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So this might not be completely "off topic" but I figure its the best place to ask. I got a Garmin Nuvi 260W for Christmas. I've been thinking of getting a mount to put it on the bike. I've noticed on Garmin's website that they have a separate category for cars and motorcycles. Does anyone know what the difference might be between the car navigators and the bike navigators? I realize the ones for the bike are weather resistant and the car ones aren't, but I'm more concerned with the amount of vibration the garmin would receive from the bike and if the untis are built differently in that aspect. Thanks.
 

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The motorcycle GPS units are waterproof, heavy duty for the vibration environment, and glove friendly. And they cost a lot more.

Check out the "getting there and back" forum, there's been a few recent discussion concerning GPSs a few of which compares auto v. motorcycle units.

Getting There and Back: GPS & Electronics - Motorcycle-Journal Forums
 

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So this might not be completely "off topic" but I figure its the best place to ask.


I used two Garmin units that were not specific to motorcycles on long trips with no ill effects. Try to make your mount secure enough that the unit isn't taking major abuse.
 

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I use two different Garmin units on my bike, the older mono chrome Street Pilot and the Street Pilot III Deluxe. Mounted to the bike via a RAM mount and both work good and are water proof to IP7 specs....3 feet submerged for one hour...

The monochrome is easier to see in direct sunlight, but the Street Pilot III has voice navigation and autorouting, I can connect it to my ChatterBox in my helmet.

My brother uses it NUVI on his bike and works fine. My advantage, is I can download exact routs into both of mine, where he can't.

You'll be fine...

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Not exactly. Mine has an optional larger touchscreen button interface designed to accommodate gloved hands, the primary buttons are on the left, and it also has a fuel tank meter. It was designed ground-up for motorcyclists.
 

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This is the one my brother and I have...
MSRP:$149.95

Part # : CBFRSFKIT


FRS Full Face Kit
FRS AC Home Charger
50/FRS Full Face Stereo Headset
50/FRS Stereo Headset Extension Cord

The FRS-Multi-Sport+ is our entry level communicator. It's endless use
make this model the most versatile communicator in our lineup. Our
state-of the-art electronics and shock resistant casing make the HJC-FRS
Multi-Sport+ not only reliable but strong enough to withstand tough
off-road conditions. The FRS-Multi-Sport is VOX (voice activated) or PTT
(push-to-talk) with full duplex wired intercom (passenger headset and
extension cable sold separately). It also features audio (music,
navigation or radar) input with auto mute. It has a 2 mile range with 2
channels. Available for Full-face or Open-Face kits.

It works great as driver to passenger and bike to bike intercomm for a decent price...

It's not water proof.....however I rode in a pretty good rain coming back from bike week last year and all was fine until I stretched up over my windshield and water got in or on it...stopped working......also have the GPS plugged in.

Once home and I opened it up and dried it out, all is fine.....

You can even use these from BIKE to vehicle if the vehicle has an FRS radio...works great.......

dan
 
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