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tomthompson
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 4:29 pm    Post subject: 2720 used properly in anger Reply with quote

I went to the London Motorcycle Show on monday and used my 2720 proprly for the first time on the bike connected to the Autocom.

Wow does it make it easy .Now I can get close to Ally Pally by myself but as soon as I turn off the North Circular in that part of London I am lost. So for the final leg of the journey GPS is a must for me .

The 2720 didnt disappoint me at all getting me there and away from there easily .It warned me of all the speed cameras (it almost drove me nuts at times with all the warnings ) and the sound was good .

I have found that when driving or biking in London verbal instructions are a must . All too often if you take the time to look at the maps you are liable to hit something changing lane on you .You have to keep your eyes open all the time and be ready to correct your position at all times so the luxury of looking at the GPS just doesnt exist.

I know your thinking oh yeh he's from the sticks and just isnt used to London traffic but thats where I was born and where I learnt to ride/drive and for 3 years I worked as a delivery driver in Central London so its nothing unusual for me .

So to reiterate I do like my 2720 on the bike it does just what I want.

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bigbob
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi tomthompson
nice to see a good practical report on a piece of kit and how it performed under driving conditions hope more folk would post like this. I have had the Quest 2 for a couple of weeks but won't be able to test it on the bike untill spring. I have bought some oxford helmet speakers but testing them in the workshop on the bike have come to the conclusion that I will need an autocom or smartcom system as they won't be loud enough otherwise. Lets have more road reports from everyone please.
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pharmamike
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi BigBob

Don't write off the Oxford helmet speakers until you've tried them in a riding situation. I put a radio (and satnav too) through an Oxford comms set up with no amplification. The only situation in which they haven't delivered the sound well has been when I'm wearing earplugs.

Having said that, I went to the Ally Pally show to get myself fitted for a pair of Ultimate Ear's Monitor earplugs (www.ultimateear.com) because I've decided to give up riding without earplugs completely because the helmet noise (wind) is starting to take the edge off my hearing.

Mind you, if you carry a passenger a comms set is a great investment because you can listen to the radio, an MP3 player or any other audio source and chat at the same time. Can even answer you're mobile phone. Its a great investment, specially if you hardwire it all into the bike so you don't need battteries.
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tomthompson
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My setup does allow for me wearing earplugs as well for the same reason that I have noticed a downturn in my hearing. The only adjustment I have to make is that I set the 2720 to increase volume with speed and to be honest by the time I was doing over 70 it was like someone shouting directly in my ear. I hate to think what it would be like without earplugs , I would have to turn volume right down .
I have it set at 70% in car and 60% on bike so I might try it at 40% on the bike.


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bigbob
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2006 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the hints and tips guys. I live up in the highlands at abt 1000 ft ASL so everyday is icy and am getting cabin fever at the weekends wanting out on the bike so will test headphones when spring comes. Thats a good feature to have with the volume control on 2720 don't think quest 2 has that (must look in the book of words) was thinking of putting helmet on and sticking head out of car window while wife drives but she refuses to partake for some reason. Wink

cheers Bob
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MikeOnABike
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go to agree. Even with my cheapy medion in its showerproof case, the GPS helps me from time to time in London. When commuting or visiting friends it's not needed. But when I need directions to an unfamiliar street, just perfect. It lets me concentrate on the road.

Have used it to help search for houses (in the process of looking to move).
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