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Motorcycle navigation systems rating
« on: February 23, 2015, 12:19:10 pm »
 Take a look in this link: bestmotorcyclegpsreviews.com

[Link fixed - hope that's OK. Admin]
« Last Edit: February 23, 2015, 09:45:18 pm by richtea »
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Re: Motorcycle navigation systems rating
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2015, 08:18:55 pm »
Costas, The link does not work.

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Re: Motorcycle navigation systems rating
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2015, 08:51:59 pm »
.....just cut and paste it.....?? It's only the hyperlink that's not active....

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Re: Motorcycle navigation systems rating
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2015, 09:57:43 pm »
Link works fine now. As an owner of a garmin Zumo 590lm , I find it pretty average .

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Re: Motorcycle navigation systems rating
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2015, 07:31:16 am »
I have the Tomtom V5 and it's everything that I want it to be. I had a Garmin 660 for a while and whilst it is a good gizmo it did more than I needed and was not very intuitive. I found the Garmin rerouting, just bizarre. Which is why I went back to the Tomtom that I know and love.

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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2015, 08:20:19 am »
I have the Tomtom V5 and it's everything that I want it to be. I had a Garmin 660 for a while and whilst it is a good gizmo it did more than I needed and was not very intuitive. I found the Garmin rerouting, just bizarre. Which is why I went back to the Tomtom that I know and love.

Same here Rae, I sold my Rider V2 and got a Nav IV (Garmin 660)because I had somehow been convinced that Garmin were far better, right from the off I realised I had made a large, very expensive mistake. Ive now sold the Nav IV and at the moment use the free app thats on me windows phone if I need it, but when and if I decide to get another, Tom Tom it will be.

The real joke was at the NEC show I went and spoke to Garmin on their stand about my disappointment with their product, notably the way it would re-draw the screen at the most inopportune moment(approaching a roundabout), and also about the Compass Heading arrow not appearing on my screen which was shown as a feature in the manual. I showed him the feature in the manual and handed him my Nav IV and said find it, after about 10 mins of him changing settings etc, he handed the Nav back to me and said, " ahh sorry, garmin have obviously removed that feature in an update, and the re-draw is normal, sometimes?.  Think I said something along the lines of  am I on the Garmin stand or Halfords, twat!
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Re: Motorcycle navigation systems rating
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2015, 10:59:15 am »
 Noticed this in the Telegraph this morning:


Two American tourists ended up stranded after setting their satnav to a remote beauty spot because they needed a ferry boat to get there.

The satnav sent them onto a deserted beach where their car got stuck in the sand.

The couple, on holiday from Texas, were heading for Caldey Island, half a mile off the seaside resort of Tenby, west Wales.

But their sat nav didn't tell them they needed a ferry to reach the island and the boats don't even run at this time of year.

Whoops!
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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2015, 11:08:39 am »
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« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2015, 12:57:08 pm »
As I said earlier, having tried both Garmin and Tomtom it's Tomtom every time for me I have the Tomtom V5 which is the motorcycle one. I had the earlier V3 which was fine, however the V5 has a larger screen and some nice motorcycle and glove friendly features.

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Re: Motorcycle navigation systems rating
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2015, 01:58:30 pm »
Happy with the 6 years old Garmin 550 , it was presented to me as a gift by BMW when I bought the first K13 in Greece, never get over the hole for its base in the tank cover so now use the Ilmberger carbon cover.
Use the satnav only when cruising in unfamiliar territory and it works great especially from the day I bought for 78 euros the lifelong subscription, so its now under Garmin Express being updated almost every three months and absolutely every January. Up to now no  glitches as the ones described above, yes its old with low capacity but still 100 songs and a good route explanation is all I need from it.
having said that found that the most stupid program is the one they give you with the satnav unit, with it you suppose after installing it in a pc to be able to manage your unit, plan routes, mark points of interest etc. Well 6 years now and still not satisfied with it almost impossible to use . Me too have exchanged some nasty emails with them but no use, they are people from another planet.
The European equivalent of GPS is still to come so until then I will stay with my Garmin.
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« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2015, 06:56:04 pm »
As I said earlier, having tried both Garmin and Tomtom it's Tomtom every time for me I have the Tomtom V5 which is the motorcycle one. I had the earlier V3 which was fine, however the V5 has a larger screen and some nice motorcycle and glove friendly features.
Rae & Tim, thanks for the helpful and useful comments. As you say, Garmin appears to be awash with extra gimmicks (not very helpful though it seems), and the bizarre re-routing aspect would soon annoy me. Time to take a closer look at TomTom me thinks...! Ta.

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Re: Motorcycle navigation systems rating
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2015, 07:26:42 pm »
I have a Garmin Zumo 500 which I'm quite happy with.

I've stuck with Mapsource so far because of the bad reports I've heard about Basecamp.
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Re: Motorcycle navigation systems rating
« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2015, 11:05:12 am »
Garmin 550 (all Garmin) can be connected with a loudspeaker via the USB, it actually does with the Becker stereo of my car.
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