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Secrets To Choosing The Best Motorcycle GPS For You
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Secrets to Choosing The Best Motorcycle GPS For You

You’re lost – you are a guy, so you won’t ask for directions – but that does not change the fact that you are still lost. You lost your map, your patience, and your mind a few miles back. You need the best motorcycle GPS (global positioning system) you can afford. Motorcycle GPS systems are quite different from handheld or automobile systems – weatherproof and biker friendly. Choosing the best motorcycle GPS for you will be simple if you keep a few things in mind.

Electronics and the elements (water & sun) are natural enemies. Since your GPS will be exposed, it needs to be waterproof (not just water resistant) or you run the risk of waving goodbye to your hard earned money with a few drops of rain. UV protection is a necessity as well – for you and your tools. The sun is relentless and the heat will turn the GPS screen into an unreadable mess without UV protection. Glare and reflection from the sunlight can render your unit useless without a ‘sunlight readable’ feature.

Biker friendly GPS systems are just that, biker friendly. Your unit must work with gloves, or it is worthless on the road. Most mid to upper end units have a ‘works with gloves’ option. Get to know your GPS before taking your trip to ensure you are familiar with it, don’t wait until you are riding or you will lose valuable road time learning to operate it. The best motorcycle GPS has a ‘motorcycle mode’ that is customizable to your preferences (left hand control, large type).

Bluetooth connectivity is a very handy feature if you have loud pipes (the best safety policy is making other drivers aware of you), if not, you can listen to music on a few models. Some even include a headset for listening to spoken directions – but always keep your attention focused on the road! Other features are optional, but one you should not miss is a secure, rugged bike mount. The last thing you want is your system falling to the pavement after loosening from the vibrations…

The best motorcycle GPS for you is the one you will use, not the most expensive or the one with the most features. A $400 system does no good if it is not put to use. IMPORTANT: Never leave removable accessories on your bike, you run the risk of them disappearing while you are not around. Doing your research, reading reviews, and trying out any unit you are interested in will ensure the system you purchase is right for you. Good luck!


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I admit I'm hooked on the GPS. The Garmin Zumo models can be easily transferred from bike to car. They're pricey, but worth it.

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