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    Navigating

    I'm thinking about getting a GPS for the bike. I am wondering how people feel about GPS for navigating on the bike. I've heard some GPS's don't hold up well. I'd hate to spend $600+ on a unit and have it last only a couple of years. I also wonder how many here navigate with just a tank bag/maps versus GPS. Some say you need a Bluetooth headset for the voice commands, but it seems like the screen would be enough to navigate.

    Any thoughts appreciated.

    Harry
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    GPS - love it!

    Well, not all the time... updating maps can be a hassle, since I do it so infrequently.

    Bought my first GPS for my old Triumph back in 2001. After a couple of rides, I knew I would not really want to ride without it. I really appreciated it on my big ride across the US and Canada last June. Really really appreciated it.

    Now using a Zumo 550. It's not the newest and that's why the updating is so tough. Go for the newer one, if you can afford it.

    Do use a waterproof one. Don't ask me how I know...

    Don't drop them either. Don't ask me how I know.
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    New to GPS

    When I bought a 1998 K1200RS in 2011, it came with a old Garmin Street Pilot 2720. That was my first experience with a GPS on a motorcycle. I have found it useful, but will always take paper maps as a backup.

    On local roads that have not been changed in decades, the GPS will want to take me on weird paths I know are the long way to my destination. Yes, I have set it up for the kind of roads I want, etc.

    On the positive side, I have ridden in areas that are unfamiliar and the GPS always guided me out...eventually.

    I also have a cheap Mio that I use in the car. Same experience as far as weird routes.

    I do not use any audio support on the bike GPS. I wear ear plugs to protect from additional hearing loss.

    I find the more accurate speed indicator and the estimated time of arrival to my destination some of the most useful information from the GPS.

    The level of detail you can get on a GPS is not available on most state road maps or an atlas. That is also one of the positive features if you take county and township roads like I do. Enjoy your rides!
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    Thanks for the replies!

    I'll have my bike in to have the brakes serviced the end of the month, which would be the perfect time to wire in a GPS unit.

    I am also planning a long ride across the US this summer.

    I probably should crack open the wallet and get one...

    Harry
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    I don't know whether you noticed this Best of Forum- http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthre...he-Best-of-GPS
    There is a lot of info and each time a good thread runs here in Gear, I add it in. If you get set up Harry, perhaps you can let us know how it works out. Gary
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    Quote Originally Posted by OMEGA MAN View Post
    I don't know whether you noticed this Best of Forum- http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthre...he-Best-of-GPS
    There is a lot of info and each time a good thread runs here in Gear, I add it in. If you get set up Harry, perhaps you can let us know how it works out. Gary
    Thanks, Gary. I'll check out those threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKsuited View Post
    I'm thinking about getting a GPS for the bike. I am wondering how people feel about GPS for navigating on the bike. I've heard some GPS's don't hold up well. I'd hate to spend $600+ on a unit and have it last only a couple of years. I also wonder how many here navigate with just a tank bag/maps versus GPS. Some say you need a Bluetooth headset for the voice commands, but it seems like the screen would be enough to navigate.

    Any thoughts appreciated.

    Harry
    I have had one or two GPS units on my bikes since 1998. I have, over the years used 10 or so different Garmin GPS units in various combinations. Eight of them were waterproof for motorcycle use and two are car units not specifically waterproof.

    When not hanging out with MOA Members I hang out with many long-distance endurance riders of the Iron Butt Rally variety. While I can't say there are as many different schemes for GPS use and navigation as there are riders, that almost seems to be the case. At one end of the scale are riders who plan their routes on the computer, download the route to the GPS, and follow that route. At the other end of the spectrum are riders who navigate with a map and use the GPS to know exactly where they are and to find things like fuel or food. In between are those who plan on a map, enter some waypoints, and route waypoint to waypoint on the fly.

    You can add to the mix the ability to have music, weather radar, pairing with a telephone, and other bells and whistles.

    If you don't ride in much rain one of the inexpensive Garmin Nuvi units would be a good first GPS. I have an older Nuvi 265 that I use for its data tabble, detailed street level maps, and points of interest (gas, food, fuel, etc). It is mounted along side either a 276C or BMW Navigator III which I use for routing from waypoint to waypoint. I always have a map for overall routing and almost never ride the route (fastest or shortest) I can find on the GPS.

    Voni uses a Garmin 2610 - she has had three of them over the years. I resisted giving up a voltmeter display and control buttons for years but find the Nuvi touch screen very nice to use.
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
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