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Weather proof gps

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:53 am
by Bunker
I'm sure this topic has been covered many times but was wondering what people purchase for a weatherproof GPS. Two people mountain to their handlebars or did the mount them to the side car so the passenger can help navigate? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated thank you

Re: Weather proof gps

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:57 am
by mtrdrms
I have a garmin zumo 550. Works great. No issues in 5 years.

Re: Weather proof gps

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:03 am
by Bunker
mtrdrms wrote:I have a garmin zumo 550. Works great. No issues in 5 years.

How is it powered? Internal battery or does it need to be plugged in entire time??

Re: Weather proof gps

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:19 am
by mtrdrms
It has an internal battery that will run for a few hours but I have a permanent, hard-wired mount on the bike. They're not cheap but they're the best for motorcycles.

Re: Weather proof gps

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:26 am
by Snakeoil
I would strongly suggest you go to Garmin and other manuf websites to read up on their current line of products. Searching for reviews on certain models as you narrow down your search will help as well.

As far as I know, pretty much all GPS units intended for cars are not weatherproof.
Motorcycle and marine units are normally, at the veryleast, water resistant.
Another consideration is being able to see the screen when in direct sunlight. Most car unit screens will not be easy to see in direct sun.
Another consideration is being able to operate touch screens with gloves on.

As much as I don't like Garmin the company, there products are probably the best. They normally make two models for motorcycles, one a regular GPS with a few added features and a second with all kinds of whizbang stuff like the ability to store and play music. I have a Zumo 390LM that suits my needs. My only complaint is the mounting system is poorly thought out. This shortcoming is typical of Garmin. The unit comes with a RAM mount for bikes. But the wiring is intended to be hardwired to the bike and includes a bulky transformer. The other mount, which is a typical car type mount, will not keep the unit fixed in position on a bike due to the bumpy ride. So, if you have multiple bikes and want to use the unit on all of them, it does not lend itself to that unless you buy a RAM mount and cable for each bike. The unit will take a mini-USB cable with a cigarette socket plug for car use. But the bike mount partially blocks the ability to use that cable. I am currently in the process of modifying the bike mount bracket to allow the use of the mini-USB cable so I can use it on various bikes. It requires a RAM claw mount, another GARMIN RAM bike mount. Probably about $90 in additional mounts. Hence, this is a primary reason why I don't like Garmin.

What you might consider in the interim is to use your smart phone with a handlebar mount. Granted, you need a cell signal for the GPS feature to work, but it will tell you if you really will use a GPS or it is just a passing fancy.

Re: Weather proof gps

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:31 am
by Tin Man
Using the search feature, type in GPS and stand back. There are many good units available depending on what your plans are.
Here is a start:
http://www.sovietsteeds.com/forums/view ... lit=garmin

I still use my Garmin in its Ram mount. I believe it was intended to be a "handheld" but works quit well as my speedo, clock and odometer...............and its "backtrack" feature has gotten me back to civilization more than once..... :oops:

Re: Weather proof gps

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:36 am
by Bunker
Snakeoil wrote:I would strongly suggest you go to Garmin and other manuf websites to read up on their current line of products. Searching for reviews on certain models as you narrow down your search will help as well.

As far as I know, pretty much all GPS units intended for cars are not weatherproof.
Motorcycle and marine units are normally, at the veryleast, water resistant.
Another consideration is being able to see the screen when in direct sunlight. Most car unit screens will not be easy to see in direct sun.
Another consideration is being able to operate touch screens with gloves on.

As much as I don't like Garmin the company, there products are probably the best. They normally make two models for motorcycles, one a regular GPS with a few added features and a second with all kinds of whizbang stuff like the ability to store and play music. I have a Zumo 390LM that suits my needs. My only complaint is the mounting system is poorly thought out. This shortcoming is typical of Garmin. The unit comes with a RAM mount for bikes. But the wiring is intended to be hardwired to the bike and includes a bulky transformer. The other mount, which is a typical car type mount, will not keep the unit fixed in position on a bike due to the bumpy ride. So, if you have multiple bikes and want to use the unit on all of them, it does not lend itself to that unless you buy a RAM mount and cable for each bike. The unit will take a mini-USB cable with a cigarette socket plug for car use. But the bike mount partially blocks the ability to use that cable. I am currently in the process of modifying the bike mount bracket to allow the use of the mini-USB cable so I can use it on various bikes. It requires a RAM claw mount, another GARMIN RAM bike mount. Probably about $90 in additional mounts. Hence, this is a primary reason why I don't like Garmin.

What you might consider in the interim is to use your smart phone with a handlebar mount. Granted, you need a cell signal for the GPS feature to work, but it will tell you if you really will use a GPS or it is just a passing fancy.
Man that stuff sounds complicated. Maybe I'll just buy some bettet paper mapsand hand them to my fiancé to help navigate while on the back roads.

Re: Weather proof gps

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:36 am
by Bunker
Tin Man wrote:Using the search feature, type in GPS and stand back. There are many good units available depending on what your plans are.
Here is a start:
http://www.sovietsteeds.com/forums/view ... lit=garmin

I still use my Garmin in its Ram mount. I believe it was intended to be a "handheld" but works quit well as my speedo, clock and odometer...............and its "backtrack" feature has gotten me back to civilization more than once..... :oops:
Started with the search function but saw thousands of threads and got anxiety instantly

Re: Weather proof gps

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:37 am
by Bunker
mtrdrms wrote:I have a garmin zumo 550. Works great. No issues in 5 years.
I looked this up On amazon but did not find the same model

Re: Weather proof gps

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:42 am
by lendrinkard
$100.00 unit. Fodsport GPS.
Works well and is cheap and waterproof.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4-3-inc ... 96559.html

Feature Operating System Version: Win CE 6.0 CPU: Media Tek MT3351 486MHz RAM: 256MB Bluetooth 2.0 Waterproof Rating: IPX7 Speaker Power Source: Rechargeable Lithium Battery or Car Cigarette Charger or Car/Motorcycle Battery Power Usage Time: 2 to 3 Hours Systerm Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Romana, Finnish, Polish Hungarian, Portugues


Specification CPU: MSTAR 2531 800MHz Memory: MLC 8GB Flash Memory, 256MB RAM Display: 4.3'' inch TFT LCD, 480*272 Pixels 16:9 Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.0, Support A2DP Earphone Battery: Non-removable Rechargeable Lithium Battery, 1500mAh Waterproof: IPX7 Grade
GPS Frequency: 486MHz Signal Channels: 22 Hot Startup Time: 2s Warm Startup Time: 32s Cold Startup Time: 35s Voice: 120decibel (MAX) GPS Module: High Sensitivity Receiver Built-in Antenna  

Re: Weather proof gps

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:58 am
by skischooler
Bunker wrote:
mtrdrms wrote:I have a garmin zumo 550. Works great. No issues in 5 years.
I looked this up On amazon but did not find the same model
Zumo 695lm, 395lm and 350lm are the current models. https://www.revzilla.com/garmin-motorcycle-gps

Re: Weather proof gps

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:21 pm
by sysmgr2
I have the 665 LM on a Twisted Throttle mount on top of the handlebar clamps. It's the model with SiriusXM, so I've routed the puck to the top of the tub. It, as well as my cellphone, connect via a Sena. Makes a leisurely ride a pleasure. I also used to have their cage mount for it on a Uly, but that's been sold. The point is: There are ruggedized mounts available. I've got a Zumo 550 that I'm trying for the monkey... Haven't mounted it yet.

Re: Weather proof gps

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:31 pm
by Lokiboy
I have my Iphone on a RAM mount that I use for gps. I just cover with a Ziploc bag - works fine.

Re: Weather proof gps

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:39 pm
by rivers
Doubt you'll find any electronics that are waterproof. Water resistant but not waterproof. Factory waterproofing is basically spraying the internals with a silicone spray. The cases/cable connections can still leak. I've had a Garmin 60csx on a KLR and an old 279(6?) on a BMW. Both mounted to the handle bars. I put a ziplock bag over them with a rubberband securing the bottom of the bag. No issues. Still have the old 60 series but don't mount it to the Ural, I just keep it in my jacket pocket till needed.

Re: Weather proof gps

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:08 pm
by bgenest
I have a Tom Tom Rider 5 (2013 model) mounted to my handle bars. I have "lifetime" maps and use it when I am exploring in Maine. I am satisfied with it and it meets my needs. But, ALL GPS manufacturers reduce/stop product support after several years. If you go for an expensive Garmin or Tom Tom it will have a limit on its support and accessories. I tried to purchase another mount and cable from Tom Tom recently and they said the accessories were no longer being made for my model. Tom Tom has a few accessories listed, for my model on the EU website but they will not ship to USA. Emailed USA website a few times, no response. Tom Tom just released its newest motorcycle GPS. It's pretty slick but just as expensive as a Garmin.

As for the Chinese brands I did buy a "cheap" model off Amazon but it would not work out of the box. I returned it with authorization but never got a credit or response from the supplier or Amazon. Just sayin', your experience may be different. Good luck.