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Old 11-25-2009, 04:13 PM   #106
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When it rains you can always use a condom to make it waterproof. It will still be visible and the touchscreen, if you have one, will be operative. It should be colorless and flat shaped, and in the flavor of your choice

I can see it now... You pull into a gas station as it begins to rain, get off the bike, dig into your bag and pull out a big floppy condom. The old lady at the pump next to you gives you a strange look and you tell her (with your helmet still on) "What?.... I just need some protection!"

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Old 11-25-2009, 06:41 PM   #107
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Garmin Nuvi 550

Anyone have the Garmin Nuvi 550? I might be getting it. It's $250, waterproof, vibration resistent, etc. Touratech makes a mount for it. Any reason why I shouldn't get it? Keeping in mind that I don't have $1000 to spend on a GPS setup for this bike.
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Old 11-26-2009, 02:00 PM   #108
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Wink Moto Android running Google Navigation

Suction cup / zip tie mount to windscreen. The new Android from Motorola with Google Maps is incredible. Love the Satellite view.

From Navigation
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Old 11-26-2009, 02:22 PM   #109
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Suction cup / zip tie mount to windscreen. The new Android from Motorola with Google Maps is incredible. Love the Satellite view.

From Navigation
Awesome!!! I just got my Droid phone a couple weeks ago, I love it!

Umm... I guess you have the $6 a month insurance on your phone? lol. Good luck explaining how a rock hit your Droid at 70 mph

This phone rules!


Edit: Suck it iphone users! lmao
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Old 11-27-2009, 05:33 AM   #110
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Anyone have the Garmin Nuvi 550? I might be getting it. It's $250, waterproof, vibration resistant, etc. Touratech makes a mount for it. Any reason why I shouldn't get it? Keeping in mind that I don't have $1000 to spend on a GPS setup for this bike.
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I have the 500 (same as 550 with different map set) and it works fine for the money, it is one of the least expensive units that has full "routing" capability.

REI sells a handlebar mount for it, but I have mine zip-tied to inside of my windscreen and fits in pretty well. I bought an extra suction cup on eBay which I cut down a bit to fit better ... it nestles in right next to the instrument cluster pretty well.

It does not have Bluetooth, so hearing the spoken directions at speed is questionable. One of the other inmates here gave me a hack to change one of the alternate languages to a loud multi-tone SQUALK which works OK.
The Nuvi 5x0 series does show miles to next turn and which way the turn will be in the upper left corner so I don't have much trouble there.

My big complaint is that the included PC-software, MapQuest, It is too freaking hard to set up a route like I want it set and get it downloaded into the GPS, and then it seems to sometimes plot a very screwed up route ....

If only I could get something like Google Maps... drag the route around on the computer till I got it like I wanted and then download it to the GPS I'd be a real happy guy....
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Old 11-27-2009, 09:15 AM   #111
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Old 11-27-2009, 09:52 AM   #112
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The W model?
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Old 11-27-2009, 04:17 PM   #113
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Awesome!!! I just got my Droid phone a couple weeks ago, I love it!

Umm... I guess you have the $6 a month insurance on your phone? lol. Good luck explaining how a rock hit your Droid at 70 mph

This phone rules!


Edit: Suck it iphone users! lmao
LOL, I'm just waiting for Touratech to come out with a hard part guard for it:-). I mean why not, they have one for everything else right?
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Old 12-17-2009, 04:07 PM   #114
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Anyone have the Garmin Nuvi 550? I might be getting it. It's $250, waterproof, vibration resistent, etc. Touratech makes a mount for it. Any reason why I shouldn't get it? Keeping in mind that I don't have $1000 to spend on a GPS setup for this bike.
I use the 550 with the TT mount and TT GPS handlebar bracket, and am happy with the setup. At the end of the day, it is a simple unit that will get you where you want to go. Get a more capable unit if you want fancy navigation, trip logging, and route planning features.

(1) I've used it in heavy rain, its lightweight, has a decent battery life (I mostly use it unplugged).
(2) I have used the touch screen, with gloves, in all kinds of weather. Some of the touch screen "buttons" can be tough to hit with precision with winter gloves, and missing will cause you to go to a menu or feature you don't want since touching anywhere on the screen does something.
(3) Mini-USB plugs designed for the 550 have a 90 degree bend in the metal right near where the mini-USB portion enters the back of the GPS. This bend will prevent it from fully seating when using the TT mount. I am using a stock mini-USB plug designed for a cell phone which does not have that bend. I believe the lack of 90 degree bend will only cause problems if you have tension on the power cord coming from a direction in front of the GPS.
(4) One annoyance is a tinny-sounding rattle if you ride with the mount attached, but the GPS not in the mount.

Hope this helps.
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:41 AM   #115
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Griz,

Let us know what you find out on the nuvi 550. I am looking at that one real hard as well.

The Zumo 550 is too rich for me, and I do not need or want Bluetooth, XM, or Text to Speech. The Zumo 450 might be a contender, but it is discontinued, and only available on eBay now as a refurb.
Just got the Nuvi 550. Need to decide on a mount. I'm leaning towards RAM. The Touratech one looks all cool and stuff, but man it's expensive just to mount a GPS. Besides, after you get the Touratech F800GS GPS adapter ($70)(http://www.touratech-usa.com/shop/sh...ECDspn28D7D6F), and the Touratech Nuvi 550 mount ($160)(http://www.touratech-usa.com/shop/sh...ECDspn28D7D6F), you will have paid the same amount for the mounting system as you did for the GPS itself!

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Old 01-20-2010, 02:15 PM   #116
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I did this, thinking it would at least hold me over till I got more clever, and decided it was very clever as is....
Ok it looks a little dumb without the GPS mounted, but I have Nuvi 550 on this setup and it fits right in next to the stock gauges and is easy to read since it is at same distance as gauges.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...41&postcount=1

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Old 01-21-2010, 04:13 PM   #117
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I couldn't find a mount I liked so I made one for my new F800gs. Simple, not perfect but it works!




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Old 01-22-2010, 04:28 PM   #118
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What is the diameter of the center part of the handlebars between the handlebar clamps? 1 1/8"? The reason I ask is because the RAM mount I just received doesn't fit the center area. It's the RAM-B-149U. It's what RAM specs for the F800GS, and says it will fit bars up to 1.25". However, it clearly doesn't fit the center area, which I thought is 1 1/8"!


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Old 01-22-2010, 04:41 PM   #119
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What is the diameter of the center part of the handlebars between the handlebar clamps? 1 1/8"? The reason I ask is because the RAM mount I just received doesn't fit the center area. It's the RAM-B-149U. It's what RAM specs for the F800GS, and says it will fit bars up to 1.25". However, it clearly doesn't fit the center area, which I thought is 1 1/8"!


Any ideas anyone?
Too small or to big? And why not just send it back if it doesn't fit?

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Old 01-22-2010, 04:53 PM   #120
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Too small or to big? And why not just send it back if it doesn't fit?

The U-Bolt that came with the kit (pictured above) is too small. RAM claims it should fit bars up to 1.25" in dia. But it's too small for the center area of these bars. Is the center area 1 1/8"?

I don't really want to send it back. I want to use a RAM mount placed in the center area between the handlebar clamps....Hmmmm....
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