Originally Posted by ESE_VERSYS2013
I have a regular tomtom, the most inexpensive one, and it works fine. I have the RAM set up and it's flawless.
I do have a question... what's so special about motorcycle-specific gps that they cost way more expensive than a automobile gps like a tomtom or garmin? I saw one for over $400!
Well I have a dedicated motorcycle gps (Nuvi 550) because I wanted to make sure the following:
- glove friendly
- bigger battery life.
- Can use CUSTOM ROUTES
IMO Biggest win: Custom Routes. Besides motorcycle GPS's, i dont think maybe low end models do this. You can create a custom route using garmin software, then upload it to your GPS for it to follow. What does that mean? Want to take ALL those really weird back roads through the woods rather than 'shortest distance' or 'no highway'? Well - you can do it! And you can do it AHEAD of time. So go ahead and plan your 3 day adventure 2 months ahead of time, or just download the routes that other people have made and start it up!. This is the coolest thing these GPS's offer IMO.
The glove thing is amazing, I mean, you can change navigation while moving, which is really nice not to have to stop and take your gloves off.
The waterproofing is also very very very nice. I dont have to 'freak out' if I start seeing some mean looking clouds. If I am on a long trip, sometimes I get caught in some serious downpours, but I just leave it on! I even wash my bike with the GPS still on, no worries and works great.
Battery Life - It lasts a few hours (maybe around 3) without being plugged in. Thats quite nice, as most car models will last like 30 minutes without being plugged in. If you have a cig lighter, then this doesnt matter much, but sometimes I like to be charging my cell phone rather than the GPS always.
However, if you dont want to pay a premium, I agree, just buy a $70 gps and $20 RAM mount and you got a nice setup for under 100!