I have the factory nav, a pda nav, and my wife carries a Garmin nav.
Many old map-readers see no advantage to a nav and that's fine with me. Some aftermarket users have nothing good to say about the factory nav and that’s fine with me also. Personally, of the three, I like the nav on the bike the best.
My wife and I are leaving on a 15-day 4500-mile trip this Friday and I am taking no maps, no itinerary except we want to be in Key West halfway through the trip. I am stopping at the state’s welcome centers for discount coupons and finding motels when we get tired. We’ll eat when we get hungry. This would be really tough to do without a nav and the database in it.
My wife dubbed her Ramona! Because of her voice. Its a Garmen portable. My kids got it for me 3 years ago and I can put in the motor home, car and now I have adapted it quite nicely to fit just in front of the speedo since it reads the MPH accurately anyway. I find myself leaving it on the Wing most of the time. I wired a plug in the left fairing pocket and if I want to hear her I can plug earphones into her. I would recommend it.
I have factory nav on my 06. I really like it. I don't overuse it on the road just kind of fly by the seat of my pants. I'm not into plotting my route.
I really like it when it is time to stop for the night. I just search the nearest motel and head for it. It also shows the phone number of the motel if I need to call ahead. Works for gas, beer, food etc.
Hey Jimmie D,
I have a 2005 with no built in Nav. Although I think overall I would have liked the built in one. (Don't even know if it was available on the 2005.) I use a Garmin Zumo 450. And I absolutely love it. I didn't spend the additional money on the 550 because I wasn't going to use Bluetooth or XM Radio and I didn't care about the text to speech feature. Although, at times the announcement of street names might have been nice.
As far as I'm concerned, buying a GPS for your cycle if you don't have the factory Nav is very worthwhile. I just don't know if spending the additional money on the Zumo was worth it. If I had to do it over again, I would probably buy a much less expensive unit. But I don't want to go anywhere without a GPS. JMHO
I'm taking my new GL1800 in for 600 mile service Friday. I will have the 12 volt outlet installed in the left pocket. I have ordered a Ram mount for my Garmin GPS, and will mount it as soon as I receive it. I guess the only thing I will have to do is cover it with a plastic freezer bag when it rains.
I have loved having the GPS in the car, and know it will be great on the bike.