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Re: How do you handle navigation on your long trips?
« Reply #25 on: May 23, 2017, 04:41:00 pm »
Hey Fais, how`s your trailer? Off topic, chillout. :))

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Re: How do you handle navigation on your long trips?
« Reply #26 on: May 23, 2017, 05:06:21 pm »
ironically, too much work to get any time to work on it or get it in the shop. She's standing by. Maiden voyage isn't until the end of June.

I'm cool, but I've heard this before. This shoud be the only place I don't get judged for making riding a major part of my life.


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On topic - just set up my iPhone and plan for upcoming travels in S.America. Set up a route with wifi and the phone will continue to give turn by turn directions without any connectivity.
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Re: How do you handle navigation on your long trips?
« Reply #27 on: May 23, 2017, 06:03:40 pm »
I am guessing somewhere along the way I may end up in a camp ground with no signal or wifi at all. Hard to plan a route for the next day then?   I also worry about connecting to crappy slow wifi at hotels and McyDs.  So do you just not worry about that or only really use LTE service not really wifi?
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Re: How do you handle navigation on your long trips?
« Reply #28 on: May 23, 2017, 06:45:54 pm »
I am guessing somewhere along the way I may end up in a camp ground with no signal or wifi at all. Hard to plan a route for the next day then?   I also worry about connecting to crappy slow wifi at hotels and McyDs.  So do you just not worry about that or only really use LTE service not really wifi?

Worry? I guess at first I got lucky bc I had a GPS that became a back-up. I wouldn't have tried the iPhone alone all those years ago. But, one trip at a time the gps was just there to keep the napkiins from blowing away at camp.

Routing doesn't use much data - so even when slow wifi is all you have it won't be as frustrating as trying to stream something. When I rode to WA a few months back I made the route all the way there and never fooled with it. Using a paper map to do a scenic run is something I still like to do - so when out in the boonies I can usually make notes throughout the day and follow my sharpie. Old school - lol

In S.America, anytime I see a park or town square or coffee shop there is free wifi. I have ridden off the beaten path there and almost hoped to escape the signal more than I did. If I get in a jam there and lose my route - I can activate my cellular network for 24hrs for $10. If you get in a jam in the States - activate roaming and call your service provider for directions to town/highway/nearest wifi/signal.

I learned in Idaho a few years ago - when I was broken down hundreds of miles from anything - that a Park Ranger's truck has an antenna or repeater or whatever that will allow your phone to make calls. I sat in a Ranger's truck, plugged in and called ROK and every dealer around.

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Re: How do you handle navigation on your long trips?
« Reply #29 on: May 23, 2017, 11:05:50 pm »
Too much worrying;
Do it the old fashioned way.
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Re: How do you handle navigation on your long trips?
« Reply #30 on: May 24, 2017, 12:51:47 pm »
Nobody worried here.  I just have lots of time on my hands, a computer and am real lazy.  I just want to know stuff and this group has done stuff so I ask.
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Re: How do you handle navigation on your long trips?
« Reply #31 on: May 24, 2017, 11:11:19 pm »
I like the Tom Tom Go for basic nav on my phone but haven't found any way to plan a route other than dragging to other points after route is calculated and that's not very cooperative.
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Re: How do you handle navigation on your long trips?
« Reply #32 on: May 25, 2017, 05:26:06 am »
Some of us still have jobs.

I feel that your way off with this comment. I have a job, and put in more working hours that most of the people that hold a 9-5, and I still managed to go through 35 states and ride 27,000 miles last year.

But Nicole you probably went thru 35 states in 10 days!! :-\
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Re: How do you handle navigation on your long trips?
« Reply #33 on: May 26, 2017, 01:57:36 am »
 Use the gps function to avoid major highways.... very interesting!!!!

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Re: How do you handle navigation on your long trips?
« Reply #34 on: May 26, 2017, 05:19:49 pm »
CoPilot - Available on both iphone and Android. Fully downloadable maps, so you don't need a cell signal. GPS is satellite based, so if the maps are on the device you're good to go.


Works pretty well - not as smooth as Google Maps.


Google maps now lets you download areas - look for it in the app settings. Not sure how much area you can download...

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Re: How do you handle navigation on your long trips?
« Reply #35 on: June 26, 2017, 07:39:30 pm »
for states with good riding roads, you can't beat Butler MC maps....we worth the $

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Re: How do you handle navigation on your long trips?
« Reply #36 on: June 26, 2017, 10:41:00 pm »
Former Air Force... write the way points in grease pencil on the inside corner of the windshield.  Wipe it off when you're done.  For instance...

I-25N - 75 mi
I-76E - 169 mi
I-80E - 400 mi

I saw that someone else on this or the HD forum does the same thing. 

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Re: How do you handle navigation on your long trips?
« Reply #37 on: June 27, 2017, 12:37:25 am »
Former Air Force... write the way points in grease pencil on the inside corner of the windshield.  Wipe it off when you're done.  For instance...
I-25N - 75 mi
I-76E - 169 mi
I-80E - 400 mi


I like that idea.

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Re: How do you handle navigation on your long trips?
« Reply #38 on: June 27, 2017, 01:08:27 pm »
Maps only help me decide what to put into my GPS. Can't remember what I saw on map long enough to do any good for actual navigation.

Use Google and some books, like the National Parks book, to help decide where I'm going. Lots of websites like freecampsites etc.

Towing the wagon I am averse to twisty roads, but still manage to get on many good roads and see cool things.
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Re: How do you handle navigation on your long trips?
« Reply #39 on: June 29, 2017, 05:33:33 pm »
Navigation system? GPS? what's this????

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Re: How do you handle navigation on your long trips?
« Reply #40 on: July 01, 2017, 12:35:56 am »
Navigation system? GPS? what's this????

maps in my brain are enough...
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Re: How do you handle navigation on your long trips?
« Reply #41 on: July 01, 2017, 07:24:24 pm »
Navigation system? GPS? what's this????

maps in my brain are enough...
BTDT  :beerchug: :)

what means "BTDT" ??? :confuse: :confuse: :smiley_confused1: :smiley_confused1:
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Re: How do you handle navigation on your long trips?
« Reply #42 on: July 01, 2017, 07:45:52 pm »
I use MS's Streets and Trips to layout a route and then upload it to both GPS's on the bike. But MS stopped publishing S&T back in '14 or '15 so that will not do you any good. Without S&T, I would use Google maps and again, put the route into both GPS's (I never travel LD w/out three; two mounted and active, one spare packed). That way I can have a master route of 'plan' and use the other one for local stuff, finding out how far to the nearest fuel station, etc., without disturbing the one still focusing on the real goal. Then again, some of my LD rides have a time constraint so that may not really be useful or needed by most. ??

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I have done store maps, printed maps, Post It notes, gps not directed, gps directed with basecamp...   

My issue is I want it to be simpler while on the road.  I would love to just wonder but am afraid I would drive by the best roads doing that. 

I will have the gps but I hate the thing unless I tell it where I want to go.  I don't want to get POed every night trying to get the next days route into the gps. 

I would love to print a map of the area and make notes on it for the days ride but printing at a camp site?

Maybe I should just go back to post it notes for the day rides from a base camp.  Then just use the gps to go to the next base camp and for food, gas and emergency routing.
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Re: How do you handle navigation on your long trips?
« Reply #43 on: July 01, 2017, 07:53:31 pm »
Navigation system? GPS? what's this????

maps in my brain are enough...
BTDT  :beerchug: :)

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