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A Few Tips on Buying and Installing a Motorcycle GPS

If you’re a motorcyclist and still rely on old-fashioned paper maps to guide you to your destination then it’s about time you stepped into the 21st Century and got yourself a GPS.

Even though many motorcycle riders don’t see the need for a motorcycle GPS, having one will not only make navigation a whole lot easier and more convenient, it will also alert you to places of interest when traveling in new areas. In addition, a motorcycle GPS will help you effectively plan your trip and be easily located in case of an emergency or disaster.

Steps To Properly Install Your Motorcycle GPS

Once you have settled on the type of GPS you want to install for your motorcycle, it is important to install it properly using the following steps:

  • Select where you want to install your GPS, it should be a place that’s easy to reach and will not obstruct you
  • Use an Allen key to unscrew the handlebar mount. Adjust your mount size to correspond with width of your handle bars.
  • Fit a rubber piece over the handlebars where you will mount the GPS
  • Mount the GPS over the rubber and use Allen key to tighten the mount until it no longer moves
  • Attach the GPS holder into mount using screw drivers and then slide in your GPS
  • Connect GPS power from your motorcycle battery.

Some things to consider when buying and installing a motorcycle GPS

Ensure the GPS you want to install is purposefully made for motorcycles. Motorcycle GPS devices will have the necessary hardware to install them on your bike in addition to having a mounting system to secure it correctly on your motorcycle.

As motorcycles are an open mode of transport and can go to remote and rough terrain, it is important to select a motorcycle GPS which is shock resistant and water proof. A shock resistant and waterproof bike GPS will give you accurate readings no matter the terrain.

Only buy motorcycle GPS systems that have a good reputation and reviews. You can simply check the reputation of a motorcycle GPS online, in bike forums and in-store reviews. Only select a GPS system that has good online reviews, is easy to use, has good reception, adequate memory capacity, and strong battery life.

In terms of price, motorcycle navigators are generally more expensive than a standard vehicle GPS but there are some entry level models which are still very affordable to the average consumer. Today’s devices are much more than simple navigational aids and depending on how much you are prepared to spend, there are a range of additional features available such as satellite radio, and MP3 players. Consider what your requirements are and choose your GPS wisely to avoid spending more than necessary.

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