices + more efficient = more fun
Got my 1st GPS a year and a half ago. I don't carry many maps anymore. I plan longer trips out on Harley trip map site and down load to GPS. It made my trip out to Great Smokies area from Wisconsin perfect. I found all the twisties ahead of time and did not fool around trying to find those roads after getting there. also, as other have said its slick for gas stops, hotels, etc as those are pre-loaded on the GPs by the manufacturer. Its fun to check elevation sometimes. It allows one to plan a trip for maximum time and mileage vs. just winging it, which can be ok sometimes too. I beleive the GPSers will generally get far better routes than those on their own when on strange roads. No one uses it on the home turf where they know it all already. Now I use it in the car too to make destination locating easy on the fly and efficient. I like it a lot when going to larger cities. It is kind of like having other improved equipment, which gets better over the years. Good boots, good rain suit, good seat, good helmet, good oils, good tires, good maps (or even a good GPS!). Of course, one can still get there the old way with a 1965 model Honda, tennis shoes and granny glasses, and its nice to see the vintage hardware and practices. I felt the same way as you did until I thought about all the maps to carry and read on the highway in the rain. Then I got the Road Glide and knew there had to be a better way to travel longer distances with such a road machine.