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Old 05-28-2018, 09:19 AM   #41
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Re: GPS - Dedicated Unit or Smartphone App?

I doubt a single test run is really going to tell you everything you need to know to make your decision. I think you'll find that most of us who are hardened in our personal positions are there after having spent long days on the road, finding out what works and what doesn't. Before you lock yourself in one way or the other, you might plan at least a weekend trip with both devices on your handlebar - and with a self-declared rule that whatever you do, you do with both devices. Be sure to dial in some time outside of phone range so that you can see if that's going to bother you or not.

I'm not sure about the Zumo plug setup, so can't comment on that; I'll have to take your word for it. But if you can lay your hands on a Garmin Nuvi - there are a million models out there - you can attach it to your handlebar via any generic phone mount, and it will plug in via standard mini-USB. Nuvis definitely aren't as robust as Zumos, but then neither is your I- or Galaxy-phone. They're plenty tough, easily handled through a glove, and can be bought cheaply. If you drop a Nuvi on concrete, it'll die. But it'll survive most everything else, including rainstorms simply by slipping a baggie over it. You can buy an older model brand new from EBay for $100 or so and get a few years practical use out of it.
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Old 05-28-2018, 10:04 AM   #42
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Re: GPS - Dedicated Unit or Smartphone App?

The zumo wiring harnesses are a pain but all you need to do is tap it into a switched source and that will prevent any battery drain.

The wiring harness on my 590 was ridiculous in terms of cable size and cost. So many additional wires that I had no use for. So I gutted the wiring harness to supply power only and dramatically shortened the cable length. I put an SAE connector on the end. Now I can move the same cradle from bike to bike in seconds.

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Old 05-28-2018, 10:55 AM   #43
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Re: GPS - Dedicated Unit or Smartphone App?

Here is how to provide for accessories and not worry about draining your bikes battery.
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