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Believe it or not, the forum search function returned no matches for "GPS". :(

Any recommendations for an aftermarket GPS for my Road King? The "official" H-D one by garmin is ridiculously priced because it has the Magic Letters on it.

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Depends on your desired features. My Nuvi 205W is $165 on Amazon. It's one of the more basic models. It does everything I need and works great. It it's raining, just slip a baggie over it.

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The baggie thing is a bit agricultural, but would work. :)

However, I was looking for a waterproof model to begin with so as not to have to carry kitchen pantry stuff.

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Being waterproof is the primary reason that they are so expensive. That and being bright enough to be seen in direct sunlight. I too have a nuvi something, bought a ram mount, cost me about $100, if it gets wet, I buy another one and I'm still way ahead.
 

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Garmin Zumo(non HD model)550 is what i have and love it....price has come down somewhat since they came out with the 660 and 665....its waterproof plus many other features

What features are you looking for?
 

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Garmin Zumo(non HD model)550 is what i have and love it....price has come down somewhat since they came out with the 660 and 665....its waterproof plus many other features

What features are you looking for?
I had until recently a waterproof Garmin Nuvi 550. It worked fine with the non traffic cord, but with the GTM 35 traffic cord, the screen would periodically freeze up when I was on the freeway in heavy traffic. I first bought it in January. I had them replace it four times before fully acknowledging to me that they had a software problem when used with the power cord and they didn't know what was interfering with the Nuvi 550. So Garmin has agreed to replace it this time with a slightly more expensive Zumo 220. It should arrive on Monday. I'll write a full report after using it. The 220 comes with mounting hardware for both the bike and the car.
 

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When I had my RoadKing I had a Tom Tom130S on a Ram mount, Worked great, got it up for better view, kept your eyes out of the cockpit, had a open mount when it wasn't raining, and a waterproof enclosure when it did. The enclosure decreased your view a little, but kept the unit working through some nasty downpours, and it took seconds to switch. Since I didn't have audio on the bike, hearing the prompts wasn't an issue..and it was CHEAP. I now have an Ultra with a fairing mounted Roadtech 665. Pricey but bought it for the same as a Garmin 665, and has voice prompts through the audio, saved my butt in NY this summer coming back from vacation...when if you took your eyes off the road for a millisecond they drove over you...and I love the weather radar..I use it all the time now....saved our butts in PA...avoided a BIG storm that made the news showing shredded trees when we got to our hotel for it's ping-pong ball sized hail OUCH!! Have been caught in hail before, NOT fun....As in Life "you Pay for what you Get"...But don't pay for what you don't need...My 2 cents:whistle:....Wild Bill
 

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Thanks for the info guys. For now I am just going to install a Ram mount/charger for my existing Garmin 255W. Less than 30 bucks and it will do until I figure out a final configuration.

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My Nuvi was about $80 brand new on Amazon....$35 for a Ram mount....and +1 on a ziplock bag for waterproofing. Gets the job done.
 

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check on a reman Zumo550 from Garmin. I have one and is very good.

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I consider a gps to be a safety device both on the bike and in the car. I can keep my eyes more on the road when I don't have to try to be looking at street signs, etc. The amount I look at the gps is much less than if I had to try to figure out which way I needed to go on strange roads.
 

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GPS also prevents you from slamming on the brakes when you realize you're passing your turn.....also eliminates those "oh sh*t" moments when you fly past the road you just realized you wanted to take.
 

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The baggie thing is a bit agricultural, but would work. :)

However, I was looking for a waterproof model to begin with so as not to have to carry kitchen pantry stuff.

Tom
That falls under 'Depends on your desired features'. You weren't very specific.

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Depends on your desired features. My Nuvi 205W is $165 on Amazon. It's one of the more basic models. It does everything I need and works great. It it's raining, just slip a baggie over it.

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Thats what I have too. Mine is on a RAM mount and I'm perfectly happy with it. I paid about $100 for it refurbished.
 

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CoPilot Live (locally installed maps, not cell signal required) on my iPhone 3GS mounted on the handlebars, powered via the front panel USB port on my Sony CDX-GT650UI head unit. Not waterproof, so it goes in an Aquabox when it's wet outside. No power the the iPhone when in the Aquabox, so if I'm on a trip in the rain, I only start CoPilot when I either near when I'm headed or there's a tricky interchange. 25k miles and it's still a great solution (for me, at least).
 

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I've had the Zumo 550 since it first came out. It came with both the bike mount and a car mount. Recently it started causing me problems just turning off. I had it replaced by garmin, for $150. I've also got the unlimited updates for life on it. Not only is it waterproof, it's shock proof, and on a HD that's necessary. It keeps me off the interstate, and even though I generally have no idea where exactly I'm at, it always gets me to where I want. In my car, there's no telling how much gas and frustration I have avoided. I would recommended it.
 

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I've had the Zumo 550 since it first came out. It came with both the bike mount and a car mount. Recently it started causing me problems just turning off. I had it replaced by garmin, for $150. I've also got the unlimited updates for life on it. Not only is it waterproof, it's shock proof, and on a HD that's necessary. It keeps me off the interstate, and even though I generally have no idea where exactly I'm at, it always gets me to where I want. In my car, there's no telling how much gas and frustration I have avoided. I would recommended it.
Interesting claim... how and why are Harleys extra shock prone? Compared to what?

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