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post #1 of 15 Old 05-03-2009, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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GPS glare

I have a Garmin Nuvi that I want to use on the bike. I am told that it has an antiglare screen; however, using it in direct sunlight is pretty much useless.

Are the motorcycle specific units better in terms of screen visibility in direct sunlight? The screens of both look about the same in the store but they won't let me take them outside.

Also, is anyone using the non-motorcycle specific units and tried the antiglare screen covers that are availible for them online?
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I have a Garmin Nuvi that I want to use on the bike. I am told that it has an antiglare screen; however, using it in direct sunlight is pretty much useless.

Are the motorcycle specific units better in terms of screen visibility in direct sunlight? The screens of both look about the same in the store but they won't let me take them outside.

Also, is anyone using the non-motorcycle specific units and tried the antiglare screen covers that are availible for them online?
Yeah, the motorcycle specific units have a "Drive towards the sun" setting (like, "Avoid highways") so you don't get a glare on the screen.

Hope that helps.



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Yes, the motorcycle specific units have a special provision, and a specific instruction sticker that says IN BRIGHT SUNLIGHT, BE PREPARED TO SQUINT WITH ONE HAND SHADING THE SCREEN OF THIS GPS UNIT...AND BE ADVISED THAT THE BIG TRUCK YOU SAW THREE BLOCKS UP IS NOW TURNING LEFT IN FRONT OF YOU.

The value of spoken instructions from a GPS cannot be understated. And the representation that your GPS will be sunlight readable kind of goes out the window anyway when you are wearing sunglasses or have a tinted shield on your helmet.

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you could try one of these.

http://www.glarestomper.com/gps_accessories/faq.html

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That's awesome. I thought about doing basically the same thing with a piece of rubber, or whatever I could find.

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I like the idea of the "glarestomper" might have to give that a try.

Ultimately, I would like to get a Zumo but can't afford it after buying the bike, luggage, and a bunch of other crap for the bike that I probably didn't need but somehow convinced myself that I did. :rolleyes:
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I would agree with you, except I paid $200 for a Nuvi and an extra $75 for an aqua box and mount that made the glare even worse for me (total $275).

For $75 more I got the Zumo 450 for $350. That extra $75 got me Mapsource, routing, bike mount, MP3 player, hard wiring, etc. I wish I had not spent the $275 on the Nuvi - though my wife loves it in her car, so no real harm done.
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Whoops...for got to paste the quote about not being able to afford a motorcycle GPS in my post above.
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the best screen by far for bright sunlight is the Garmin 276C, sunlight actually enhances the visibility, came close to getting the 276c instead of a Zumo, price was similar BUT the 276c has no internal memory and the external memory is proporeitary (expensive) instead of cheap SD ram cards



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Whoops...for got to paste the quote about not being able to afford a motorcycle GPS in my post above.
One thing to look into if you can't afford a motorcycle GPS, is to look at some handheld hiking units. Most are easy to see in the sun and are waterproof (added bonus, quite a few run on AA batteries, so if your cigarette lighter is no longer functioning, you can just stop by a gas station or Wal-Mart and get a few more days worth of power until you can sort out the other powering issue).

The Garmin 60CSx is popular, along with the Oregon series (Garmin handhelds). Lowrance is coming out with a handheld series called the Endura with three different offerings depending on how much $ you want to spend and what features are important to you (Lowrance handhelds)*

Added bonus: most of these units have good off-road maps/routes, so if you decide to do any exploring, these units are really nice.



* - Disclosure: My wife's company wrote the software for these. I'm not trying to push them, but just giving you another option. Lowrance is a good GPS company and quite a few people like their XOG unit. Supposedly, the Endura line should easily be able to surpass the Garmin units.

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