Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums banner

Status
Not open for further replies.
1 - 16 of 16 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,276 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
imported post

With a Colorado trip planned this July, I'm replacing my 2006 Garmin Streetfinder. The new GPS will be used both on the bike and in the truck for work purposes. I've got a budget of $100 -$225 which I hope provides a decent selection.

This is the one I've been considering but is it way more than I need(definitely a bit more that I really wanted to spend) http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Portable-Bluetooth-Navigator-Lifetime/dp/B005DIBHA6/ref=dp_ob_title_ce

I like the thought of Lifetime maps although I've read that "lifetime" means as long as they provide updates, typically only 1-3 years. Is this true in your experience?

Lifetime traffic? I don't do much driving in major cities so I'm guessing that wouldn't be much use to me.

I do like the thought of being able to download preplanned routes from a computer, but never having actually seen a GPS that would do that, I have no idea how well that would work or if I'd use it. Has anyone used this feature, and would you recommend it?

I'm leaning towards the Garmins just because I've had good experience with them, unlike the Tom Tom and Harmon Kardon I've owned.

I've noticed many of the models have both a 4.3" and a 5.0" version. I'd like to go with the 5" one, but is that likely to be a problem on a bike? I haven't figured out how/where I'm going to mount it yet so I guess if anyone's got a good but budget-wise solution for that I could use some advice there as well.

Thanks for any and all help,

Steve
 

·
Administrator
02 GL1800 w/Auto Pilot
Joined
·
59,311 Posts
imported post

I have several Garmins and all of them are still receiving map updates.

The oldest is my 2730 which I've had going on 10 years now? Can't remember anymore when I bought it. It updates just fine, every six months if I remember to do it that often.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
666 Posts
imported post

Ive got the Garmin zumo 660
is water proof esy to put on and take off

Hard linked plug and play to my GL2WAY CB so it runs through the bikes intercom

The garmins bluetooth is linked to my cell phone so you can make and recieve calls through the bikes mike and intercom while riding

Make routs on the computer and download them to the garmin
has lifetime updates

The garmin also has music media with a 16 gig chip you can make
music lists on the computer than make a music list and download them to the garmin


You also hear the gps promps through the bikes intercom system
 

·
Senior Moment Member
Joined
·
3,707 Posts
imported post

SCB wrote:
I like the thought of Lifetime maps although I've read that "lifetime" means as long as they provide updates, typically only 1-3 years. Is this true in your experience?

I have an older StreetPilot 2720 and I purchased the lifetime maps updates. I'm still able to get the maps and do so at least twice a year.

Lifetime traffic? I don't do much driving in major cities so I'm guessing that wouldn't be much use to me.

The lifetime traffic is supported by ad's that display on your screen. If you get one and don't want the ads just turn off the traffic reports and the ads will stop.

I do like the thought of being able to download preplanned routes from a computer, but never having actually seen a GPS that would do that, I have no idea how well that would work or if I'd use it. Has anyone used this feature, and would you recommend it?

With my old Garmin 2720 I set our routes before we leave and transfer them to the unit. Even though we may not hold to the route it makes it very easy to get back on track if we take a detour. It is quite easy to do and well worth the time and effort to learn how to use the software. You can even retrieve a track of everywhere you went that will display on the Garmin Mapsource maps on your PC.


I've noticed many of the models have both a 4.3" and a 5.0" version. I'd like to go with the 5" one, but is that likely to be a problem on a bike? I haven't figured out how/where I'm going to mount it yet so I guess if anyone's got a good but budget-wise solution for that I could use some advice there as well.

RAM makes mounts for most GPS's. I bought the RAM mount for mine and mounted it to the handlebars. Depending on how your GPS gets it power you may need to add in a outlet on the bike or hardwire the power connection. Mine takes 12V so that made it easy to hardwire mine to power , and then I use the AUX input on the 1800 to bring the sound into the intercom system. I bought a Kennedy (no longer in business) 2 way system that lets me use my iPod and the GPS on the same AUX input. The iPod plays and when the GPS has something to say it overrides the iPod. You might want to see if you can find something like that.

Even though my unit is "Waterproof" it was easily damaged by freezing. I had driven quite a ways in the rain and pulled up to the house. I did not put the bike away and left the unit on the bike. When I woke in the morning it had frozen out and the protective cover on the touch screen was crazed and peeling off. Cost me just over $100 to get it repaired. I take it in every night now even if the bike sets out.

It won't matter if you purchase a waterproof unit or not. A lot of the guys here just throw a zip lock bag over their unit in the rain.

Unlike the unit my wife has the one you selected does not play mp3's.

Good luck in your search.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
666 Posts
imported post

the 660 I have comes with motorcycle mount...car as well..I mounted mine on left handlebar taking off the forward mount of the clutch and replacing it with the one garmin comes with that has a boll mount It did need longer bolts I have seen them mounted in center with homemade or bought mounts can post a pick of my mount if you like
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
6,319 Posts
imported post

Make sure it tells you the name of the street HY when it talks to you!

I been happy with the older model GPS I have but it got wet in major storm, I forget it when the tornado sirens went off. So the touch screen would not work though it should be fine now that it dried out.

Anyway I bought a new GPS for about $90 that sounded great with specs since I was about 300+ miles from home and taking side roads with lots of changes.
This stupid thing says TURN RIGHT but does not tell what road. Several times there were a couple right turns real close together and I had to guess which road, lucky I guess right, sometimes it was the second road not the first road!

2 or 3 roads on the right within 500 feet and it says Make a Right Turn, OK is that HY 54 or Hy79?? LOL

It goes back to Wally World for a refund!
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,276 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
imported post

Excellent replies and thanks guys. As nice as the Zumo 660 is, I can't justify spending that much coin for a GPS, especially since I still need to pick up some riding pants, some type of hydration pack (Camel Back or equivalent) and misc.

My take from your feedback:

- I was wrong about the limited lifetime map updates and that they should be available for years.

- Bluetooth capability sounds like a something I'd really want.

- Pre-planned map routes gets a thumbs-up as well.

- No negative feedback on going with the 5" models so biger really is better.

- Ram has several mount options. I like the thought of having it front and center, possibly toward the bottom of the windshield.

If anyone has pics of theirs mounted I'd sure like to see some.

Since there's no way I can swing the Zumo 660, did anyone check the link to the Garmin unit I posted? Any positive/negative comments?


Thanks again for your replies and keep them coming.

Steve
 

·
Administrator
02 GL1800 w/Auto Pilot
Joined
·
59,311 Posts
imported post

I use Garmin's lead weighted bean bag mount.

I put Velcro on the bottom of that, and Velcro on the dashboards in the cars, and on keyswitch panel on the GL1500.

The GPS just sits there, dead center, below the speedometer and never, ever, tries to move or fall off.










Batteries died, flash failed.....
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
410 Posts
imported post

My Garmin 755T (I think) has an FM Transmiter so it can be heard through the intercom via the radio.
 

·
Goldwing Addict :-)
Joined
·
12,840 Posts
imported post

SCB wrote:
Since there's no way I can swing the Zumo 660, did anyone check the link to the Garmin unit I posted? Any positive/negative comments?


Thanks again for your replies and keep them coming.

Steve
Yep, I looked at the one you posted. It's a nice unit for the price but you might want to know that it has no headphone/audio out jack, so you will not be able to plumb it into your bikes headset system easily, so you will be reliant onsight and being able to hear it from the built in speaker, and the bluetooth will be useless on the bike, unless you get bluetooth helmet headsets. It also does not have an MP3 player if that's important to you.

As for mounting, call up Mountguys and tell them how you want to mount it and they'll configure a mount for you. The first link below is to some of the mount possibilities for the 2595. The second link is to some waterproof cases they sell if you don't want to use a sandwich bag.
http://www.mountguys.com/category_s/4910.htm
http://www.mountguys.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=waterproof

John
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
397 Posts
imported post

Garmin 50 LM



It does the basics and I've never had any issues with it. NICE BIG screen so works well on the bike.



Life time maps.



Only down side is you can't program custom routes but for $125 +/- it's a good deal.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
65 Posts
imported post

I bought the garman 755t causeit has a head phone jack (line out) and fm transmiter. Had a friend add a line in jack to the radio on my 1500 and that works great. The gps works fine for pointA to point B navigation and hearing it through the headphones is great. But the map detail is not anywhere near what my old lowrance 600c is but the maps were outdated on it and couldn't get updates for it anymore. So the map detail is the only complaint I have and from what I can find out all the newer ones are like this. It make it harder toknow what is around you.I willprobably put the 600c on the ram mount on handle bars and garman on thedashwith the disk mount if I ever get to go on vacation. So with that said I would go with the bigger screen and maybe the detail will be better.
 

·
Senior Moment Member
Joined
·
3,707 Posts
imported post

Map detail on the Garmins is controlled by the zoom level you are on. Use the + and - buttons on the map to change the zoom level and you can watch the level of detail change as you get closer in.

Henry
 

·
Goldwing Addict :-)
Joined
·
12,840 Posts
imported post

Hanko wrote:
Map detail on the Garmins is controlled by the zoom level you are on. Use the + and - buttons on the map to change the zoom level and you can watch the level of detail change as you get closer in.

Henry
Yep, and there is also a setting for the detail level, even on my cheapo 1250T. :waving:

John
 

·
Just another ORF!
Joined
·
8,189 Posts
imported post

IMHO, must haves include; the ability to add your own custom routes from your computer .... and .... an audio out jack that allows the unit to be played over/throughyour headsets.

The unit you linked to, while it allows you to add custom routes, there is no way it will play over/through your headsets. If on the freeway, or speeds greater than 60mph, you'll have a very hard time hearing directions otherwise and your GPS screen could very likely be 'washed out' from the sun.

I have a separate MP3 player that is 8 gig, sothe MP3 player option that is on my GPS unit is unused, as it doesn't have the storage capacity (without a bunch of SD cards) to hold the amount of music I have.

You may need to buy used/refurbished to get these important features. You'll have to do your homework to find a unit that has them.

Here's a post of mine where I go into detail as to what to look for, for those important features.


Here's how/where I have my Nuvi 765T hardwired on to my bike.







I also use a Glare Stomper sun shade which works reasonably well and helps protect it from drizzle/light rain.




Dusty
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
666 Posts
imported post

The Garmin does not obstruct my view of the mirrors and I like it also because it is higher then if it was mounted in the center were it may obstruct my view of some instruments
 

Attachments

1 - 16 of 16 Posts
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top