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Always trying to look for ways to make the $$$ stretch a little further, I have been thinking about going the route of either using my existing hand-held GPS or a cheaper (than the Zumo) Nuvi and just putting it in the clear map holder of a tankbag.

Anyone tried this route and wish to share their thoughts on it?
 

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It depends on what you want to do with it. I can see some negatives for a start.

1- In the tank bag, if you want to look at it, it is a big eyes off the road moment, not good.

2. It may be useless in full sunlight, try it and see while stationary, is it useful, I mean they are normally a visual thing, I know the Nuvi has a TTS system but unless it is routed to helmet speakers, not much chop.

Positives
1. Cheap
2. Hmmm

If you try this route, why not just mount it up high just below your eyeline and if it looks like rain, put it away.

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GPS in tank bag

I rode many miles with my old proven indestructible Garmin 12 in a map case on my tank. If you plan ahead and store a few waypoints it's not a bad system. Needing reading glasses was a serious limitation. Can't ride with them and can't read without them.

I replaced it all with a Zumo 550 last fall. A great screen for the visually troubled old grey guys like me. Running the Zumo's music and navigation instructions through an amplifier/splitter to helmets speakers, for myself and my wife who rides 2-up, is an other world of technology compared to the "old Garmin in the bag." INMHO do it cheap until you can get the best; then get a Zumo.

And yes I still carry paper maps, but packed away in the top case. Unbeatable for planning and talking with locals for route ideas.
 

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I tried my Garmin Colorado 400t in my tankbag on a short trip and well it only took me about 2 miles to discover this wasn't going to work.

So... I went ahead and bought a factory-refurb Garmin 2720 for only $107and a Ram handlebar mount. It should be coming next week.

Now to do some searches about how to wire it up...
 

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Twisted throttle ( http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/2596/203/ )has a possible solution. It is a mount that attaches behind the windscreen, using the stock fasteners/locations. You can then mount a TOMTOM rider directly, or use a Ram mount ( http://www.ram-mount.com/ )
to find a cradle for yours. This is the route I am taking to attach my Garmin streetpilot c340 to my bike. I never liked the handlebar mount. And this seems to be a pretty good way to keep it out of the way, but still visible.
 

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That's a really nice setup but holy guacamole it's $80 not including the Garmin cradle!

I went with the handlebar RAM mount (for only about $30 all-inclusive) and I'm pretty happy with the setup.

I wired the GPS directly to the battery via a spare fused battery tender cable so I can just quickly pop the GPS wire off and pop on the battery tender (or some other accessory if need be).
 

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Twisted throttle ( http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/2596/203/ )has a possible solution. It is a mount that attaches behind the windscreen, using the stock fasteners/locations. You can then mount a TOMTOM rider directly, or use a Ram mount ( http://www.ram-mount.com/ )
to find a cradle for yours. This is the route I am taking to attach my Garmin streetpilot c340 to my bike. I never liked the handlebar mount. And this seems to be a pretty good way to keep it out of the way, but still visible.
This IS an expensive option, but it really is the best one, IMO. I was plenty ticked off at the price when I got mine, but that faded quickly when I realized how nice it is to have the GPS in a "heads up" position, above the guage cluster. It's much safer that way. :thumbsup: Spend the money and reduce the risk of a GPS-related accident.

My VFR's GPS mount is on the steering stem, and I dont' like that at all. I have to point my head away from the road to read it. :bom_thumbsdown:
 
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