Does a Motorcycle GPS Take the Fun Out of Travel?

motorcycle gpsIf you’ve ever been lost on a trip, then you understand the importance of good directions. Before technology took over, the ability to read a paper map was a good skill for frequent travelers to have. Of course, reading a map on a moving motorcycle is not very easy to do. Today, map reading is a lost art due to the prevalence of GPS units.

You’re most likely familiar with automobiles GPS units. In a few short years, consumer GPS moved from a geeky toy to an indispensable travel companion. Your GPS unit links to a system of satellites parked in orbit around the Earth. By comparing the different times it takes the signal to reach each satellite, a GPS can determine your precise location on the planet.

The reason people like to have a GPS in their car is for the wealth of information available about your trip. Most GPS models come preloaded with an unbelievable collection of maps that make route planning as simple as touching a screen. You can find the fastest route, the shortest route or even the most scenic route. But more than directions, a GPS provides information about points of interest along the way. These include landmarks, hotels, restaurants or fuel stops. There’s no more guessing if the next exit has a gas station or if there’s a decent restaurant in the next town.

Are there any features unique to motorcycle GPS devices? Most of the differences lie in how the unit is mounted to your vehicle. The suction mounts that are so convenient in a car or truck would be absolutely useless on a motorcycle. It wouldn’t take long for your GPS to rattle itself off, or be blown away by the wind. You’ll want a sturdy motorcycle mount, preferably one designed specifically for your motorcycle. The mount should hold the GPS securely so your screen touches don’t push it away. Of course, the mount should keep your GPS stationary as you ride, and ideally should dampen some of the shocks and vibrations that may occur due to road conditions.

A motorcycle GPS may remove some of the thrill of open road travel, but the thrill of being lost or the thrill of running out of gas you can keep.

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