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Im sure a thread has existed on this before, but technology is always changing so I'd like some fresh opinions. I would like to get a GPS for my street bike and am looking for suggestions. Please post up reviews on your current GPS, price, where you got it, etc. Thanks!
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Zumo 450 or 550. Shop around on-line.
I like the zumo 550 for its' features. Easy to use. Nice display. On the expensive side, but very nice product.

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If you're looking for more of a budget unit with similar functions, check out the garmin nuvi 7xx.

Good comparison here

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I have a garmin nuvi 200 on my SV and it works quite well. I used my old stearing stem support from my R6 and added duct tape to fill the gap and wooolaah, it works great.
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FWIW, I swear by the Garmin 550. I've been using GPS's for quite a few years now (planes and cars) and I like the speed at which the Garmins acquire and track. Also, the 550 has much better alerts and map detail than the smaller, less expensive units.

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Is it possible to mount a car unit to a motorcycle?
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Is it possible to mount a car unit to a motorcycle?
Short answer is yes. RAM mounts have a lot of choices. FWIW, a Zumo 550 comes with everything you need for bike and car.

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Is it possible to mount a car unit to a motorcycle?
Yeah, but 1) make sure a mount exists for the unit or else be prepared to fabricate one yourself and 2) I've found that car units tend to be crap on a bike. They're harder to read, not as bright, more susceptible to elements on the road (dust, water), and harder to use with gloves on. Shop around for a Garmin Zumo or Tom Tom Rider. If the 550 is too pricey, take a look at the 450. Pretty much the same feature set w/out the bluetooth.
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The 450 doesn't have TTS (text to speech). Important if you plan on wiring up the gps to your helmet sound system.

The 450 also doesn't come with any car mounting accessories. No cig lighter plug either.

A few of us have some different mounts/gps that showed up to bike night. Take a look next time.
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I have a Garmin Nuvi for my truck. Would like to put a system on my bike.
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Ive got a nuvi 350, have no problem seeing the screen adn using the unit with gloves on, made a custom mount for the stem that Ill be refining as time goes by. as for elemental protection, im working on that too and have a few ideas, Ill put a pic of my mount up tonight
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No Bluetooth either on the 450.
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Ziplock bag + rubber band for the elemental protection FTW.
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Ziplock bag + rubber band for the elemental protection FTW.
thats the point that Im at right now but id like something that looks a bit less last second more like a neoprene and vinyl glove sort of thing or maybe just disassemble and water proof the unit itself so it still looks stock

also the rain cover would ideally be all weather and have provisions for a security strap
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With the nuvi line and ram mount cradles, that would be a challenge. The unit still has to snap into the cradle. Unless you're using something else to hold it. For the few times I expect to get caught in a rain, the zip lock bag should work. Also, what about the wiring... Need to make some sort of provisions to get the plug in.
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Ram mounts FTL

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I have a Garmin Nuvi for my truck. Would like to put a system on my bike.
If you've already got a Nuvi, why not just get a mount and power cable for it for the bike and give it a shot. That route is significantly less expensive than buying a Zumo 550 and finding that the Nuvi was fine for what you wanted.

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Ive got a nuvi 350, have no problem seeing the screen adn using the unit with gloves on, made a custom mount for the stem that Ill be refining as time goes by. as for elemental protection, im working on that too and have a few ideas, Ill put a pic of my mount up tonight
Maybe I just have fat fingers or something cuz I'm always pressing things that I didn't want to.
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Pilot, really? Got some pics of your creation so far?

I spent the $12 or $13 for the ram cradle for my 750. It works extremely well in holding the gps in place. I did place some thin adhesive backed rubber squares in a few strategic places on the gps to keep the cradle from scratching it.
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Pilot, really? Got some pics of your creation so far?

I spent the $12 or $13 for the ram cradle for my 750. It works extremely well in holding the gps in place. I did place some thin adhesive backed rubber squares in a few strategic places on the gps to keep the cradle from scratching it.
Its really pretty crude right now so bring on the commentary. evaluation aids development

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Not bad for a home made contraption. I thought of something like that but my biggest fear was the gps popping out of the ball mount.

It looks like you're using the car cradle right?

I'm not too thrilled about ram's actual mounts, but their cradles are pretty nice. Check out techmounts.com I have their 81009 on mine which blends in real nicely with the bike.
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I have the ZUMO 450 and RAM mount setup so far the configuration fits my needs. I'd consider the ZUMO since it's made for a motorcycles vs. my Nuvi 350; ust my .02

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yup stock garmin car cradle, I had the unti harnessed with some cord to the front fairing support so if the ball had popped off I wouldnt have lost the gps.

I havent had a lot of time to sit and actually think about the mounting lately so it hasnt changed since last thurs

I took this setup down to Q biliards for the get together there, about 20 miles each way and the gps never so much as wiggled on the ball
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Do you guys think i could use double sided velcro, stuck to the bike and the back of the GPS?
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You could but the surface on the bike and GPS needs to be flat. The ZUMO is curved.
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yea probably, im not a fan of sticky shyte on my bike though, and on the back of the nuvi at least, there are ports for the cradly that i couldnt use with the velcro there. definately tether the unit especially since the sticky stuff tends to let go as the temp rises
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BB, possible. They sell some super heavy duty velcro (similar to the stuff that ipass provides for their transponders.

Would you really trust it though. If it falls off your windshield in the car, it ends up on the floor. On the bike it ends up in a ditch someplace...
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BB, possible. They sell some super heavy duty velcro (similar to the stuff that ipass provides for their transponders.

Would you really trust it though. If it falls off your windshield in the car, it ends up on the floor. On the bike it ends up in a ditch someplace...
no, only the little peices make it to the ditchafter the rain washes them there, electronics cease to function well when they make contact with pavement at 60, very similar to humans too
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