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Gadget : GPS device on bikes


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Resilience,

No problem la haha i share what i know.

If anyone else has any other methods i'll b glad to learn as well.

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2001-2003 : KLX250

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2010-2012 : Toyota wish, Xr4 & HM1100S

2012-?? : wRx xR4 & HM1100S

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Resilience,

No problem la haha i share what i know.

If anyone else has any other methods i'll b glad to learn as well.

 

Did you upgrade the fireware of the Zumo? Seems after the upgrade my connection to U clear seems to have frequent drop in communication. I got tired of the comms breaking I changed the bluetooth to the Scala. Seems the Scala works real well.

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nope. i didn't upgrade the firmware. i've always believed in if the item works fine, then i dun c the need to upgrade the firmware.

Furthermore, i've read in the zumoforums, alot of them got some bugs packaged when they upgraded.

 

I like my zumo the way it is for now. hehe. can pair with my phone & U-clear. good enuff.

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1998-2000 : super Xr250

2000-2001 : Xr400

2001-2003 : KLX250

2003-2005 : Nissan K11 & Xr4

2005-2010 : Mit Lancer & Xr4

2010-2012 : Toyota wish, Xr4 & HM1100S

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Did you upgrade the fireware of the Zumo? Seems after the upgrade my connection to U clear seems to have frequent drop in communication. I got tired of the comms breaking I changed the bluetooth to the Scala. Seems the Scala works real well.

 

I remember what Scuddy shared about frequent drop in communication (though not with the exact words). That happens after a voice call ("communication"? ). To correct it, just switched Off and then On the Zumo to remedy the frequent drop. Definitely a U-Clear's quirk that's not with Scala's. :)

 

I think, when you upgrade the software of Zumo, it's best to start afresh by deleting existing pairing, then pair again. IMHO, correct me if I'm wrong.

 

U-Clear without the boom, you guess, really captivates me. The tiny microphone "hidden" or "tucked away" should lessen wind blasting on it.

I like the smallness without compromising quality sound. Also long battery life. BUT it loses out in distance intercom and clipping sturdiness.

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I am torn between a nuvi550 and a Oregon450. Both are about the same price.

Just asking for opinions. Which would u choose if ur buying either one?

 

If you hike more than ride, choose the Oregon whereas if you ride more than hike, then it has to be the Nuvi5X0.

 

The worrying thought of buying the Oregon450 is that it could be discontinued at any moment like the Oregon 200, 300, 400x

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ok.. last question..

 

will i have issues if i purchase a GPS online from US? I know the GPS system will work anywhere in the world. But am I right to say, warranty will only work in the US.

 

No issues. My nuvi 550 was from there. You may or may not get the base map. But no issues if you use it here cos you can dl the mfm maps. Cheers.

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I have a tomtom rider (1-th version) and a PDA fujitsu siemens pocket look N560(microsoft windows mobile 5.0/ works with igo) Any chance to find maps?

Do you know what happened with tomtom apps for iphone/ipad for Singapore and Malaysia?

Thanks

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Hi scuddy, I managed to link all devices but music output from zumo is mono. Did u manage to get stereo output?

 

Iphone - zumo then to the U-clear : can

Iphone itself to U-clear : can

zumo itself to U-clear : can

 

but if simultaneously wanna pair both at the same time to u-clear you can't do it. u-clear will only recognize only 1 of the 2. Unless you pair the phone to the zumo then the zumo pairs to the U-clear. becos zumo itself has 2 bluetooth connection. 1 for phone & the other for audio.

 

that was what i found out after fiddling between the 3 items. then i remembered reading somewhere the U-clear can only accept 1 active connection at anytime.

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I've been using a Garmin Oregon 450 for almost a year now. Went touring with it around South East Asia and use it daily in SG and weekly in MY.

 

It's an excellent value for the price and even though it's not marketed as a motorcyclist GPS, it's incredibly tough (I have a history of breaking gadgets or make them suffer twice as much as normal users do), fully waterproof even under storms of biblical proportion, dusty rides (the sort of dust you find inside your bike even after 4 months of weekly washing) and scorching sun. There has been no decrease of performance and the GPS still looks and feels brand new.

 

Never had an issue with not being able to read the screen, I use a RAM mount made for the model and a simple tilt of the GPS lets you see the screen under any sun reflections.

 

I use it with rechargeable batteries, with the settings to save energy. It says ON for between 10 to 13h of ride. I had planned originally to use the micro USB cable to charge it on the bike but because it only uses 2 small batteries it's not a big deal to leave them to charge overnight at the hotel or at home so I only use the USB cable for computer transfers. (maps, images, data)

 

The satellite acquisition is fast as long as you're not indoor obviously. Never had an issue with navigating to coordinates, the Oregon is very precise and reliable.

Pros:

 

- very small and compact can be carried in a jacket pocket

- very easy to use

- ability to control the touch screen wearing gloves even under heavy rain

- waterproof no need for a casing

- sturdy RAM mount available for this model

- reads all type of maps Garmins read (so Malfreemaps too)

- all the latest geotag capabilities (navigation to where a photo was taken, geocaches etc.)

- battery life suitable for daily use in SG and touring purposes. Easy to find and change batteries. Easy to keep a spare on you.

- usable outside the bike (when traveling as regular tourist on foot, to visit places and cities)

 

Cons:

 

- smaller screen than some car/moto GPSs. But once you get used to it, it doesn't bother you at all while riding.

- no Bluetooth, no MP3 function

 

 

All in all an underrated gps for bikers that's actually an amazing little companion for road trips and city navigation. Never failed me, given the right map it does it's job with resilience and impressive efficiency for its size, especially when it's not originally meant to be used on the road.

 

Photos:

 

 

http://blog.darkhawk.de/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/garmin1.jpg

 

http://www.gpscity.ca/gallery_pics/pic00979-1.jpg

 

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/commercial/2010/8/31/1283256327725/A-Garmin-Oregon-450-GPS-i-006.jpg

 

http://www.all-about-moose.com/images/garmin-oregon-450-lg.jpg

 

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e8/KiwiGPS/PLB%20EPIRB/Garmin62swithKannadPLBandGarminOregon450sideSmall.jpg

 

http://files.witnessthis.co.za/2011/10/Oregon450-menus1.jpg

 

http://radioworld.ca/images/product_images/gps/gps_garmin/handheld_gps/gar-oregon450rf.jpg

 

http://radioworld.ca/images/product_images/gps/gps_garmin/handheld_gps/gar-oregon450ac2.jpg

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Hi Bros,

 

Do you guys leave your mount on the bike? I always take it out after use cos I scared kena stolen, but very troublesome when setting out again in the morning. Have to wear jacket, glove, helmet, shades, and still have to position the GPS mount again. What do you guys do? Leave it there or take out every single time? Thanks for the impromptu poll!

My Rides:

 

020307-050408: Honda Phantom TA200 (FU9253X)

030508-170115: Honda Shadow Slasher (FV5149K)

010213-010415: Harley-Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic (FBC822E)

090313-121113: Honda Phantom TA200 (FU2004U)

310315-present: Harley-Davidson FLHTK Ultra Limited (FBJ-----)

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I've been using a Garmin Oregon 450 for almost a year now. Went touring with it around South East Asia and use it daily in SG and weekly in MY.

 

It's an excellent value for the price and even though it's not marketed as a motorcyclist GPS, it's incredibly tough (I have a history of breaking gadgets or make them suffer twice as much as normal users do), fully waterproof even under storms of biblical proportion, dusty rides (the sort of dust you find inside your bike even after 4 months of weekly washing) and scorching sun. There has been no decrease of performance and the GPS still looks and feels brand new.

 

Never had an issue with not being able to read the screen, I use a RAM mount made for the model and a simple tilt of the GPS lets you see the screen under any sun reflections.

 

I use it with rechargeable batteries, with the settings to save energy. It says ON for between 10 to 13h of ride. I had planned originally to use the micro USB cable to charge it on the bike but because it only uses 2 small batteries it's not a big deal to leave them to charge overnight at the hotel or at home so I only use the USB cable for computer transfers. (maps, images, data)

 

The satellite acquisition is fast as long as you're not indoor obviously. Never had an issue with navigating to coordinates, the Oregon is very precise and reliable.

Pros:

 

- very small and compact can be carried in a jacket pocket

- very easy to use

- ability to control the touch screen wearing gloves even under heavy rain

- waterproof no need for a casing

- sturdy RAM mount available for this model

- reads all type of maps Garmins read (so Malfreemaps too)

- all the latest geotag capabilities (navigation to where a photo was taken, geocaches etc.)

- battery life suitable for daily use in SG and touring purposes. Easy to find and change batteries. Easy to keep a spare on you.

- usable outside the bike (when traveling as regular tourist on foot, to visit places and cities)

 

Cons:

 

- smaller screen than some car/moto GPSs. But once you get used to it, it doesn't bother you at all while riding.

- no Bluetooth, no MP3 function

 

 

All in all an underrated gps for bikers that's actually an amazing little companion for road trips and city navigation. Never failed me, given the right map it does it's job with resilience and impressive efficiency for its size, especially when it's not originally meant to be used on the road.

 

Photos:

 

 

http://blog.darkhawk.de/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/garmin1.jpg

 

http://www.gpscity.ca/gallery_pics/pic00979-1.jpg

 

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/commercial/2010/8/31/1283256327725/A-Garmin-Oregon-450-GPS-i-006.jpg

 

http://www.all-about-moose.com/images/garmin-oregon-450-lg.jpg

 

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e8/KiwiGPS/PLB%20EPIRB/Garmin62swithKannadPLBandGarminOregon450sideSmall.jpg

 

http://files.witnessthis.co.za/2011/10/Oregon450-menus1.jpg

 

http://radioworld.ca/images/product_images/gps/gps_garmin/handheld_gps/gar-oregon450rf.jpg

 

http://radioworld.ca/images/product_images/gps/gps_garmin/handheld_gps/gar-oregon450ac2.jpg

 

How much did you get it at?

February 2011 - March 2012 = Phantom TA 200

March 2012 - August 2013 = Suzuki Impulse 400

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Hi Bros,

 

Do you guys leave your mount on the bike? I always take it out after use cos I scared kena stolen, but very troublesome when setting out again in the morning. Have to wear jacket, glove, helmet, shades, and still have to position the GPS mount again. What do you guys do? Leave it there or take out every single time? Thanks for the impromptu poll!

 

Leave on the bike?? No no no....

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Leave on the bike?? No no no....

 

So you take the mount out everytime? Isn't that troublesome?

My Rides:

 

020307-050408: Honda Phantom TA200 (FU9253X)

030508-170115: Honda Shadow Slasher (FV5149K)

010213-010415: Harley-Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic (FBC822E)

090313-121113: Honda Phantom TA200 (FU2004U)

310315-present: Harley-Davidson FLHTK Ultra Limited (FBJ-----)

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How much did you get it at?

 

$200 USD amazon promotion, watch this page for flash deals amazon does

 

Hi Bros,

 

Do you guys leave your mount on the bike? I always take it out after use cos I scared kena stolen, but very troublesome when setting out again in the morning. Have to wear jacket, glove, helmet, shades, and still have to position the GPS mount again. What do you guys do? Leave it there or take out every single time? Thanks for the impromptu poll!

 

Mostly, yes I take it out and put it back in every ride. And yes, it's a pain.

Now, sometimes I leave the mount on the bike when: private residence, or super empty carpark (in or outdoor).

I also sometimes leave it on when I do not have time to store it securely in the bike's luggage space.

Now, with time, I learned that most of the time we get worried for nothing.. yes theft happens, but unless you forget the mount in an area populated with tons of bikers, and you are using a very standard mount easy to take out and put in, then there's very little chance someone will grab it...

My rule is : more then 2 other bikes parked with me ? -> don't leave ANYTHING easy to grab on the bike.

No bikes around ? -> just leave things as is and cross fingers :lol:

 

Now, if you get a RAM mount, they have an add-on secure locking mechanism that locks the mount. Their mounts are made of 2 pieces: the piece you fix on the handle bar, and the piece your GPS is attached or slipped (on)to.

The lock I'm talking about is between the two, so you don't have to carry any part of the mount once the GPS removed. The great thing about RAM mounts is they are sturdy, can be fixed on any bike and will probably survive a few bikes before they give in. The problem is that they are popular. So basically if say you have one, and are missing a piece, and happend to stumble on my Pulsar one of those days when I didn't take the mount off, you will be tempted to help yourself to mine, or at least the center tube part - the rest is useless to you unless you are also using an OREGON 450 GPS.

 

But if you can afford a RAM mount, I hope you are not into stealing and can afford again the piece you are missing :cheeky:

 

Anyway, here's a few images and a video about the locking RAM piece I'm talking about :

 

http://www.ram-mount.com/Portals/0/Skins/NationalProducts/images/ga255.jpg

 

http://www.motorcycleinfo.co.uk/resources/6795/assets/images/GPS/Security/gps_ram_mount_lock.jpg

 

 

 

 

Or you could try this to secure your mount :

 

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=429351

 

I am currently trying to find a way to secure my camera mount, it's an awesome mount with an easy to open mechanism, very sturdy and reusable on various pipe/bars sizes so I don't want to take the chance to have it disappear.. A little wire + lock could do the trick !

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Pulsarians Singapore on Facebook:

The Page: http://fb.me/SingaporePulsarians For general news and info

The Group: http://fb.me/groups/pulsarianssg/ For all the interaction

between Pulsarians, maintenance tips, accessories, trips & meet-ups and of course live answers to all your questions !

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$200 USD amazon promotion' date=' watch this page for flash deals amazon does

 

 

 

Mostly, yes I take it out and put it back in every ride. And yes, it's a pain.

Now, sometimes I leave the mount on the bike when: private residence, or super empty carpark (in or outdoor).

I also sometimes leave it on when I do not have time to store it securely in the bike's luggage space.

Now, with time, I learned that most of the time we get worried for nothing.. yes theft happens, but unless you forget the mount in an area populated with tons of bikers, and you are using a very standard mount easy to take out and put in, then there's very little chance someone will grab it...

My rule is : more then 2 other bikes parked with me ? -> don't leave ANYTHING easy to grab on the bike.

No bikes around ? -> just leave things as is and cross fingers :lol:

 

Now, if you get a RAM mount, they have an add-on secure locking mechanism that locks the mount. Their mounts are made of 2 pieces: the piece you fix on the handle bar, and the piece your GPS is attached or slipped (on)to.

The lock I'm talking about is between the two, so you don't have to carry any part of the mount once the GPS removed. The great thing about RAM mounts is they are sturdy, can be fixed on any bike and will probably survive a few bikes before they give in. The problem is that they are popular. So basically if say you have one, and are missing a piece, and happend to stumble on my Pulsar one of those days when I didn't take the mount off, you will be tempted to help yourself to mine, or at least the center tube part - the rest is useless to you unless you are also using an OREGON 450 GPS.

 

But if you can afford a RAM mount, I hope you are not into stealing and can afford again the piece you are missing :cheeky:

 

Anyway, here's a few images and a video about the locking RAM piece I'm talking about :

 

http://www.ram-mount.com/Portals/0/Skins/NationalProducts/images/ga255.jpg

 

http://www.motorcycleinfo.co.uk/resources/6795/assets/images/GPS/Security/gps_ram_mount_lock.jpg

 

 

 

 

Or you could try this to secure your mount :

 

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=429351

 

I am currently trying to find a way to secure my camera mount, it's an awesome mount with an easy to open mechanism, very sturdy and reusable on various pipe/bars sizes so I don't want to take the chance to have it disappear.. A little wire + lock could do the trick !

 

Thanks for the very detailed reply! Really appreciate it. Yeah I've been taking it out every time for the last 6mths and its really a pain in e ***. My RAM mount doesnt come with the locking device tho - it's just the part attached to the handlebar and the cradle w its stem. So I can't really lock it unless I buy the additional lock. Haha. Its a catch-22 - either extra money or extra work.

 

I suppose I'll just take it off everytime I use it then.

 

Thanks!!

My Rides:

 

020307-050408: Honda Phantom TA200 (FU9253X)

030508-170115: Honda Shadow Slasher (FV5149K)

010213-010415: Harley-Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic (FBC822E)

090313-121113: Honda Phantom TA200 (FU2004U)

310315-present: Harley-Davidson FLHTK Ultra Limited (FBJ-----)

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