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Five Tips for Choosing the Best GPS


Using GPS on your motorcycle is not much different than in your car. However, there are a few extra considerations when you’re out in the elements:

  • Glare: It happens more often on a motorcycle (no ceiling over you), and it’s not as easy to adjust the GPS if your hands are busy steering the bike. So get the brightest screen you can (or a way to cut down on glare, such as an anti-glare shade).
  • Do you need to operate the GPS with gloves on? In our experience, even GPS models that say they can be finger-operated don’t always work that way when it comes down to it. If you want this feature, do as much hands-on testing as you can.
  • Do you want to be able to pre-program routes? Many GPS units allow you to do this, but it usually involves plugging into to your computer and doing some ‘techie’stuff. Get details to be sure you’re comfortable with the technology.
  • Seeing vs. Hearing: Is seeing the GPS enough for you? Or do you need to hear the GPS as well? If so, take some time to research Bluetooth technology and how it can work for you.
  • Rain: If you ride much, you’re bound to get a little rain on you somewhere. So is waterproofing your GPS important to you? (See Waterproof Mounts for ideas)
For more Tips & Tricks for GPS, see our Motorcycle GPS Mounts page.





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  • Tracey Cramer