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post #1 of 11 Old 04-19-2008, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Dedicated GPS Tank Bag vs GPS Mount

Any recommendations for a tank bag that is GPS friendly? In other words it needs to be designed in a way that the GPS is easily accessible, readable, useable, protected and secured to the bag. SWMotech makes some but they are very expensive. For those of you that have used a dedicated mount and a tank bag for your GPS, what are the pro's and cons? One positive for the bag would be you could hide your GPS in the bag and be much less conspicuous. If you had a mount and took the GPS off and threw it in the bag, the mount would be the giveaway that you have a GPS might be hiding in the bag (maybe I'm giving thieves too much credit). I'm thinking about when you stop for drink/food you don't want to carry the tank bag in with you.....or do you?

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I'm planning on using a small tank bag for my XM and Garmin.I would be happy to have them hidden and available to take with me when I go away from the bike.
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If you can't find what you want, then have one made.
http://www.customtankbags.com/
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IMO having a GPS located in the map pocket area on any tank bag makes it almost dangerous to try to read whilst moving. You need to look way down away from the road and then look through the plastic of the map pocket to read the GPS. It's not something I would want to be doing on an unfamiliar road (which is the only time you need a GPS in maybe unfavourable lighting or riding conditions. If you are going to go to the trouble of mounting a GPS then mount it where it is safe you use otherwise you should go back to the paper map method of stopping and reading when in doubt.
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IMO having a GPS located in the map pocket area on any tank bag makes it almost dangerous to try to read whilst moving. You need to look way down away from the road and then look through the plastic of the map pocket to read the GPS. It's not something I would want to be doing on an unfamiliar road (which is the only time you need a GPS in maybe unfavourable lighting or riding conditions. If you are going to go to the trouble of mounting a GPS then mount it where it is safe you use otherwise you should go back to the paper map method of stopping and reading when in doubt.

I'm playing with mounting locations, for now I made a bracket which mounts the gps on the centre of the handlebars. This keeps the gps out of my field of vision and I must take my eyes completely off the road to see it. My reasoning for mounting it this way is it forces me to only use voice prompts to guide me. Mounting it up high behind the screen would still require one to take their eyes off the road.
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Mounting it up high behind the screen would still require one to take their eyes off the road.
There is a huge difference between glancing at a GPS located just below your eye line (above or near the instruments) and physically turning your head down to look at a GPS that is almost in your lap (in a tank bag).
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There is a huge difference between glancing at a GPS located just below your eye line (above or near the instruments) and physically turning your head down to look at a GPS that is almost in your lap (in a tank bag).
What he said. I used a Nuvi 660 for a while in the map pocket of my Wolfman Explorer. I didn't like looking down at it. I found even the handlebar mount to require too much focus away from the road. Here's my mount for Red Sox fans...

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IMO having a GPS located in the map pocket area on any tank bag makes it almost dangerous to try to read whilst moving. You need to look way down away from the road and then look through the plastic of the map pocket to read the GPS. It's not something I would want to be doing on an unfamiliar road (which is the only time you need a GPS in maybe unfavourable lighting or riding conditions. If you are going to go to the trouble of mounting a GPS then mount it where it is safe you use otherwise you should go back to the paper map method of stopping and reading when in doubt.
You make a very good point.
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Your right, a GPS can be a bad thing when riding and trying to adjust it, I found pulling off the road is much better and gives me some relief as only having to do one task, them 2-3 at the sametime.

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Mine is mounted like the pic above. When I'm travelling, I drop it in my tank bag and carry it with me. Always carry your tank bag with you, it's usually got the good stuff in it...cell phone, ipod, etc.

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