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#4752962 - 05/10/18 12:15 PM Recommended Motorcycle GPS
webfors Offline


Registered: 06/06/06
Posts: 4955
Loc: Great White North.. eh
I've been looking at the following. I'm open to suggestions to alternatives. There does not appear to be many options that I can find.

Garmin zūmoŽ 396 LMT-S
Garimin zūmoŽ 595LM
TomTom Rider 550
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#4753016 - 05/10/18 01:10 PM Re: Recommended Motorcycle GPS [Re: webfors]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 3070
Loc: USA
Do you need a motorcycle specific gps?

Last time I looked at these, they were quite expensive and the only benefits were weatherproofing and some way to hear directions while riding.

If you already have a newer smartphone then you just need a waterproof case for it and a RAM mount and you’re set. You can also add a basic Sena or Cardo speaker setup to your helmet to hear instructions. This gives you a much better navigation system since it pulls live traffic data and you can take and place calls while riding.

For what it’s worth, it seems like Garmin Zumo is the way to go and get the best one you can afford.

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#4753057 - 05/10/18 01:38 PM Re: Recommended Motorcycle GPS [Re: webfors]
02SE Offline


Registered: 12/30/05
Posts: 2806
Loc: The Canyons
I have a Garmin BMW Motorrad Navigator IV, which I use on my Sportbikes. I use RAM Mounts and powered cradles, so it's easy to move it from one bike to the next, or ride without it if I don't want it on the bike I'm riding at the time.

The latest model is the Garmin BMW Motorrad Navigator V.


Edited by 02SE (05/10/18 01:40 PM)

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#4753072 - 05/10/18 01:47 PM Re: Recommended Motorcycle GPS [Re: webfors]
JasonK94Z Offline


Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 75
Loc: Parker, CO
I just bought a Garmin Montana and their powered mount for it. I use city navigator. Works great for me
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#4753190 - 05/10/18 04:17 PM Re: Recommended Motorcycle GPS [Re: webfors]
CT8 Offline


Registered: 10/09/14
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Loc: Idaho
It will give ypou something to look at while you run into the back of another vehicle.There are you tubes of people on mpotorcycle running in to all sorts of things. Retards, funny though
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#4753217 - 05/10/18 04:53 PM Re: Recommended Motorcycle GPS [Re: webfors]
donnyj08 Offline


Registered: 08/12/12
Posts: 3039
Loc: Cincinnati
I have a Sena headset and i use my smartphone with a waterproof case on a ram mount. If im not using the rand McNally i can ask google for directions via my headset and she/he/it gives me turn by turn through the bluetooth so i dont have to look down at the screen.
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#4753289 - 05/10/18 06:14 PM Re: Recommended Motorcycle GPS [Re: webfors]
Kawiguy454 Offline


Registered: 06/01/15
Posts: 619
Loc: Arizona
Last I knew the Main problem using cheap car GPS is that the Bluetooth standard does not support the motorcycle Bluetooth voice over comms standard. That said I have a Zumo 5xx and the powered cradle ..also the montana or oregon and quick cradles also work well. Problem with a phone in that role is if you lose coverage you also lose map unless you take the time to download the area maps.


Edited by Kawiguy454 (05/10/18 06:14 PM)

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#4753389 - 05/10/18 07:40 PM Re: Recommended Motorcycle GPS [Re: CT8]
Linctex Offline


Registered: 12/31/16
Posts: 6189
Loc: Waco, TX
Originally Posted By: CT8
It will give you something to look at while you run into the back of another vehicle.


True that.... you need to have discipline to only view it at critical times
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#4754310 - 05/11/18 03:12 PM Re: Recommended Motorcycle GPS [Re: webfors]
Rick505 Offline


Registered: 07/12/11
Posts: 48
Loc: New Mexico
I've been using a Garmin Nuvi 2555LMT on two bikes now. Big issue, and perhaps it's mostly my eyesight, but even at 100% brightness can't see screen in New Mexico/Arizona sun. Totally washed out even with shield to shade screen. Not really the sun shining on screen but against ambiant light. I've been thinking of a MC specific Garmin model because of this but balked due to cost.

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#4754457 - 05/11/18 07:11 PM Re: Recommended Motorcycle GPS [Re: webfors]
SlipperyPete Offline


Registered: 09/20/12
Posts: 628
Loc: Missouri (MO)
I just write down my turns on a wide piece of masking tape on the gas tank. Probably about time to join the 20th century. grin

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#4754517 - 05/11/18 08:22 PM Re: Recommended Motorcycle GPS [Re: SlipperyPete]
webfors Offline


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Originally Posted By: SlipperyPete
I just write down my turns on a wide piece of masking tape on the gas tank. Probably about time to join the 20th century. grin


LOL, never would have thought of that one.
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#4754855 - 05/12/18 08:42 AM Re: Recommended Motorcycle GPS [Re: webfors]
LoneRanger Offline


Registered: 07/02/07
Posts: 4165
Loc: Midwest USA
I don't like looking at anything except the road and occasionally scenery (have to be careful with that) while I ride. I have pretty good luck with bluetooth connection from helmet intercom (Nolan B5) to my phone and Google maps running on my phone with turn-by-turn voice prompts playing in the helmet speakers. Download as an offline map/route before embarking so as to cover any areas with spotty cellular signal. Phone inside jacket pocket. Main problem is route creation with Google maps-- even set to avoid interstates and tolls, etc, it can be a challenge to make the route I want (specific curvy two laners etc), and in particular once at the destination, trying to get Google maps to simply reverse the same route doesn't seem to work? I've had to set the return route from square one. I don't like that but so far it's not enough to get me to drop $500 or whatever on a riser mounted GPS. I know their turn by turn voice prompt can be piped into my helmet same way, but just not ready to spend the money for one yet.

Best solution if riding with one or more other bikes is elect the rider with the mounted GPS to be leader and not worry about it :~)
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#4755037 - 05/12/18 12:28 PM Re: Recommended Motorcycle GPS [Re: webfors]
troop Offline


Registered: 06/15/11
Posts: 46
Loc: WI
An automotive GPS will work just fine with one of these as a p
rotective rain barrier. never had an issue in 10+ years smile. I did just recently upgrade to a Garmin bluetooth unit to hear either thru my helmet comm or H-D stereo.


Edited by troop (05/12/18 12:31 PM)

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#4755424 - 05/12/18 09:42 PM Re: Recommended Motorcycle GPS [Re: webfors]
jeff78 Offline


Registered: 06/06/17
Posts: 145
Loc: New York
If you don't need the motorcycle-specific features, you'll have a lot more and less expensive options to choose from.

I've used Garmin Nuvis for years and they serve my needs well. You can make them a little more weather resistant by sealing off the openings (SD card and speaker) - I use electrical tape. If I'm riding into a hurricane I'll just stow it away.

The only thing they lack that I wish they didn't is the dedicated power connection that the motorcycle-specific GPS's have - those connectors tend to be a lot more durable than mini or micro USB ports. Every Nuvi I've ever owned became inoperable because of the mini USB ports failing in some way (broken solder joints or the actual contacts getting damaged). Vibration + exposure to elements = dead little USB ports.

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#4760311 - 05/17/18 07:59 PM Re: Recommended Motorcycle GPS [Re: LoneRanger]
webfors Offline


Registered: 06/06/06
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Originally Posted By: LoneRanger
Best solution if riding with one or more other bikes is elect the rider with the mounted GPS to be leader and not worry about it :~)


Agreed. Unfortunately I'm planning this trip and will be leading grin Turn by turn piped into bluetooth is a must.

I've landed on using my iPhone with a LifeProof case. I'm now reviewing multiple motorcycle based GPS apps for the iPhone. Currently checking out Scenic, ESR and Rever. Even after buying offline maps to my heats desire for each, it's the fraction of a cost of a Zumo 395LM, which seems to have spotty reviews.
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