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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #25 on: November 24, 2011, 01:04:34 am »
Ram mount has everything you need for it I ordered mine yesterday. No tank mount though.

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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #27 on: December 10, 2011, 05:37:47 pm »
Wow, can’t believe I am getting in on this thread so late, as this is what I have been doing for over a year now. So let me explain the setup I have working on my bike with the pro’s and con’s of using my phone as the GPS.
I have a teckmounts connected to the left clutch bracket with an aquabox for the phone: Here is a link to the mounts; I would recommend a mirror mount: Don’t buy from here! Look below!
 http://www.techmounts.com/products/
Here is a link to the water resistant case “aquabox”: Don’t buy from here! Look below!
http://www.techmounts.com/products/index.php?page_function=detail&product_id=186
NOTE: I do like Techmounts,  BUT I CAN’T recommend them. I recommend that you look for the same with a RAM Mount, as when I had a prob with Techmounts, I CAN NOT GET THEM ON THE PHONE!!!!! I have called and called and left countless messages and they don’t have the customer service to even call me back, I have been calling over a year! So that being said, here is a link to Ram mounts and I would recommend using them over techmounts, use the links I have shown as a reference only. Sorry Techmounts, you really need to work on your customer service and take 5min to return a call when one of your products fails and cost me a phone.
I have heard nothing but great things about RAM mounts and wish I had gotten my mounts from them: http://www.ram-mount.com/Products/MotorcycleMounts/tabid/128/Default.aspx#/wizard
I am also using the Sena SMH-10 bluetooth system on my helmet: I spent several months trying different Bluetooth systems and found the Sena SMH-10 to be the very best hands down. In a full face helmet, I never have to turn the sound all the way up! With a half face helmet, I can still hear well!
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/sena-smh-10-bluetooth-stereo-headset
I recommend getting any gear from Revzilla when you can as they will beat any price, you get 5 revzilla bucks with every 100 bucks you spend “toward your next purchase” But why I really like them is they go out of their way to help you if you have any problems.  This place is mostly ridding gear not parts for the Connie. also free shipping on orders over 39.95!!!
So, now let’s talk about pros and cons about using the droid with a Bluetooth headset.
Pros:
1.    I don’t have to look down at the phone when ridding: NOTE: if you ever want to use a GPS on a motorcycle and you don’t spend a few bucks on a Bluetooth headset for your helmet, you’re very foolish! Spending a few sec’s looking down to get your bearings can put something very big and unmovable in front of you. GET the Bluetooth!!!
2.   I installed a 12v plug and have my phone plugged in so I’m good to go long distances!
3.   I can have Pandora, audible books, or MP3’s playing in full stereo, get my GPS updates, and answer a phone call without ever looking away from the road. Wonderful for long rides!
4.   I got the dual headset pack, cost a little less than buying two separate, for my fiancé so she can listen to her music and me mine, but the bonus is, with a pres of the button we can talk to each other! This system will link up to 4 riders!! Nice for group rides!! http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/sena-smh-10-headset-dual-pack
Cons:
1.   The droid likes to reboot from time to time without warning, this requires you to pull over and reactivate your GPS. Kind of annoying.
2.   The aquabox works very well, but there is a prob. When it’s a hot day, your phone will over heat on the charger and, stop charging. The battery will die. You have to pull over let the phone cool down, the put back on the charger abit, before putting it back in the aquabox and the process will start over again. I just have not gotten a different phone holder.
3.   I recommend using zip ties to connect whatever phone holder you get to the mount! I have had my phone holder pop off 3 times this year. First time, no zip tie, phone behind me and several cars running over it. Two other times, zip tie saved me, pulled over and put it back on.
4.   Use blue lock tight on the screws for the mounts! It’s a pain to get to them once it is setup where you want it, to retighten the screws.
5.   Sometimes the Bluetooth will disconnect from the phone, not often, but has happen
6.   Sometimes it is difficult for the Bluetooth to connect to a rider, not sure why, but also kind of a pain.
I have seriously looked into getting a real GPS for the bike. I am a Sales engineer and drive all over the place all day long and heavily rely on my GPS to get me to client sites. For lots of use, I don’t think my phone is up to task, for light use, it would work just fine.
I also own a Iphone 4 and find the same issues with the droid, but the Iphone GPS does not give voice directions like the droid. I downloaded mapquest to the Iphone and it does do voice direction, but I don’t like it much. I was looking to TomTom maybe, but that cost money, as do all other voice nav apps for the Iphone. The GPS on the droid is really good! When it works.
I hope this info has answered some questions about setup and positives and negatives about using the phone, Bluetooth and motorcycle use.
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #28 on: December 10, 2011, 11:32:13 pm »
I have bought the Sygic software for my iphone.  I LOVE it.  I tried a bunch.  I just used it today for a toy run.
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #29 on: December 10, 2011, 11:36:26 pm »
Trapster is pretty cool too, You can see all the speed traps and  Red light cameras and alos track and see where your friends are on the Google Map
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #30 on: December 11, 2011, 02:47:35 pm »
First, nice write-up of your experiences V1RU5!  :great:   I have had similar experiences mounting devices on the dash of my C10.  Agreed that the RAM mounts work the best.  I also spend a lot of time on the road for work, and have found Garmin devices to simply be the best.  Not always perfect, but better than all other options.  I just used a bucketful of Marriott Rewards points to get the top of the line Garmin 3490LMT (no Zumos offered through the rewards program  :38:  ), and man is it nice.  It is as slim and attractive as an iDevice, and most of the same functionality- including voice command.  But, I would never put it on the bike- can't see it taking that kind of abuse for long at all, especially on a C10.  I still have my old Quest to use on the bike, but the new technology in the 3490 is making me want a 660 now, too.

Trapster is pretty cool too, You can see all the speed traps and  Red light cameras and alos track and see where your friends are on the Google Map

I can see where this would be super handy with a group on tour, especially in remote areas- be pretty easy to see where other guys are if you get separated or are trying to meet back up.  Also having the ability (with B/T connection) to make a call to them at the same time even while riding just makes it even handier.
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #31 on: July 04, 2014, 03:27:38 pm »
Has anyone found that vibration on a C10 has hurt their iPhone when mounted on the bike by whatever method? I am considering getting a RAM setup but wouldn't hard mount it if people have found that the phone could get hurt. In that case, I would rig something to a tank bag that absorbed a lot of the shock.
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #32 on: July 04, 2014, 10:02:20 pm »
Using my garmin-asus a10. .  Is great and works perfect (garmin...).
But cooperation garmin and asus has stopped,  so there are no more updates (f.i. Older android version...)

Only can not load routes on it... Very pity. (Anyone managed to do that??)

Ps

Some cols have a samsung s3/s4 with gps :  they are very glad witk it... The device is waterproof also...


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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #33 on: July 05, 2014, 02:09:04 am »
I use an iphone 5 with a RAM mount and an Otter case. Garmin app(about $50) if I remember correctly.The maps are downloaded to the phone and doesn't require a cell signal. Also MotionX has an app called GPS drive for about $10. Both work well for me. The phone is bluetooth connected with a Sena SMH 10. Probably not as good as a dedicated GPS but I have all the stuff in one device. :great:
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #34 on: July 05, 2014, 02:25:50 am »
I use the Scala Rider Team-set bluetooth and my iPhone.  My favorite app to use when traveling to a specific destination is WAZE.  Waze provides real time traffic, road hazard and LEO updates.  Its pretty cool - i highly recommend it.      https://www.waze.com/about

 
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #35 on: July 05, 2014, 10:03:23 pm »
I like how this mounting setup lets me adjust where I want/need the phone to sit.







As far as software goes................     I have yet to find anything that does 'everything' I want it to do.    In its most simplest form, I use Google Maps for routing and My Tracks for recording.  Bubbler (Spotwalla) is cool in that my wife can see how my travels are going. 

So far, the most promising one as it gets developed further seems to be 'GPS Essentials' - Difficult to learn and lacks some depth, but the guy is on the right track for sure.

I will be ordering the new Sena 20S as soon as they become available.......................

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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #36 on: July 05, 2014, 10:45:18 pm »
Has anyone found that vibration on a C10 has hurt their iPhone when mounted on the bike by whatever method? I am considering getting a RAM setup but wouldn't hard mount it if people have found that the phone could get hurt. In that case, I would rig something to a tank bag that absorbed a lot of the shock.


My Android has easily seen 10k miles mounted to the handlebars with my own adapter setup. No problems. Now, dropping it on the shop floor did...

Theoretically those vibrations could eventually damage circuit connections and such in electronics, but from my own testing with mediocre instruments, the bars vibrate at about 50 hz, so not that big a deal.

I do intend to switch to a RAM Aqua box for mine though. Can operate touch screen right through it, protects it from rain and vibes a little bit.

http://www.rammount.com/Products/AQUABOX/MediumAQUABOX/tabid/4885/Default.aspx

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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #37 on: July 13, 2014, 08:29:12 am »
Smoooooooooooooth,
That is a sexy mount. Where did you find the gas filler mount? I did some cursory searches around the usual suspects and couldn't find one like that.
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #38 on: July 13, 2014, 09:15:46 am »
Ebay - search "Motorcycle Camera GPS Cell Phone Radar Tank Mount For Kawasaki"

I did modify it a bit.....   Shortened the upper mounting plate and had to drill a larger hole for the RAM Ball Mount.

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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #39 on: July 14, 2014, 07:25:02 pm »
For those of you using Google Maps or any GPS program would you please try an app called  WAZE and let me know what you think.
It is owned by Google so you are kinda using Google Maps. It works on iphone and Android.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=R8WKW0xeBxU

https://www.waze.com/livemap
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #40 on: July 15, 2014, 01:08:03 am »
For those of you using Google Maps or any GPS program would you please try an app called  WAZE and let me know what you think.
It is owned by Google so you are kinda using Google Maps. It works on iphone and Android.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=R8WKW0xeBxU


https://www.waze.com/livemap



Waze works fine, albeit a little differently than Google Maps - the biggest difference is that GMaps only works form data collected automatically form people using Gmaps, while Waze is built around the "social media" idea of people actively contributing to map information. For example, with Waze you can report an accident or a cop at given mile - you just touch the screen and select what type of road information to report.

Otherwise Waze also uses the same traffic data theat GMaps does.

For off-line mapping (no cell connection but you still have sight to GPS satellites), you can use CoPilot - you have to download your maps in advance, but they're always available then.

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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #41 on: July 15, 2014, 10:00:12 am »
I use Waze around cities (works great around Atlanta) but if you run out of cell tower service, it's utility degrades quickly. I have found that without cell towers, it's not a great GPS and in rural S. Georgia, I've had to pull out the Garmin.

Also, it's only as good as the inputs from users for reports on police, etc. but where there are a lot of "Wazers" as users are called, it's excellent for real time traffic, road conditions, and police reports.

It also like a game where you get points for reports, etc. and if you want, you can message (think IM) a Wazer ahead of you for a chat about whatever is coming up. There's a pro Version and a free one. I use the free one, so can't address the virtues of paying for it. Maybe one of these days.
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #42 on: July 15, 2014, 12:25:47 pm »
Thanks for the feedback. There is no such thing as a Pro version that I am aware of. Just the free one. I use it for 'Knowing where the Police are' and tracking each other on a trip (Face Book Friends)
I have never chatted with it. The 'Find lowest price gas near you' is a nice feature. The traffic / accident info is live so it is very accurate. I like the 'Hazard ON the road' warning. Very important when your on a bike.
I travel mostly on major highways (I95 and I75) but on side roads  and in no cell tower areas you are correct. Waze is not so good for those areas.
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #43 on: July 15, 2014, 01:07:28 pm »
I tried Waze.  It was terrific in Metro areas, not so good outside them.

I also found it to be a BIG data hog...  Don't leave it on when you don't need it - you'll eat through your data cap fairly quickly. (DAMHIK)

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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #44 on: July 15, 2014, 09:27:09 pm »
When using the free one, it occasionally has a pop up that asks if I want to upgrade to the Pro version (I think that's what it says) but I'll look next time I use it. Not only a data hog, it's a juice hog. Gotta keep the Galaxy S3 plugged in when running it. Yep, just checked, it pops up and says 'Buy Pro?' Haven't tried it, so don't know what happens if you click "yes."
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #45 on: July 15, 2014, 10:14:51 pm »
I have never seen that before.
Their website does not have a Pro version to buy.  Very strange.
You must have installed WAZE Plus Or Waze Record . Those are junk apps. Remove those. Those are not official Waze apps.
They are full of ads and have no value and will kill your data usage.
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #46 on: July 15, 2014, 10:44:55 pm »
Apparently mine is Waze One Click which the waze forum says is written by Scala not Waze. Hmm.... Doesn't appear to be a bandwidth/data hog. What 'cha think?

edit: Deleted the OneClick and have the regular Waze. My assistant downloaded a while back and I didn't see the difference. Thanks Mike.
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #47 on: July 15, 2014, 10:55:01 pm »
Waze is awesome Mike. But again, works great near the metro areas and slabs, but sketchy otherwise. Apparently it is a preferred app among the big rigs.

Iphone 4S wrapped in a Lifeproof case cradled in a Techmount bolted to a tank mount. Very little vibration and solidly mounted. It works. Gives me weather radar and popo info.

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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #48 on: July 23, 2014, 11:57:20 pm »
Waze is awesome Mike. But again, works great near the metro areas and slabs, but sketchy otherwise. Apparently it is a preferred app among the big rigs.

Iphone 4S wrapped in a Lifeproof case cradled in a Techmount bolted to a tank mount. Very little vibration and solidly mounted. It works. Gives me weather radar and popo info.

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