I purchased a phone case for my iphone that attaches to the handle bars. I just set my destination on my google map and give it a good read before I head out. Just to give me a good sense of where to turn.
Yeah I agree. I was shopping/comparing motorcycle GPS's for quite a while before making a purchase decision. Frankly the Garmin Zumo's confuse me because they just seemed so damned expensive for no apparent reason, and because they are "purpose built" for motorcycling, they are basically useless for anything else.. And I use GPS quite a bit, not just motorcycling.A little off topic, but if you decide to buy a motorcycle specific GPS device, i.e., Garmin Zumo, I have a suggestion as to which model NOT to buy. I wanted a Zumo, and because I have had good experiences with Nuvi models for my cars, I was expecting Garmin to match their marketing with the actual performance of the product and I was wrong. Because the Zumo models are expensive, I bought the least expensive one I could find, the 220. This is a model I highly recommend you NOT buy. It has a small screen (3.5 inch) and the volume of the sound is insufficient to be heard while on a motorcycle (except at very low speeds where there is no wind noise to contend with). Despite the Garmin claims that the screen is bright enough to see in sunlight on a motorcycle, I find that most of the time during daylight hours the glare on the screen makes it very difficult to discern details (such as street names). This problem disappears at night. I use it when I need to get to a location quickly, or when I am anywhere and just want to find my way home. For these purposes it is very useful. But there is no way on this model to download a planned route, and when I ride I do not necessarily want to go the shortest or fastest route.
For power (since the internal battery lasts at most about 2 hours), I have a Powerlet oulet on the handlebars that I keep the GPS plugged in. It is wired so that power only runs to the outlet when the engine is on.
If I ever buy another GPS it would be one of the larger and more expensive models. My old 220 was $400, the latest Zumo is about $700, but with a large screen and the ability to take downloaded routes from my computer it would be much better than what I own now. All of the Zumos are built to handle the vibration of a bike and to be waterproof, and in that regard my Zumo has been totally fine.
Something to keep in mind if you often are really in the boonies. With a phone GPS system you need to be receiving a cellular signal, since the maps are not stored in the phone. With a separate GPS such as the Garmin Zumo the maps are in the device and the data that tells the device where you are at any moment is coming via satellite, so as long as you have a view of the sky you will not get lost.
would suggest that you think hard about this ...
it would be very hard to maintain 100% focus on the road ... with this kind of stuff being piped into your helmet.
I have just been reading a book about WHY people believe they SEE and KNOW more about the world around them - than they actually do. Basically, our intuition is lying to us - it is wrong. We see far less than we think we do. It gets a lot worse when we have extra inputs from phones and GPS devices.
Its just a suggestion.
take it FWIW.