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I got one

I wanted to get a GPS that was small, portable and easy to switch between all the different stuff I drive and ride. I travel a lot and so far, it's been great. Very capable. I see them on Ebay for less than 700 now.

Positives:

Powerful antenna - gets signals everywhere
Runs on rechargable battery (4-5 hours)
Built in MP3 player (500 songs) - Great sound with earbuds while riding
Built in calulator, currency converter, and other stuff
Good bright display / touch screen - no buttons to mess around with
Huge database - Its like traveling with the yellow pages
PC USB capability

Negatives:

Havent found a good way to mount it on the K12 - I have been getting by putting it in the top of my tankbag but the angle gets the screen washed out in direct sunlight. I mostly listen to the audio directions that automatically dim the MP3 player. Very cool.

t's not designed to load a trip using multiple waypoints - You set the destination and it allows just one detour. Probably not a big deal for most users.


Pirate - This GPS is definately the future. Need a good light weight. quick release mount for the K12. hint, hint.
 

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Do you have ant pics of it?? I'd like to see more... This looks too good if it isn't a compromise over the large units.

Also... I admit I'm ignorant of these things... Followed Pete Lewis while in Texas last week and played with his Garmin while there..

1.How does this unit compare to the large GPS units? are the graphics as good?

2. Is yours hardwired to your bike?

Trust me.. if I buy one I'll come up with a sleek mount.. it's my nature.. ;-)


jamesorris said:
I wanted to get a GPS that was small, portable and easy to switch between all the different stuff I drive and ride. I travel a lot and so far, it's been great. Very capable. I see them on Ebay for less than 700 now.

Positives:

Powerful antenna - gets signals everywhere
Runs on rechargable battery (4-5 hours)
Built in MP3 player (500 songs) - Great sound with earbuds while riding
Built in calulator, currency converter, and other stuff
Good bright display / touch screen - no buttons to mess around with
Huge database - Its like traveling with the yellow pages
PC USB capability

Negatives:

Havent found a good way to mount it on the K12 - I have been getting by putting it in the top of my tankbag but the angle gets the screen washed out in direct sunlight. I mostly listen to the audio directions that automatically dim the MP3 player. Very cool.

t's not designed to load a trip using multiple waypoints - You set the destination and it allows just one detour. Probably not a big deal for most users.


Pirate - This GPS is definately the future. Need a good light weight. quick release mount for the K12. hint, hint.
 

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Garmin Nuvi 350 (in pocket) + Etymotic 6i (in ears)

I've been pleased with the Garmin Nuvi 350 so far. I set it on the tank to let it acquire satellites while I put on my helmet and such, then put it in my front jacket pocket where it gets degraded (but acceptable) reception. The speaker isn't loud enough to hear over my K1200RS, so I plug in my Etymotic 6i earphones. I can live without seeing the screen while I'm driving.

The only flaw I've found with the Nuvi unit so far is the yellow pages stuff is out of date.

The advantages:
GPS on me, not attached to one of my bikes, so I can use it in rental cars when I travel.
Probably safer not to see screen while driving.
Etymotic earphones passively block most engine noise.
Nuvi 350 also has MP3 player -- interrupts music to give directions, then resumes!

The disadvantages:
Sometimes touchscreen is touched unintentionally when Nuvi in jacket pocket.
Etymotics also block sound of nearby cars, especially when playing music.
Sometimes forget to upshift because Etymotics block engine noise.
 

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I have the Nuvi for the car..fantastic unit but not meant for motorcycles as not weatherproof like the 2720or 2820.
 

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Nuvi review

Here's a really awesome in-depth review of the Nuvi:

http://gpsinformation.info/nuvi/nuvireview.html

Sounds like a great unit -- major drawback for me is the inability to plan a route and load it into the Nuvi. Even just doing day trips in the mountains I like to plan my route.

And, I can't imagine taking a long trip without having a pretty specific idea of what kind of roads and landmarks I want to travel.

"Take me from Denver to L.A." is a little too "user friendly" for my tastes. Maybe a subsequent version will allow routes?

Howard
 

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Wife has one

My wife got one for the van. She loves it and is less of a gadget geek than me. Works great with less to learn than the StreetPilot III we use on the bike. I don't think it's weatherproof. The size and fact that all the maps are included are positives in my book. The touch screen is very intuitive. I think the screen would be small on a bike.

A friend has a Lowrance iWay 500C that has a huge screen. It works on an R1200RT but would look out of place on a naked bike like the K1200R. Another friend has the Garmin 2610 and loves it. It is also kind of big but works great on his K12RS.
 
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