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My Letter to Garmin:

Inquiry: Hello, I am a long time owner of many fine Garmin
Products. I have recently purchased the 2610, to replace my SP III. I have
been working diligently with the motorcycle after market providers (Kennedy
Enterprises). It is my understanding from them, that Garmin has yet to
release the cradles or the harness parts necessary to make the harness and
make the 2610 compatible for motorcycle installation. If this is the
case, I am getting frustrated with Garmins response to the motorcycle
community. I belong to many Honda GL 1800 web sites, and the 2610 subject
comes up very often, in fact daily. With Garmins lack of response to fill
the motorcycle aftermarket niche. I would be very hard pressed to recommend
the 2610 to any of my fellow riders. The riding season is very soon to
start. Garmins follow up on a new product has fallen short in my opinion.
Thank You Luther A, Hitt

Garmins Response:

Thank you for contacting Garmin,

Actually, we do have a motorcycle mounting kit currently being manufactured.
We hope to have it available within the next month or so.

Thank you for choosing Garmin.


Best Regards,

Andrew Haaven
Aviation Support Specialist
800-800-1020
[email protected]


I do not think that Garmin is Supporting the Motorcycle Population as it should. In my opinion, that was a canned answer, and means little. I do not believe that Garmin is part of the "Cottage Industry", that we have come to give credence over time.

I will live without my Garmin mounted on my bike. I just feel that the Motorcycle riding industry has been slighted. And . definitely we have not been given any priority, or the respect of a decent, honest reply.

"off route, recalculating"

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I agree - that sounds like a canned response, and one we heard about a month ago, right?

Is everyone backordered on the standard Garmin accessory power cables (with the integral speaker)? ($35 from GPS Discount.com)

If not, we could buy those, remove the speaker, add an in-line fuse and audio connector and use that to connect to the Kennedy unit.

If I remember right, the bare wire cord for my SPIII wasn't much cheaper than the speaker version...

Just a thought to get you "recalculating" your route :lol:
 

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While it may sound like a canned response, maybe it isn't. After all, what I read was that they are currently in production, not that "we're looking into that at this time."

If they're currently producing them it'll probably take a month or two to fill the supply pipline to get them to distributors and retailers as well as resellers like Kennedy. I, for one, will give Garmin the benefit of the doubt on this one. Now if April arrives with no mounts I'll be concerned.
 

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Garmin 2610

Bulldog:

Have you seen BMW's Navigator II system? It is a rebadged Garmin 2610 that BMW offers as an option for their bikes. It replaces the Navivator which was a SPIII. Don't know about the 2610, but the SPIII version had a modified dataset that included the BMW motorcycle dealers in the database.

Maybe Honda should look at an option like this.
 

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I doubt that Garmin will go out of business because of not suporting the MC industry if that were true. They are by far the best gps and one of the best companies when it comes to support of their products.
 

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I got tired of waiting on Garmin and just made my own. I order and extra car plug from GPS Discounts for 35.00 to get the end that connected to the 2610 and removed the speaker plug. There is 6 wires in it 2 for the speaker, 2 for the power plug and 2 that are connected to the little plug on the side. It is not used on the 2610, I think it is for the other model. Any way I just got a min plug at Radio Shack and connected it to the cellset and wired a fuse in line for power. Easy to do and you can have now.

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Leonard, if Honda made that GPS option, I'm sure it would be about $2500. It would be cool, but not too hard to emulate, as some have begun to do.
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Now Fuzzster, Don't start talking common sense, especially when I want to be GRUMPY....LOL

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