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Old 07-19-2011, 01:53 AM   #106
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Has anyone else tried this? +/-'s?
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Old 07-29-2011, 07:07 AM   #107
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I am messing around with this idea. Trying to find an app for the ipad that will store the map and not continually download data using up my data allotment for the month. My biggest issue is that I ride rural roads where 3G is not always available. Anyone know of a mapping app that stores the map?
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:39 PM   #108
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Most apps with support for Open Street Maps can download map data for offline use. And many of the GPS companies (TomTom, etc) have apps with offline support, though they tend to be very expensive.

I use Motion-X GPS on my iPhone but it's more suited to offroad riding. They have an app Motion-X Drive which looks good but I've not used it.
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Old 08-05-2011, 02:56 PM   #109
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Spent some time on the bike today, and to be honest, I'm thinking the I-Pad isn't going to work as a GPS on the bike. So far my problem is that I have it in the map pocket in the tank bag. The glare off the clear plastic makes it totally impossible to see.

I have ordered a ram mount to try. Want to see if it's any better without trying to look through the plastic. Ill let you know!
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Old 09-04-2011, 10:36 PM   #110
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So I posted a year or so ago thinking I'd try it on my 950 but it was too big. Not so much too big but didn't really fit. Since that post I had another Garmin 276c stolen and since Garmin makes you buy Street Pilot for each device I decided to finally say fuck Garmin. I like the 276 for it's configurabilty but it's interface is prehistoric and the company can pound sand if they think they'll get another red cent from me.

So in the past year I got an iphone 4 and an ipad 2 and have been experimenting with them in the car. I don't miss my Garmin at all as their are some good options for GPS software for the iOS. Anyway, this weekend I finally used the iPad on the bike.

Since my 950 blew up it's engine and I moved to Portland it was time for another bike so I picked up an MV Agusta to replace my stolen Ducati (can you see a pattern in my life in NYC?) and this weekend was my first real overnight trip so I needed a GPS. Coulda used a map but wanted to experiment. Anyway, after looking all over town for a tank bag that would fit the iPad I found this dirt cheap Cortech for $65. The iPad didn't quite fit so I had to open the edges of the window with a seam ripper and then resew them a tad wider. Here's some shots.



Power from a Battery Tender to Cig adapter:


Cut a small opening for the headphone jack:


And yes, the screen was hard to see in bright daylight:


And so for the impressions:

I like it. I usually listen to music when I ride so this was nice as the directions simply spoke over the music so I didn't have to really look at the map too much. I don't think that MotionX is the perfect software but it's pretty good.

Oh, I solved the touch screen issue but cutting holes in an old pair of gloves and patching them with conductive fabric from a pair of iPad/iPhone gloves someone had given me. It was great to be able to just touch the map and move it or pinch it to zoom in. Not to mention to change songs or adjust the volume. It worked pretty well actually - better than I expected. I'm going to buy conductive thread and sew patches on all my gloves.

Would I use it in the rain - no, probably not. I've drowned an iphone that was in my pocket before so the tank bag probably wouldn't be much better. Of course I don't plan on riding the MV in the rain - it's scary enough in the dry!

Anyway, I think there's possiblities here. It was great to bring it in to the restaurant and look up roads on http://oregonmotorcyclist.com/ and then put in waypoints that would take me there. I found great roads and when I hit traffic the voice prompts were all I needed. If fact I sorta liked them better than looking at the map.

Overall I think it's a win.

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Old 09-04-2011, 10:46 PM   #111
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I don't think that MotionX is the perfect software but it's pretty good.
I recently found an app "Navfree GPS", different version available for each region (maps come with the app download). I've been using it on my iPhone, and it's iPad compatible too.

I haven't used it enough to have a real verdict, but it's been working fairly well. I had best results by searching for the destination with the built in google search, rather than it's "find" feature.

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Old 09-10-2011, 04:42 PM   #112
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ipad as a GPS

Does anyone have experience with the ipad as a GPS. I was thinking of getting one and I would be getting the maps from mud-maps.com. From what I can gather the maps are available in ( up to ) 25,000 scale and I am told that the PS feature is a bit slow. I would happily sacrifice speed for detail.

Any thoughts????

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Old 09-10-2011, 05:00 PM   #113
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It makes a superb GPS, having used it with Sygic Mobile Maps. In fact of all the GPSs that I use, Zumo, Nuvi, etc it is the best.

Bit big on a bike though...

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Old 09-10-2011, 05:08 PM   #114
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DONT mount it on your bike. It will shake itself apart!!!
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Old 09-10-2011, 05:17 PM   #115
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DONT mount it on your bike. It will shake itself apart!!!

What about in a tank bag map pocket??

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It makes a superb GPS, having used it with Sygic Mobile Maps. In fact of all the GPSs that I use, Zumo, Nuvi, etc it is the best.

Bit big on a bike though...

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Does anyone know if you can get the same maps on an iphone???

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Old 09-10-2011, 05:20 PM   #117
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Check out Trackranger

http://www.advantechdesign.com.au/overview
Ausie product I use in a 4x4 looking to try it on a tablet of some sort still new for me but usb plug in gps aerial works very well
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Old 09-10-2011, 05:27 PM   #118
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it can only be a gps via 3g or are you planning to use a stand alone gps reciever.

i did 13k across oz and back recently.

the ipad was a good electronic directory

but spot was my gps tracking device

different horses for different courses........
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Old 09-10-2011, 10:27 PM   #119
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DONT mount it on your bike. It will shake itself apart!!!
Is that from actual experience or are you just guessing? They've got pretty good build quality and there aren't any moving parts. Garmin's GPS hardware usually fails at the battery contact, but since the iPad's battery is non-removable that shouldn't be an issue.

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What about in a tank bag map pocket??'
You might have heat issues doing that, especially if the display is turned on while the sun is shining on it. If the GPS and display are running, it gets a bit warm by itself... with the sun and no airflow at all, it will probably overheat. But, it'll shut itself down before getting hot enough to do any damage so there's no risk trying it out.

Worst case scenario you might have to wait a few minutes for it to cool down. Bit of a bummer if you're in the middle of recording a track, or trying to find your way around town.

According to Apple's website, the max operating temperature is 35C, and the max storage temp is 45C. Since it'll shut itself down if it gets too hot while turned on, the storage temp is the one to really worry about. I'm guessing the max storage temp is probably very conservative? Processors often get to around 80C or so before they even turn the cooling fans on, and don't shut themselves down until around 120C. So I reckon as long as you keep a bit of an eye on it while riding, and don't leave the bike parked outside for hours in the sun, you should be safe. If it's extremely hot to touch, put it in the shade or in your backpack or something.

The whole back is aluminium, so if you can get wind over that while riding in extreme temperatures... it should cool down very efficiently.

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it can only be a gps via 3g or are you planning to use a stand alone gps reciever.
The 3G iPad has a built in GPS receiver, the wifi one doesn't. I think you may be able to get the wifi iPad to work with an external GPS, but I'm not sure about that. It can definitely be done with some other devices.

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Does anyone know if you can get the same maps on an iphone???'
Yup, sure can. In addition to mud maps, garmin, sensis, etc. There are a lot of apps with map data from openstreetmap.org and opencyclemap.org (these apps tend to be free or cheap, and you can edit the maps yourself).

I've been using my iPhone as a GPS for almost 3 years now, and it works great! Personally I think the iPad is too big for a bike, but would be magic in a car.
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Old 09-11-2011, 04:46 AM   #120
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Mud maps app - useless

I downloaded mud maps and a handfull of maps. My opinion; it's crap.

Maybe I'm using it wrong, but its functionality is poor (particularly on an ipad - there's only an iphone version, so it's just double screen size on ipad). It is damn hard to know which of the downloaded maps apply to your location, and the zoom settings for those detailed maps do not allow me to zoom out nearly far enough so it's impossible to know what is around you.

Mind you, I'm used to running oziexplorer on an old ipaq. I'm very much looking forward to them developing a version for ipad & iphone.
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