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post #1 of 10 Old Apr 8th, 2019, 5:41 pm Thread Starter
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Looking to install a gps on my lt which one works the best and is easy to install?
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post #2 of 10 Old Apr 8th, 2019, 6:07 pm
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how long is a piece of string, you will get so many opinions the easiest is a mobile phone, no installation

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Looking to install a gps on my lt which one works the best and is easy to install?
I think a BMW Navigator is the easiest dedicated GPS to install and one of the best. Probably a generic Garmin motorcycle GPS such as the Zumo 595LM is next easiest to install. The absolute easiest is a smart phone, but you will need a cradle and power as most phone batteries donít last long when doing navigation duty. Also, many wonít tolerate the weather than a motorcycle GPS will nor the heat. And if you are not in cell coverage, then you lose access to things like gas stations and restaurants and canít even navigate if you forgot to download the map for your area.

Many like using their phone for navigation, but I much prefer the combination of my Nav 5 and my iphone. The Nav 5 is a better navigator and I donít have to worry about cell coverage in remote areas. The iphone is nice as a backup and I prefer having two devices so that if one dies I am not SOL. If you only use your phone and it dies due to heat or water or falls form the mount and bounces down the road, you are back to paper maps.

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I think a BMW Navigator is the easiest dedicated GPS to install and one of the best. Probably a generic Garmin motorcycle GPS such as the Zumo 595LM is next easiest to install.

(Snip) The Nav 5 is a better navigator and I donít have to worry about cell coverage in remote areas.
1. The BMW GPS units are all rebranded from Garmin. Why would install of the BMW priced unit be any better/easier for an LT? I'm new to the LT, but I've never seen anything but a ram mount for the BMW setups. Let me know if I've missed something because I'd love to have a more elegant setup.

2. No cell coverage needed to use a phone for GPS. Please stop repeating this falsehood. Any decent smartphone has GPS built in and you can download maps for any area in a jiffy. Several options for programs to download.

I do use both Garmin and phone depending on what I'm doing. Both for the win.
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1. The BMW GPS units are all rebranded from Garmin. Why would install of the BMW priced unit be any better/easier for an LT? I'm new to the LT, but I've never seen anything but a ram mount for the BMW setups. Let me know if I've missed something because I'd love to have a more elegant setup.

2. No cell coverage needed to use a phone for GPS. Please stop repeating this falsehood. Any decent smartphone has GPS built in and you can download maps for any area in a jiffy. Several options for programs to download.

I do use both Garmin and phone depending on what I'm doing. Both for the win.
1. I am quite aware that the BMW units are made by Garmin. I find the BMW stingray mount to be nicer than the RAM mounts and in my case my LT had the mount already installed when I bought it. In addition, the BMW branded unit comes with connectors that plug right into the VOICE II intercom with no wiring required.

2. Please actually read my post before you reply. I am quite aware of the capabilities if my iphone both within and without cell coverage. As I clearly wrote, outside of cell coverage you lose access to things contained in the GPS database such as gas stations and restaurants. And, I am well aware that you can download maps in advance which is why I said you could not navigate UNLESS you had downloaded the maps in advance.

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Voyager - I've never seen the stingray mount. Is this still available? I looked at the fiche and didn't see anything for the older bikes. If it is would it allow mounting of a more current GPS?

I have my GPS mounted high on my GS and love being able to glance at it without taking my eyes down. I use it as my speedometer so I don't have to look down at the dashboard very often - I'm thinking the stingray may be too low for this tall rider to use.

I'll stand by my comments on #2: Your second paragraph implies depending on cell coverage - which isn't needed if you pulled maps. Even the functionality of points of interest (gas, etc.) can be loaded onto the phone if that's what you want to have.

Anyone got photos of the stingray mount with a "modern" GPS on it?
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I have an old Garmin Zumo 550 'mounted' on the stingray, held on by JB Weld (it's been there for at least 7 years) and wired to a Fuzeblock. The ram mount is secure and there have been no issues for years. The power button has long since disappeared, and the duct tape covering the hole is easily replaced. I use the GPS for speed mostly, so not interested in spending lots of money for a fancy one that I wouldn't use all the features. (I do enjoy using the option to find out the altitude while in the mountains).

My source for any directions or routing is WAZE-just plug in my destination and as long as I can stand it, listen to her directions. The phone is much more up to date with updates and real time information.

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Probably a generic Garmin motorcycle GPS such as the Zumo 595LM is next easiest to install.

Bought one over Christmas and really just learning all the features of this device......My only complaint on mounting was the bulky wiring harness....where to store extra wire?


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Probably a generic Garmin motorcycle GPS such as the Zumo 595LM is next easiest to install.

Bought one over Christmas and really just learning all the features of this device......My only complaint on mounting was the bulky wiring harness....where to store extra wire?
My 660LM had the extra wires, too. Did some looking around and learned that I could cut off the unused sections of cable leaving just the power cord extending to the Fuzeblock.

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Probably a generic Garmin motorcycle GPS such as the Zumo 595LM is next easiest to install.

Bought one over Christmas and really just learning all the features of this device......My only complaint on mounting was the bulky wiring harness....where to store extra wire?
When I bought my Nav V it was about $150 more than the Zumo. However, given that it was completely plug and play with my existing stingray Nav III mount and VOICE II intercom, that made it worth the premium to me. Although, the TPMS feature of the Zumo would have been nice.

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