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post #1 of 7 Old Mar 19th, 2006, 1:34 pm Thread Starter
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Which GPS and mounting assy

I have an 03 LT and am looking for a GPS unit and mounting assembly.
My needs...

*Good unit.

*Probably won't be traveling "Cross country" but would like the ability to hold as much info as reasonably possible.

*When my wife and I travel on the bike, we are generally looking at around 2K miles total.

*weather proof etc

*easy transfer to auto

*Don't want to drill into anything to mount.

*What kind of mounting unit should I get?

* What do you like???
* Why do you like it???
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post #2 of 7 Old Mar 19th, 2006, 2:01 pm
 
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Did anyone suggest to you the 2610 by Garmin yet?
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Check out the Quest, see my post in the GPS section. Seems to fit all your requirements. It's water proof, portable etc...

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I have the Nav II which is a Garmin 2610. Love it. Have it mounted just above the dash and would not do it any other way since I want minimal "eye travel" from the road to the unit.

What do I like about it? Very user friendly. Very clear screens. Easy to zoom in/out without taking very much time eyes off the road (see a reocurring theme here?). Although I have minimal experience with the routing/mapping software I am running City Nav version 6.10.2 and it works for me quite well. Was touring thru Chattanooga Civil War battlefield after Atlanta bikeshow this weekend with a HD friend who is big on maps. After finding the Ohio war monument he so desperately wanted to see he couldn't figure out how to get us back onto the 24. Finally told him: "Ya ready for me to get you out of here?" Wham bam thank ya m'aam and we were back on track in 3 minutes.

Also pull it from the LT easily and mount it in the sandbag mount rack in my Silverado (with sound adapter for cig lighter) and works BETTER than the Nav systems in my folks Mercedes' or my daughter's new 4-Runner.

Would NOT recommend anything called Magellan. Have one for my boat and it is junk.
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Check out the Quest, see my post in the GPS section. Seems to fit all your requirements. It's water proof, portable etc...
Memory: 115 MB internal
Is that really enough memory for a 2K-mile trip?
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You'll get lots of info in the GPS section, with most folks going for one of the higher end Garmin units mounted on a shelf. I went a different route (no pun intended) with the Lowrance 500c iWay, primarily because at the time that I bought it it had the largest map database capacity (10 Gigs), MP3 (another 10 Gigs), all US and Canada maps already loaded, 3D bird's eye view, a huge screen with very good daylight viewing, and voice instructions with street names. All of the newer GPS units have most of these features and more now, so I don't know if I would make the same choice today, but it has been a very good unit for my purposes. I also tried several different mounting systems, including the RAM suction cup on the head of the radio unit (it held up OK, but I always was afraid that it was going to pop off) and a homemade shelf that attached to the top of the handlebar covers and to which I screwed a RAM bracket and ball. When I had the bike completely stripped down two weeks ago I played around with all kind of mounting schemes, each more elaborate than the last. I was looking to see if I could use the RAM handlebar mount (threaded U bolt that goes around the bar and attaches to a bracket and ball) even though it would have required cutting the handlebar cover, when I noticed that the hole spacing on the bracket is exactly the same as the distance between the outer (forward) 2 screws on the brake fluid reservoir cover and on the clutch fluid reservoir cover. I pulled one of the (phillips head) screws from the clutch fluid reservoir cover, went to Sears, and got 2 M4 x 20 and 2 M4 x 25 cap head hex screws (not being sure which length would work). Also got washers. After removing the other cover screw I installed the RAM bracket with the M4 x 25 hex screws and washers. The assembly is very solid. I put the 3 inch arm on the ball and the special iWay attachment plate on the other end of the arm, so I now have the GPS almost literally within fingertip distance, and visually just a slight glance down to the left. I ran the power cord under the handlebar cover and dashboard to a fusebox I installed in the nosecone, and from there back to a direct connection with the battery. I've only taken 3 short rides with it so far, but tomorrow I'll do about 400 miles with 4 destinations in 2 states, so that will be a good shakedown cruise.

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Memory: 115 MB internal
Is that really enough memory for a 2K-mile trip?
Yes, Joe, just plotted a trip from Cleveland to Nashville, to Texas, to Roswell, to Tuscon, to Phoenix to Flagstaff to Williams to Grand Canyon. Well over the 2K miles. And memory for a few extra maps around AZ. My spring break, last half of April.

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