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Old 12-09-2012, 04:02 PM   #1
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Really big screen GPS

Is anyone using a 7 inch screen GPS? My 61 year old eyes aren't adjusting from the road view to my GPS view and back quick enough. I think that's a recipe for disaster. I'm thinking about one of those trucker models but it might not show those skinny little back roads that are so importat! Help!
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:34 PM   #2
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Maybe consider getting something like a Google Nexus 7. Not waterproof, so you would need to get some sort of case for it, but has full GPS with BT headset integration, plus the benefits of a tablet when off the bike.
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:34 AM   #3
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:12 AM   #4
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Too much of a good thing...

Not for moto use, but one StreetPilot I bought on the 'Bay then sold same way was the (discontinued) SP7200: https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=6389

Similar to the smaller SP2730 (I now own 2 of those), it mates with GXM30 with an XM subscription and also has a connector port for a back-up monitoring camera (this unit is for big rigs and/or large RVs). I bought it with intentions of using when towing my small travel trailer but found the large display and overall unit size "too much of a good thing" on my p/u truck dash. IMO, it would be even more so on a moto in closer proximity to your eyes. Be careful what you wish for...
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:34 AM   #5
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Lowrance Elite is what I use for pre running and around town on my 450x and 950 Adventure, has a 5" screen that works really well...not cheap but worth the money. PM me and I'll send some pics.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:17 AM   #6
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Guys, thanks for your feedback. I'll keep everyone posted. My generation of declining close up vision and and aging prostates still likes to ride and explore!
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:26 AM   #7
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big screen GPS?

check this one(s) out:
in France (and in French

http://www.globe4x4.com/gpsglobe850/index.html


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Old 12-18-2012, 12:45 AM   #8
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Lowrance Elite is what I use for pre running and around town on my 450x and 950 Adventure, has a 5" screen that works really well...not cheap but worth the money. PM me and I'll send some pics.
I've been looking at the elite 5 baja. It seems like a rugged unit but I have seen some folks who have said they can't get good maps with detail for it. Can you tell us your experience in regards to mapping and traveling to new locations with this GPS?

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Old 12-27-2012, 12:50 PM   #9
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i'm using a five inch screen and wouldn't want a gps unit bigger than that. you'll need to make sure it has a very bright screen. e.g. if you were looking at the 7 inch chinese ones for cars, the screens are very dim even on full brightness. they are just okay inside a car but useless in direct sunlight.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:48 PM   #12
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Is anyone using a 7 inch screen GPS? My 61 year old eyes aren't adjusting from the road view to my GPS view and back quick enough. I think that's a recipe for disaster. I'm thinking about one of those trucker models but it might not show those skinny little back roads that are so importat! Help!
I use a Google/Asus Nexus 7inch Android (Jellybean) based tablet running Sygic for onroad and OziExplorer for offroad. Very high quality screen relative to conventional purpose built GPS hardware so good for aging eyes (mine included) plus you get all of the functionality of a tablet as well.

Not ruggedised or waterproof but sits in the map pocket of my tank bag which works well (I dont need to constantly refer to the GPS). Cheap enough (at <$300) to lose - I have felt the pain losing an $800 purpose built GPS when it took a dirt nap!

IMHO a 10 inch tablet is too big, 7 inches works well (so the girl said) and combined with the high(er) quality screens you get with tablets, seems to be an optimum mix between screen real estate and portability.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:02 AM   #13
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Can you show us a photo of your set-up?

How well does it work on bumpy off-road?

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No problems, will take a photo of my setup when I get back home from work.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:43 PM   #15
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Photos of a 7 inch tablet in a tankbag

Hi 'buddy'

As requested I have uploaded some images of my Google/Asus Nexus 7 (7 inch tablet) sitting in the map pocket of my stock KTM tankbag mounted on a 2011 KTM 990 fitted with 40L safari tanks. The first 2 images are sort of distance shots and the last 2 shots show the view ~while seated. Hopefully this gives a feel for how this setup works.

Note the map pocket on the KTM tank bags (which are complete rubbish by the way), to put things in perspective, are a little smaller than some of the others, they do not take an A4 sheet (others like the Touratech tank bags seem to) but is a little smaller/less bulky across the top which I like.





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