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Taking off the Garmin

So my bike had a Garmin Zumo when I bought it. It's mounted on a Ram mount on the left handlebar clutch handle perch.
I never cared for GPS, and while I use Google maps when traveling for work, I've never been lost on a Goldwing. Taken some roads that I didn't mean to take, but I'm still not lost !!!

So I wanted to take the Garmin off , but keep it for a just in case. Would I be safe to just tuck the wires back in the handlebar and leave them connected wherever they connect to?
That way if I ever wanted to use it the wires are there ?
I plan to use the Ram mount for a cup holder.
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So I wanted to take the Garmin off , but keep it for a just in case. Would I be safe to just tuck the wires back in the handlebar and leave them connected wherever they connect to?
Sure, I have wiring for 3 different devices held to the handlebar under a velcro strap, there for when I need them.

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Wasn't really excited about completely removing the wires.
As sure as I did I'd find a reason to plug the dang thing back in.
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My GPS is a Primary Instrument, it will never, ever, be removed from my bike.


I have wires tucked back also, labeled as to what they are for.

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Yeah GPS is my first choice when I want to get lost.

Now my new insurance has given me a GPS tracker for my car. On one trip it showed me accelerate from 1 mph to 138 mph while making a U-turn, then running up to 154 mph in about 100 yards and making another U-turn, still holding the 154 mph.

The insurance people said they think it was an error of some kind.

Anyway, I don't care for GPS.
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Yeah GPS is my first choice when I want to get lost.



Anyway, I don't care for GPS.
I agree with you. For finding a street address they are OK, for riding around on unknown back roads and trails they work pretty good but they sure don't know how to get from here to there.

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When I had the 1500, I didn't have GPS and my phone was the old basic non- smart phone. Managed to find many fun roads from SW Colorado to NW Arkansas with a paper map and pure dumb luck
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I use the GPS all the time - whether or not I need directions. It's great to get an idea of what's coming up on the road: sweeping curve or sharp switchback turn, blind intersection at the apex, etc. Also use the speed display as often as I use the bike's (or the car's/motorhome's) speedometer.
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There is one sure fire method to make sure that a GPS gets scrambled and seems unable to take you on the most logical route.


That is to turn it ON while you are moving after it has been OFF for several days and you enter an address to go to BEFORE it can get locked in solid....


The ephemeris in it is totally off, and it can't get locked in perfectly like it should.
I have noticed this many times when my GPS wants me to go north, when I know that I must go south.....


the simple fix, is to turn it off, come to a full stop, allow it to find the satellites again, and then enter the address all over as a brand new search.... that fixes it for me 99% of the time.


I always wait for the GPS to get locked onto the current location before I start out on a trip and need to use it.

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Yeah GPS is my first choice when I want to get lost.

Now my new insurance has given me a GPS tracker for my car. On one trip it showed me accelerate from 1 mph to 138 mph while making a U-turn, then running up to 154 mph in about 100 yards and making another U-turn, still holding the 154 mph.

The insurance people said they think it was an error of some kind.

Anyway, I don't care for GPS.
You have hell of a powerful car. Never knew the GPS tracker helps that much

I make sense all the time. The problem is you only listen intermittently

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