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Anyone use the garmin or tomtom motorcycle gps with winding roads/motorcle roads option, if so is it worth the $300 to $500 premium over a standard bluetoorh gps?
 

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Shoot...

I don't know anybody who still uses tomtom or garmin gps period.

Why can't you use your smart phone?
 

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Anyone use the garmin or tomtom motorcycle gps with winding roads/motorcle roads option, if so is it worth the $300 to $500 premium over a standard bluetoorh gps?
seems to me these application specific devices are.. app specific..

couldn't a Ipad be put into a clear cover tank bag and have a GPS running?
you could use it on your bike or in your car or even if you where hiking in the boonies? maybe even have phone service, gas stations and hotel / restaurant reservation services.. a bit more productivity w/o a redundant device.? poncho
 

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i agree, dont want to carry a lot of junk but lost signals quite a bit even using verizon, i personally would prefer to use an app with winding roads/motorcycle roads option on the note 4 but one doesnt exist plus gps is hooked up to satellite i.e. it will keep a signal
 

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Anyone use the garmin or tomtom motorcycle gps with winding roads/motorcle roads option, if so is it worth the $300 to $500 premium over a standard bluetoorh gps?
I have a garmin with the curvy roads feature, really like it . Puts me on roads i'd otherwise miss . about the cost ??? Out of curiosity, would roaming charges apply with a phone or ipad
 

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I have a garmin with the curvy roads feature, really like it . Puts me on roads i'd otherwise miss . about the cost ??? Out of curiosity, would roaming charges apply with a phone or ipad
never had any on mine
 

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I have the TomTom Rider gps.

Winding road feature works really well. It has a slider control feature for fine tuning. I like the fact it finds unique ways to get you there.
 

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I have the TomTom Rider gps.

Winding road feature works really well. It has a slider control feature for fine tuning. I like the fact it finds unique ways to get you there.

thats the one i was looking at, the garmin 660 is between $699 and $800 , way out of the price range of a poor bloke like me
 

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My phone isn't nearly as good as my dedicated Garmin GPS.
 

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thats the one i was looking at, the garmin 660 is between $699 and $800 , way out of the price range of a poor bloke like me
I just bought one off of ebay for $439.99 with free shipping. The seller has sold over 100 of them and still has them. I also got a pair of Sena SMH 10RD's to go with it for both my helmets. Oh, and picked up some LED lights too.
I'm getting ready for spring........even though it was 0 this morning.
 

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I just use my smart phone. I put a mount on the bars so I have access to GPS, phone, music.
 

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I just use my smart phone. I put a mount on the bars so I have access to GPS, phone, music.
This is what I have been doing ss well. However I am interested in the op's question because the smartphone option always takes me back to the shortest or fastest route. I have tried everything with Google maps to design custom maps and every option has flaws. It either recalculates or loses voice by voice.

I dont want the shortest route when on two wheels. I want the curviest out of the way roads I can find......but would still like to do so without geting lost.
 

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The winding road feature works very well. I find it ignores the short or quickest options & truly looks for winding twisting curving roads. The best way to see it in action is when you plan a trip on the TomTom go ahead & let the unit plan all three options. You can see it finds three very different paths.

For most trips I find setting the winding road slider - or + makes a big difference. - more straight roads or a quick direct route. + makes the unit look for lots of twisty roads.

There are many options for mapping with the unit creating way points. Another is using a program called Tyre which comes with the unit. You can also import google maps although it's a bit of a steep learning curve to use.

Another cool thing is in areas with lots of lanes & exits like in Atlanta on I 75 the unit starts flashing & high lighting which lane to be in so you don't take the wrong path.

I bought the mount locks so the unit can be locked or you can unlock just the unit & leave the mount in place. Hard wired to the bike & turns on & off with my engine. Plus it's waterproof.
 

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I use my phone GPS just to show me all the routes. I also have the app called maps. It doesn't tell me where to go just where I'm going. Anyways when I get on the bike it doesn't matter where I end up.
 

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Use a $65.00 Garmin from the Wally World for use in a strange city. Custom water-proofing (Glad sandwich bag and electrical tape) for when it's raining. On the road, it's the old Rand-McNally road atlas.
 

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Use a $65.00 Garmin from the Wally World for use in a strange city. Custom water-proofing (Glad sandwich bag and electrical tape) for when it's raining. On the road, it's the old Rand-McNally road atlas.
Looking at the cost of the garmin and tomtom rider, im gonna end up doing that, dont want to mount my $700 phone on the bike, so a $100 bluetooth gps will have to do
 

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I have a regular wide-screen Garmin Nuvi on my bike. Paid $79 for it. Mounted with a "RAM Mount". Works great.
Ditto. When out riding, we have a general idea of what roads we want to explore. When out of state and lost, home will, well, get you home. On vacation, we set our hotel, cabin or campsite as home. I usually search great roads to ride before the trip. Can't for the life of me, figure how to save maps from pc to garmin. Used basecamp and such with no luck.
 

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I use my smart phone or tablet on my bike. Downloaded CoPilot with the maps so signal is not an issue. I do not see the point in paying out the nose for a motorcycle GPS unit......
 
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