Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Guilford, CT, USA
I've had the iWay 500 C on the LT for over a year now. No problems with the hard drive and vibration, but I would not buy the unit again for other reasons. Maybe I have gotten lemons, but the first unit I got had a terrible buzz in the audio system. I sent it back, got a replacement, and it also has a buzz. At first I thought it was a ground loop problem, so I followed the suggestions about hooking it directly to the battery, running wire for its own circuit rather than tapping into another wire, etc. No improvement. Now I notice that a faint but audible buzz is there even before I turn on the bike, so it is not alternator induced. I can live with it, but it is irksome. More problematic is that the voice instructions are wrong fairly frequently, telling me to turn in the wrong direction, even when the directional arrow on the screen is correct. I have to glance at the screen at almost every turn in unknown territory, can't trust the voice. The thing takes a year to lock onto satellites when I start out in the morning. If you leave it on the bike in moderately cold temps the screen is almost black until it warms up. It is not, of course, waterproof, and it ain't very water resistant either; a light rain for 10 minutes and it was completely locked up, wouldn't even turn off. It's algorythm for calculating a new route if I go off route usually starts with "Make U-turn," and often will stay with that instruction for miles, or will direct me down a side road and back in a circle to the point that I left the original route. Updated maps have not been made available yet. There is no software with the unit to develop a route on the computer and download it to the unit. So, it has been altogether less than satisfactory. On the other hand, the mp3 player has worked well, and it does eventually get me where I want to go if I ignore it for long enough, so if the price is right it could well be worth it.
'99 Canyon Red K1200 LT - Buddah Bike