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    Default What GPS are you using?

    Hi, I currently am using an old Tom-Tom that came with the Spyder I bought. I would like to upgrade and would like to know what GPS others are using. Thanks.

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    I'm using the Garmin XT. I'm seriously thinking of upgrading to the XT2.
    It's bigger, brighter and faster.
    If you are upgrading from the TomTom, definitely go for the XT2.
    I'm not sure if it's worth upgrading from the XT to the XT2.
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    I have an XT. It took a little getting used to but the motorcycle specific features are very good.


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    I'm also pondering a switch from the Zumo XT > Zumo XT2. Then I'd need to buy the new locking case

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    I use the Garmin DriveSmart™ 55 with a Garmin backup camera. It's on a Ram mount using one of the handlebar bolts. Works for me and less expensive than the cycle specific models.

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    I'm using a Zumo 590.
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    I use plastic Jiffy Store state maps and a magnetic compass, same as I have always used.

    Never really been lost, and have rode all over the this country and several other countries as well.

    Mostly I just go by the idea that you can't get lost if you don't care where you are going.

    Have had to do a 180 and go back a few times, but that has also happened when I was riding behind someone with a GPS too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwolf View Post
    I use plastic Jiffy Store state maps and a magnetic compass, same as I have always used.

    Never really been lost, and have rode all over the this country and several other countries as well.

    Mostly I just go by the idea that you can't get lost if you don't care where you are going.

    Have had to do a 180 and go back a few times, but that has also happened when I was riding behind someone with a GPS too.
    For a while, I used to run 4WD Tours & Expeditions into all sorts of (stupid??) places, and one of the first things I told each set of people who were game enough to follow me was this:

    "If I haven't had to turn around AT LEAST Three times on any given day, then we haven't really been exploring!"

    And while I do like (& use - pretty much ALL the time! ) my Garmin GPS &/or Hema Explorer, I too also STILL carry & regularly use paper maps & a compass!
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    Zumo XT, don't leave home without it.
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    A couple years ago I bought the Zumo 396 from these guys for $250 or $300. I'm frugal... it was good enough then and still is. I also bought the cheapest Sena headset for my helmet ($80) for in the helmet directions from it, invaluable when traveling in a large city while on the busy freeway looking for that motel room you reserved.

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    I use a Garmin Zumo XT. Much of my driving is out in the boon-docks without cell service, yet the satellites show me were I am located.

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    Any Zumo 590/595/XT/XT2 that you're willing to spend for. They all have lifetime map updates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwolf View Post
    I use plastic Jiffy Store state maps and a magnetic compass, same as I have always used.

    Never really been lost, and have rode all over the this country and several other countries as well.

    Mostly I just go by the idea that you can't get lost if you don't care where you are going.

    Have had to do a 180 and go back a few times, but that has also happened when I was riding behind someone with a GPS too.
    I use the Manual Acquisition Positioning System
    Besides as long as you have 1/2 a tank of fuel, you are not lost
    Found a lot of interesting places using this system.

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    Garmin Zumo XT

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    I bought a TomTom Rider 550. I like it but it took a rather long learning curve compared to my old ones. And, because I do not use it often, I have to re-learn. I did however, buy another TomTom for my truck to so that helps me remember stuff. I do not use GPS much anyway. Screens are bigger than the old ones I had too. Ram mount on the F3 bars and it is where I can see it well. Bluetoothed to my sena.
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    The Garmin 660 that came with my 2012 RTL and a set of paper maps. Whenever I cross a state line I stop at the 1st tourist information stand and pick up a new map for that state. If I don't have a map for a state I want to plan a trip in I write to the state tourist bureau and they send me a free one along with all kinds of information, many times motorcycle specific. I find that once I have a route planned on My Route App I can download it to the Garmin. Sometimes I even stick to the routes I plan.

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    Zumo 660 that came with Spyder Limited's from the BRP factory. On occasions, I have had to double check with google on my phone. (At least it's easier to zoom & find structures or other possible paths & landmarks-satellite view. )
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    Also using a Zumo XT with power wired via the accessory line. As others have said, if you have an XT, I feel it’s hard to justify an upgrade to the XT2 but if you don’t have a Garmin at all then the XT2 would be the better choice.

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    I just use my phone blue toothed to the Spyder. Pipe it through the bikes speakers.. My wife also has her phone running a different program so we have two systems running for best route. Also have an old Garmin with lifetime maps around somewhere. Tom
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    I'm likely going to pull the trigger on a Zumo XT2/Touratech mount later this week. If so, I'll have a Zumo XT/Touratech Zumo XT mount to sell in a couple of weeks...


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    Am I the only one that uses CarPlay and my phone? I mostly use scenic but can run anything.
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    I just use my iPhone and Google maps. I find it works great and always gets me where I'm going. Is there a benefit for using a standalone GPS system?

    I can listen to my music and GPS through the Can Am (so I can use the handlebar controls to adjust volume and change songs) and helmet Bluetooth system.

    We had a nice ride yesterday and after we came out from having lunch it was raining a bit, and on the 30-mile ride home, we hit some pretty good rainfall. As we were getting drenched, I looked down and saw my phone on the mount with rain all over it, my initial thought this is not good, but then I remembered it's water resistant and rain will not hurt it at all.

    I even use my iPhone and CarPlay in my car that has a really nice built-in GPS, it's just easy, and it works.

    I have never really understood the stand along GPS thing and am generally curious about the benefits, maybe I need one and just don't know it?

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    I used to use my iPhone on my previous 2-wheeled motorcycles but on the Can-Am I was looking for a cleaner option. I didn’t want to go with a phone mount on bars or anything so I decided to use the Garmin XT I used on my electric motorcycle (Energica Ribelle). I find the Garmin easier to use with a gloved hand than my iPhone plus the mount for the Garmin feels more secure than a RAM mount for my iPhone. In addition, it just frees up my phone on longer trips to act solely as my music source and emergency phone calls. It also allows me to keep my phone in the trunk if I need to keep it charged up, the Bluetooth signal strength is fine with the phone in the trunk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesLaz View Post
    I just use my iPhone and Google maps. I find it works great and always gets me where I'm going. Is there a benefit for using a standalone GPS system?

    I can listen to my music and GPS through the Can Am (so I can use the handlebar controls to adjust volume and change songs) and helmet Bluetooth system.

    We had a nice ride yesterday and after we came out from having lunch it was raining a bit, and on the 30-mile ride home, we hit some pretty good rainfall. As we were getting drenched, I looked down and saw my phone on the mount with rain all over it, my initial thought this is not good, but then I remembered it's water resistant and rain will not hurt it at all.

    I even use my iPhone and CarPlay in my car that has a really nice built-in GPS, it's just easy, and it works.

    I have never really understood the stand along GPS thing and am generally curious about the benefits, maybe I need one and just don't know it?

    Thanks,
    James
    The benefits of using a stand-alone GPS are the ability to create your own routes. If all you do is ride directly to your destination, you don't need a GPS. But if you want to shape your journey to include twisty or off-the-main roads, you'll need either a stand-alone or a phone app.

    Another plus for GPS is it won't shake itself to death or overheat like phones do.

    There are other pluses but those are the main reasons to consider a GPS.
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