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post #1 of 33 Old 03-21-2008, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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GPS recommendations

Anybody here had any luck with any particular GPS units? How is it connected to power? Does anyone use a model designed for car use on their bikes?

Note: I'm looking for a model to be used within the US that is updateable. Not overly concerned with Bluetooth, FM, picture shows, or the like.

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I use a Garmin Nuvi 350 without a hitch. Carry a zip lock baggie in case of rain. You will get one for a lot less then the Zumo. I plug into a Powelet connection for power. but it has a two hour battery on board.
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Thanks for the feedback. I was hoping that someone else had been thinking (and used) a car unit on their bike. Seems like a more cost effective solution since I am not sure of the differences between a motorcycle specific unit and a car unit other than the water tolerance.

Oh, I did note the posting in the wrong forum. Thanks for the link.

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post #5 of 33 Old 03-22-2008, 08:01 AM
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good source for GPS

I don't have a model recommendation for you but here's a great cost saving source (particularly the refurbished units!):

http://www.edgegps.com

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If you want a nice unit that wont break the bank look at this one

http://www.edgegps.com/eCart/viewIte...?idProduct=263

Youll have to power it off the bike as it has no battery but its not that hard. Power and ground ran to battery. Pretty simple.

http://www.edgegps.com/eCart/viewIte...?idProduct=279

Then youll need some kind of ram mount to mount the cradle to the bike. I use one of these and it works great. Granted I have a zumo mounted to it but it should still work

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/2596/618/
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I use a Garmin Nuvi 350 without a hitch. Carry a zip lock baggie in case of rain.
Just a note that you will destroy the connectors the first time you forget the baggie. Don't ask me how I know...

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I have the new TomTom Rider 2nd version. Very impressed with it. Specifically made for bike use with its waterproofing and vibration proofing. Comes with RAM mount and Scala Headset and is Bluetooth compatible.

There are notable differences in features between it and the Zumo line-up. I looked into what I wanted/needed in a GPS and decided to go with the TT.

Unfortunatly, the weather here has precluded me from using it on the bike yet, but I have tinkered with it over the last few months in the car and I am very pleased with it.

The only thing I suggest is that when you get it, check to see what map version it has. TomTom will give you an upgrade from the V667 map to the V675 with one phone call.

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If you want a nice unit that wont break the bank look at this one

http://www.edgegps.com/eCart/viewIte...?idProduct=263

Youll have to power it off the bike as it has no battery but its not that hard. Power and ground ran to battery. Pretty simple.

http://www.edgegps.com/eCart/viewIte...?idProduct=279

Then youll need some kind of ram mount to mount the cradle to the bike. I use one of these and it works great. Granted I have a zumo mounted to it but it should still work

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/2596/618/

Another good thing about the 2610 is that it is actually recommended for a motorcycle, while many other units are not. I've seen posts on this website from other 2610 riders claiming the unit stands up to rain & vibration pretty well.
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C'mon guys, its not that hard to do a google search and find the zumo for around $520 plus maybe $20 for delivery. When you find a site selling for a low price then check out the number of satisfactory reviews(make sure there are a few thousand reviews), make sure the unit is brand new with full USA warranty. Make sure the seller is in the USA. Talk to them on the phone so you can see if they are legitimate and then order it on the phone and not online. I did a google search tonight and in under 30 seconds found a "trusted seller" selling the zumo 550 for $519. Personally, I think there's either a big update or a new motorcycle model coming out this year and that's why these prices are falling so fast. But, Garmin will not divulge.

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