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post #1 of 10 Old Jun 28th, 2008, 9:58 pm Thread Starter
 
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Out with the old, in with the new

I've just picked up a used LT today... my first. It is a 2002 and has the original GPS which is not very intuitive and I don't have any manuals to put me in the right direction, no pun intended. I'd like to scrap the old and get a new one but don't know if I can just pick one up at Walmart or do I need one specific for motorcycles.

Any suggestions / advise would be helpful. I'd keep the original one if I thought I could get it to work but I live in Virginia and the damned GPS keeps telling me I'm in Tampa. POS!!!!!
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post #2 of 10 Old Jun 28th, 2008, 10:14 pm
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you will find motorcycle specific will be your best option, for a start they are water proof. garmin 2610 2720 2820 zum0 550 tomtom rider, just to name a few. you can use any gps though it is up to you.
Here is a photocopy of the gps manual hope it helps

Edit: just had a thought this manual is for the european gps model it may be different than yours
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Re: Out with the old, in with the new

Jim,

When I got my 06 LT, it came pre-wired for the BMW Navigator. Because the BMW GPS was so much more expensive than a Garmin ( and Garmin makes the BMW Navigator anyway), I contacted Garmin to see which of their models would work with the existing wiring. They gave me several choices and I went from there. I would up with a 2730, which I really like because the XM radio & traffic receiver was included in the cost of the unit unlike some of their other units.

I'd give Garmin a call & see what they recommend.

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Well let's start wtih what you have and go from there. There were basically three models of GPS for the LT.

The Navigator (Nav) I is a rebranded Street Pilot III. It has an ajustable antenna (sticks stright up usually) and a round power cable.

The Nav II is a rebranded 2610. Some people like it a lot and manuals and software support is availabel on garmin's web site.

The Nav III is a rebranded 2820. I have one of these and like it quite a bit. I don't like XM radio and don't mind that the BMW units don't support it. The 2730/2820 do support it however if that is your preference.

The 26x0/27x0/28x0 series all have a rectanguler layout and a proprietary power connector that looks like a rectangle with one end kind of squeezed a bit. It also fits ion a mount with 4 extra buttons on the left side.

From what I recall all the Navigator wiring ties in directly to your intercom system. I know the Nav II/III does. And that is import for your future upgrade choices, because if you choose to buy a new GPS that does not use your existing wiring, you'll need to do your own or buy a BMW installation kit (kind of pricy for what you get).

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Re: Out with the old, in with the new

Jim,

I am in VIrginia Beach. I would be happy to show you my install of the Zumo 550. I just ordered my XM antenna a couple of days ago.

Either post here or PM me and we can meet for coffee if you would like.

I just did 200 miles today around VA Beach, Norfolk, Suffolk, down to Moyock, then back home.
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Getfeetwet.com has refurbed 2820 bundled with the GMX30 antenna for $499 including a 3yr warranty.

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The Nav II is a rebranded 2610. Some people like it a lot and manuals and software support is availabel on garmin's web site.
I am unfortunate to have the Nav II. The reason I say unfortunate is that I am lacking any manuals or accesories to update the system. Infact the system was never even initialized from the first owner of the bike which tells me he never even turned it on.
If this manual or any info is available on the Garmin page I sure could use the link. I seem to be running in circles looking for it and without any support the GPS is useless to me.
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Brian,

Have you registered your unit with Garmin? If not you should. That sets up a personalized page to give you access to the various updates and offers.

If not, start with this ...

http://www8.garmin.com/support/download.jsp

Click the first link and download and install the WebUpdater. That should update your firmware.

And supposedly BMW has updates as well, but all I could find on the web in a search was for the I or III.

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I've just picked up a used LT today... my first. It is a 2002 and has the original GPS which is not very intuitive and I don't have any manuals to put me in the right direction, no pun intended. I'd like to scrap the old and get a new one but don't know if I can just pick one up at Walmart or do I need one specific for motorcycles.

Any suggestions / advise would be helpful. I'd keep the original one if I thought I could get it to work but I live in Virginia and the damned GPS keeps telling me I'm in Tampa. POS!!!!!
Jim, you probably have the BMW version of the Garmin StreetPilot III. Before you go off and buy another GPS make sure you can easily mount it to your bike. There is tons of informaiton on this board about GPS and various mounting options. Personally I went with the Garmin 2820 and have it mounted on a BMR shelf. I built a mixer so I can either listen to MP3s from my GPS or listen to my Sirius.
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post #10 of 10 Old Sep 23rd, 2008, 5:20 pm
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Re: Out with the old, in with the new

OK guys I have a Street Pilot 3 on my 99 Klt and was thinking of upgrading to a newer Garmin since I cant upgrade the database on my unit.

Allot of choices outthere but it appears that some of them are very costly and I think I might have to change the docking mount.

Any suggestions here on which unit offers the best bang for the buck. Note that I already have my XM, Cell Phone and Ipod working on the bike with no problems so I dont have to have the newest unit available.

Other questions that come to mind are, can I use the same mount and antenna / comm / power connections to the bike that I currently have going forward? What about using my Mapsouce software to build routes and then download them to my Garmin GPS no matter what model?

I guess you get the drift here LOL!

Thanks

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