This keeps coming up, and isn't true. I don't know of a good cell phone GPS app that doesn't allow you to download maps for off-line use. You just have to make the effort to download the maps before your trip. The cell phone GPS is like the standalone GPS units in that it doesn't require a cell phone signal.BB said:...I actually gave up the GPS unit for most of my riding and I simply use my cell phone - much simpler and most up-to-date maps and POI. But if I ever actually decide to travel outside the USA or even across the country, I will need the StreetPilot running, since it does not require cell phone signal to work, unlike the cell phone GPS.
The less-than-optimal solution is to plug the Garmin directly into the 12V port on the dash. However, then you have to constantly check that the plug hasn't vibrated loose. My solution is to hard wire it to the bike's electrical circuit. There are a couple of aux 12v ports available under the left dash panel stuffed up in the wiring bundle. Much better option and, iirc, switches on/off with the bike's ignitionPaul said:I would like to get a garmin.
How do i plug it in to recharge?
dcstrng said:Greenie said:Do you have a link?
Am a bit slow -- sorry... just saw this...
Greenie said:I've had good luck with a direct wired power cord - the cigarette lighter method didn't maintain a solid connection.
I like that rubber band idea. I run power to my tank bad via a switched SAE connector, converting to cig outlets inside the bag. I cuts way back on the sockets vibrating loose. I also picked up a small micro USB battery pack, I think about 10k milli amps that I can use as a power source when not riding, though not for the GPS(el cheapo Nuvi 2589LM and sorta T)2andBlue said:I encircle the male plug with a rubber band before inserting onto the 12V outlet. This protects from water intrusion and also prevents the plug from backing out from vibration or a tug on the cord. Very simple, practically free.
Learned this trick after I had to clean corrosion, not unlike described previously by JPD, and my cleaning made socket slippery and plug kept retracting on a ride.
Daboo said:I tried everything but a "motorcycle" GPS, because of the cost.