Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Side of a mountain in New Hampshire
What am I missing? I wired my 665 harness into the provided nav socket in the harness of the Tour. It cost me about seven bucks to get a M/F assy and cut the socket end off the Vic harness and replace it with the one I bought. I only did that because the Vic harness socket does not mate to any readily available over the counter plug.
My Ipod connector is not part of the equation. I use the Ipod connector with my Droid through a Dock Boss from time to time and I don't notice any issues with the 665.
I run the 665 on Aux/Nav although it isn't necessary. If I access the MP3 player or the SXM stations or if the 665 GPS is delivering a command it overrides the radio regardless of what source is selected on the radio. Sourcing Aux/Nav just eliminates any other source from cutting in if I shut down the 665.
The functions for MP3 and SXM are only available on the 665 touchscreen. I think that if they were available on the control wart of the bike I would still use the touchscreen. Easier than tapping out morse code on the wart. The 665 interface however is stone age.
I don't use the Ipod for much anymore considering that the Droid and the 665 hold hands bluetooth.
Am I missing some functionality that would recommend moving my set up to the Ipod connector?
One more thing. The 665 is a halfbaked solution. Too bad too. It is exactly the right idea for a motorcycle. An electronic Leatherman, a compact box of info and entertainment that is easily removeable.
If it wasn't glitchy in its operational capacity, unbelievably dated in its presentation and interface, reliant on Garmin software which is pathetic, virtually invisible except at night unless shaded by some method that negates its compactness, then it would be a marvel. Oh yeah, another favorite of mine is that I'm jamming along and DING! Snow in the area. Really? Not unless by the area you mean that while I am riding in the plains in 100 degree temps to my west are the Rockies and somewhere up there above the tree line yes Virginia, there is snow, or rain or whatever inclement weather that won't affect me. But it is what it is.
You can have part of the 665's benefits for less than 800$ by other means but you can't have all of them. The one thing that truly recommends it is that it is the only team in its league so you either suck up and deal or not.
Cross Country Tour.
We can't help it
We just keep moving
It's been that way since long ago
Since the stone age chasing the great herds
We mostly go where we have to go
That was written by James McMurtry