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My own V GPS navigator

Greetings V Bikers,

Firstly, I don't use/need a complete GPS navigator 90% of the time..
I live out of town and only use it to places that I don't go often (mostly Kuala Lumpur,Thailand and Singapore).
Therefore I needed something portable and removeable.

My Nokia E71 has the garmin program and does the route calculations.
Using the headphones allows me to hear the commands of where to go.
The telephone holder sticks to the petrol tank and being behind the windsheild , the wind is minimum at speeds.

Being using this setup for a while so it works for me.
Have the same in my car.

Thank you and Best Regards.
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I use a Megellan hunting/fishing GPS on my V, I have it cliped to the handle bar and hard wired to the batt.

I would love to ride my V through SE Asia. My wife and I backpacked through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore in 2005. I rented a little Honda along the way and it was nuts in the city, foot peg to foot peg, cars and trucks head straight at you leaving you no choice but to physically push the bike beside you out of the way.
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Hello Naturesway,

You are sure right about riding through this part of the world. It is super fun!
Here, other road users tend to respect the big bikes. That is sad though.
Everyone has the right to be using the same road.

For my make do GPS, have though of other ways to fix it better on the V.

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Looks like can live without putting my handphone/GPS on the bike but in my stich pocket. I was unsure if it won't lose the GPS sat. signals.
Tested it and so far that sexy voice in the headphone had got me to/back some places.

Cheers and Thanks.
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stlee, I'm surprised the suction cup stays on the tank with that kind of weight and leverage with all the bumps and vibration, but if it works, it works.

I put my GPS attachment at the top of my Givi wind shield. It makes reading it a whole lot easier, plus, I want my peripheral vision to still be seeing ahead while I look at the GPS. When I had my GPS lower, I can not see ahead enough as I look down at the GPS.
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Hi Atgatt,

It only stayed on as the suction cup was those clamp types.

Have thought of putting velcro on the back of the phone/GPS and stick it on the windsheild. This would be a safer bet.
As you mention this would also be better as it will be more like a head up display instead of looking down.

However after trying the phone/GPS in my stich, I think this will be the best I can get. I was unsure of GPS signal loss but it was ok throughout.
Plus being the forgetful person I can be, leaving my phone/GPS on the bike here is not a good thing.

Now the set up is after locking in the destination, that lovely lady voice will guide/order me around. I just love it!

Take care.
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Hey stlee29.

What's with the ear plugs? Do you have a full face helmet? How do you keep those plugs in? I regularly knock off my foam ear plugs when pulling my helmet on. I've never successfully kept a single ear plug in for a ride. Eventually I gave up.

Got any tips?

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Hi Under,

Using the Shoei multitec (a flip up which is also a full face helmet).
http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/shoei/multitec/

For the headphones, using Sony mdr nx1.
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR-NX1-S...amic-Earphones
/dp/B0007N55MS#moreAboutThisProduct

IMHO, this headphone has a leather neck strap which is comfortable and prevents the it from dropping down. You can walk around with it around the neck.
The ear bud fits snugly in the ear giving the stereo surrounding effect.

I like it and hope you will like it too.

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Hi,

Thinking about something similar for my non-waterproof GPS.

http://www.mandp.co.uk/productinfo/5...e-other/Tech-7
It looks it's even on a V. Here it comes.... on the Green

http://www.mandp.co.uk/productinfo/5...age-other/Givi


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Hey stlee29.

What's with the ear plugs? Do you have a full face helmet? How do you keep those plugs in? I regularly knock off my foam ear plugs when pulling my helmet on. I've never successfully kept a single ear plug in for a ride. Eventually I gave up.

Got any tips?
Here is a tip for ear plus.

Get a roll of toilet paper and drop it in your givi case or what bags you have. when you need a ear plug, just tear a section from the toilet paper and fold first in quarters and roll it like a plug. Its disposable, you get a new plug every time and you have a plug any time you want. Best part you can modulate the sound level to want to hear or don't want to hear. Believe me it works and its cheap.
Try it and I carry a roll in my bags all the time.
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Here is a tip for ear plus.

Get a roll of toilet paper and drop it in your givi case or what bags you have. when you need a ear plug, just tear a section from the toilet paper and fold first in quarters and roll it like a plug. Its disposable, you get a new plug every time and you have a plug any time you want. Best part you can modulate the sound level to want to hear or don't want to hear. Believe me it works and its cheap.
Try it and I carry a roll in my bags all the time.
... and I BET it really helps (the roll, that is) if you're having a "CRAPPY" day...!

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