I installed my first "auto" GPS 50,000 miles / 3 years ago. It was a Garmin Nuvi 265WT.....I ride with the GPS everyday. About a year ago I changed out the Nuvi 265WT for a Nuvi 1450 LMT, the "L" as in lifetime maps and it does routes. The 265 has bluetooth, I installed a bluetooth setup in my helmet, but I never felt the need to have the GPS talking to me...it is always on mute anyway.
Speedy Dash mount with Ram Ball cradle and mounts. Dedicated 12V-5V powersupply off of my aux harness.
I use a waterproof map pouch to slide over the GPS for riding in the rain and I cover the GPS unit with a small black waterproof stuff sack when parked to keep it out-of-sight-out-of-mind of passers-by.
The 265 still works, the map was 2 years old and it wasn't cost effective to buy a map update....so I told myself to get the "route" capability with the 1450.
Both GPS's have always worked with gloves, summer weight to winter/waterproof gloves. My smartphone needs the capacitance thread or buttons in the glove fingertips to work.
I consider the GPS an essential part of my bike and the free feature of being able to download your rides from the GPS tracks is a great way to save your rides.
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