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« on: February 10, 2015, 02:12:23 am »
Why are GPS units for bikes so expensive? What's the difference? OK there water proff but is that it? I have used the same Garman unit on my bike that I use in my car for the last 3 years no problem. I carry a plastic bag in case it does rain and that works great

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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2015, 02:19:12 am »
Because the can I think. However saying that I have had Zumo 450 and 550 units over the last number of years. They are waterproof and the controls work with big and fat glove covered fingers.
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Re: GPS
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2015, 02:43:42 am »
*Originally Posted by Trophy Tom [+]
Why are GPS units for bikes so expensive? What's the difference?
The main thing is that not many are built. Just like anything else. Why are car batteries cheaper than cycle batteries? Tires? Other parts?

Car stuff is cheaper because a lot more are sold.

But many people use car GPS's on their bikes. Not nearly as good, but they still can be made to work.

BTW, how many car GPSes have a replaceable internal battery? At least it seems they do give quite a bit more with the cycle GPS. Seems better built and more serviceable all the way around.

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Re: GPS
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2015, 09:51:44 am »
Hi

I bought a Mio Moov 614 (basically a Garmin Nuvi) for £40 with free maps forever.  At that price I thought Id try it on my bike.  I have  just fitted the Triumph satmount, stuck high quality 3m dual lock tape (looks a bit like Velcro but 5 times stronger and waterproof) onto the sat mount and back of the satnav and then  followed the youtube link below to waterproof the satnav

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2UvIoL78Cg

Power is via a waterproof rubberised USB socket directly connected to the battery.

Works a treat !

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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2015, 10:50:30 am »
WOW great video thanks for sharing  :152:
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Re: GPS
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2015, 03:45:07 pm »
Thanks, nice simple solution.  I got a lot more complicated with my Tom Tom and put it in a small Plano tackle box, made a waterproof switch for it, and used an Amps connector on the back to mount it to an Enduro Engineering mount with an SW Motech vibration resistant bracket.  See, I told you it was a lot more complicated.  When the 10 year old Tom Tom dies I'll go the silicone sealant route.
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