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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old 01-31-2020, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Car GPS on FJR ?

Morning all ... Anyone have thoughts on using an auto GPS unit on the bike , I'm trying to decide whether to use the a great car unit or should I go for a Zumo or something similar ? Thanks in advance , Anthony

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I went through 2 car units until I gave up and invested in a Zumo. The USB ports on the car units kept failing.
The car units are not water proof and don't work with gloves. The car units are cheap enough to try though. You can buy them at the flea market, Ebay and Craigslist all day long for $25 or less.

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I didn't want a cheap one , I took an top shelf one from a friend who didn't need it anymore , it has all these crazy features. Glad I asked , thanks for helping , I'll go get a Zumo instead
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I have used car units for over 10 years on a variety of bikes. Set them up with Ram mounts and all works fine. If it is going to rain put them in your luggage. If you really need it for direction while raining a motel shoer cap or a sandwich baggie will protect it. Car units are about a third of the price and eventually all GPS units need to be replaced.

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I use a $25 Nuvi 2455 unit and it has been fine. Survived being left out in the rain and I can replace it 20 times for the price of a "motorcycle unit."
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I got two refurbished Nuvis for $99 about seven years ago. One was in my truck and recently died. The other has been on one bike or another and is still going strong on one of our Urals. We have two BMW Nav VIs (Garmins) and a Garmin 660 on our BMWs. The bike specific units are better for riding but the cheap Nuvi gets the job done for far less. Carry a ziplock sandwich bag to put over it in the rain or just take it off.
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I have a $5.00 garage sale Nuvi 40LM that I've used for 3 years but it has started to give me problems so I am going to pick up another one (or 2).
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I went through 2 car units until I gave up and invested in a Zumo. The USB ports on the car units kept failing.
The car units are not water proof and don't work with gloves. The car units are cheap enough to try though. You can buy them at the flea market, Ebay and Craigslist all day long for $25 or less.
The Garmin usb ports on old Nuvis do indeed fail. 90deg plug helps. Repairable if you are lucky (check out utube). So cheap to buy a used one though. I dont take it off the bike everytime because i dont care if its stolen. Wouldnt do that with a Zumo !!
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I use a $25 Nuvi 2455 unit and it has been fine. Survived being left out in the rain and I can replace it 20 times for the price of a "motorcycle unit."
Wow, I also have a Nuvi 2455. What about 8 years old? Charged it up, loaded 2020 US maps and it will be in my wife's car.

If you want a plug and play installation, the MC units are a tad more rugged in build and waterproof-ish. LEave anything in the rain, and things will get froggy.

The Garmin 396 LMT-s are on sale now. Bought one that I'll use on my MCs. Matter of choice and $$$$$.

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I use and old android phone (Motorola g5 plus) loaded with MapFactor GPS Navigator with pre-downloaded maps. Free and doesn't use any data. In fact, the phone doesn't even contain a SIM card.
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