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Motorcycle GPS units

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by DeadEye, Oct 2, 2021.

  1. RodgerMillan

    RodgerMillan Just got it firing!

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    Deadeye, check out this https://www.motorcycleid.com/moto-guzzi-gps-navigators/ you'll find a wide range of GPS kits.
    Here's a post about gps navigators, https://www.motorcycle.com/products/motorcycle-gps-buyers-guide
    hope that this could helps you.
     
  2. DeadEye

    DeadEye GT Reference GT di Razza Pura

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    Thanks Rodger, always interesting to hear others perspective in the write up's !

    Don
     
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  3. Bisbonian

    Bisbonian Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    My Spanish is pretty poor, but usually I can get by. We did not run into any checkpoints on this trip, possibly a first for me.

    Here's a pic of where the road had a rough section going down into the canyon. Locals say it's been like this for almost 3 years. The picture is poor, taken on my iPod Touch, and only shows the portion where the surface got good enough were I could pull over and put the stand down. The bad spot is further back and to the right, you only get a small bit of the steep decline in the photo.

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  4. DeadEye

    DeadEye GT Reference GT di Razza Pura

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    Wow that pretty bad for a Good spot !
    What’s the guy down the hill riding a trike ???
     
  5. Raven

    Raven High Miler GT Famiglia

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    That road is worse than the roads around here!:p
    At least it has a guardrail to keep the larger stones from rolling out of the way off the road.
     
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    DeadEye GT Reference GT di Razza Pura

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    We Wouldn't want one of the larger boulders to fall on Someone else down the hill
    We need to focus the on those coming up that part !!
     
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  7. NTX-er

    NTX-er Just got it firing!

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    I recently picked up a Garmin Zumo 396 to replace my trusty old 2720 Street Pilot. I use it in my car and motorcycle and so far I like it a lot. I use racing type gloves that dont have the finger-tip thingy and the touch screen works well (despite my big fingers). I had been using Google Maps on my phone but that is not practical on the bike nor is it as functional when the cell signal drops in the mountains.

    I like that you are able to choose what shows on the map (gas stations, food, hotel/motel, etc). I turn all that off so my route is easy to see at a glance. When I need gas I just change the map view to find a station along the route.

    The screen is big enough although bigger would be better. On a bike you need to see things at a glance - my work around is a pair of sunglasses with "readers" cut into the lower part of the lens. The XT and 595 were just too much $$$ for the bigger screen and so far I am happy with the 396.

    I have not linked the Zumo with my phone to take advantage of the traffic and weather so I cant comment on those features. I also dont play music on it or have it set up so I can make or take phone calls. The sound of my bike is the only music I want to hear and as for calls...shoot....those are the people Im trying to avoid.

    The mount is excellent and secure. It snaps in and out easily plus the unit "knows" (by the power connection) what type of vehicle your using (bike or cage).

    The only draw back so far is the battery life could be longer but considering the size of the unit its not bad. I got about about a 12 hour day before it needed to be charged. That includes using the unit to find multiple destinations and good pizza parlors. I now have the cradle wired to the bikes electrical and only use the battery for route planning when off the bike.

    I typically use the Zumo to find my way home after wandering aimlessly in the mountains or to give my wife an ETA after she realizes I've been gone all day. I have made a few routes using way-points and its fairly easy and works well. I have not tried the Garmin software to upload a route yet so I have nothing for you there.

    The 396 has far more features, abilities, functions than my old Street Pilot. It appears as durable but time will tell.
    Overall - I give it a thumbs up.
     
  8. DeadEye

    DeadEye GT Reference GT di Razza Pura

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    NTX-er thank you for the detailed write up !
    Have you tried the twisty route option ?

    I’ve started riding with bifocals now, so was wondering what the difference in screen resolution between the XT and the 396 would be like in daily use ?
    Yes the extra 200-300$ To move up to the XT, is a lot of gas and pizza !
     
  9. Bisbonian

    Bisbonian Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Tom has a 955 Tiger which he sent up to DMC last year to have a sidecar mounted. This was his first big ride after brining it home. He got more comfortable as the week wore on, it was the twisty bits that gave him trouble.

    Here's a better picture of his rig:
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  10. NTX-er

    NTX-er Just got it firing!

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    Deadeye - sorry! been out of state working and just got back.
    The first time I tried the Adventurous Route mode it didnt make any significant changes in the route going to my destination! As it "turns" out (pun intended) you need to be careful what route restrictions are enabled (no hwy, no dirt roads, no tolls, etc) otherwise it severely limits the routing. I need to test it some more in areas where I know the roads and see what it comes up with versus what I like.

    As for using the Zumo with bifocals - it is the only way I can see the screen details clearly now (aging eyes.....). The screen size I think is OK - the problem is with my eyes. Hope this helps you
     
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