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post #1 of 8 Old Jul 23rd, 2007, 3:08 pm Thread Starter
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.. price is great, but the question is it any good and will serve the purpose ... in case I 'll go for it how do you mount it to the Bike???
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post #2 of 8 Old Jul 23rd, 2007, 4:41 pm
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Yair, how old is the SP3 you are considering buying? There were some limitations on memory (128MB).
There are some good deals to be had on eBay if you look under Street Pilot 2720 or 2730 if you want bluetooth. Snatched one for just above $300 refurbished and a warranty.
I will mount mine on a BMRT shelf, next to the Escort radar detector. I just don't like the cradle on top of the radio on my 05... but that is just me.
You can mount your GPS on an arm such as the one in the picture below.
The trickiest part is to figure out how to interface with the comm system on your bike if you have one, or to your headset if you want voice turn by turn directions.
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post #3 of 8 Old Jul 23rd, 2007, 5:10 pm Thread Starter
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Hello Gilles

Good to hear from you and thanks for the advise.

Those StreetPilot i3 are running at about $145 Refurbished with 1 year warranty. The Card issue, well, It comes with the Mini SD 128MB, which, I Guss, can be swapped with larger one, Since you telling me that there is away to mount it to the bike, my only concern is there endurability (I know that they are not waterproof) ... and of course connecting to my Autocome sys.
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Yair, the 128 MB card is the maximum size you can use on that unit.
On the good news side the Street Pilot Series are waterproof.
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Hello Gilles

Good to hear from you and thanks for the advise.

Those StreetPilot i3 are running at about $145 Refurbished with 1 year warranty. The Card issue, well, It comes with the Mini SD 128MB, which, I Guss, can be swapped with larger one, Since you telling me that there is away to mount it to the bike, my only concern is there endurability (I know that they are not waterproof) ... and of course connecting to my Autocome sys.

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post #5 of 8 Old Jul 23rd, 2007, 8:29 pm
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Screen is tiny

Yair,
I have the StreetPilot I3, and have it mounted and tethered on the brake reservoir . I can take photo's later this week if you're interested in the details of how it is mounted.

I really recommend getting a GPS with a larger display. The I3 has a tiny screen, and it is difficult (read: Dangerous) to try and read the upcoming street names on the display. The turn-by-turn directional display is good enough to show you when to turn, but taking your eyes off the road long enough to actually read the display is not advised.

The 128Mb card is large enough that I have CA, NV, AZ & Western TX loaded, so it does hold a lot of maps, and is easy to change the maps.

I don't know how to integrate it into the comm system, but if you did it would only tell you "turn right in 1/4 mile". I'm saving my pennies to buy a larger unit, and something with bluetooth and Text to Speech. Since I have used the I3 in the car for quite a while, I'm used to looking only at the turn indicator screen and not the street name details.

This is a good unit, but overall I don't recommend it for the bike.

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I've got the Streetpilot (new model came out a month after my purchase) and I like all of the features EXCEPT that the software (PC) is not user friendly for me! Just takes too long to learn and the Street Pilot III is very slow in the re-routing mode. I would want a newer model with a faster processor. Don't know if my terminology is correct, but I have read that the newer models re-rout much quicker.

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Yair, the 128 MB card is the maximum size you can use on that unit.
On the good news side the Street Pilot Series are waterproof.
Not true - I'm running a 256MB card in mine. The specific card came from http://www.it-datamedia.de but I don't know if cards from other suppliers work as well. Why wouldn't they? It's just a card!

Look here:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...t&isfrommerc=1

It's good on the bike - basically because it's very rugged and waterproof. I run mine with no voice connection, which means I sometimes miss turns but it's no big deal. Anyway, her on the back keeps her eye on it!

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I use a 256 chip in mine also - no problem at all other than the unit is a little slow, which has nothing to do with the chip.

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