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Which Motorcycle GPS?

Yes, I know there's loads out there on google but it is quite difficult figuring out the biases.....Garmin Zumo or Tom Tom rider seem to be the main toss-up.
I'd want something that will give me the quickest route, but also something that can give me a decent scenic route. The last time I researched, I though the Garmin was the best deal.....any people want to share opinions and experiences?
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Re: Which Motorcycle GPS?

I used a Zumo. Pricey bit of kit, but it got me from one side of Ireland to the south of England with no muss and no fuss.
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Re: Which Motorcycle GPS?

...but was it a random purchase or did you decide it was the best one to go for?
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Re: Which Motorcycle GPS?

It was an agonizingly painful and long drawn out purchase. It cost a small fortune.

I was always a big fan of TomTom, but Garmin are simply better.
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Re: Which Motorcycle GPS?

Anyone tried one of those mounting kits + a car GPS ?
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Re: Which Motorcycle GPS?

Ever used a car satnav while wearing gloves?
Or in the rain?
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Re: Which Motorcycle GPS?

how about a mobile phone taped to the petrol tank?
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Re: Which Motorcycle GPS?

My husband and I use Garmin... It is used for both the motorbike and car. It was fantastic on our 12 day tour of Corsica in the summer
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Re: Which Motorcycle GPS?

Map, made of a stuff called "paper" no need for batteries and one size fits all.
Nothing better than poring over a paper map spread out over the tank holding a styrofoam cup full of motorway station machine dispensed coffee.
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Re: Which Motorcycle GPS?

Can't beat two square yards of "paper" while travelling at super cruise speed.

I find it compliments my motorbikes ash tray, and the chocolate fireguard in my living room.

Your mileage may vary.
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Can't beat two square yards of "paper" while travelling at super cruise speed.

I find it compliments my motorbikes ash tray, and the chocolate fireguard in my living room.

Your mileage may vary.
Yeh! Seen that along with a heated or cooled beverage holder, mostly on a harley though and as I have seen a pair having a shag doing 180 on the Autobahn on a bike, two square yards of "paper" should be a walk over.
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Re: Which Motorcycle GPS?

Rider. A lot of us EF riders use it, and I think it's fantastic. Did have to replace the mount once under warranty (no hassle), as stress from the viby two cylinder fractured and broke it eventually, but I think that's more an issue of the bike.
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Nothing better than poring over a paper map spread out over the tank holding a styrofoam cup full of motorway station machine dispensed coffee.
I have seen people people with map holders on their pants. Not sure if it is easy to read a map like that but it looks way cooler than a navigation system.
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Re: Which Motorcycle GPS?

Garmin Nuvi is less than 100 CHF and will mount on the steering yoke with the in-car dashboard mount, works fine for me, no need to spend more.

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Old 29.11.2012, 10:22
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Map, made of a stuff called "paper" no need for batteries and one size fits all.
Maps and GPS are for sissies.

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Maps and GPS are for sissies.

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I use the courier method (from first hand experience) - look at a map at the start, memorise the route and directions, then ride and follow your nose.

However, I do have a very good sense of direction and inbuilt compass, and have seen some interesting sights and ridden some nice roads with accidental deviations.
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Re: Which Motorcycle GPS?

Are you guys still riding in these temperatures?

First winter for me here in Switzerland, and I'm an all-weather rider back home, so I'll ride unless there's snow on the road.
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Re: Which Motorcycle GPS?

Same for me - but only to work and back.
If it looks like snow I take public transport - but that takes me 50 mins, versus 18 by motorbike.
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Considering it's about 10C at the moment, sure.

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Re: Which Motorcycle GPS?

i have 3 or 4 gps units but all depends what your intended use is...

i have a garmin montana for off road stuff and also for normal road work as it can take 10,000 waypoints

a zumo 550 and 660 screen is bigger on the 660, both work the same but waypoints are limited - ok if you want to go a>b and other basic routings.

and i have a tomtom that i use in the car (550 used in car a lot also) tomtom interface is more intuative.

A friend uses his car tomtom on the bike all the time for basic road work in a waterproof case and a voltage adaptor - works fine.

another thing to remember is if you dont want to pay for future map updates the garmin is the easiest to use with downloaded maps - its a single file.

OH - garmins use basecamp or mapsource so you can pre plan a route on your computer and then send it to the unit..

tomtom doesnt have this facility but there is an aftermarket application called tyre, tries to do the same thing but its crap.



my vote: buy a second hand or refurbished 550, dont worry about the year of the maps installed either.
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