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    R100GS, '89 Guenther's Avatar
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    Keep in mind that units with a touch screen may not work with your gloves on.

    /Guenther (using a GPSMAP 76CSx, like a GPSMAP 60)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guenther View Post
    Keep in mind that units with a touch screen may not work with your gloves on.

    /Guenther (using a GPSMAP 76CSx, like a GPSMAP 60)
    Both of our Garmin Nuvis work with gloves. One is a very cheap car unit.
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    The problem with gloves is that newer units may have a "capacitive" touch screen (like some newer phones). There is not electric field around your gloved finger tip to trigger that sensor. Older ones had "resistive" touch screens which work with gloves.

    Also with my bulkier winter gloves it is easier to hit a real button on the device than hitting that virtual button on a touch screen. But that might be just me.

    /Guenther

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    I know my Zumo 220 works with gloves and is designed to. It's a "push type" screen like when things like Palm Pilot and the like required a stylus. I think the NUVI 500 & 550 are the same way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cehlbeck View Post
    {snip}...I think the NUVI 500 & 550 are the same way.
    Yes. the N??vi 550 has a "push-type" screen and works with gloves. Plus, it's waterproof!
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    Nuvi 550

    Love my Nuvi 550 and have used a RAM mounting kit with on my bike and it works nice, although you have to take it off when you park the bike... Touratech makes a locking mount for this GPS and it's nice, but pricey (like everything TT).

    I've been using GPS systems since they were available on my Palm Pilot and 99% of the time, they work great.. Keep the maps updated and learn how to use the device and you'll be fine.

    Using MapSource and creating routes is fun too, but there is other software on the market that can do that too, so do some research.
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    I am also on the same quest at the moment for a GPS setup for my r1100rt 99 so far the best option's i have found.

    http://www.rammount.com/CatalogResul...5/Default.aspx but still have to deal with finding a GPS that is water proof. and i see a issue with spacing going to be kinda close to one side or other. by the time you get the rest of the ram mount adapters or the ram mount I kinda see everything stacking up going past your bars. And if you get into a accident. I really dont want this stuff to go into my chest.

    so now i kinda got my eye on this givi bag
    http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=119831 looks like you can get away with getting a cheap GPS with this one.. Plus i almost feel its a safer bet.

    So far in my quest. the Nicest GPS mount i have found is IMHO
    http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=121982
    more symmetrical design is more appealing to me then a off centered gps. but then back to the need of water proof GPS in turn puts price up 200+

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    Nice mount

    The ascycles / Ztechnic mount looks great. Paid $50 for a simple RAM ball + bolt from my dealer, so price is good too.

    As for the price of a waterproof GPS, I paid big for a Zumo 550, then two years in another $250 for a refurb, 'cause I dropped it.

    For me, still worth every penny!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommcgee View Post
    Everybody is going to tell you to buy what they bought. Gotta do your own homework on this one.

    The comparison grid on Garmin's website is very useful.
    Except all the answers for motorcycle use are for the Zumo line.
    Ridiculously priced for what they are.

    The Nuvi 500/550 use the same case and accessories as the Zumo 2xx series and are waterproof.
    But the 550 and add the Garmin Topo map and you have an unbeatable combo for the price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BMW Triumphant View Post
    then two years in another $250 for a refurb, 'cause I dropped it.
    This morning my Nuvi 550 fell out of my tank bag unto the concrete garage floor.
    I held my breath as I plugged it in and started it up, but all is well as it seemed to work correctly on a 3 hour ride.
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