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post #1 of 23 Old 06-19-2016, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone using iPhone with apps for navigating?
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I recently started using my iPhone in conjunction with my Nuvi 2595. The Nuvi gives me a visual reference, but the bluetooth won't connect with my Sena. I installed Google Maps on my phone, which allows me to map my routes in 10-point legs and get audible turn by turn directions. I map the routes on my computer and e-mail myself the links. I always try to end a leg at a gas stop, then select the next leg before I get on the road again. It's worked pretty well so far. Google Maps also gives the option to download portions of a map and get turn by turn directions even if you don't have a signal. Haven't had the opportunity to use that feature, yet.

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Yes - for few years now. Works the charm.

Assuming you want off network navigating you have a number of choices from TomTom, Co-Pilot, Garman and others.

Top of Beartooth on our 3 week crosscountry last year.



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I use a Mophie battery case....which pretty much doubles the battery life or more and adds some protection. For extensive use you will need a power out to the phone or use a much larger Antigravity pack in your tank bag to power it. ( the Antigravity does a whole lot more as well so well worth having with you )
GPS + full bright sucks a lot of power. You also want the cooling the X-mount provides...the phones can run very hot if enclosed.


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Yes - for few years now. Works the charm.

Assuming you want off network navigating you have a number of choices from TomTom, Co-Pilot, Garman and others.

Top of Beartooth on our 3 week crosscountry last year.



The X mounts are reliable. Ziplock for waterproofing.

I use a Mophie battery case....which pretty much doubles the battery life or more and adds some protection. For extensive use you will need a power out to the phone or use a much larger Antigravity pack in your tank bag to power it. ( the Antigravity does a whole lot more as well so well worth having with you )
GPS + full bright sucks a lot of power. You also want the cooling the X-mount provides...the phones can run very hot if enclosed.
I agree 100% The RAM X-MOUNT or X-GRIP is what i use. Do not put your phone in a tank bag cause it will get very hot!!! This happened to my friend. I use Google maps plan my route then send it to my phone and also print out a copy as a back up. My iPhone 6 is linked to my Sena 10s so i get turn by turn instructions without having to take my eyes of the road. If it rains just put a baggie over it and your good. What i also like is i can still listen to my music and google cuts in when i need to turn then goes back to music plus answer the phone if i want. I don't work for Sena but love their Products.

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. I use Google maps plan my route then send it to my phone :
That's the part that intimidates me - but it sounds like a great solution. I suppose I should try it before I give up. Thanks for the encouragement.
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That's the part that intimidates me - but it sounds like a great solution. I suppose I should try it before I give up. Thanks for the encouragement.


It's easy. No reason to be intimidated. Map the route, use TinyURL to make the a manageable length, then email it to yourself. Open the link and click yes when it asks "open in app?" Boom, you're ready to navigate. Just don't put your route points too far apart. The app tends to reroute to the shortest path given the opportunity.

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GoogleMaps is not reliable outside network coverage.

You need TomTom or Co-Pilot or Garmin other app that does not need a network connection.

Master Furkot for planning.

https://trips.furkot.com/ui

or BaseCamp ... BaseCamp? | Garmin | Canada

There is much more ...... I'd start with TomTom or CoPilot


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I use my iPhone exclusively now. Just make sure which ever brand you use has "real" GPS built in. For iPhone that would be the 5 or newer. For me I use TomTom even though it's not free ($49?). The interface is excellent and identical to their stand alone units. I have a couple of additional apps like Apple Maps (of course) SpotWalla and Best Biking Roads. The BBR has a nice feature "Roads Near Me" so if you find yourself with some extra time or no plans it can cough up good ride routes from local bikers. 13010 Motorcycle Rides and Motorcycle Roads
I leave mine plugged in. Slightly off topic: I bought a iRadar and run it through the phone. About $200 Lots of features like speed trap areas, etc. Everything connects to my Sena. (the order in which you setup the bluetooth connections determines which device overrides the sound in case of a conflict)

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For iPhone that would be the 5 or newer.
Not true ...iPhone 4 or 4s was fine ....what we used initially until I caved for a cheap used i5 phone which is better but runs hotter.

The iPhone 3 had GPS but was very dodgy....4 was slow ....4s was fine.

iPhone 4/4s is fine for navigating as I did for a while.


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A Droid with an SD card is a better choice, an iPhone is not ideal at all IMHO.

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