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post #1 of 27 Old 05-14-2012, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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I have been slowly creeping into the 21st Century
A year ago I broke down and purchased a Garmin Zumo for use in the cage, mostly for the wife and kids. I now have decided it is time to get a more bike friendly GPS and mounting bracket. Looking for a recommendation on GPS models and mounting brackets. I like the looks of the bracket that mounts under the windscreen.
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I have been slowly creeping into the 21st Century
A year ago I broke down and purchased a Garmin Zumo for use in the cage, mostly for the wife and kids. I now have decided it is time to get a more bike friendly GPS and mounting bracket. Looking for a recommendation on GPS models and mounting brackets. I like the looks of the bracket that mounts under the windscreen.
I think you might have purchased a Garmin Nuvi model for the cage? The Zumo IS the bike friendly unit, and it comes with a motorcycle RAM mount, battery harness, etc. There are a few alternatives, but generally the Zumo models are the current "standard". Everything you really need comes in the box (RAM u-bolt and brake perch mount) but of course you can get fancy and mount it elsewhere like above the instruments with some additional farkles.

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Here is some info on how I set up my Nuvi quickly and inexpensively as possible, but I did have the Ram mount from another bike.

Scroll down a few...

https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-20...farkels-3.html

I would like to get the Adventure Tech mount that puts it over the dash though and then maybe a Zumo.

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I run a Nuvi with the ram waterproof housing and bar mount. Had it on over a year and no problems.
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post #5 of 27 Old 05-15-2012, 07:27 AM
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I've got one of these: SW-MOTECH Detachable Vibration-Damped GPS Holder (Suzuki V-Strom DL650 '12-) - GPS.05.646.10200.B : TwistedThrottle.com for mounting my Zumo 660, which is plumbed into my Autocom.

Works well, but means I need to take off the 660 if leaving the bike for any length of time.
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I've got one of these: SW-MOTECH Detachable Vibration-Damped GPS Holder (Suzuki V-Strom DL650 '12-) - GPS.05.646.10200.B : TwistedThrottle.com for mounting my Zumo 660, which is plumbed into my Autocom.

Works well, but means I need to take off the 660 if leaving the bike for any length of time.
+1 for that mount. Mine is holding an old Garmin 276C. The position is perfect for me. Can still see instrument panel and all the idiot lights just fine but don't have to take my eyes far from the road to see it.




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I stand corrected. It is a Nuvi purchased by a newby

I like the Mototech mount. Now here is the next technology illiterate question....
If I get a I-phone can I get a decent GPS App? to kill two birds with one phone?

I have a job that is starting to make Internet and e-mail access by phone appealing and if it could do the GPS thing as well as the financial calculator well then just maybe
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Sure you can. But most find it a bit cumbersome. Most good gps apps aren't actually that good and others are expensive.

Google maps or Google navigation are nice enough on droid but stopped working if you leave the service area.

My 2 cents.

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If I get a I-phone can I get a decent GPS App? to kill two birds with one phone?
The top two choices for GPS apps, in my opinion, are Navigon and TomTom. They both download the entire map set to the iPhone and therefore don't need a constant data connection to work.

Here are some things to know about though:
  1. Display size - the elements on the display like speed, distance, etc are designed/sized for auto use and may be hard to read on a bike.
  2. Direct sun usage - iPhone screens wash out a lot more than something like a Garmin in direct sun.
  3. Battery life - you really need to be connected to power full time. Otherwise you'll be out of battery in about 3 hours.
  4. Water resistance - yes, you can get a case like a LifeProof and use a handlebar adapter. It's actually a great case. The problem is that it's very difficult to charge and keep waterproof at the same time.

From my experience, an iPhone can certainly replace an auto GPS, but on a bike there are lots of compromises.

PS - I've been working for a wireless carrier for over 16 years and have used and reviewed hundreds of dollars worth of GPS apps - I use Navigon (about $50) when I'm driving the cage but planning on a Nuvi for the bike simply for the ease of use and water resistance factor.

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