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First long trip on my V650

I am looking to plan my first long camping trip on my 2017 Versys 650. Do you guys use a motorcycle specific GPS, phone with an app ( I downloaded Rever as of now) or an old school map? I am new to camping from my bike and would like to stay off the interstate as much as possible. Any advice around motocamping and travel is appreciated!
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...Do you guys use a motorcycle specific GPS, phone with an app ( I downloaded Rever as of now) or an old school map?...
I use a non-bike specific Garmin GPS (Nuvi550) that is waterproof, and sometimes a map.

If you're interested in what I do, motorcycle camping, look thru this short ride-report:

https://www.kawasakiversys.com/forum...8-19-july.html
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I used google maps with my phone and set a way point or two to avoid roads I didn’t want to deal with. Worked great 99% of the time, if my case was more waterproof it would have been perfect. This obviously relies on cell service and a charging port.

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On long ride or cross boarder ride , i use bike specified GPS and map. But the most important point you must have some plan and not get lost. In case you rely on service tower/cell phone for route than carry a map with you. Inform someone on your possible route and lead time to return home.

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We use the Garmin Zumo 396 LMT-S on our bikes and have been very satisfied. All of ours are wired into the power supply and the head snaps on and off easily.

Motocamping advice? Light and small. The good stuff is expensive but will last a lifetime. We get most of our stuff at REI. Pricey but exceptional quality and they back your purchases. I think if you buy a shoe there and it fails within a year, take it back and they’ll replace them free.

One thing I can recommend is their merino wool socks. They have their REI brand and smartwool. Your feet will love them. Kept us dry and cool in the summer and toasty in the winter. $20 a pair and a wise investment.

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I'm still stuck on old school maps, and also route charts that I create. The last 10 or so years, I've supplemented those with GPS, but only for the trip computer/compass, etc. functions and not for directions, so basically just to use as a scrolling map. Lately I've ditched dedicated GPS units and am instead using a $75 used waterproof/vibe proof "phablet" (Kyocera Duraforce) with no SIM card or carrier, running an off-line map/nav app (OsmAnd, but there are others).

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I ride with a smartphone and an app. Invested in a waterproof soft case and it works OK - I guess it'd be more ergonomic to use a purpose-built motorcycle GPS but those are expensive.

I use google maps for local riding and Kurviger for trips. Kurviger can work in offline mode and route curvy tracks that avoid main roads, it works really well. The app actually showed me some roads nearby I didn't know existed.

The pros of smartphones:
- variety of nav apps
- maps are always up to date
- searching and navigating to POIs is backed by google's database ("are there any good restaurants here? this one has 4.5 stars, get me there")
- pairs with your intercom and can be simultaneously used for music, calls, etc.
- you probably already own one

The cons:
- can overheat, especially in waterproof cases and during charging
- clunky to operate in waterproof cases
- the screen might not be readable in peak sunlight, depending on your phone model
- might be unusable in gloves, depending on your glove model

My opinion - if it's your first trip, ride with the stuff you have. If you end up hating using the phone, consider a GPS, but it might just work great for you.

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I ride with a smartphone and an app. Invested in a waterproof soft case and it works OK - I guess it'd be more ergonomic to use a purpose-built motorcycle GPS but those are expensive.

I use google maps for local riding and Kurviger for trips. Kurviger can work in offline mode and route curvy tracks that avoid main roads, it works really well. The app actually showed me some roads nearby I didn't know existed.

The pros of smartphones:
- variety of nav apps
- maps are always up to date
- searching and navigating to POIs is backed by google's database ("are there any good restaurants here? this one has 4.5 stars, get me there")
- pairs with your intercom and can be simultaneously used for music, calls, etc.
- you probably already own one

The cons:
- can overheat, especially in waterproof cases and during charging
- clunky to operate in waterproof cases
- the screen might not be readable in peak sunlight, depending on your phone model
- might be unusable in gloves, depending on your glove model

My opinion - if it's your first trip, ride with the stuff you have. If you end up hating using the phone, consider a GPS, but it might just work great for you.



You couldn't have said it any better. I will try my phone and map, if I hate that method then I know to get a gps. Thanks for the comment!
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We use the Garmin Zumo 396 LMT-S on our bikes and have been very satisfied. All of ours are wired into the power supply and the head snaps on and off easily.

Motocamping advice? Light and small. The good stuff is expensive but will last a lifetime. We get most of our stuff at REI. Pricey but exceptional quality and they back your purchases. I think if you buy a shoe there and it fails within a year, take it back and they’ll replace them free.

One thing I can recommend is their merino wool socks. They have their REI brand and smartwool. Your feet will love them. Kept us dry and cool in the summer and toasty in the winter. $20 a pair and a wise investment.

Enjoy your adventure!

I couldn't agree more with your statement. I purchased a 2 person tent from REI and have used their socks for years. I used them in the Marines vs the crappy ones they issued us or sold on base store.

Thanks!
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