2016 R1200RS (current)
2003 R1150RS (prior) / 1978 R80/7 (prior) / 1966 R69S (prior) / 1972 R75/5 (prior)
When not hanging out with MOA Members I hang out with many long-distance endurance riders of the Iron Butt Rally variety. While I can't say there are as many different schemes for GPS use and navigation as there are riders, that almost seems to be the case. At one end of the scale are riders who plan their routes on the computer, download the route to the GPS, and follow that route. At the other end of the spectrum are riders who navigate with a map and use the GPS to know exactly where they are and to find things like fuel or food. In between are those who plan on a map, enter some waypoints, and route waypoint to waypoint on the fly.
You can add to the mix the ability to have music, weather radar, pairing with a telephone, and other bells and whistles.
If you don't ride in much rain one of the inexpensive Garmin Nuvi units would be a good first GPS. I have an older Nuvi 265 that I use for its data tabble, detailed street level maps, and points of interest (gas, food, fuel, etc). It is mounted along side either a 276C or BMW Navigator III which I use for routing from waypoint to waypoint. I always have a map for overall routing and almost never ride the route (fastest or shortest) I can find on the GPS.
Voni uses a Garmin 2610 - she has had three of them over the years. I resisted giving up a voltmeter display and control buttons for years but find the Nuvi touch screen very nice to use.
Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
"The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution." - Bertrand Russell
I link my iPhone using google maps into my earbuds and set a destination. I usually have a paper map in the top window of my tank bag but find it very helpful to have voice commands in unfamiliar areas. Looking to upgrade to a more dedicated GPS - but can't quite justify the price of the full on motorcycle / waterproof units yet.
Thanks for all the advice, everyone.
For what it's worth, I found this: http://www.gpscity.com/pdfs/zumo3502013.pdf
It's a $100 rebate offer on the Zumo 350LM. I did check with Garmin, and the rebate offer is valid.
I love my BMW Nav IV (Garmin) I like that it is motorcycle specific and waterproof. Easy to operate since my car navs are also Garmin. Will work fine with gloves on too. I purchased the BMW mounting bracket and had the dealer install it.
Grand rapids, MI
2012 BMW R1200RT