Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK
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+1 on the Garmin Zumo 500/550 mount
+1 onthe speedy mount, although the OEM GPS mount ain't bad.
Tom Tom rider is (I'm told) supposed to be simialr to ZUmo, but I think misses some of the hardware thats is/was budled in the 550 kit.
you can fit a car GPS into an otterbox or similar waterproof box but persoanlly I think it looks kludgey.
wiring it up is up to you, I use a feed from an accessory fusebox controlled by a relay so the GPS power is only active when the ignition is on. I';ve heard peopel sucesfully tapping into wither the side/running light or dipped beam headlight. however some people have reproted that soem GPS's reset (loose power) if you switch the fullbeam on. presumably there is some form of power reset triggered. whether that applies to the Zumo's I don't know as the have a fairly hefty battery thats runs for several hours.
one thing to bear in mind is that the Zumo's are more robust to vibration and do last longer than car type.
the ZUM0 660 is smaller and neater than the 550's.. There is also supposed to be a Nuvi that is waterproof
If you go with either Tom Tom or Garmin you should be OK, the other brands may well work but I'd be suspicious
another alternative is to get a more swanky modern phone which has GPS built in and can use mapping software. that includes virtually all modern smartphones and followers such as Nokia, LG, Samsung and iPhone