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I am using the Harley-Davidson Road Tech Quest GPS navigation system. It is actually a Garmin, but it says Harley-Davidson on it so they can charge you more for it. It's an add-on, but with a fairing mount made for my bike. Both the unit and the mount are purchased from Harley-Davidson.

I really like the way it works and the things it can do. The only thing I'm not crazy about is the small screen. The Goldwing 1800 GPS has a much larger screen and better display. I have not had a chance to play with one and I would like to know if it can do afew critical things that I would not want to be without.

The most important is the computer software. My Garmin unit has computer mapping software for my home computer, with which I can sit at my desk and easily create and edit routes and waypoints and then download them (via USB) directly to the unit. It is MUCH easier than trying to work up a route on the unit. I can also, while riding,save my current locationat any time, name it, describe it, and navigate to it later. I can upload these waypoints to the home computer for safekeeping. They can be categorized and arranged in logical groups. I can save and store an unlimited number of routes and waypoints on my home computer and download the ones needed for the part of the country I'm riding in. If I am following a route and I miss a turn, or intentionally do not turn where it tells me to, it will automatically recalculate the route and find me the next best route from where I am. It's really quite an excellent system except for the small screen.

I know very little about the 1800 Goldwing's onboard GPS. I've seen them and I know the display is nice, but I didn't have an opportunity to learn much about them. Could some of you who have them please elaborate a little with some details on what they can and cannot do and how they operate, with specific attention to the things I mentioned above? I will appreciate it.....

Thanx......... Rick
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The most important is the computer software. My Garmin unit has computer mapping software for my home computer, with which I can sit at my desk and easily create and edit routes and waypoints and then download them (via USB) directly to the unit. It is MUCH easier than trying to work up a route on the unit. I can also, while riding,save my current locationat any time, name it, describe it, and navigate to it later. I can upload these waypoints to the home computer for safekeeping. They can be categorized and arranged in logical groups. I can save and store an unlimited number of routes and waypoints on my home computer and download the ones needed for the part of the country I'm riding in. If I am following a route and I miss a turn, or intentionally do not turn where it tells me to, it will automatically recalculate the route and find me the next best route from where I am. It's really quite an excellent system except for the small screen.
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The unit on the 1800 is also a Garmin, but it seems tobe a pretty basic unit. Yes, the large display is VERY nice and it also has the ability to save waypoints and name them so you can navigate to them later.

But I have not found a way to program routes from the home computer and take them to the unit on the 1800.

I am NOT a GPS Guru, so maybe someonewill come along and tell us how that is done.

There is a feature on the 1800 unit that is not on the one I use in my car. With no programed route, I can zoom out to a point where the unit will orient itself like a handheld map with North being the top of the map. Then it is much easierto keep up with where I am in relationship to other points on the map. It helps prevent those wrong turns and/or the stops to look at the map tofind out where you are. Not that I've ever had to do that!

I hope this helps ...

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Both of my GPS units are Garmin, the 2730 and the Nuvi 600.

Both will do what Rick is talking about. From what I know of the 1800 GPS unit, Honda does not allow us to interface a computer to it at all. A real bad miscue in my opinion.

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The interface to the navi, as far as I have read so far, is to buy an up-dated card that slides into the gps unit located in the trunk. I purchased my bike about 6 weeks ago, and the card in it right now trys to route me from my house, to some locations, across a bridge and a road that hasn't existed for 10 years. So either I got an old card in my new bike, or they aren't updated on any regular basis.

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Both of my GPS units are Garmin, the 2730 and the Nuvi 600.

Both will do what Rick is talking about. From what I know of the 1800 GPS unit, Honda does not allow us to interface a computer to it at all. A real bad miscue in my opinion.
Somewhere on this forum, someone worked out how to use mapsource to update the card.

Do a search on 08 gps etc to find info

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I have an 08 Wing with Nav. The software database is very outdated and to replace the card cost $199.00. To my knowledge the existing card can not be updated but I may be wrong. It is an expensive toy for sure and Honda could have done much better for a bike that is not exactly a low cost set of wheels. Ride long and often.
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Regarding the Gold Wing Nav unit in reference to updating the software this article may help.

http://www.dandmbr.co.uk/goldwing/?cat=19
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Thanks wilkoi, I just updated my Bookmarks with that info.
Dave's Blog does a pretty good job of explaining how to use
Garmin's navigator program to update the maps.

Too bad though that the OS isn't being updated with "normal" features that we all use on GPS units.

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I know we spent a lot for the gps that came with the bike
But can we go get a newer up date gps that will fit in the dash board

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