Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Hunt around here a bit more. There are are a lot of people that have made Nuvis and the like work.
The main problems seem to be how to mount it to the bike, and then power it. GPS units that are designed for cars come with niether accessories.That means spending time and $ on rigging a mount up, and probably installing a lighter style socket somewhere.
I recently bought a Nuvi from Costco, (on sale), for my wife to use in the car. I forget the model, but it was no doubt on sale because Garmin was discontinuing it. Very basic compared to the Zumo, but I did some checking on line and the reviews for that particular model seemed pretty good. It did come with power cable for the car and a windshield mount, but no software for making "routes" included, nor a cable so that you could easily download updates via computer. Of course you can buy the cable separately, but that starts to negate the savings from the sale price.
Garmin generally make good units and I think any of them should work well enough. What you might miss are things like being able to use the unit while wearing gloves. You are willing to work with something that isn't waterproof, so no issue there. There is always the question of durability, given the vibrations on the bike, but so many people use Nuvi models without problems that maybe that isn't such a big issue either.
I see on the Garmin site that the 780 is also discontinued. It doesn't really matter as long as it works and you keep the maps current. Check that cable is included, or if not, that you can get it somewhere easily. Otherwise you may find it impossible to ever update the maps, or say, load the maps for the U.K. in there next time you decide to rent a car and find your way from London to Middle Wallop.
Rob in T.O.
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