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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-20-2007, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Question Garmin GPS for motorcycles?

Was wondering if anyone here have or have used a motorcycle GPS system
on their bike? Any recomendations? I saw a Garmin Zumo 550 on line, read
some reviews, but was trying to get some opinions from fellow MVisti riders.

Thanks for the heads up...

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-20-2007, 10:05 PM
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I'm not sure how many actually ride MVs with GPS.... For lots of reviews, check

I have a Garmin Que, which is a CF card into a PDA. I bought it cuz I already had the PDA, which had no other use..... I only use it for touring, which I don't do on the MV.

That said, I'm thinking of getting a proper m/c unit. Just a recent thought....they are more reliable than my PDA one, and also can be waterproof, etc. Mostly though they should receive better, I have too many probs with the Que reception. Reception is fine on open roads, but a lot of my riding isn't that here.....too many tunnels, bridges, big buildings, etc.

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My pal uses the Zumo and loves it! Does everything he needs it to do, and the screen is very beautiful in all kinds of light. Very accurate and locates instantly!!!
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I have got GPSmap 378 does lot more then a motorcycle GPS. I use it on my SUV car bike everywhere.

Here is setup on CBR 1000RR.

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I use a tomtom rider. I used to use my pda (tomtom again) in a waterproof box but I could not charge it whilst on the move. I bought a couple of mounts one for each bike so I could easily change it from one to another. The bike cradle has come in for a lot of criticism as to being weak and not designed well. Mine does not charge the unit properly I have contacted tomtom but they are very unhelpful and must know about the problem. If I put a couple of elastic bands to make the clasp stronger then it works ok. I just used it on a trip from Scotland (on the Cagiva though) and it worked fine all the way.
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i use the tomtom rider which works fine. touchscreen is nice as well as the bluetooth headset for helmet and car. carful when you download a route from an routplaner. once downloaded, check out the WHOLE route on the tomtom if it shows the same route you created on the pc

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Originally Posted by FSL
I have got GPSmap 378 does lot more then a motorcycle GPS. I use it on my SUV car bike everywhere.
I totaly agree. I ride with a Garmin 276C on my Brutale fitted with Ram-Mount pieces.

It's perfect.
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-23-2007, 03:32 PM
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I recently bought a Zumo 550 and love it but haven't set it up for the Brutale yet- just use it in the Touareg and BMW K-bike.

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Garmin 60C

I've been using the Garmin 60c for 3 years. I wouldn't consider riding without it at this point. I set my routes on Saturday and then Sunday morning, ride with friends on all back roads, most of which we've never been on before. It usually works out quite well, although occasionally we run into dirt/gravel roads and have to backtrack. It gives me freedom to explore the country around my area. Our typical ride is 150 to 200 miles. We leave at sunrise and are back home by noon.

I attached the GPS to my steering stem (ZX10 and GSX-R1000 ... not on MV since I just got it). I like the 60c since it isn't too big and is great to use in other situations other than biking.

There is a technique to using the device so that you don't have to stare at the thing as you ride. In particular, how you define your routes and how these routes use waypoints can be a big deal as far as ease of use. If someone has a Garmin GPS and is interested in my lessons learned, I would be more than happy to share. I don't want to take up space here at this point. Just PM me and I'll share.

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Anyone setup a GPS system on the F4? I am curious what the entire setup would be. The rammount systems would be great, but difficult for me to really comprehend in terms of what setup fits just right. I go on a lot of long rides.. would love to have a GPS system on board for them.

i DO have tomtom software on my TREO with a bluetooth GPS transmitter. I wonder what I would need to hook that up..
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