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FXRStuarty
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:10 pm    Post subject: SATNAV for car and bike Reply with quote

Looking for a Satnav unit I can use in the car on on a Harley motorcylce. The waterproof units are probably what I am looking for however the cost of these units are out of my range.

Was thinking about maybe a TomTom or Garmin Nuvi unit and a suitable container like this http://www.ram-mount-uk.com/ram-hol-aq2.htm.

I have been using a Navman 310 for a few years and to be honest its rubbish! Maybe I, by opening the case and replaceing the battery, have caused the electronics to go bananas but its a very poor unit and wouldnt buy another.

Any advice on units and containers is welcome.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wait for the Becker Crocodile in October, motorcycle satnav with 4.3 inch screen and 3D terrain and supposed to be 300 euros..

http://www.engadget.com/2008/09/02/becker-unveils-the-crocodile-traffic-assist-z-100-gps-for-motorc/
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Garmin have just launched a budget Nav unit aimed at bike/car use, the nuvi 500. It's a nuvi like device in a waterproof case and is aimed at motorcycle/car owners.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to this http://www.handtec.co.uk/product.php/1392/garmin-nuvi-550 the 550 doesnt have a jack plug for ear piece. Shocked

How ya meant to hear it on a bike?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bluetooth headset? Good question though, BT Hands Free is not included and no other mention of BT so I don't know.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
Bluetooth headset? Good question though, BT Hands Free is not included and no other mention of BT so I don't know.


It is rather odd! Maybe its a wee misprint? Gotta be, hasnt it? Confused
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was a bit surprised that the Becker didnt show up in the blog from the IFA . Th3re are so few motorcycle suitable GPSs that a new one at a fraction of the cost of the current ones would seem quite a big deal .

Will we see anything on this one because it certainly is of interest to me .

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which Becker?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren ,Becker launched the Becker crocodile at the IFA a waterproof GPS with large screen suitable for motorcycles . In fact the whole press release is targeted at motorcycles.

Perhaps you should bend their arms for a test unit or 2 , I would gladly test one for them Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FXRStuarty wrote:
According to this http://www.handtec.co.uk/product.php/1392/garmin-nuvi-550 the 550 doesnt have a jack plug for ear piece. Shocked

How ya meant to hear it on a bike?


[Edit - when I wrote this reply, I thought you were on about the Zumo 550 - why would you by a Nuvi for a bike? I read the specs and it doesn't even come with a bike cradle - just a suction mount which is no good on the car.]

The bike cradle for the Zumo 550 contains a plug for an earpiece and one for a microphone. The car cradle has a speaker and mike built into it.

I know this is true because I have one !!!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The nuvi 500 is a budget option, it's waterproof and there is an optional mount for bikes.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tomthompson wrote:
Darren ,Becker launched the Becker crocodile at the IFA a waterproof GPS with large screen suitable for motorcycles . In fact the whole press release is targeted at motorcycles.

Perhaps you should bend their arms for a test unit or 2 , I would gladly test one for them Very Happy

Ah yes, we will of course approach them for a review unit.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
Ah yes, we will of course approach them for a review unit.
Better be snappy about it though Very Happy - Mike
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