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post #1 of 12 Old 09-17-2010, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Another DIY GPS system

This guy in Arizona built a GPS (with thermometer) from basic kit parts, welded up an enclosure, and even used a 3-D printer to fabricate custom connectors and a mount for the screen.
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EDIT: I'm not suggesting this is the best way to get GPS, so don't bother telling me how crappy it is. I just enjoy the fact that it's even possible to build one's own GPS system without being an electrical engineer -- can you imagine doing that as recently as 5 years ago? The fact that he printed his connectors, power supply mount, and the handlebar bracket for the screen is just freaking cool. And yes, the person who wrote the article doesn't know a thing about motorcycles.


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I admire the can-do spirit, and I love home-made farkles, but that looks like a disaster.

Worse, GPS units are getting very inexpensive...I just picked up a batch of 4 TomTom 720's with various problems for $50, cobbled 3 of them together into working units for under $20 in parts. You can get a bricked one and re-do it with not much hassle, hacking them for open-source maps is easy.

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It's definitely one of those just-because-you-can sort of projects. And yes, it looks like ass.

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He's going to get laughed out of the latte shop turning up on that bike with a farkle that isn't chromed to within an inch of it's life.
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He's going to get laughed out of the latte shop turning up on that bike with a farkle that isn't chromed to within an inch of it's life.
Check the video -- the tank is brushed steel, and it doesn't look like a pro finish either.

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"Rene went ahead and built this sports bike"

So Rene now has a screen in front of him that tells him his latitude and longitude as he rides along. I must say that's something I've felt I've been missing out on during my last 39 years of riding motorcycles - not! :-)
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Just been looking at the pelican case for an iphone. The GPS application is only $25.00 Aus. Much cheaper in the long run to update maps and dont need power and talking can be heard on bluetooth or earplug leads.
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The GPS application is only $25.00 Aus.
And you are happy to be paying for constant downloads of data every time the screen refreshes? I hope that you have a good data plan and great 3G reception everywhere you ride.
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Interesting point, thanks, will need to look into this more. I know you can turn the Data roaming off.
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The iPhone GPS by default is not a real GPS it gets it's data through the phone network and every screen has to be downloaded as required meaning constant data downloads as you ride. Turning roaming off will kill the app probably.
You can buy a TomTom iPhone app for $80.00 that loads all the maps onto your phone exactly the same way a real GPS works. If you do that you will of course need to pay TomTom from time to time to update the maps.
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