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 Post subject: Bike Mounted GPS?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 8:57 pm 
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I was wondering if anyone offers a bar mounted gps system witht he necessary long life battery pack that has the road network as per your gps in the car? I know Tomtom do one for motorbikes that would no doubt plug into the bike's 6 volt system?

Is there anything anyone knows of?


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:13 pm 
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I bought I bike mount for my Tomtom but haven't needed to use it yet.
Tbh, the battery life is so shite now that I doubt I could travel far enough to get lost!


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:04 pm 
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i made my own, using a metal case and a handlebar mounted bottle cage holder, works a treat, not waterproof though, but then also modded a mini usb calbe with a connection to my light batter, so now i have more power otherthan the phones battery.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:08 pm 
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Garmin edge 705.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:30 pm 
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I've just bought a Garmin Edge 705. The battery life is quoted at 15 hours and I've bought a package with the full UK maps. I don't expect it to work any thing like a car sat nav though.. but thats not what i've bought it for.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:36 pm 
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built in gps on my nokia n82 got me out of trouble when i got lost in the hills :)


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:38 pm 
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I use my Blackberry that has GPS built into it and downloaded googlemaps (street maps and satellite images). The battery will last for ages - however it is very data hungry (mine's through work so what do I care :wink: ) as none of the maps are stored on board. Limited by phone signal in more remote areas of course, too.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:50 pm 
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I've been using my Nokia N95 with sportstracker. Seems ok, haven't tried uploading to google earth though. It can only track though :?
If you want bar mounted though, you want Satmap, not cheap but very impressive

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http://www.satmap.com/index.php


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:31 am 
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I use my Sony Ericsson X1 with a mixture of tomtom and Memory maps (full OS maps). I take a spare battery with me but normally get a decent rides worth out of one battery


Edit: Satmap is deffinately the best choice if you have the money


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:17 am 
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Thanks for the advice guys. I'm still planning to attempt some looonnnggg rides and don't want to have to carry loads of maps. So I really want the sort of thing you have in the car. I will sacrifice a road map and remove the relevant pages and rely on 'pace notes' but still anticipate getting lost!


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