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post #1 of 32 Old Dec 31st, 2010, 11:12 am Thread Starter
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Non-bike GPS users?

Are any of you using non-bike-specific GPS units? I find the bike ones ludicrously priced and fail to see how they are worth it. I'm using one that I happened to have, so on top of that it didn't really cost me anything. The only disadvantages I see are the lack of an audio connection and not being waterproof. Are there any other differences?

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Re: Non-bike GPS users?

My son decided to use my Garmin 265WT on his bike trip last year and after 1000 miles the USB power condition went bad. Apparently this type of connection was not designed to take the vibration you find on a bike. I assume the GPS unit could be placed in the clear map pocket in a tank bag and this would absorb a lot of the vibration. After the failure of the unit I bit the bullet and went for the Garmin 550. I really like it and find myself very comfortable hitting the roads I do not know knowing the unit will be working to get me home.

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That's the unit I'm using, in a RAM mount. Getting to about 2k miles now. What failed on the power connector?

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For the longest time I used the cheapest Gamin I could find on CL (under $30). They worked fine and here in California it rains rarely. I went through two, I assume the vibrations got to them. Recently I went to a 2820 simply because I found it on the cheap as well ($50) Use what you can, at the price point you want.. I however will stop short of paying $700+ for a GPS... But then again I'm a cheap bastard...

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Bought a Garmin Nuvi 760 21/2 yrs ago and have 40k on it. Was told a long time ago it would fail from vibration, so now that I've posted this it will probably fail on Sunday! So far so good though, but I keep it dry on a BMR shelf with Ram mount.

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Re: Non-bike GPS users?

Carlos,

When my zumo 550 died, I looked for a cheaper GPS that I could use on the bike. I settled for a Garmin 500 nuvi, which is waterproof (well... same specs as the zumo) and got the Garmin mounting cradle (a RAM product) that includes the powercord. Total cost (new about a year or so ago) was $304. Not as inexpensive as others quoted but $100's less than the zumo.

It did a fair job as a GPS on the bike. Essentially same size display. No, it does not have Bluetooth and I wondered if I was going to have withdrawals, but in fact I was fine adapting. It does have road speed limit (if it knows and usually is correct) and some other things different from the motorcycle-specific zumo. In short, I liked it and used it for a few months until...

... a funny thing happened... I found out that I could send my zumo in to Garmin and they would repair (or replace) it for $150. Duh... So I did that and when I got it back I changed everything back to the zumo setup.

I still have the nuvi and use it in the car. You can use the zumo in the car too (and I did for many thousands of miles) but I don't have to now that i have the nuvi as well. Plus, if the wife needs a GPS, she takes the nuvi. I use the nuvi and nuvi mounts on my mountain and touring bicycles too - as it has walking and bicycle modes in addition to the car mode.

Anyway, I did some research and felt that the nuvi would be a fair cycle GPS for much less than a zumo. My 2 cents.

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I used a non-MC rated Garmin Nuvi. Vibration killed it a couple years ago (when GPS was $$) after only a few hundred miles. Then I found a used 2820, MC rated, works great, and no issues.

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I bought a new refurbished garmin 7200 for under $300 last year. It is for a RV & I have over 30,000 miles on it now. I also have a waterproof garmin 2720 and when it rains I just put the 7200 in the glove box where the radio used to be.
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Re: Non-bike GPS users?

Looks like the Nuvi 550 is on Amazon for $250, a more reasonable price. I don't mind spending money on great electronics, my house is full of them, but I simply don't see what you get for the Zumo's cost. It simply seems punitive to me.

Jon, is this the mount you were talking about?

http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-010-111...lp_edpp_ttl_in

Does it just pop in without having to mess with the cable? What about audio connection?

Is anyone using a TomTom or other brand? I'm pretty disappointed with Garmin, so I'm considering going back to TomTom or trying something else.

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With regards to the power connection failure on the Nuvi. My son used it on his Honda and the handlebar vibration is much worse than on the LT. Where it failed is where the mini plug goes into the back of the unit. It just eventually seemed to get so loose that the connection was failing. I suppose it could be attached somehow so it doesn't move so much with vibration.

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I've got mine in a RAM mount on top of the stingray. All that plastic and the rubber balls in the RAM system should help damp vibrations pretty well, I think.

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I'm playing around with GPS choices also. My old 2620 has started playing up and doing weird things.
Found some US Nuvi 500 (waterproof refurbished) units on Ebay for US$170, but it has no audio out option, which is the killer for me. I also have to buy Aust. maps on top of cost, so another $150 or so if I purchase an o/s unit.
There's some Zumo 550 units in the UK on Ebay a bit cheaper, but same deal again with the maps.

Well, while typing this I was still hunting for a way to get audio from the Nuvi 500, and came across this simple audio out hack.... perfect!
Maybe the Nuvi 500 is an option after all.....

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A question to current Garmin Nuvi 500 (or 550) users.... when you have a route running, does it still show you current road speed (not the road limit, but actual vehicle speed) or does that disappear from the screen?

That's one thing that annoys me about my partners Nuvi 760 (?) I think it is, you have current speed while just looking at the maps, but lose it when on a route. The 2610 still shows current road speed.

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I have about 2K miles on a nuvi 765 mounted on the stingray above the radio window. No problems so far and it shows speed while in a route.

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Well, while typing this I was still hunting for a way to get audio from the Nuvi 500, and came across this simple audio out hack.... perfect!
Maybe the Nuvi 500 is an option after all.....
Just a note that you can do this to pretty much any device with a built-in speaker. You will have a bit of an impedance mismatch, but in this context that really shouldn't matter. As always, you have to watch for ground loops if you're going to another bike-powered device like an amp/mixer or an Autocom. You can fix that with a cheap 1:1 transformer or by using an isolator on the power side.

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That's one thing that annoys me about my partners Nuvi 760 (?) I think it is, you have current speed while just looking at the maps, but lose it when on a route. The 2610 still shows current road speed.
Wow, that would suck. I mostly ignore my ridiculously-incorrect bike speedo and just use the GPS for speed. The 265 always shows speed.

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Wow, that would suck. I mostly ignore my ridiculously-incorrect bike speedo and just use the GPS for speed. The 265 always shows speed.
Exactly, its a PITA. Unlike Ralphs' 765 which is a newer model, the small "speed" section bottom left shows "arrival time" when routing, and reverts to "speed" when just on a map. You have to touch that section to go to the "speedo" page to see tha GPS calculated road speed.
Found out I can get the Nuvi 500 for about $330 yesterday, but now I'm not so sure I want the smaller 4x3 screen size, I kind of like the widescreen form factor.... hard to justify the extra $$$ though to go to a Zumo 660, about $850 over here.... decisions, decisions....

Of course, if money were no object I'd really start looking at the GPSMap 620...

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An update, went with the waterproof Nuvi 500 and did the audio-out hack as described.
Fiddly to do, but it works a treat.
Since added a "Glarestomper" shade to finish it off. Cheap but works OK, and nice thing is it folds down over the screen when not in use.
Now what I need to find is an "LT" vehicle image for the Garmin... rather than the standard "bikes" on offer...


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I have a Tom Tom 720 that I bought refurbished from Tigerdirect.com for $119. Bigger screen than a zumo 665, MP3 player, A2DP bluetooth out, Phone link up, lane guidance, free map updates, can customize the screen, blablabla--importing routes isn't as easy as the garmin and it's not waterproof, so I have a ziplock bag and a rubberband for when it rains. Had it for almost two years, no problems at all and it uses a standard usb mini plug, not the proprietary Garmin mount stuff.

I'd LOVE a zumo 665, but not at ten times what I paid for the Tom Tom.

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Garmin 1490LMT with 5" screen. I bought a RAM mount, power adapter and the BMW plug for the standard GPS hookup. I needed another GPS to use mostly in my car, but wanted something for the bike to just "point the way" while riding some of the back roads. I don't need voice commands while on the bike, I'll just browse at it occasionally. Works for me and was a total of about $250 with real functionality in the car.

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I am tickled I bought a Zumo 665! Works perfectly, bluetooth stereo, Waterprooof,Mp3 Nav & XM pairs with my phone & JM headset everytime perfectly!

So far worth every penny and came with the XM40 antenna which is a $200+ piece of equipment.

Don't cut off your nose to spite your face over a couple hundred bucks!

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I use a Nuvi 765T and power it with a car adapter through the powerlet plug with a ram mount. No issues at all. I can buy 3 of these for the price of a zumo, never going back. Lane assist, traffic, bluetooth to IPhone, MP3 and has battery back up so I can take it into the restaurant and play. Pull the power plug and put it in the cage in a heartbeat. $229. Not waterproof so I carry a small clear shower cap in my left pocket but the windscreen keeps it dry.

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I use a Garmin Nuvi 360 on a RAM mount. When it rains I put a condom on it.
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I bought a new refurbished garmin 7200 for under $300 last year. It is for a RV & I have over 30,000 miles on it now. I also have a waterproof garmin 2720 and when it rains I just put the 7200 in the glove box where the radio used to be.
OK stop right there.
Dave as you can see I joined this forum months after this thread was started. Also I have the new Navi IV so no waterproofing problems. Doing my research on line this was the only unit I focused on. Now I realize and wonder how does anyone make a gps for a motorcycle and NOT make it at least rain/ water resistant. All I need is a shade or visor from the glare on the screen but I was looking at your setup. Interesting.
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[QUOTE=cws]An update, went with the waterproof Nuvi 500 and did the audio-out hack as described.
Fiddly to do, but it works a treat.
Since added a "Glarestomper" shade to finish it off. Cheap but works OK, and nice thing is it folds down over the screen when not in use.
Now what I need to find is an "LT" vehicle image for the Garmin... rather than the standard "bikes" on offer...



Chris way over in Sydney I see your unit but where is the glare stopper. I need to see what it looks like and if it would work on my Navi iv. Plus you said it folds down over the screen. Can you get a picture of it on here and a brand name or part number? Many thanks. Is it transparent or does it cover the screen out of sight?
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The Glare Stomper is basically a piece of stiff black fabric that attaches with Velcro. Very simple, fairly ugly, kind of floppy, but effective. Also effective at keeping rain off the GPS for those of us who don't have a waterproof model.

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Don't cut off your nose to spite your face over a couple hundred bucks!
Couple hundred? My 265WT was around $150, so I can buy over five of them as compared to one 665. And every time I look at the software for the moto-specific models, I find some feature missing. Just seems like they are raping us just for being moto units.

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I like my Zumo 550 because it is waterproof, has a screen size my aging eyes can read the info quickly at a glance, and is designed to be operated with gloves. While pricey, yes, although I got it at a discount, the extra cost is worth it to me.

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I have a Garmin Nuvi 765T on my 1150RT. Its got a headphone jack and bluetooth for connectivity and with the latest software update can take up to a 16GB SD card for extra maps/ MP3s/ photos.
Got a thread on it here-
http://65.38.186.184/forums/showthread.php?t=3650

Cheapy 'waterproof' case throws odd reflections and makes screen virtually unreadable in strong sunlight, but touchscreen works fine through plastic, with summer and winter gloves on.
5V micro-USB power coupling requires a specific 12-to-5V transformer (I butchered a car-charger type to fit with my ancilliary power loom) and you will need an Isolated Adaptor if using in conjunction with the headphone jack and an Autocom to avoid ground-loop feedback.
Volume output isnt massive, but enough, and can be improved on short rides by relying on the internal battery, or a 5V ancilliary battery pack, and disconnecting both the power feed from the bike and the Isolation Adaptor which saps power from the audio-out.

Got the whole kit for about 160 euros/ 235 US Dollar, including full European mapping, lifetime speed cameras and Traffic Information Broadcast.


Go for an older car-orientated GPS (factory reconditioned) to get the headphone jack and it'll save you bigtime over newer, bike-specific units. Oh, and see this thread on recent Dutch embarrasment for Tom Tom-
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I beat myself up researching gps's for use, using this froum, garmin forum, zumo forum, gps forum, and a couple more.

I truely would love to have a Zumo, but as indicated by Atomicman's $819 after rebate that's more than a couple hundred there rider, even the low end Zumo 220 is $400. I finally pulled the plug and did like CWS. I went with a Nuvi 550- for $219. It's still a waterproof unit. I had to buy the ram mount sold seperately by Garmin along with the wire harness, but when I already ride with blue tooth helmet paired to a Blackberry with the A2DP playing MP3's and handsfree calling, I just couldn't justify the extra dough for the only other function that I would have liked which would be the blue tooth transmission of spoken directions.

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The Glare Stomper is basically a piece of stiff black fabric that attaches with Velcro. Very simple, fairly ugly, kind of floppy, but effective. Also effective at keeping rain off the GPS for those of us who don't have a waterproof model.


Couple hundred? My 265WT was around $150, so I can buy over five of them as compared to one 665. And every time I look at the software for the moto-specific models, I find some feature missing. Just seems like they are raping us just for being moto units.
Stereo Bluetooth was worth it to me plus the XM antenna a $200 plus upcharge on some other models is including.

And as someone said, large screen, glove friendly & waterproof.

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post #31 of 32 Old Apr 29th, 2011, 11:52 am Thread Starter
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Re: Non-bike GPS users?

The pics make it look like the screen is smaller, so I guess I'll have to go look up the exact specs. A larger screen would be good. How is it more glove friendly than the others?

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Re: Non-bike GPS users?

Carlos, I'm using the Garmin Nuvi 765 which I switch back and forth between the LT and my pickup. Like it enough that I'm going to built a special bracket to mount in the MG when it's restored. I just use the suction cup mount on the oddments box lid and have no problem with seeing it or stability. I put an cigarette lighter type power outlet near the battery, and zip tied the power cable to the seat bracket just in case. Works well enough for what I want.
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