although i don’t personally own a sat nav, i sell plenty and therefore receive lots of feedback from customers… we have had many tom tom’s back with problems and as a company we moved to selling the Garmin 500 and 550, not sure about other branches but i have sold a fair amount and have none back so far.
I had a Zumo 550 which I really liked, the mount cracked twice and was replaced under warranty twice with no issues. I think the issue was more that the CB500 shook it to bits more than a design fault with the mount.I sold the 550 and bought a 660 because I’m a enthusiast. The 660 is just sublime.
Both models were great to use on the bike because they are designed to be and they work in a monsoon plus you can play mp3s and control them easily using the interface.
There are lots of ways you can make a car satnav work on a bike but the bespoke models are nice to use with gloves when you need to que up Madonna on the motorway.
I use a tomtom 720 with earphones. It doesn’t let you adjust the volume so it’s freakin’ loud, first time it gave me instructions I almost wrote off the bike!!
I plan the route, put it in the water proof zip pocket inside my jacket and run the earphones into a cavity behind the foam in the helmet which reduces the volume but makes a surround sound effect when it gives instructions as the sound reverberates inside the helmet.
Longer journeys I have a rechargable battery pack for charging usb devices, mp3 players, etc which is quite small for the tomtom to plug into.
if you are interested in being able to programme a complex route with waypoints the most recent garmin and tomtom riders are great. the manufactures dumbed down there more entry level sat navs over the last few years to remove this feature…
As such, if you want this good feature (mainly for weekend twisty rides) consider buying an old tomtom satnav which will be somewhat out of date but will actually have more features!! Go figure!
I just updated my Nokia phone and got free satnav with waypoint programming… result!!
So what exactly do you need it for? :unsure:
If you never travel to the same place more than once, ok a nav is a useful thing, but it is just a tool, to many peeps treat it like a bible
If you are likly to travel in similar areas a few times and you are mostly using it in greater london, get a map book, you will never make the same mistake twice and can impress peeps with your vast geographical knowledge.
Learn the hard way and then it will stick with you for a life time although a little practice is needed to maintain the memory :w00t:
Yeah, but it’s even better for reminding you of the regular “rozzer in the lay-by with the speed gun” scenario. I use pocket gps enabled on the tom tom to give me a heads up if I’m in an area I don’t know so I don’t get the bill in the post.
Yes, I can vouch for that. Stick one like this on your tankbag/inside your screen/over your clocks/ashtray and foreign peeps will think you are an expert transcontinental adverturer. Or just stop and ask for directions slowly and loudly in English. Last resort - follow Rioting Rob