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Old 11-25-2011, 09:23 PM   #1
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Stand alone GPS or Smartphone GPS for bike?

Well, since the slow season is upon us I have a few things I wanna do to the bike.

One of them is to have a GPS on it, I have a TOMTOM One XL, I could buy a bike mount for cheap, install a cigarette lighter on the bike and call it a day.

Or I could buy a motorcycle mount for my Samsung Galaxy S, also install the cigarette lighter and be done.

Which one to use? I also like to listen to music with earbuds using my phone, that's usually in my pocket.

If I use the TomTom, I would still have to use my phone for music, even when the TomTom can use an SD card to play music, it can only do so via bluetooth, and I don't have anything small enough and with bluetooth connectivity to be able to use inside the helmet.

If I use the phone the phone I can use the built in GPS (which is pretty decent actually) and connect my earbuds to it, although I don't know if the earbuds' long cable would get in the way, wind, etc (when I use my phone in my pocket, I route the earbuds' inside my jacket.

I could get one of these, and use it with the GPS.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/OEM-Jabra-BT...ht_6366wt_1396

I need opinions guys, what to do...what to do.
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I want a stand alone GPS and mount...most of the bikes I had I installed acc plugs so I can charge my phone and listen to music with out my phone dying....PHone GPS' kinda suck especially with gloves on...
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i installed the garmin in my bike, no mount, i used the disk that comes with it and glued it to the side of the front fairing, it passed the test, does not comes off at high speed, and works wonders, tomorrow ill take pics installed,
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You could get a Bluetooth helmet and just use Bluetooth to listen to the turn by turn instructions thru a speaker in the helmet...
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Since you already have a TomTom, I'd use that so you can make the most use of it before it becomes outmoded. I used to use my Nexus One phone for GPS on a handlebar mount but I didn't click it properly into place one day and lost my phone. It sucks more to lose a phone than a standalone GPS.
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Old 11-26-2011, 03:19 AM   #8
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The phone gps. It serves every purpose you'll need. The less items you carry the less to lose/forget.
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on my vfr i had a tomtom one. there is a program you can find i think called tripmaster. it's french made (sadly, not a french maid). it gives you all sorts of useful and not as useful info. you can set it to act as a large digital speedo or have it show a map and arrow pointing north. it was pretty cool. as far as mounting i got some velcro on the back of the gps, a short length of aluminum that was like 2 inches by 8 or so, and a couple of mm's thick. i zip tied that mess to my hydraulic clutch reservoir and it worked well for me. the gps was plugged into a cigarette lighter that was installed. it took some getting used to having my speed on my left hand. checking it was never as fluid as with an analogue speedo. the mount worked well for me though... cost me all of nothing, too. wait, i take that back. i think i spent a buck on the velcro.
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I use an iPhone app named Motion GPS Drive. It is far better than any stand alone GPS unit I have ever used. This works well with Motorcycles Unlimited USB helmet for music and turn by turn. My tank bag is designed for the iPhone to be visible while driving so I have no need for a bar mount.

http://news.motionx.com/category/motionx-gps-drive/

I had Motorcycles Unlimited install a USB power supply on my bike just for this purpose. It seems ever accessory I have that I might want to take on a trip can be charge via USB including my iPhone.

Seriously, how many times do you need to touch your GPS with gloves on once you have your destination set?
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Standalone, waterproof GPS would be my call. Some phones require a constant data connection to receive map information; which could be a problem in remote areas.
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I have a Garmin. It was designed for motorcycles and came with mount and power connectors. Water resistant and Bluetooth. That said, I haven't used it in a good while.
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I think I'm going with the Totom GPS, already ordered the base for the bike, and found this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-LG-TONE-...#ht_2055wt_905

What do y'all think?
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I used to have a TomTom one which I used on my FZ6 powered from a powerlet plug on the inside of the fairing, but eventually (2 years) the vibration got to it.

I replaced it with a Garmin Nuvi 1490lmt, which has a 5in screen. I added a USB power outlet onto the bars from 3br powersports and use that to power it. I had the TomTom mounted in a RAM cradle, but have mounted the Garmin inside a RAM Aquabox so that I don't have to panic when it starts to rain !!

For planning routes I use an app called TYRE (Trace Your Route Everywhere) which allows you to create a route in Google maps and then download it to the GPS. To track where I have been I use an app on my iPhone in my tankbag from Motion X called Motion X GPS
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I use an iPhone app named Motion GPS Drive. It is far better than any stand alone GPS unit I have ever used. This works well with Motorcycles Unlimited USB helmet for music and turn by turn. My tank bag is designed for the iPhone to be visible while driving so I have no need for a bar mount.

http://news.motionx.com/category/motionx-gps-drive/

I had Motorcycles Unlimited install a USB power supply on my bike just for this purpose. It seems ever accessory I have that I might want to take on a trip can be charge via USB including my iPhone.

Seriously, how many times do you need to touch your GPS with gloves on once you have your destination set?
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