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I'm looking for a GPS unit to fit a bike for my brother for Christmas, anyone have one? If so,whats your oppinion? What brand?

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I have a Garmin Quest 2 and like it. Only one I have had so can't compare to any thing else.
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Bill...where'd ya get it?

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I have the Garmin Zumo 550. It is one of the best if not the best unit you can buy. Can you guess it is also one of the most expensive too. So depending on the size of your wallet go for the Zumo. If its a gift and you dont want to go all out there is several options to choose from. The cheaper ones will not hold up to the severe conditions of being attached to a motorcycle. Good luck.
 

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The Garmin 60CS is waterproof, and can be accesssed with thick gloves on. And it can be seen in bright sunlight. There is a newer one with an HCcard slot so you can store more maps. Handlebar bracket costs like $12.

 

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My brother uses (I believe:confused:) a Magellan handheld unit on his hardtail Triumph. I don't think he spent much on it. For motorcycle use, he mainly uses it on the highway so that he can tell how fast he is going because the Triumph has no mechanical speedo.



My personal preference is the one I use on my PDA phone. I use map software from I-Guidance ( http://www.inavcorp.com/ ), and a wireless i-Blue 737 bluetooth GPS antenna ( http://www.transystem.com.tw/p-gps-iblue737.htm ). That way I am not locked into the maps or GPS antennas from any particular manufacturer and can mix and match as better stuff comes out.
 

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My brother uses (I believe:confused:) a Magellan handheld unit on his hardtail Triumph. I don't think he spent much on it. For motorcycle use, he mainly uses it on the highway so that he can tell how fast he is going because the Triumph has no mechanical speedo.



My personal preference is the one I use on my PDA phone. I use map software from I-Guidance ( http://www.inavcorp.com/ ), and a wireless i-Blue 737 bluetooth GPS antenna ( http://www.transystem.com.tw/p-gps-iblue737.htm ). That way I am not locked into the maps or GPS antennas from any particular manufacturer and can mix and match as better stuff comes out.
Check out Google maps. It'll likely link with your PDA. Problem with mine is that it can't be read in daylight / sunlight. And the maps require a cell phone link to update. Also, vibration is not the friend of most electronics. My PDA power connection died after being powered on a trip.
 

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Zumo or something from Garmin

The Garmin Zumo is the latest and the greatest for use on a motorcycle.:ride

Providing you are in an area that the map software covers. (FWIW: The software covers all of the continental US as well as Canada)

It also comes with mounts and power cords for both the bike and your cage.

Some of the other models offered by Garmin could be considered also. I have a 376C which I use on the boat, bike and in the cage. But, I use mine mostly outside of the US.

Garmin has the best customer service in the industry. Check out their website and you can compare the features of the units.

Ride Free, Ride Safe,
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Check out Google maps. It'll likely link with your PDA. Problem with mine is that it can't be read in daylight / sunlight. And the maps require a cell phone link to update. Also, vibration is not the friend of most electronics. My PDA power connection died after being powered on a trip.
I have used Google maps before, and liked it, however there are a couple issues with Google maps that may or may not be a problem.
1) You need to be in an area that you have cell phone coverage, and
2) Preferably a nationwide cell phone plan with no roaming (if youre gonna use this for traveling) and unlimited data downloads.

I used an early release of Google maps with WM5, and there was a small amount of registry editing to get Google maps to work with a Bluetooth GPS. This may have been resolved with later versions of Google maps and WM6 though. I did like the live traffic updates, especially as at the time I was working in Philly.
 

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I'll add a couple more from TomTom for your consideration.
The TomTom One altough has been out for a year or so now, has had good reviews from what I have read on it.

TomTom GO 920 is their newest.

Also a link where you can read up on all things GPS, so much information there that you may suffer from sensory overload.

http://www.gpspassion.com
 

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That looks like a nice rig you got there MM.
 

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Just picked up a Garmin Zumo 550 for $600 decent price??
 
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