Join Date: May 2014
Location: Washington State
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.
presently owned bikes
2014 XC 8 ball that no longer stalls
1993 HD fxrp
1982 HD Sturgis
2009 Honda rebel
1991 gl1500 A w/ Champion Daytona 2+2 sidecar.
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