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    Senior Member vsopking's Avatar
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    Does anyone overhere has a Garmin car navigation on their road bike?

    I have a spare Garmin Nuvi which may be useful on the bike when in unknown area's.

    Should it stand up to the road roughness - any idea how long will it work without charging?
    Finally, is there a bike/bar mount available perhaps? Garmin does not sell them (anymore).
    Last edited by vsopking; 12-23-14 at 01:54 AM. Reason: added info

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    I ended up with a Garmin 800 Edge device.

    But I used to occasionally stuff my TomTom auto GPS device into a Jersey pocket as a backup in case I got lost. It would easily go a couple of hours without charging and the size/weight was not outrageous.

    dave

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    Senior Member vsopking's Avatar
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    Thanks - that's nice to hear.

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    I tried my car's GPS, but it didn't last long. I don't remember how long. Definitely not for a weekend ride. Not only that, the audio wasn't loud enough for turn-by-turn directions.
    I have made this longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter. --Blaise Pascal

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    The tired battery in my old nuvi lasts less than 10 minutes before going dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gecho View Post
    The tired battery in my old nuvi lasts less than 10 minutes before going dead.
    That old battery is probably replaceable, at neither great cost nor effort.

    If anyone's interested, Google is your friend. Perhaps under $10.

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    Check on RAM brand mounts.

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    The battery in my Nuvi doesn't last long. My guess is that the intent of the battery is to run the device long enough so you can set up destinations etc. before hooking it up to the car for longer term operation. Many cars don't power the lighter/accessory jack when not running so this allows programming the GPS before starting the car.
    Eschew simplistic dogma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    The battery in my Nuvi doesn't last long. My guess is that the intent of the battery is to run the device long enough so you can set up destinations etc. before hooking it up to the car for longer term operation. Many cars don't power the lighter/accessory jack when not running so this allows programming the GPS before starting the car.
    Not to mention to keep it powered up in case the power drops out at the socket (Short, fuse blowing, etc.) while you're driving..
    Last edited by Sirrus Rider; 12-25-14 at 12:49 PM. Reason: grammar
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