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Magnetic Map Holder Recommendation?

Anyone here have a magnetic map holder similar to this?



With our odd shaped tank due to the fairings, I was wondering if anyone has one that works well before I bought one on amazon.com (9"X8"). If you do, would you please snap a photo of it in place and provide some ordering information so I could buy one?


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Come on Capn.
In today's electronic age. I bet most people don't know what a map or atlas is. They just go to the GPS and follow it blindly.

But no I have not seen one.
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Come on Capn.
In today's electronic age. I bet most people don't know what a map or atlas is. They just go to the GPS and follow it blindly.

But no I have not seen one.
Haha!! GPS has its place on my handlebars as well, but I like my maps and written directions first, and the GPS when I am totally bass akwards of where I should be!

Thanks for the laugh!!
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I have to get on my kids (18 & 20) about directions and maps. They ask me how to get there, Like I have all the answers. I send them to my good friend Google to looked it up and print it. Have them reviewed the directions and even looked a street view to familiarize them selves on how to get there. I am mean. I did not buy them GPS for the cars.
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Haha!! GPS has its place on my handlebars as well, but I like my maps and written directions first, and the GPS when I am totally bass akwards of where I should be!

Thanks for the laugh!!
Yep, I sure agree with that. Last summer while traveling from Maine back to Texas we visited (or tried to anyway) several Civil War sites along the way.

When we asked the GPS to take us to Harper's Ferry it apparently became confused and took us all around Robin Hood's barn (I never have understood that phrase) - to a cemetery, up a VERY narrow one lane road, then five miles in the wrong direction! It was probably laughing up it's sleeve (I've never understood that phrase either). Paper maps and written directions will always have a place in our travel packet. It's a well-learned lesson from boating - no matter how good the GPS it will never replace paper charts.

If you find an acceptable magnetic map holder I hope you'll tell the rest of us.

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If you find an acceptable magnetic map holder I hope you'll tell the rest of us.
Will do!
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On the 1,000 miler I just did from last Sunday till Thursday, I knew the way to my destinations, but put it into my Garmin Nuvi 550 to have an ETA.

Imagine my surprise when (BOTH WAYS!!!) it came up with a routing TWO hours longer than the way I went. And - I DO have it set for shortest time.... In BOTH instances it kept insisting I turn back till I'd gone probably 50 to a 100 miles past where it thought I should turn, and THEN it came up with an ETA two hours sooner!

Like others here, I always have a map in the pocket on my tank-bag, and I can't imagine just blindly following GPS on a long trip. Looking for an address...? Different situation.


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I've got one similar to it.....Made by road gear. Though I got their version that straps-on.
GPS is needless tech in my most humble opinion ( I'll probably catch hell for that comment)...most of the time I never actually use the map in front of me because after studying the map pre-trip, I retain all I need to remember.
I just keep it around for reference. also keep a good quality compass with me too...both, no batteries required!
Works well and no bulk of a tank bag.
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I've got one similar to it.....Made by road gear. Though I got their version that straps-on.
I found it on their site. http://roadgear.com/three-point-tank-holder-p-56.html

Can you post up some photos of how it sits and how you attached please!

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why not just make one your self with zip lock freezer bags and refridgerator magnets the flat flexible magnets. Just slip the magnets in the bag under the map.


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why not just make one your self with zip lock freezer bags and refridgerator magnets the flat flexible magnets. Just slip the magnets in the bag under the map.
You know, that's not a bad idea!
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You know, that's not a bad idea!
Thanks Capn, just make sure the magnet is strong enough
http://www.amazon.com/Flexible-Magnetic-Material-12-inch-Magnetizing/dp/B001NGE9C0


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At the fabricating shop where I work, a lot of the steel comes in with the mill certifications in a plastic slip envelope that has a flexible magnet on one end. Monday I'll see how well they fit the gas tank. I love my gps but there something comforting about a map and the compass that's always in my jacket.
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why not just make one your self with zip lock freezer bags and refridgerator magnets the flat flexible magnets. Just slip the magnets in the bag under the map.
That's what I did on my trip last year. The flat flex magnets were not strong enough though, so I just used some regular small magnets, one in each corner of a heavy duty freezer bag. You can see it on the tank here:


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My girlfriend bought me a small tank bag. I took it to a sewing place and had them take the magnetic wings off the side and sew them back on the front and back. Tank bag fits great and holds the map.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...-Tank-Bag.aspx
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I just ordered this Givi T483 Tank Bag from The Motorcycle Superstore and was surprised to see that it is made to fit the 2010 Versys. I don't think the tanks on the 2010 are significantly different from other years but it's got everything I want in a tank bag. It's a good size for rain gear, a clear map pocket on top, extra side pockets for a phone, keys, wallet, glasses etc.
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...T.ac=SLIsearch

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