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post #1 of 15 Old 12-04-2005, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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Hard cases and GPS question

Hello all, any suggestion as far as the hard cases for DL1000 and the GPS. At the moment i am kind of looking at GIVI E460 and E21, and Garmin GPS V. Any pro/con or amy different suggestions? Any info will be greatly appreciated.


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post #2 of 15 Old 12-04-2005, 12:10 PM
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I have a GPS III+ which has the same size and screen as the V and sometimes its very hard to read. I eventually plan to replace mine with something with a larger color screen.
post #3 of 15 Old 12-04-2005, 01:31 PM
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I'm casually looking for the original Streetpilot. It has a large monochrome display and adequate features. eBay has 4-6 at any given time.

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post #4 of 15 Old 12-04-2005, 03:07 PM
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I like the Streetpilot III right now. You can find some good prices on used ones on ebay. The only limitations of this one vs the newer 2620 is memory for detailed maps. I don't even find that much of a limitation. It had enough memory to get from MI to SD with detailed maps. But even if you can't cover the whole trip with detailed maps the base maps that are built in are pretty good. Also the SPIII has a nice large color screen.

What would get me to spend the money for a new model? They have some very expensive models that overlay weather radar maps on the screen. Ride around storms or know when to stop for the evening would be nice. Right now a model that does that is out of my price range at over $2K.

BTW if you go the ebay route make sure the seller has the unlock codes for the detailed maps and software. If not stay away.
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post #5 of 15 Old 12-04-2005, 09:03 PM
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i got the e52 topcase...works great, no instabilities and can hold a ton of stuff. i also bought two e46s for sidecases...they work really well, and give me an insane amount of cargo space. only draw back is, they make me about as wide as a vw bug, and i have to be careful not to over-load the suspension.

as for GPS: i really like my set up...i have a dell x30 handheld and a garmin bluetooth 10 GPS reciever. i velcroed the reciever to the side of the front fairing, and i velcroed my handheld over the speedo (since it shows speed anyway)
obviously this set up will run you more than just a GPS...but i get the verbal directions along with my music through my headphones, and i enjoy the functionality of a PDA anyway (great for takin notes in class)
post #6 of 15 Old 12-04-2005, 09:13 PM
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I am currently running the E-21/ V-46 combination, using GIVI mounts. I have had no issues. The E-21s are a good compromise for saddle bags, ideal for commuting, and usable on road trips. This combination will hold enough gear for a week trip if you pack apprpriately. If I was doing strictly road trips, I would probably get a set of E41s.
Can't help with the GPS, I currently have a Magellan Meridian color, with maps and destinations. Works great and will do address to address directions, extremely difficult to see on the bike, and no way to listen to the beeps at intersections.


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post #7 of 15 Old 12-06-2005, 08:15 PM
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Garmin GPS V

I have a Garmin GPS V with the software, Garmin mounts, soft case, powerplug adapter, operators manual, and Ram mount cradle, that I would be willing to sell for $200.

I upgraded to the Garmin 2610 because the V was hard to see in my truck. When the V was installed on my V-Strom (with the Ram Mount), I was able to position it at eye level to the gauges, well with in my viewing area. The V worked well on the V-Strom, so well I thought about keeping it for the Strom and using the 2610 for the Truck.

I don't need two GPS Units.

If you or any other Strom riders are interested, I will work a deal.

PM me or e-mail @ [email protected]. I live in CA but shipping is not a problem.

Have a Merry Christmas.
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post #8 of 15 Old 12-07-2005, 11:35 AM
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I have the Givi E21 side cases, and I really like them. As stated by others, they're perfect for commuting, and good enough for long trips if you packed appropriately.

They're the narrowest out there (within a half inch) and the least expensive setup by a long ways ($300 to my door for the complete setup vs. $1000 or more for those "other" brands).

They're versatile too - you want larger cases? Order them from Givi, they'll snap right on your mounting brackets. Try that with Happy Trail or Jesse.

You got another bike with Givi racks on it? Stick your cases on that bike, they'll also snap right on. Versatlity & practicality at an all time high, with the Givis, as far as I am concerned.

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post #9 of 15 Old 12-07-2005, 12:09 PM
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hard cases and gps

i like my givi 52 maxia with brake lite kit. as others have said, holds tons of stuff and is stable and well built. my gps is a missouri map folded neatly in my tank bag. merry christmas to all. jet

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post #10 of 15 Old 12-07-2005, 09:37 PM
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I went with the GIVI 52 top and 41's for the sides.
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