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post #1 of 65 Old 11-25-2018, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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recommended 'budget' GPS solutions?

I've been looking around for a GPS for my new vstrom, the motorcycle specific units from the major distributors seem pretty pricy.

I'm wondering what other people do? Should I suck it up and buy an expensive garmin / tom tom or are there are good other solutions I should check out.

Also, for mounts what are people using?

I have a phone I could theoretically use but it's not particularly waterproof and using through a weatherproof case is kind of a poor experience

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Have you done the google search at the top of the page? There have been threads on budget GPS before. Alternatives to the moto specific.
i use a $100 automotive refurbished Garmin in a Ram Aqua box.
Some newer GPS don't like a gloved hand and the flexible membrane on the Aqua box worsens the problem.
The Garmins I have feature lifetime maps and active traffic monitoring.
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Have you done the google search at the top of the page? There have been threads on budget GPS before. Alternatives to the moto specific.
i use a $100 automotive refurbished Garmin in a Ram Aqua box.
Some newer GPS don't like a gloved hand and the flexible membrane on the Aqua box worsens the problem.
The Garmins I have feature lifetime maps and active traffic monitoring.
Oops, I tried searching for GPS and got an error, budget GPS did however get me... A thread about budget GPS's... Actually now when I search for GPS I just get a search for GPS... Huh, I guess bad timing? pebcak?

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3 yrs. ago I bought a Garmin LM50 refurbished for $50.00 from Fry's and a $25.00 mount from Ram for a trip to Canada on my Wee. Not waterproof I put it in the Tankbag in the Rain. Cheap GPS simple,works great no problems...
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I bought a $49 burner at Walmart for my cheap GPS needs. I use ear bud so if it raining I can keep it in my pocket or on a quick disconnect mount on the handlebars when it clear
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There is a good thread here with plenty of facts and opinions. https://www.stromtrooper.com/techy-w...inese-gps.html
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After reading responses here and skimming the found and linked threads I remembered I still have a drive assist 50 from our last car, new car has a built in GPS (which kinda sucks tbh, but mostly works).

Gonna look around for mounting options, it's got a dashcam so up front would be ideal.

But haven't found anything that looks like a possibility yet.
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After reading responses here and skimming the found and linked threads I remembered I still have a drive assist 50 from our last car, new car has a built in GPS (which kinda sucks tbh, but mostly works).

Gonna look around for mounting options, it's got a dashcam so up front would be ideal.

But haven't found anything that looks like a possibility yet.
I personally would look to something like the "Over the dash" shelf from adventure tech with an appropriate ball mount or similar. I would much prefer that mounting location than what I have been using thus far (phone in the clear pocket on my tank bag)
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(phone in the clear pocket on my tank bag)
That is a recipe for overheat. X mount works the charm and even a simple ziplock will waterproof a phone.
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After reading responses here and skimming the found and linked threads I remembered I still have a drive assist 50 from our last car, new car has a built in GPS (which kinda sucks tbh, but mostly works).

Gonna look around for mounting options, it's got a dashcam so up front would be ideal.

But haven't found anything that looks like a possibility yet.
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That is a recipe for overheat.
I have certainly learnt that one out the hard way.

How reliable is the X-mount? Looking at photos of them I am weary that they hold the phone reliably enough, particularly if after I get into a situation where I need the phone to call for help.
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