anybody using a gps on their bike?
Posted October 20, 2004 - 06:41 PM
trying to decide between a gps or a trailtech type computer for my 04 wr450. i just want basic information but would like to be able to watch average speed while riding. can you do this with a trailtech computer or do you have to be stopped to see your average speed. any advantages or disadvantages to either of them? THANKS
Posted October 20, 2004 - 06:59 PM
I have a handle bar mount and power chord from my trick dualsport but I only use it when riding intermediate trails and adventure riding deep in the woods on new trails. It is vulnerable to vibration damage and crash damage with the high handle bar mounts most people use.
Posted October 20, 2004 - 07:24 PM
Posted October 21, 2004 - 03:49 AM
trailtech is cheap, 60 $ for the whole setup
my etrex color was 400 $ without software, and you need that too, probably topo maps
once you have them, you wont want to give them up
there's too much tree cover here to use a GPS for speed indication
Posted October 21, 2004 - 06:21 AM
If you just want basic info like speed, distance, avg speed, time etc... go with the trailtech, or even a nice mountain bike computer like Cat Eye for $30. Mtn bike computers are much smaller, and just as rugged and water resistant/proof as a Trailtech. The numbers are easy to read when riding too. The only down fall is that you will have to fabricate a way of mounting the magnet and sensor, and splice the sensor wire to make it longer. I like them, but they are not easy to use during enduro races when you have to do a 'reset' or milage adjustment.
I bring my GPS too, but keep it in my fanny pack.
Posted October 21, 2004 - 06:55 AM
I do run a Garmin 12 on my handlebars when I do long rides over multiple days but for day rides the GPS doesn't always make sense. Trailtech is a great company that makes great products, the also stand behind their products 100% but I have always questioned the reliability of their computer. Maybe they've improved them over the time but I can remember a lot of guys having problems with them. You can always call Geoff at Trailtech and talk to him about it. A computer would be easier to maintain, GPS's are typically battery hogs. (mine is)
Posted October 21, 2004 - 12:03 PM
I would still do a seperate speed/odo. That way you can have more map screen on the GPS. Plus you don't always want to have your GPS on for a quick shot into town.
P.S. If you're going to hardwire your GPS to NOT run off the AA batteries I have a good solution for you. Replace the stock 12v cigarette plug on your GPS power cable with a Sea Link plug. Then wire in the corresponding 12v female socket into the bike. It's one of the only corrosion proof 12v plug/sockets, it locks when plugged in,has a built in fuse, and seals itself off when connected. It's pricy for a plug and socket, but it saves me $5.00 in batteries every ride! Most other stuff out there is junk. These are designed for a marine environment.
Posted October 22, 2004 - 03:35 PM
Posted October 31, 2004 - 11:22 PM