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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-09-2019, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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I'm wondering what kind of navigation you guys use on the bikes?
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I've been using a cheapo car unit for about 3 years. Garmin Nuvi 2589. I figured on getting a year or two out of it and then replace with another cheapo/throw away unit. So far I'm ahead in that game. In that time frame I've traveled about 50 to 60k miles. I do put it away or cover with a sandwich bag in heavy or steady rain.

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Same here, cheaper car unit, when I use one, I think it’s a Garmin Drive 60, big 6” screen. Had to install the 12v plug in outlet for it.

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Zumo 500. its an obsolete model now , but still good. Installed with Motowerk GPS mount.

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Phone. Google Maps (downloaded areas I'm going to if I will be out of cell service). If I know where I am going and just want traffic alerts (and cop alerts) I use waze. But if I have no clue where I am going to and need directions, the google maps are better for letting you know stuff like 2 left turn lanes that kind of thing it is very useful.
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Garmin zumo 396. Rain or shine. 80 miles a day commute. from below freezing in the winter to high-90's midwest summer. No problems after more than a year.

It also offers "LiveTrack" so people you "invite" can follow your ride. Now when I'm late getting home from work my wife can see where I'm stuck in traffic. And "Incident Detection" - it can detect a crash and notify someone you designate.

I also have a DriveSmart 61 LMT-S in the car - much bigger, nicer screen. Less expensive. BUT...
not weather proof
not shock proof
not glove friendly
not designed to be hard-wired (uses 12V plug)
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I'm wondering what kind of navigation you guys use on the bikes?
I use may cell phone. LG G6 in my case and a X-Grip RAM mount with a handle bar stem ball mount. This connects to my BlueTooth headset to give me voice prompts. I power it with a short USB cable connected to a USB 3 adaptor in my 12V socket. You can also by a ball mount for your windshield to use the same RAM Mount in your car when not driving your bike.

For software, I use a variety of software but mostly Google Maps (pre-downloaded so I don't use as much data). There is also a variety of other GPS software and motorcycle related software for Android and probably Apple as well.

In this day and age, I feel the dedicated GPS is obsolete.

My cell phone is waterproof, as are almost all new phones, however you can through a Glad sandwich bag over one that is not when it rains.
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I use a Zumo 350LM. I've used the phone in the past but bright Florida sunlight washes out the screen and its difficult to see.
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I've had a Zumo 550 since 2010 just replaced it last year because i came across a sweet deal on a newer Zumo 390LM. Never had any issues and i now use it in my Xterra. Survived one bad crash and plenty of nasty weather. Heres a Zumo 550 for sale for $150.00 shipped on another forum that i almost scooped up.....https://www.versys1000.com/index.php/topic,18562.0.html

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Got a Garmin Nuvi 550 (waterproof car-unit) on each of my Vs. They work fine, but little 'unusual' things have started to happen.



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Got a Garmin Nuvi 550 (waterproof car-unit) on each of my Vs. They work fine, but little 'unusual' things have started to happen.
If you haven't already, try calling Garmin Support - they're knowledgeable and helpful.
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I have gone through a half dozen car GPSs and finally bit the bullet and got a Zumo 590. I love the 590. I hate dealing with the phone GPS and it also drains my phone battery worse than any other app.

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Thank you guys so much the lots of great replies. I may stay with my cell phone as a navigation device.
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Paper (or plasticized) maps. In a pocket on the top of the tank bag. Or, written cryptic instructions in an armband ID holder around my left forearm.

I don't go to a bunch of places nearby but hard to find, so I don't need a GPS nagging me when to turn. I can remember to go north on the freeway, and then look at the note in my armband for the exit #. If it is a long trip then I will be making fuel/food/bathroom stops every couple of hours and can look at the physical map.

In the car I don't use gps either.

But I'm not navigating to lots of new or hard to find destinations frequently.
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I use my iPhone and use Scenic as my navigation app. It’s a motorcycle specific navigation app.


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Hi Bzotya - like you, I use my cell phone. I sometimes take the ferry to Vancouver and go to see clients. The bike is great through the city, especially if there are traffic issues.

But rather than mounting it on my bike as another distraction, I program my destination using Google Maps, put the cell phone in my jacket pocket, and listen to navigation instructions through some (running) bluetooth earbuds. Running earbuds are waterproof (if you sweat) and usually go around your ear to stay on better. This takes a little fiddling around before you get going but it works pretty well. Under my helmet, I can easily hear Google Assistant above wind and traffic noise plus if I get a notification or phone call ( if I'm not on Android Auto) I can pull over and deal with it if necessary.

The beauty of this is my phone is in my pocket - I can keep my eyes on the road. Google Assistant only barks at me when necessary.

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