Best "Bang for the $" motorcycle gps.

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by frogy, May 19, 2014.

  1. frogy

    frogy Been here awhile

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    Tried doing a search and kept getting the "oops" response.
    My trusty little Tom Tom bit the dust on the way home from the European Rally and I am now looking for a replacement.
    I am looking for:
    -best bang for the buck
    -waterproof if it does not raise $ too much
    -ease of use
    I do not do off road, and only hit 5 to 6 Rally's a year so I do not have to have all the space age tech on it (Bluetooth, connectability, etc.).
    So what are you using, or used that was/is your favorite.
    As always I love this site for its combined knowledge... if questionable:D
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  2. rheritage

    rheritage Been here awhile

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    On my 02 GSA I use a $160 Garmin 56LM in an Aqua Box. My Garmin 265W gave up the ghost after 8 years on the bike. The box can be a bit big but works well, I made a custom sun visor for the box for mid-day sun glare.

    I could not bring myself to pay 4 or 5 times the amount for waterproofing.

    Good luck on your selection.

    Rich
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  3. Texcollect

    Texcollect Adventurer wannabe

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    I used to have a Garmin 1490 LMT in an Aquabox powered from a USB outlet on my FZ6. The only downside to this is not being able to hear directions. You have to keep your eye on the screen. Be aware that just when a GPS manufacturer states that their GPS is 'Bluetooth enabled" it means that the GPS can control a phone, not that the directions can be heard over a Bluetooth link. The only ones that do that are the motorcycle specific ones.

    I used my 1490 for about 3 years until the power socket gave up. Replaced it with a used Garmin 550 bought from another inmate on here.
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  4. DYNOBOB

    DYNOBOB lucky dog

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    You might look for a clean Garmin StreetPilot series (2610, 2620, 2650, 2660, 2720, 2820) on eBay or CL. They can prob be had under $100. Make sure to get the software and unlock code that came in the box and you can plan your trips on your computer and save to the gps. Waterproof, touchscreen, and you can get a motorcycle mount/cord.


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  7. frogy

    frogy Been here awhile

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    Thank you for the replies. I'm really not looking to spend anywhere near $200, let alone $500+:eek1 for these new fangled units. I manly take highways with some side roads, but its in state locals I do not know.
    Thanks for info on the 26 and 27 series units, I like the idea of setting up on my computer.
    Please, if you have more suggestions or more reasons to buy a certain model let me know... You know you want to gloat about your awesome choice:rofl
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  8. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    Put your smartphone in a waterproof case and mount it to the bars? osmand should be on your short list too.
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  9. frogy

    frogy Been here awhile

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    Luckily when my Tom Tom crapped out on me I was testing Googles map GPS that was installed on my phone. Phone was in my pocket connected to ear buds. Her sweet little voice saved me on this trip since I decided to try a different route on the way back and did not want to stop again and again looking at the paper map.
    I still want a GPS, but how does Osmand compare to Googles GPS app ?:ear
    PS. Please keep the GPS suggestions coming.:clap
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  10. worwig

    worwig Long timer

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    OSMand has offline map data. It lets you route and view maps without a data connection. Plus OSMand will follow GPX tracks and generate tracks.
    Google maps will only route with a data connection. I believe (not 100% sure) that once you have the route, Google then keeps running that route even if you lose the connection.
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    frogy Been here awhile

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    Thank you.
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  12. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    Googles navigation is faster (work is done by a billion servers) , and the voices are sometimes better. It's Achilles heel is it requires an internent connection. Osmand, locus, sygic, others, do not.


    Once you have a little experience with osmand (kick the developer a few bucks and donate for osmand+ please) give locus maps a try. It's much more involved, but very rewarding.

    Also, osmand has nightlies, little snap shots of the development in progress, new features all the time.
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  13. frogy

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    I still have unlimited data plan (eat your hearts out) so long as I keep buying used phones, so internet is not a problem.
    I see 2720s come on the market sometimes at a good price, but they look rather large.
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    I agree using a low cost budget kind of gps for road travel. I have a 265W for the road bike and a 60CSx for the dirt bike.
    I'm curious about the "custom sun visor" you fashioned for the 265. Do you have a pic of it? I need some ideas to fashion one myself. I once made one out of cardboard, painted it black, but it didn't last long. Was a hideous looking thing!! :puke1

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  15. frogy

    frogy Been here awhile

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    Try glarestomper.com Not too spendy and I liked mine.
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    Hill Climber Been here awhile

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    Thanks frogy.... looks like it might fit the bill
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    frogy Been here awhile

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    Glad I could help, just love this site.
    Well just ordered a GPS.
    Was looking hard at an 2720 when I realized I did not just loose the gps for my bike, but also for my car when the Tom Tom bit the dust.
    Best Buy had a web sale on the Garmin Nuvi 50LM for $99. Love the advance lane change thingy (no that's not its real name:D), and I am hoping since its back lit I will be able to see it in bright light. Life time map updates don't hurt either.
    Thanks all for responses.:clap
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  18. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club.

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    I don't know what your phone is, but I have Tom Tom on my iPhone and like it so far. Gives you 3 choices on windy roads. Only $25 depending on op sys.
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  19. frogy

    frogy Been here awhile

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    Just used Google map that was pre-installed.
    Am using new GPS now, found out its not as bright as I had hoped but still usable. Also found when no signal for phone I lost my voice directions on the google maps. Guess Verizon is not everywhere.
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  20. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    google maps is a great ONLINE navigation and search machine.... but it sucks OFFLINE.


    fortunately people have realized this and developed fantastic applications that do A LOT MORE than google maps.

    check them out, they are fantastic, and do not require data ;-)
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