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    what is the best GPS

    I'm searching for a GPS and was wondering if anyone could tell me the best motorcycle GPS that I could install routes using map source or other software? considering the Garmin 660ML, thx

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    The best GPS is like the best motorcycle... there is no one best. What is best for me may not be best for you.

    How important is screen size?
    How important is ability to use the device off the bike?
    How important is voice prompting? bluetooth?
    How important is an mp3 player function.
    How important is touch screen?
    How important is built-in auto routing ability?
    How important is weather/water proofing?
    etc.

    Answer those (and other questions) and you'll be able to narrow down the choices to what is best for you. Look a the features for various models/brands of GPS units and you'll get a better idea of the possible choices.

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    Marchyman is right.... it's all about what fits your needs.

    That being said, however, the motorcycle specific models tend to be pretty pricey, so I'd look on ebay for a used or refurbished one and try to save a few $$.

    I have a Garmin Nuvi 550. It's waterproof and gives me all the features I really need. I really wanted a Garmin Zumo, but couldn't justify the extra cost.
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    Tom,

    How are you powering your Nuvi? I have an old 700 series I'd like to mount to the bike but have been told there might be a voltage issue. (The auto cigarette plug wiring steps it down in voltage?)

    I picked up an accessory plug adaptor for the bike, and while it works, every time I hit a bigger bump power interupts and it runs through the whole set up again. I'd like to hardwire the unit and would appreciate your advice.

    Thanks,
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    i'm considering a zumo 660 and was wondering if they have all the functions as the marine GPS? really dont save much money on buying a used gps and that makes me wonder if the older ones are better or have more functions.

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    What functions are you talking about on a marine GPS? that will make answering the question easier.
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    Hey Bob,
    I used to use a Nuvi 750, which was NOT motorcycle specific... I bought the Gilsson (or was it Gillson) hardwire kit for it and ran it directly to the battery... That worked for awhile and then that stopped working. The electronic module that's on the hardwire kit basically tricks the GPS unit into thinking it's plugged into a charger and NOT your computer, which means the GPS is functional. Hardwiring directly will result in the GPS unit thinking it's plugged into the computer and bringing up the screen for updates. Follow me?

    I now use the Nuvi 550 with a Garmin cigarette adapter that is plugged into a cig plug I have wired directly to my battery. This has worked well for the last couple of years...

    The weak point on the Nuvi units is the mini USB port.. NOT weather proof and the plug sometimes loses the power connection... I just put my finger on and plug at the back of the GPS and push it and it is restored.

    I believe that the power connection on the Zumo models is much better, but again, I don't want to spend 700 clams on a GPS unit.

    Hope this helps.

    Tom.


    Quote Originally Posted by Firenailer View Post
    Tom,

    How are you powering your Nuvi? I have an old 700 series I'd like to mount to the bike but have been told there might be a voltage issue. (The auto cigarette plug wiring steps it down in voltage?)

    I picked up an accessory plug adaptor for the bike, and while it works, every time I hit a bigger bump power interupts and it runs through the whole set up again. I'd like to hardwire the unit and would appreciate your advice.

    Thanks,
    Tom - MOA #156706, Hayward, CA
    2006 BMW R1200GS Adventure, aka "Gretel"
    1983 Honda V65 Magna - SOLD
    http://www.flyv65.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by arptra View Post
    I'm searching for a GPS and was wondering if anyone could tell me the best motorcycle GPS that I could install routes using map source or other software? considering the Garmin 660ML, thx
    Most popular is Garmin, by far. WHICH Garmin is up to you, but if you don't get a waterproof model, ziplock bag it in the rain so you don't destroy it.
    Salty Fog Rally 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, AND LOOKING FORWARD TO 2014!

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    99 1100gs, hate to tie into wires, was hoping to come from the fuse box

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