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rikaitch
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:50 pm    Post subject: Cheap and cheerful motorbike GPS Reply with quote

I can buy a cheap, functional Sat Nav for a car for as little as 50-60, and yet most bike sat navs seem to be extortionate 'top of the range' models. Can anyone recommend a cheap one. I don't want it to do much except route plan, and maybe POI but this isn't essential. The problem I'm finding is that most of the ones available don't signify if they're waterproof or not.
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alan_sh
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can assume that the only waterproof ones are the TomTom Rider and the Garmin Zumo. They are also (as far as I know) the only ones that come with a dedicated motorcycle mount.

Yes, they are expensive, but they have extras like easy to use with gloves on.

Buy a cheap one by all means, but you have to live with the consequences.

I did blow up an Ipaq with Tomtom on it because I got caught in the rain.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Rikaitch,

I've bee unsing a normal Garmin Nuvi 310 on my bike. Cost me about a third the price of a Zumo. It isn't waterproof. With my fairing it does not get wet on the move. A sandwich bag over the top will keep it dry. See my website www.adrianmolloy.com
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 11:10 am    Post subject: Very cheap and very cheerfull Reply with quote

Ive been successfully using a Navigo was about 50 quid from ebuyer.
Just use clingfilm to waterproof it. As standard it plays MP3 and videos
It is also a windows CE based (with a bit of tweaking plenty of help out there) so I have tried TomTom, MioMap and Route66 software on it. It will also load MemoryMap which lets you use ordnance survey maps (no route planning but does show position) absolutely brilliant if you want to go somewhere different from the SatNav lemmings. It also lets you run any windows ce software so you can take ebooks PDFs etc with you on SD cards absolutely brilliant if you like to travel light. Use the money you save on a grossly overprced Garmin or TomTom to buy a ferry ticket and petrol Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could also google becker crocodile a new one on the market in October and supposedly about 300 euros , waterproof as well.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still using my Garmin i3 on the bikes, on the old ZX10 it fits inside the fairing so keeps dry, on the Speed triple it either wrap it in cling film (once the route is set or use a zip lock plastic bag. the Cling film works better as the bag can move around and obscure the scren a bit.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to bump a real old thread, but I have Zumo 500 on my bike and would prefer to move over to a TomTom based unit. Rider V2 is going to cost my around 300 but I like the idea of getting Navigo for 50 and installing TT7 on it Smile

A couple of questions though -

1) Does cling film really save the unit in bad rain?

2) Can you cling film it once and then use it with the cling film on?

3) I have some silicone sealer, are there obvious areas I could just seal and it would be waterproof without cling film?

4) How do you mount this unit to your bike?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I came across this on Ebay, dunno if it's any cop.
I was kinda hoping someone here had already tried it and found that it was Win CE Laughing Out Loud.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/3-5-Touchscreen-MOTORCYCLE-Weatherproof-GPS-SAT-NAV-/280666498578?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_GPSSystems_GPSSystems&hash=item415906e612
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nygie wrote:
I came across this on Ebay, dunno if it's any cop.
I was kinda hoping someone here had already tried it and found that it was Win CE Laughing Out Loud.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/3-5-Touchscreen-MOTORCYCLE-Weatherproof-GPS-SAT-NAV-/280666498578?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_GPSSystems_GPSSystems&hash=item415906e612


Only "demo maps" included so you would have to purchase your maps and probably GPS software and an older OS to boot so not such a bargin
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I plumped for the RAC 5000, 5 inch screen, 3.5 audio out, winCe. Put Sygic mobile maps europe on it.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It may be worth giving this a go - a waterproof holder for (almost) any satnav which mounts on the bars. About 20

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Waterproof-GPS-Motorcycle-Bike-SatNav-Case-Mount-/120704812229?pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts&hash=item1c1a9144c5

As soon as sort out my new R1200GS I'll be getting one for the old TomTom
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

EssexBuoy wrote:
It may be worth giving this a go - a waterproof holder for (almost) any satnav which mounts on the bars. About 20

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Waterproof-GPS-Motorcycle-Bike-SatNav-Case-Mount-/120704812229?pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts&hash=item1c1a9144c5

As soon as sort out my new R1200GS I'll be getting one for the old TomTom


I bought one about a month ago. Excellent for the price
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:01 am    Post subject: Peaklife Reply with quote

Hi

Have a look in google for peaklife its a fully waterproof for motorcycle's unit. Runs wince 5/6 it costs around 73 and as standard comes with a powered motorcycle mount a car mount and just about everything you need except a sat nav program.

I put IGO Primo 2 on with the latest European maps and it works brilliantly. also double's up as a music/video/picture player and if your listening to music and a nav instruction comes up it mutes the music. Has a speaker and Bluetooth (I use it with my viper helmet no problem at all)

Its well constructed in a ruggedized case all access to internal parts are seal with O-rings etc.

Supports up to an 8GB micro SD so plenty of room for maps/music etc

Samsung 400Mhz processor and 128MB internal ram.
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