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« on: May 25, 2018, 12:59:34 PM »

Wanting /needing a good GPS that can be portable between cars and the scooter.  Prefer moderately priced but would splurge on right unit.  Simple operation a plus.  

What do youse guys use?

Thanks in advance for your help:-)

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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2018, 01:32:31 PM »

There is an app called Here which is an excellent GPS. Works very good and offline maps can be loaded if your phone has a GPS receiver so no dropouts where there is no phone service. Can't go wrong with Garmin for a stand alone.
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2018, 01:59:13 PM »

We have a Garmjn 660XL.  (I think that is the number) High end pricing.   Iíve used the app Joan recommends above.  Itís very nice.
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2018, 03:50:16 PM »

I got a watered down version of "Mireo Don't Panic" along with my phone. It did the trick very well so I paid the few bucks to upgrade to the full version map. Then I bought the maps for Ireland & England and for the Northern US.

If you're using Android it's on Google Play. But there are versions for iOS too somewhere.
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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2018, 04:16:05 PM »

I use my iPhone with Google GPS or  Waze and has never let me down.
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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2018, 11:25:32 PM »

I've got a Garmin Zumo for the bike (model 390). Great performance, and most important, designed both for the wet/dusty/vibration environment of a motorcycle.

I've used car type units before and after a year or two they simply die, not up to the harsh environment.

So my opinion is by the best you can afford, Zumo at the top.

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« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2018, 02:49:57 AM »

If you get a Garmin, get one that ends in an odd number.
They are programmable.
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« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2018, 02:15:20 PM »

I used a Magellan mounted on the center cover.
Worked really neat to see 3 roads on a 4" screen.
Meaning a lot of switchbacks ahead. Problem was
it shook apart. Now I use the HERE program on my
cell phone plus paper for back up.
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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2018, 01:00:56 AM »

Thanks guys for the suggestions:-). Noodling around looking at prices.

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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2018, 08:22:30 PM »

Many options depend on your situation.  For years I despised
Garmin for their expensive updates. But other makers were
tearing them up with lifetime maps so they finally came around.

We've been riding so many years I HATE to ride without one.
The safety aspect alone is worth whatever you pay.  You
can see hidden drives and intersections over the hill and
up your lookout game to match.  Especially true at night.

Any of our car models work just fine.  My wife's is about
4 years old and showing no signs of stress.  Your roads
may be rougher, or your bike may not absorb shock like
her Kawi cruiser.  But we like to leave the GPS units
plugged in on the bike when we stop for breakfast or
shopping.  So the more expensive models may be more
risky.

My latest, 6" screen Garmin is HUGE and easy to see.
Plus the intersection views are phenomenal for urban
junctions. (Looks for box).  Nuvi 2757LM.  Also gives
traffic alerts, like school zones etc.  Very nice.

The oldest one I have (10 years?) still works fine
on my SWing.  Can't update it but better than
wondering...



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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2018, 10:54:15 PM »

I always seem to be the odd man out but I recently replaced my beat up 10 year old Zumo 550 which i loved but I have a huge dislike for basecamp, Garmin's mapping software. To say it's not user friendly is an understatement.

Assuming you're looking for a waterproof m/c nav that narrows it down to Garmin or TomTom. I switched to a TomTom Rider 400 and love it! However, the price of admission isn't cheap at like $600 U.S. NAv was invented for me as i'm terrible with directions and to have the ability to pair to my phone for music, navigation announcements and pair with my Sena for bike to bike communications is amazing and seamless. Being able to plot my course of twisties and download it or share the file with others is great.

If you're going the inexpensive route, just buy an El Cheapo $50 - $100 nav and seal it up in a waterproof case. Hech Ziplock bag will just about waterproof it.

The problem with relying solely on your cell phone for nav is not all areas have cell coverage and you are jammed up quickly, such as the mountains. If you are going to use your cell phone I highly reccomend a waterproof case and bonus points if it has a backup battery in it.


I've been waiting for TomTom to bring this beauty to the states. It piggie backs off your cell phone I think, waterproof, and easily mounts to your mirror stem. It even comes in many colors!


I hope my thoughts help,

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« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2018, 04:49:16 AM »

I always seem to be the odd man out but I recently replaced my beat up 10 year old Zumo 550 which i loved but I have a huge dislike for basecamp, Garmin's mapping software. To say it's not user friendly is an understatement.
Eric

Wow Eric.... while it took a bit of time to learn all the abilities of Garmin's Basecamp program, I've come around and now love it for route planning. Sure there's a few things I think I'd improve, but for me it makes route planning a snap and once you get the defaults set up for your riding style it also is amazing for timing out a route.
To each their own I guess.
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« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2018, 05:14:03 AM »

Garmin Basecamp is a hard one to learn but like Steve said once you get it you get it.

Eric that TomTom looks really cool!
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« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2018, 05:46:42 AM »

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« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2018, 06:43:11 AM »

I always seem to be the odd man out but I recently replaced my beat up 10 year old Zumo 550 which i loved but I have a huge dislike for basecamp, Garmin's mapping software. To say it's not user friendly is an understatement.
Eric

Wow Eric.... while it took a bit of time to learn all the abilities of Garmin's Basecamp program, I've come around and now love it for route planning. Sure there's a few things I think I'd improve, but for me it makes route planning a snap and once you get the defaults set up for your riding style it also is amazing for timing out a route.
To each their own I guess.
Steve


Steve,

No disrespects intended, so apologies if I come across heavy handed on the issue.

V/r,

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« Reply #15 on: June 07, 2018, 07:05:29 PM »

No recommendations from me, I am a paper map and fountain pen guy
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« Reply #16 on: June 07, 2018, 09:01:19 PM »

I use Google Maps most of the time.  It does now give real time traffic, as well and is updated daily.  You can also route plan with google Maps now, its just kind of hard to work.  If you are worried that you can be in a place with no internet and therefore no Google Maps, there is an application called Co-Pilot.  It loads all the maps into your phone's memory and doesn't need internet to work.

I actually have a Garmin Zumo 550 that I bought used for my FJR, but never installed it.  So for me the Garmin was nothing but a waste of money, that doesn't mean it isn't good for others.  After saying all of this I do a lot of route planning with paper maps.  I also like to have a paper map of anywhere I'm going in that I don't know very well.
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« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2018, 02:31:05 PM »

I love paper maps.  There is just something about them ... can't explain it.  Below is what I bought a couple of seasons ago to help get me to my destination.  I have a great memory ... except it's really, really short.  Writing out my route in point form and tucking it into this sleeve window helps me stay on track ... pun intended.

It also makes me feel a little like Tom Brady when I glance at it ...  



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« Reply #18 on: June 08, 2018, 03:10:47 PM »

$46.00 cheaper...


 
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« Reply #19 on: June 08, 2018, 03:42:12 PM »

$46.00 cheaper...

 




I pretty sure that's what the QB's use in the Canadian Football League?  
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« Reply #20 on: June 08, 2018, 05:03:27 PM »

That is what I used on my GPS's, works good. Also keeps sandwiches fresh.
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« Reply #21 on: June 08, 2018, 06:43:34 PM »

I still use post it notes or a cheat sheet.....  I've tried to use the GPS/phone and it always provides to be a distraction.

I load Pete's GPS and since we talk over the headset etc he will at times say we are coming up on a turn.

On rally rides I've looks at the routes so many times I rarely even need a cheat sheet (thank you photographic memory)

In WI I came up on a turn too fast and we did that strange turn around in the gas station.   I probably could have made the turn but I was concerned a sudden turn may have stack us up causing an accident.  That is why I choose to find a turn around there.
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« Reply #22 on: June 09, 2018, 01:54:48 AM »

I avoid riding in the rain so I don't need a waterproof GPS.
If it's misting, I put a plastic bag over my Garmin.
If it starts pouring, I'll put it away.
The Garmin has it's faults, but carriers for my RAM mount are readily available and it is programmable with free lifetime upgrades.
The unit I have cost $100 so I save like $500.
Plus it has a larger screen than the Zumo's.
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« Reply #23 on: June 09, 2018, 08:56:05 PM »

I had a Garmin Nuvi 360 for my car.  When I started riding I used it on my Swing and would put a plastic bag over when it looked like rain.  Did that for a couple of seasons. Couldn’t see it as well when wet. Hassle putting the bag on and off.

I got a Garmin Zumo 350.  Liked it but this past year I had a charging issue.  Would work on the bikes charge holder but I couldn’t charge in the house or on the computer.  Called company said it was an old model didn’t have parts or something like that. 

Bob got me a new one this past Christmas.  Garmin Zumo 395LM. So far so good.  More features.  I like seeing my speed, the direction I am traveling, it is waterproof.  Not to mention getting to my destination.  I use it in the car also.
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« Reply #24 on: June 18, 2018, 04:23:12 AM »

No disrespects intended, so apologies if I come across heavy handed on the issue.
V/r,
Eric

Hey Eric, no problem at all. No hurt feelings here at all. Just saying that while I agree Basecamp isn't the most user friendly interface out there, if you do persevere long enough one day is all just sort of goes "click", makes sense and is easy to use after that.

Now.......

Besides running two GPS units (a Zumo + an eTrek) I also keep daily route notes prepared in advance in Excel.
I keep them in a waterproof zip GPS holder like this.



Here's what the notes look like. I zero one of the GPS trip registers for the daily KM column, then I have a gas-to-gas column, and the arrival and depart times are calculated with Garmin's Basecamp. Then just a description of what is at that location, whether it's Scenic, Gas, Food, etc., all in my own shorthand that I understand. And before anyone says anything... YES, I am a bit anal about my route planning for long trips.

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