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ogsarg
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:53 pm    Post subject: Noobie needs help selecting GPS Reply with quote

I'm pretty overwhelmed looking at all the options and having never used a GPS (other than in a Hertz rental) I'm having a hard time deciding what features are important. Here are my needs/desires:

Primary use will be on a Guzzi. I do lots of backroad riding with poor to nasty pavement.

I would also like to be able to use it in a rental car when I travel for business.

Looking for a good balance between small size and being able to read screen/use controls.

I'd like to use the system to help find alternate roads.

My budget is in the 500-600 dollar range for everything but could stretch it if worthwhile. That would be for GPS, handlebar mount, and any other necessary accesories.

All suggestions welcome.

Thanks
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SpeedTriple1050
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can fully recommend the TomTom Rider, but I have no experience with other systems. It's listed at $899 on their site but you should be able to get it cheaper if you search around. The car mounting kit is extra. If you want to listen to the instructions then you either have to wear the single in-ear head phone or buy a bluetooth speaker, like the ones people use to talk on their phones 'hands free'. Hopefully somebody else can let you know if the other systems have speakers fitted to the GPS.
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Kritou
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No contest ....... Quest 2
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kritou

I agree.....Quest 2 all the way for me.
I can use this on my Harley, in my Discovery and good for when I am in the field. Brilliant for tracking back to the car, when on foot.

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ogsarg
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2006 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Quest does seem to have what I'm looking for. Any recommendation for a mount to 7/8 bars?
Any other accesories that would be important?

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Kritou
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2006 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need the RAM mount kit - Google for the US site and ask their advice on the specific connecting bits for your bike. Then basically you want a cradle (RAM-HOL-G15) and the audio adapter to get the voice output (ACQ-35) These are about $20 ea. The latter feeds then to your earpiece/helmet speaker

You may later wish to power the Quest from the bike and the QPAC-35 ($55) will step down the voltage from 12v to 5 as well as providing the audio as above - but I suggest you start with the simpler audio only package and run the Quest on it's internel batteries (good for more hours than you can stand riding a HD!)

The prices above are a rough conversion from to $ and you may find it somewhat cheaper if purchasing in the US where I presume you are
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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2006 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the input. I have a Quest 2 and Ram mount on the way. I am going to try using it without any voice commands on the bike for now and see how that works out. I really don't like speakers in the helmet, but I'll put in something if I find I need it later on.

Here in the states I got a good deal from buydig.com and free shipping.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guys, can you tell me the benefits the Quest2 has over the original Quest?
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Kritou
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

XJR wrote:
Guys, can you tell me the benefits the Quest2 has over the original Quest?


All the European maps are loaded - so no need to download maps from your PC as you create routes that take you outside the UK

Full postcode finds are also possible
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, but that would take half the fun out of my bike trip!!!! Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2006 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

XJR wrote:
Guys, can you tell me the benefits the Quest2 has over the original Quest?


The major benefit for bike users is that personal POI's (such as speed camera database) now has an audible warning, the original unit didn't.

It's got to be the best unit for a bike, it's the right size, waterproof and you can design routes from the desktop.

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