GPS questions

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by 802Adv, Nov 24, 2020.

  1. 802Adv

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    Longtime lurker and infrequent poster here. Currently I ride a 2011 GS and do most of my navigating through waze or google maps on my phone. I am looking into installing a dedicated GPS on my bike. I have looked at the Tomtom and Garmin offerings specific to motorcycles and the prices seem outrageous for them. It seems like an automotice GPS with an appropriate weatherproof case makes more sense financially. Is the the main issue mounting of the case or???. What am i missing here? I am interested in doing the NEBDR next summer Covid permitting and the ability to use a dedicated GPS seems a better way to go given the spotty nature of cell service on some of the route(native Vermonter here). Additionally I would love to mount the GPS on a bar above the windscreen/instrument cluster bar but cannot seem to find a source for that? Any help/advice is appreciated. TIA
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  2. Eric80

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    Doesn't directly answer your question, but you can in fact use a smartphone as a GPS without cell service.
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  3. Boatman

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    No cell service required, but I definitely recommend a dedicated device (my preference is a rugged Android phone, with no service on it)
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    And you can get the TomTom Go app on the phone if you like their interface. Just a thought.
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    flamingm0e Long timer

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    I've been running TomTom Go for a year now. Don't like the new interface though
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    I sold my Garmin Montana years ago and use an iPhone 6s in a Lifeproof case. I've done 3 BDR's including the NE. I've done the entire TAT and 1000's of other off-road ADV miles with it. As mentioned, you do NOT need a cell or data connection to use a cell phone as a gps. I run Gaia on it and love it.
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    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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  9. 802Adv

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    Thanks all for the advice
    Lots of good suggestions and stuff to read
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  10. 802Adv

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    Looks like running the Gaia App on my cellular Ipad mini is the way to go, thanks for the help everyone.
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  11. deserteagle56

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    An automotive type GPS unit will not allow you to load "tracks" on it that you can follow. Nor can you save tracks you've ridden. That is the main difference between a handheld type GPS unit like the Montana or a smartphone with an app, and an automotive GPS and why most of us will not use an automotive type unit.
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  12. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b Supporter

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    You're right that most automotive GPSs don't let you load tracks.

    I have experience with a couple of automotive GPS units and they do allow you to save tracks. I don't recall anyone in the "nuvi as an ADV GPS" thread that has trouble saving tracks. They can't (easily) display tracks.
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  13. 802Adv

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    To all those who helped, thanks again. I downloaded the Gaia app on my laptop, iPad mini and iPhone. Total game changer and pretty easy to use as well. Many thanks
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    Addapost Been here awhile

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    Hit me up with a PM if you have any Gaia questions. I spent hundreds of hours learning it and I'll get my money's worth from that effort if I can shorten someone else's learning curve.
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    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    as you learn stuff and have "aha!" moments post them here... it helps so much to see other people's findings.

    enjoy the ride
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