Got a GPS on your F800GS Let's See it

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by f800guy, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Just like the US but wetter?
  2. Aanarchy

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    Well, definitely cooler than where I am. But this is what I mean -


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  3. Aanarchy

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  4. DrRock

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    I realize that I am going to catch some flack for this, but I use my iPad in a Moxieware (http://www.moxiware.com/collections/ipad-cases/products/ipad-tank-case) case on my F800GS. Just finished a 13,000 km trip to the NWT via the Yukon and the Canol Road. 2000 km were gravel and trails. This case is rock solid with the RAM mount and it was 100 % water proof. It also provided my music and GPS for the entire trip. When I had Cell coverage it provided weather updates and allowed me to book campsites and motel ( where possible).

    The case is very expensive, but bombproof. I would buy it again in a heartbeat for a long trip. iPhones and other smartphones and most GPS units are just too small to press at 120 kph or down bumpy trails.

    I don't have too many pictures of the case on the bike, but I will take a better one and post it. here is one for now.

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  5. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Boy that 800 must have handled nicely. :huh

    I love that grey box on the 1200. :lol3

    But if the iPad worked for you, that's great. I just wouldn't want to give up that much space on the bike.
  6. DrRock

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    I was surprised how well it did handle given the weight. Had two stretches of +350 km with no gas on the route to the NWT so I had to carry the gas. The other stuff was lightbut bulky camping gear.
  7. bikerfish1100

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    any tricks for dealing with him in English? website looks great, as does the mount, but can't read a bit of it!
  8. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    Mind if I inquire your age, and what type of cellphone this was. Just a unique method of injury, not saying it could not happen but it is definitely odd. Even with chest compressions rib fractures tend to happen before a sternal issue occurs.
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    I heard about that kind of injury before, that's why I don't have any "hard parts" in my chest pockets
  10. jackalsour

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    I carry the iPhone for internet etc, but it won't work with my gloves on. How do you use the iPad with gloves? Special gloves or voice command or something? Can you still see your gauges? Is that an extra 20L? That would give an F800GS a range of 900kms or so? I always carry a few 1L jugs and then add 5L jug if worried. Would 10L have been enough? Plan to head up there someday myself :1drink

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    For GPS I use my trusty old Garmin 60CSx mounted next to my clutch hand with a RAM EZ ON/OFF handle bar mount. Works great. I can easily hit the physical buttons en route and it doesn't block my gauges. The mount is very simple, solid and low profile for about $20. It uses Tie-Wraps to strap to the handle bar and has a stiff spring behind the base so it can move around a bit and dampen vibrations. I can easily interchange devices with different bikes and different devices with the same mount (iPhone) I could also easily remount this one with spare tie wraps in the field.
  11. JRWooden

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    On eBay several vendors are selling inexpensive pens that have a rubber dome on the end that works like an un-gloved finger.I have one of those in my tank bag.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/150823854111?item=150823854111

    They also sell "finger cots" that work with the iPhone, there are a few pairs of gloves that work with the iphone, and (also on eBay ... :lol3) there are several folks selling "conductive" thread that you are supposed to be able to hand-stitch thru the finger-tip of a glove to make it work...
    They claim success ... but "less" success if you iPhone has a screen protector installed ...
  12. Emmbeedee

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    I just read a similar warning from Helge Pedersen in his article on "Camera Gear on Your Bike"

    Here's what he said: "Finally, I end with this warning, based on my own bad experience in riding with a point and shoot camera. Never carry large objects like cameras in the chest pocket of your riding suit. I did, and hurt my ribs badly when I crashed and landed on that camera. These days, if I carry a camera on my body, I tuck it into the leg pocket of my Klim Badlands Pro pants. This is a great place for a camera that keeps you safe and is always handy and ready for action. "
  13. jackalsour

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    But he said "iPhones and other smartphones and most GPS units are just too small to press at 120 kph or down bumpy trails" So pulling a special pen out of your tank bag won't be any easier in that case than pushing a small physical button. Also if they claim "less success" with these conductive materials, I wonder how do they work with that water and bomb proof iPad case?
  14. JRWooden

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    yeah.... sorry I missed that part between the pictures ... no whipping out the pen @ 120 kph :lol3

    And yeah... bomb-proof case may or may not work ... so that comment was meant as a warning .......
  15. DrRock

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    I use my X as my universal electronic multitool. Music, GPS, Phone, Nav, route planning/guidebook, and camera. Of course it doesn't do any of those jobs as perfectly as a dedicated gadget but it sure is cheaper. I also like only having to keep one gadget maintained and charged.

    Ok, I admit we bring a decent pocket digital camera on our big trips as well, but on two great lake circle tours now the Droid has had to step in and be the primary when the real camera broke. Oh and I upgraded the cheap headphones snaking from the Droid to my earholes with the bluetooth Sena this year. But damnit I'm still minimalist when it comes to electronics... so I tell myself,
    at least until I save up for a real all weather GPS that will keep me navigating outside my service area or dataplan coverage LOL

    Oh yeah, and here's the simple solution to mounting. Conduit hanger and a bit of rubber holding a car docking station (docking station modded with a bit of electrical tape to hold the phone a bit more snug). All weather capability in the form of a ziplok and a couple rubber bands. Just don't drop it in a big water crossing eh?

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    P.S. Yeah that's my kitchen in the background... my baby stays inside during the 9 months of Minnesota winter.
  17. RobTheRigger

    RobTheRigger Killing threads here since 2008

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    Does anyone know if the Touratech GPS adapter for the Adventure (TT P/N 044-0770) work on the support bar for the touring screen? The BMW clamp for the Navigator 3 will mount directly to the support bar, but is angled way too far down with the screen installed. Any other inexpensive options for getting the GPS above the gauges? If this has been brought up, I completely missed it, so don't crucify me! :D THANKS!

    - Rob
  18. SDDinNH

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    I had zero luck mounting anything to that bar and ended up going with the stock handlebar mount from BMW
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  20. Loutre

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    Is that one waterproof :lol3