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Discussion in 'GPS Stuff' started by SteveP, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. SteveP

    SteveP Ride Organizer

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    ok, now I think I understand. you are "altering" the power supply cable on the gps, with the sae connector, then taping into power on the bike. Then, is it as simple as unplugging that cable when you remove the gps from bike mount?
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    Correct. Buy two SAE connectors and simply splice one into the cigarette lighter adapter, and install one on the bike. That way you can use the GPS power plug for the bike or the car by simply unplugging it. Make sure you do NOT have any beers before you do this and spend some time figuring out which plug goes where because you have to install the right end on the supply side (bike power tap or lighter adapter) with the correct polarity. Not rocket science, just careful planning.
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    thanks guys. valuable knowledge here. Might have been self explanatory to others, but helpful to me indeed.
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    3BeeJay3 ODSC Past President

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    Depending on what type of riding you do, you may not even have to mess with wiring. I've only ever used rechargeable batteries in my 60 & never had an issue. These things say 18hrs on a set of batteries & they mean it. Always have an extra set in my back pack just in case, but have never needed them, even on long B.Helliwell days during Mazinaw setup.

    Get the Ram mount- tough, versatile & way cheaper than those fancy Touratech contraptions. Use a zip-ty to keep the GPS around in case it pops out of the mount(not likely).

    Food for thought......
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    The vibrations on the KLR will cause the batteries to resonant in the case, they loose contact, the unit will shut down.
    Usually occurs around 6000 RPM if I remember correctly.
    The only fix for this (and I have tried everything) is to use lithium batteries. The weigh half as much and dont resonate at the same frequencies.
    Just trying to save you the same aggravations I went through.

    Or you can hardwire it. The nice thing about the 60/76 units is that no voltage converter is needed, just run it straight off the bike power.
    For example, the eTrex units required a fragile voltage converter that would often fail (get wet, rattle apart etc.).

    RAM mounts are good. I rigged up a mini-bungee cord around mine to hold the GPS in place, worked great, until it all got smashed to pieces on the Algonquin ride.
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    I installed a Cig Lighter socket on the KLR for powering my 60CX but have never used it. The rechargeable batteries will last longer than I do. I always carry a spare set as well and have never had to change them during the day.

    Darryl
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    i'd like to know why they suck. they have a memory card slot. i have citynav on it with canada/us maps. i have put mexico maps on it when down there. it provides tracks. batteries have never lasted less than 20 hours. i geocache with it. it has saved my behind by finding gas stations when out in the boonies.
    only downfall i see is the screen is a bit smaller than the 60 series and it takes me a minute longer to enter 'nearest tim hortons" with the joystick.
    oh yeah, unlike the 60, when i put my legend in my pocket, i dont have two stubby little antennas in my pants :oops:

    p/s i bought the legend HCX at CT for 139 on sale
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    I have destroyed two eTrex Legends. They simply cannot take the abuse our bikes put out.

    The vibration kills them, stuff will break off inside and start rattling around.
    They are not very waterproof.
    The external power connector is very weak, and will break off.
    You need a special adapter to wire it to the bike. It will also break (water and vibes)
    The power will cut out if on battery power since the vibrations cause the batteries to resonate and loose contact (around 6000RPM's on the KLR)
    The case plastic is thin and brittle. (Don't put it in you pants pocket and sit down )
    The screens are too small, and the ribbon connector inside gets loose, the screen will start failing.
    The software is dated.
    The buttons suck. You cannot easily press them with the unit in the mounting cradle or with gloves on.

    Beside that, they are fine.
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    I have destroyed two eTrex Legends. They simply cannot take the abuse our bikes put out.

    The vibration kills them, stuff will break off inside and start rattling around.
    They are not very waterproof.
    The external power connector is very weak, and will break off.
    You need a special adapter to wire it to the bike. It will also break (water and vibes)
    The power will cut out if on battery power since the vibrations cause the batteries to resonate and loose contact (around 6000RPM's on the KLR)
    The case plastic is thin and brittle. (Don't put it in you pants pocket and sit down )
    The screens are too small, and the ribbon connector inside gets loose, the screen will start failing.
    The software is dated.
    The buttons suck. You cannot easily press them with the unit in the mounting cradle or with gloves on.

    my legend hcx
    -been underwater and in rain storms-multiple times
    -runs off my batterys-it is not connected to the bike
    -has been carried successfully in my pocket
    -is a current model that is still supported by garmin-the software is newer than the 60
    i did mention if you will note, that the screen is a bit smaller, and the buttons a bit more cumberson. but then when i am standing STILL they work just fine. i don't operate a handsfree device while in motion....do you?

    it also has more than 50,000 km logged on it, both bike and car

    I think the operative word here you mentioned was klr. Mine has been mounted on 3 dr650's, majesty,citycom 300i,klx250s,cb919,drz400.
    maybe you need another bike :twisted:
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    Hey Steve, where are you going with all this technology?. What you got up your sleeve?