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post #1 of 33 Old 01-28-2016, 03:24 AM Thread Starter
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Best Basic GPS

Hello,

As I continue to prepare for my lap around OZ, I was wondering which GPS would best suit my cause. I don't need many features, just want to know how to navigate through some towns. I will have 12 Volt Cigarette Lighter Outlet near handlebars.
Obvious weatherproof, ease of use, accuracy and $$ are my requirements.

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post #2 of 33 Old 01-28-2016, 03:32 AM
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A "motorcycle" GPS will be more expensive than a basic GPS. You can always slide a condom over the GPS to make it waterproof.

I have a Strike bike GPS for which, unfortunately, one has to buy over-priced map updates. I'd look for a GPS which comes with free updates.

A bike GPS will provide Bluetooth to a helmet receiver.

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Hi. I've had 2 Tom Toms and a Strike. All sold as motorbike models. I will never buy anything Tom Tom again. The warranty does not exist. And I found the Strike to be just "all too hard". What works best and economical is: I have a car Garmin Nuvi, about $110, and on eBay there are Motorbike Jackets available for around $28. And I mount this configuration with a RAM Mount to the centre of my handlebars and power from the 12 volt power outlet. Map Updates so far have been all free from Garmin. Great!!!!
Now the downside. The touch screen is hampered by the Jacket and our gloves. And the configuration is not waterproof and if rain starts whilst riding the jacket fogs up pretty quick.
All is not lost. What I do and I am happy to do it. Start the bike, and before riding off, I key in my destination on the Garmin and I carefully put the GPS back in the Jacket. Don't touch the screen again as the Garmin will do its own thing and ask for more instructions. The Garmin will happily run on our Power Outlet and it displays a real Speed across the Ground. Great for checking my speed at Red Light Cameras, School Zones etc.
At end of section when stopped I can estimate the next rides distance etc. And if it looks like heavy rain I can put the Garmin away at anytime and keep it dry.
Another option is to only use the Garmin if looking for fuel, hotels, addresses etc when you get to a city or town. All up about $150 and Garmin warranty and service does exist. Hope this helps.
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Cheapest would be to use your cellphone and pair it to your communication system.

I use that, and an ancient tomtom one installed on a 2$ ebay bracket.

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A "motorcycle" GPS will be more expensive than a basic GPS. You can always slide a condom over the GPS to make it waterproof.
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i second that. Motorcycle specific gps's are way more $. I use an older garmin nuvi that i paid around $100 several years ago. I haven't tried the condom, but there are several other methods. They do sell waterproof cases that fit various sizes, starting around $20 or so. What i did was use clear silicone caulking around all the seams and holes. The few times i've ridden in a heavy rain, i put it in a ziplock baggie to be extra safe.

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There are also those 120$~ chinese gps that are waterproof and can play videos or mp3s.

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There are also those 120$~ chinese gps that are waterproof and can play videos or mp3s.
Never have heard of them. Do you have a link or name?

Still use a nuvi on my bikes. Heavy rain, either a plastic bag or stick it in my pocket for a while. I can actually live without it.

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Never have heard of them. Do you have a link or name?

Still use a nuvi on my bikes. Heavy rain, either a plastic bag or stick it in my pocket for a while. I can actually live without it.

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Cheapest would be to use your cellphone and pair it to your communication system.
Depending on one's phone plan, data can be very expensive in Oz so using, say, Google Maps, might cost a lot. Some plans charge $2/Mb, the one I'm on costs 10c/Mb so I have mobile data turned off.

Having said that, I do have a standalone GPS program on my phone. As the OP is in Oz, maybe look at MetroView for the Android or iPhone. It costs A$15 and has regular free updates. See MetroView Systems Pty Ltd

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Depending on one's phone plan, data can be very expensive in Oz so using, say, Google Maps, might cost a lot. Some plans charge $2/Mb, the one I'm on costs 10c/Mb so I have mobile data turned off.

Having said that, I do have a standalone GPS program on my phone. As the OP is in Oz, maybe look at MetroView for the Android or iPhone. It costs A$15 and has regular free updates. See MetroView Systems Pty Ltd
I only use the gps antenna

Standalone ftw!
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