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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 02-10-2015, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Im just looking for one for my bike when I get lost in the roads that I have not ventured down before ? Nothing fancy or expensive,5 or 6 inch screen and maybe the Bluetooth capability. Why in the world does victory want almost $900 for the garmin unit ? the garmin ones im looking at are not refurbished and are around $200. Any input from anyone ? thanks

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I'd like info on this too. The unit Vic sells is close to being out dated, cost waaayy to much. There has to be better options out there. I like that the Vic unit is actually wired to the bike and I'll want to do the same thing...just with a less expensive unit. I've seen a while back somebody done that very thing.

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OK...first and foremost, the single BEST GPS unit on the market for MOTORCYCLES is the Garmin zumo 590LM. It has all kinds of bells and whistles for the bike including integration (with adapter cable) into the Victory audio system. All this for a mere $799. I have this unit and as expensive as it is a VITAL part of each and every ride on my Cross Country Tour!

But to answer the question of the original poster and Rebel Biker...there are units are there just as good with the basic functions of the motorcycle GPS in the Garmin nuvi line of automotive GPS's for a very reasonable price.

Here's a link to 3 models of nuvi's that have bluetooth on board and with the cigarette accessory plug and a RAM'll be good to go!!

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I use an older Garmin Nuvi and have had no problems. There are many units on the market for well under $200. Yeah, I'd like one of those MC specific ones, but for the amount I use a GPS, the price is intolerable to me. Besides, I plan routes with a paper map.

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The Garmin Nuvi line of automotive GPS's are hard to see in the sunlight.

I use the Garmin 60CSX. It's obsolete now, but there are other models that will work for navigation.

The Garmin GPSMAP 64 would work good for navigation.

I mounted mine to the handlebar with a custom mount.

Easy to see while rollin' down the road.
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I had a garmin zumo 450 for 10 years until the rubber buttons fell out. Upgraded last year to the Garmin 660-Great unit-think I paid about $600 including all accessories needed at If you are ordering from the U.S. It should be even less $$ as your dollar is way higher than ours now.

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The motorcycle specific ones like the 660 or the better newer one are completely waterproof and designed to work with gloves on. Even inputting numbers and addresses can be done with your gloves on if you need to.
They are also much quite a bit brighter, though sometimes under certain conditions the screen can still be hard to see. The next turn info is always visible though. The rest of the screen tends to wash out at times when it is really bright and the sun is right on the screen.

They also have a lane indicator feature that tells you what lane to be in at the next turn or exit and the unit will flash a picture of the next exit on the freeway that you are getting off on complete with the signs you will see. In the drawing there is a path arrow that show what lane to be in, or which way to go if there are multiple paths available in the exit itself.

The mount is neat too. You push a button and the unit pops into your hand and powers down by itself unless you touch a button on the screen to stop it from turning off. The mount also incorporates an earphone plug so you can plug in earbuds etc to listen to the commands.

It's handy if you stop for gas and need to run inside to pay for instance. You can pop the gps off and toss it in a bag an lock it in just a few seconds. Then put it back on just as quickly and leave.

They will also pop a symbol up to let you know when to start looking for gas if you take the time to set up that feature. Not necessary with the Vic's but great if you use other bikes that don't have a gauge or a computer.

Those features are what raise the price to high.
Now that I have the 660 I'm glad I do. Having owned one I would buy another. However mine is not a Vic one. It is just a garmin 660 and I did not pay near $900 for it. They are old technology now and the price has been coming down. My bike being an 8 ball doesn't have the option of hooking it into the sound system and about the only other difference is that mine is not loaded with the addresses of the Vic dealers. No worries there.

However any GPS is better than no GPS. I used a Nuvi before this but I really think that the 660 is worth the extra coin after using it. As I mentioned on bright days a car GPS often can't be seen and mine did not have a head phone jack so it was often useless unless you wanted to shade it from the sun with your hand and risk taking your eyes off the road for an extended period of time trying to read the screen.

I only wish the Garmin map program for the computer was more user friendly. It is counter intuitive to me and I have never been willing to devote the time to figuring it out. I've tried twice briefly.
I'd like to be able to pre plan rides and just drop them in. The GPS is able to load them I just haven't been able to get the hang of the trip planning software.

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Here's a link to a thread I started a few days ago.

Although I've never used it before, I like the the idea of having navigation available while riding...I inherited the Garmin Nuvi 50 in the thread and I also have the option of using my phone, an LG G3 with the setup I put together.

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Mostly, I think the money seems to go into waterproofing and weatherproofing these Motorcycle units.. But for a long time - I had just a regular old car GPS wrapped in plastic mounted to my bike..

The Garmin units are known as the best, but I do like my TomTom Rider though.. Never needed any more bells and whistles past what that unit offers.. Some say it's slow to plan or find alternate routes, but unless you are staring at the unit while it's figuring that stuff out, I don't notice.

5 or 6 inches is a big display for a motorcycle unit and the motorcycle units do cost a lot more.. But again.. For the longest time I had me a cheap TomTom XXL car unit and weatherproofed it myself.. You can find handlebar ball mounts and snap-in cradles to fit most of these car units too..
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I have been looking at one from TomTom. I have a TomTom Car GPS and like it better than a Garmin I've had in he past.

This unit is relatively cheap at around $320-$350. It's called TomTom Rider. They have a new Model comming out this spring so I would expect the old model to drop in price. It has features like a winding route button and blue tooth.

This the New Rider which will be out this spring.

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