Nav 5 vs Nav 6

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by rattis, Aug 20, 2017.

  1. rattis

    rattis Long timer

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    I can't be arsed to read through a zillion + pages about the nav to see if there's any info.
    So if you have some cash burning a hole in your pocket and like Gizmos are the features of the Nav6 so much better than the Nav 5 that its' worth upgrading or should I spend the money on wine, women and song instead?
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  2. deijmaser

    deijmaser Adventurer

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    IMO it's not worth spending on the 6 as the GPS capabilities are still very limited.

    The 6 does give you a better screen and little things here and there but in general the key features such as mobile integration and such are so limited and unreliable that I would spend the money on something else.

    Most people I know bough the 6 for the data it provides on the bike... not the GPS. Many [in normal situations] use google and other apps for GPS.

    Personally I decided to buy an adapter that enables me to put my iPhone in the cradle instead.

    My 2 cents.
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  3. getlucky

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    Can I ask witch adapter ? With power ?
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  4. svtride

    svtride Been here awhile

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    I went with HondoGarage phone mount bracket...very well made with grippy tapered fingers that hold my iPhone very well. Mounted via Ram ball set-up.

    They have posting in the vendor section with inmate discount..

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  5. JetSpeed

    JetSpeed Naviator

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    I owned the Nav-V and upgraded to the Nav-VI and other than the screen being marginally easier to see during the day and the limited integration allowing some control playing music through your phone I see no advantage in the VI, in fact I now have some issues that I didn't have with the V and all the problems I had with the V still remain.
    In my opinion both devices still need some work and with the prices that Nav-V's sell for I sure wouldn't spend the extra if I did it again, the Nav-VI has so few upgrades that I'm dumbfounded by it's reason for existence.
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  6. AdamChandler

    AdamChandler n00b

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    Put me in that camp. TomTom employee here who uses a Rider 400 full-time aside an iPhone 7. Both use TomTom Maps and have HD Traffic, IQ Routes and various other features I've come to rely on. Garmin being a mortal enemy of ours had me thinking of ditching the NAV V system and waiting for the new digital dash (18 model year)

    Then I saw a long and lengthy review of the NAV 6. It has every bit of information you could ever need on the bike w/o having to spend the $600 on the digital dashboard and now i have 2 screens. Computer + NAV 6 and real physical gauges.

    We will see if NAV 6 (ie. Garmin) can get me there and back again like my TomTom could. I have Tomtom's North American maps pre-loaded on my phone if I am stuck in an area without cell phone service and Garmin (aka Here maps) has no clue how to get me out.
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    I imagine at the end of the day, my 2017 w/ NAV 6 experience will be

    1. More information from the GPS about my bike
    2. Some basic navigation with the convenience of controlling the NAV with the wheel built into the bike
    3. More serious navigation via iPhone 7 or TomTom Rider mounted some place else
    4. That ability to have real gauges and still get all of the cool stuff the 2018 model shows on that $600 computer screen.

    Also, the NAV 6 was a freebie from the dealer all I had to do was ask so at the end of the day, I could sell it used for $400 and call it a day.

    Nav 5 over 6. it's just a much more beautiful screen, device and looks more at home on a $25,000 motorcycle.
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  7. deijmaser

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  8. Scout416

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    Very interesting and would be interested in trying one, but the Amazon posting says it's not available.


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  9. deijmaster

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    Scout416 Adventurer

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  11. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club.

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    There's tons of comparisons in the mapping threads.
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  12. deijmaster

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    Nothings perfect, but it's an alternative to consider. My pleasure.
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  13. hammick

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    Main reason I upgraded to the VI was because I wear polarized prescription sunglasses and couldn't see the NAV V screen a good amount of the time. The VI screen can be seen in all conditions.

    If it wasn't for the polarized glasses I wouldn't have upgraded.
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  14. Parcero

    Parcero Mundial

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    "Nav 5 over 6. it's just a much more beautiful screen, device and looks more at home on a $25,000 motorcycle."

    Sometimes that's all it comes down to, and there's nothing wrong with that.
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  15. AdamChandler

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    Kind of like Squidding on a GSA. It looks weird to see someone on one without 3 grand worth of Klim / Schuberth gear :p
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