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post #1 of 7 Old 03-24-2009, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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GPS in a tankbag?

Always trying to look for ways to make the $$$ stretch a little further, I have been thinking about going the route of either using my existing hand-held GPS or a cheaper (than the Zumo) Nuvi and just putting it in the clear map holder of a tankbag.

Anyone tried this route and wish to share their thoughts on it?
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-25-2009, 04:27 AM
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It depends on what you want to do with it. I can see some negatives for a start.

1- In the tank bag, if you want to look at it, it is a big eyes off the road moment, not good.

2. It may be useless in full sunlight, try it and see while stationary, is it useful, I mean they are normally a visual thing, I know the Nuvi has a TTS system but unless it is routed to helmet speakers, not much chop.

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1. Cheap
2. Hmmm

If you try this route, why not just mount it up high just below your eyeline and if it looks like rain, put it away.

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GPS in tank bag

I rode many miles with my old proven indestructible Garmin 12 in a map case on my tank. If you plan ahead and store a few waypoints it's not a bad system. Needing reading glasses was a serious limitation. Can't ride with them and can't read without them.

I replaced it all with a Zumo 550 last fall. A great screen for the visually troubled old grey guys like me. Running the Zumo's music and navigation instructions through an amplifier/splitter to helmets speakers, for myself and my wife who rides 2-up, is an other world of technology compared to the "old Garmin in the bag." INMHO do it cheap until you can get the best; then get a Zumo.

And yes I still carry paper maps, but packed away in the top case. Unbeatable for planning and talking with locals for route ideas.

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I tried my Garmin Colorado 400t in my tankbag on a short trip and well it only took me about 2 miles to discover this wasn't going to work.

So... I went ahead and bought a factory-refurb Garmin 2720 for only $107and a Ram handlebar mount. It should be coming next week.

Now to do some searches about how to wire it up...

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Twisted throttle ( http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/2596/203/ )has a possible solution. It is a mount that attaches behind the windscreen, using the stock fasteners/locations. You can then mount a TOMTOM rider directly, or use a Ram mount ( http://www.ram-mount.com/ )
to find a cradle for yours. This is the route I am taking to attach my Garmin streetpilot c340 to my bike. I never liked the handlebar mount. And this seems to be a pretty good way to keep it out of the way, but still visible.

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That's a really nice setup but holy guacamole it's $80 not including the Garmin cradle!

I went with the handlebar RAM mount (for only about $30 all-inclusive) and I'm pretty happy with the setup.

I wired the GPS directly to the battery via a spare fused battery tender cable so I can just quickly pop the GPS wire off and pop on the battery tender (or some other accessory if need be).

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Twisted throttle ( http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/2596/203/ )has a possible solution. It is a mount that attaches behind the windscreen, using the stock fasteners/locations. You can then mount a TOMTOM rider directly, or use a Ram mount ( http://www.ram-mount.com/ )
to find a cradle for yours. This is the route I am taking to attach my Garmin streetpilot c340 to my bike. I never liked the handlebar mount. And this seems to be a pretty good way to keep it out of the way, but still visible.
This IS an expensive option, but it really is the best one, IMO. I was plenty ticked off at the price when I got mine, but that faded quickly when I realized how nice it is to have the GPS in a "heads up" position, above the guage cluster. It's much safer that way. :thumbsup: Spend the money and reduce the risk of a GPS-related accident.

My VFR's GPS mount is on the steering stem, and I dont' like that at all. I have to point my head away from the road to read it.

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