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Old 08-13-2018, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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GPS Which is best?

Seriously considering a GPS for my Wee-Strom. Been looking at TomTom, Garmin and Magellan. So many choices and so little experience. I have a Samsung S9+ phone I could use, but I think a dedicated cycle GPS would be best, the least being waterproof. What are you folks thoughts on what’s good and not so good.
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Old 08-13-2018, 10:18 PM
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Asking what is the best GPS is not unlike asking what is the best motorcycle.
Answer....depends on what your requirements are.

Myself, I have used TomTom for years and like them but a lot of that has to do with familiarity. I do know that I will not buy another standalone GPS unit. The advancement in smartphone apps is just too good.

If you are interested in using a smartphone, here is a good link to start your research.

https://advrider.com/index.php?searc...&o=relevance&c

For any and all GPS here is a good link as well.

https://advrider.com/index.php?forum...gps-for-me.75/
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but I think a dedicated cycle GPS would be best, the least being waterproof.
nah - don't waste your money...use your phone

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baggy works fine and an Xmount.

You can also navigate by voice with the phone in your pocket.....and your S9 is certainly bright enough for X mount

just don't get distracted



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Pretty much everyone I know that rides a lot uses a GPS, usually a Garmin. Some have tried phones but have gone back to a dedicated gps.

The apps on phones are getting better all the time but the ability to use a GPS in any condition you are ever going to ride in is invaluable. (Think pouring rain with soaking wet gloves as an example.)

On top of that the traffic and weather apps on the latest Zumo phones work extremely well. The information you need and/or want is presented in a simple logical fashion without having to stop to figure out which app is best.

The downside is that dedicated motorcycle gps units are fairly expensive. The upside is that most people have them for years and they still work well.

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Everyone has their own opinion. I have tried the phone thing, didn't like it.

Currently using a Zumo 590, upgraded to Zumo 595 software. A few annoying things, but overall a decent package.

Previously used a Streetpilot 2720/2820 for about ten years (well 3-4 units in that time frame). Fantastic unit, getting old and missing a bunch of newer features, but as a gps and nothing else it works fantastically well, and can be had for ~$50.
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The biggest benefit ....he already owns a wonderful GPS...



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NAVIGATION FOR YOUR MOTORCYCLE IS ALREADY IN YOUR POCKET.
https://www.pnwdualsport.com/news/20...r-phone-as-gps

with a better screen than any stand alone out there.


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If you don't mind yesteryear's technology, I have a Garmin GPSMap 78s that has worked pretty well since around 2012. I'd estimate it's been mounted for at least 60k miles. You can pick them up for cheap.

Most dedicated GPS units have big upsides over a smartphone:
  • Daylight Readable - this is a big deal, your super high quality smartphone screen is useless if you can't see it
  • Won't overheat in very hot weather
  • Doesn't need an internet connection
  • Powered off the bike, don't need to worry about keeping it charged
  • Operable with a gloved hand
  • Truly waterproof, no need for kludgy bags

I prefer to have my smartphone give voice directions whenever possible, but sometimes it craps out, and sometimes it just doesn't have service.
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Umm you are a bit behind.
Glary day on Beartooth with a 6 year old iPhone 5 ...they are much brighter now.



Easily readable in glare

doesn't overheat

doesn't need a network connection

Gloves work on touch screens these days and voice control is the coming technology.

Charges from the bike.

Moves instantly between bikes. My iPhone works just as well in Australia and in North America.

Does a ton of other things too instead of expensive one trick pony. There are hundreds of waterproof cases out there from simple to complex...choice is good...low cost is better.
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If you don't mind yesteryear's technology, I have a Garmin GPSMap 78s that has worked pretty well since around 2012. I'd estimate it's been mounted for at least 60k miles. You can pick them up for cheap.

Most dedicated GPS units have big upsides over a smartphone:
  • Daylight Readable - this is a big deal, your super high quality smartphone screen is useless if you can't see it
    Many a standalone GPS unit suffers the same fate.
  • Won't overheat in very hot weather
    I have not had my phone overheat but granted, I have not exposed it to anything above 30C.
  • Doesn't need an internet connection
    Many smartphone GPS apps have resident maps and do not need a connection (internet or cellular)
  • Powered off the bike, don't need to worry about keeping it charged
    You can power a smartphone off the bike. No problem
  • Operable with a gloved hand
    Several smartphones (eg. Kyocera Pro) have touch screens
  • Truly waterproof, no need for kludgy bags
    Many smartphones are waterproof.

I prefer to have my smartphone give voice directions whenever possible, but sometimes it craps out, and sometimes it just doesn't have service.
I don't know how much longer it is going to take for the misconception to die, but there is a plethora of GPS apps for smartphones that DO NOT require internet or cellular service to operate.
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I am a smartphone user. However, I use the TomTom software ap on the phone. It is not free. It does not require an internet connection or data cellular connection.
It has voice turn-by-turn directions. It has all the pre-settings such as avoid highways and show gas stations etc. as a dedicated unit.
I use my previous phone with a fixed power cord and bluetooth into my Sena. I keep my current phone in an inside pocket. (in case of a get-off I'm not separated from 911) Another nicety with a iPhone is on the occasions that I'm listening to music the music dims when a upcoming turn is announced without competition between the aps.

The strongest case for a dedicated GPS unit is if you go on group rides which rely on prepared route files. There are workaround software options for this but they rarely include the voice over directions. And the dedicated GPS has a better screen. As mentioned, the GPS units are waterproof but so far - so is my iPhone.

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