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post #1 of 9 Old 05-03-2015, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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auto gps to helmet (bluetooth)?

I've searched the forum and haven't found this specific information. I've seen a number of people using auto GPS units on the bike as they are significantly cheaper. After learning that the speedometer is so far off and remembering I've got an old cheap garmin nuvi 250 (or some number close to that), I figured "Why spend the money with a speedohealer or something and then change the odometer reading or replace the speedometer gauges when I can use what I already have as a speedometer?" So that has been my intention. I don't ride far often, but planning my first real trip this summer and while I don't think I'll need the GPS to directions, the thought of an excuse for another new something has my thinking.

My GPS unit doesn't have lifetime maps, so I was thinking of getting a newer one and one with a bigger screen. I tried using my phone for GPS once because I could pair it with my helmet and then wouldn't have to look down at the unit so much, just listen...well it was great until my phone lost the satellite signal. It never picked it back up. I had to pull off the freeway and spent like 10 minutes trying to manually reset it.

So here's what I'm wondering...do any of the auto GPS units have the capability of pairing with a bluetooth/com system like the sena smh10? It would be nice to have that feature. If not, I'll probably just keep the old thing I have and use it for a speedometer, but if there is something out there I can pickup maybe used on ebay for not much, it might be worth checking out.
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Nope. But if you have one with a 1/8 audio out jack, you can buy a 1/8 to Bluetooth device. Their are a few on Amazon.

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I purchased a Navman unit that worked with my Bluetooth and some Tomtom's also work.

I took my Bluetooth unit to my local department store and had a play with the models they had out on display and then purchased one that worked, it was for my daughter to use in her car but I thought why not get one that could be a back up to my Zumo.

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Losing the satellite is usually dependent on your phone mount.

Depends on your phone but $100 iphone 4/4s will do all you want for cheap and give you a huge choice off apps for offline travel even with voice nav.

I like not having to look at the GPS screen - voice nav is great and having tunes etc a bonus.
Most let you set the voice volume in relation to the music.
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From what I have found, very few newer auto gps' will communicate with a bluetooth headset. The ones that are bluetooth capable receive a BT signal (eg. from a phone) but will not transmit. Reading the specs is of little help. They usually just say "bluetooth - yes".

As was mentioned above, find an older unit with an "audio out" port and hook it up to a BT transmitter.
There are lots on eBay for less than $20.

Or you can search for and older gps unit like a Garmin 765 or TomTom 920. They will transmit a signal to you Sena headset. They come up on eBay quite often for cheap (relatively). Bonus regarding the 2 mentioed is that they also have am MP3 player built in.

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Or you can search for and older gps unit like a Garmin 765 or TomTom 920. ....

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Or the Garmin 775 which is just a 765 with two sets of maps; North America and Europe. In case, you really get a hankering to travel

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[QUOTE=RKLLKR;3149762]Or the Garmin 775 which is just a 765 with two sets of maps; North America and Europe. In case, you really get a hankering to travel



I use my Garmin 765T all the time with my helmet. Plus I like the built in media player so I have music to listen to if I wish.
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Losing the satellite is usually dependent on your phone mount.

Depends on your phone but $100 iphone 4/4s will do all you want for cheap and give you a huge choice off apps for offline travel even with voice nav.

I like not having to look at the GPS screen - voice nav is great and having tunes etc a bonus.
Most let you set the voice volume in relation to the music.
Stand alone GPS are a waste of money IMNSHO
I was originally under the impression satellite signal should be same for all phones and on any carrier, but from my bad experience and what I've read online, it seems like cell phones used as gps are more impacted by your carrier and coverage. Would others say that is accurate? or could I just buy a used phone someone isn't using and use it as a gps only kind of deal (not on a service plan?)
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