Auto GPS on a Trike!! Will it Work?

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  • Auto GPS on a Trike!! Will it Work?

    I've been considering getting a GPS so the guys at the Nashville RKRI don't have to guide me everywhere. I've looked or am looking at a Garmin Nuvi 2797LMT as a possible unit that I would use in my cars also if that is possible. One guy told me that an auto GPS wouldn't work on a motorcycle. What say you? Will it work? I'm open to suggestions. Thanks for any comments. Ride Safe. Doc

    P.S. I take my trike to Chattanooga early tomorrow morning to get it fixed.
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  • #2
    I don't see why it wouldn't work. Just take precautions to keep it dry.
    The only other thing is that the screen may not be as readable in direct sunlight, but I doubt that is even a real concern.

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    • #3
      I rarely use a GPS but I have used an automobile (Garmin) GPS on my wing. I used the suction cup and stuck it to the inside of my windshield and plugged it into the Cig. lighter.
      Richard
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      • #4
        Any Gps will work on a MC - Just remember -The GPS unit Should be Waterproof (one used in a Auto won't be) or a Cover or plastic bag over it for protection is advised.
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        • #5
          If the screen of the GPS gets over powered by the sunlight, member ChrisE (http://gl1800visor.com/Index.php) sells a product that might provide some relief.
          Richard
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          • #6
            Vibration on bad roads may become a problem but should work otherwise. Ziplock bags work well for waterproofing. YMMV
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            • #7
              I have been using a $200.00 Tom Tom on my motorcycle and have been in several heavy rains with out having it protected by a water proof bag. It still works great. I got a ram mount and a cradle to hold it from Rammounts.com.
              Gary Loos from Ohio

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              • #8
                I have been using a Magellan 1420 with lifetime updates for years now, both in the car and on the bike. Baggies and elastic bands make it waterproof.

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                • #9
                  I've been using a Garmin Nuvi 50 for over two years. They only cost around a 100 bucks and have lifetime map updates. I carry a gallon size zip lock bag in the left front pocket in case if rain. It works great!
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                  • #10
                    I use a Garmin Nuvi 1450 on my Wing. Got a Ram mount holder for it. Never had an issue seeing the screen and it's much less than the M/C specific over priced waterproof ZUMO.
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                    • #11
                      You can use a car GPS, I have a Tom Tom one XL that I got off ebay, there are draw backs like direct sunlight making it more difficult to see but you can get a visor for it. Mine sits in a Ram mount. They are a lot cheaper and easy to find. Good luck.

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                      • #12
                        Been using automotive gps on all my motorcycles. The zip lock bags work well for waterproofing. Never had a problem with any of them.. The reason I have gps on the motorcycle is we ride till we are not sure where we are at and then hit HOME on the gps and follow it.

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                        • #13
                          Doc, car GPS will work just fine, I've used on for years on my GW/RoadSmith. If it rains, just throw a sandwich bag over it. Gotta trim out a small channel unr the lid for the plug in wire, rather easy and works well.

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                          • #14
                            Works fine, but you have to keep it dry. My brother sticks his to back of screen just above the dash, and for added security, he ties on a string in case it decided to release itself. Mounting to handlebars is not recommended. The vibrations can destroy it the insides. He carries a zip lock bag for when it rains. There is a product called Aquabox that you can get to protect it.

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