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Offline mellow yellow

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motorcycle gps in car?
« on: January 14, 2020, 08:26:14 am »
This might be a dumb question. I'm planning on getting a gps for my bike. but can I use it in the car, if need be? I used the car gps one time on the bike, but there were short comings to that. so am I safe to assume that I can do it? Thanks

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Re: motorcycle gps in car?
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2020, 08:54:33 am »
Nope, a motorcycle GPS won't work in a vehicle that has more than two wheels.

Sorry.



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Re: motorcycle gps in car?
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2020, 09:23:19 am »
Nope, a motorcycle GPS won't work in a vehicle that has more than two wheels.

Sorry.



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Re: motorcycle gps in car?
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2020, 12:11:10 pm »
I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself.  :)

Yes, a MC GPS can be used in a car. Generally the only differences between a GPS designed for use on a bike vs a car is the bike GPS has been ruggedized and is water proof/water resistant. The GPS for bike use may have some additional features as well.
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Re: motorcycle gps in car?
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2020, 03:20:23 pm »
They are also usually drastically overpriced, simply because they don't have much competition in that "space."  So much so, that I finally decided to just use my phone on the bike as a GPS (when my Zumo broke, again), and bought the wonderful phone RAM "X-mount" and haven't looked back.  It actually works quite well with a magnetic USB power cord, and "offline maps" download in google maps (so it requires no data connection to continue to show maps) with "Android Auto" mode to reduce complexity and distraction.
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Re: motorcycle gps in car?
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2020, 09:41:25 pm »
thanks for the reminder, I need to buy a replacement power supply cable, so I can re-program my old Garmin 2610, from my laptop...

I been using the same GPS in both 4 wheel and 2 wheel mode, for .... a lonnnnggggg freaking time... miss hearing old Gretta saying "of route... recalculating..."
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Re: motorcycle gps in car?
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2020, 06:39:56 am »
The only down side to using a motorcycle GPS in a car is that you (or at least I do anyway) usually have the settings for the types of roads you want set up differently. For example, I have the Zumo set to avoid highways, toll roads, gravel / dirt roads. All the routes it pulls up are generally 2 lane back roads. It also looks for curvy roads. The GPS in my work car I have set to pull up the fastest route.

If you don’t have an issue with changing the settings, or keeping the routing info the same for both 2 wheels and 4, it shouldn’t be an issue.

One other consideration is the maintenance records. I use this feature on my zumo. It tracks mileage since last maintenance. You wouldn’t be able to use this feature if you share the GPS with another vehicle.
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Re: motorcycle gps in car?
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2020, 04:36:59 pm »
Speaking only for the Zumo 665, when you switch it to the car it knows it's in a car mount and asks you if you want to switch to car mode. You can have two different set ups say for road avoidance
toll avoidance etc and it will switch from one to the other when you switch mounts. I have used mine both in a car and my bike with no problems. It will still link to your phone and it's onboard mic and speaker both work for answering calls when in the car. I have also used a cord to route the audio from the Zumo to the input on my car radio and it works well that way too. I assume that the Zumo 660 works equally well, but I have no knowledge of the newer ones.