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I recently swapped my 07 Ultra for an 08 Goldwing and I have a question about the navigation system. I have the Garmin Zumo which I had on the other bike and the Garmin software that came with it has really good route planning software. If there any way to take a planned route from the computer and download it to the Wing? I bought the bike slightly used so I did get all manuals but I don't know if Honda has route software.

Thanx for your help.
 

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hello and welcome to GWOF sitegrader
 

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Would Be Nice

I have done some research on this and unfortunatly have come up empty handed when it comes to being able to upload routes into the Honda Goldwing Nav unit. I can assist with getting the 2008 factory nav updated with the latest maps if you are interested in that. The latest maps that are available for the 2008 Goldwing is the Garmin City Navigator 2009 maps. Let me know if I can help with that.
There is no way to use MapSource to upload planned routes to the Wing NAVI. This is a MAJOR blunder on Garmin's/Honda's part on the NAVI, IMHO.

I will not consider an on-board navigation system in any vehicle, unless, like the Wing, I can't get other options, such as ABS. Honda should unbundle the NAVI from the ABS if it wants to keep its customers happy. Frankly, the Zumo550, which is years older, is better than even the current Honda NAVI. I can use it on the fly, answer my phone, play MP3s, and download planned routes. Can't do any of these with the Honda NAVI. Nuff said!

I recently swapped my 07 Ultra for an 08 Goldwing and I have a question about the navigation system. I have the Garmin Zumo which I had on the other bike and the Garmin software that came with it has really good route planning software. If there any way to take a planned route from the computer and download it to the Wing? I bought the bike slightly used so I did get all manuals but I don't know if Honda has route software.

Thanx for your help.
Update your maps for the last time. Garmin is discontinuing the non-NT compression version of their maps.
 

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For those of you having trouble with the Navi system, there is a great article in the December issue of Wing World. It doesn't make up for the gaps in the mapping and the other shortcomings of the system, but does a great job of getting the most out of what is there.
 

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Sorry for jumping in here. So is the consensus on the board not to get a wing with Nav??

I'm thinking aftermarket would be better?

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Sorry for jumping in here. So is the consensus on the board not to get a wing with Nav??

I'm thinking aftermarket would be better?

Chris
My local riding bud has the Garmin attached to his bike. Before I purchased my model I asked him about the " built- ins " He said , " It's one less thing you have to mount. " And he left it at that.
 

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So do you hthe built in nav? Are you happy with it?

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My local riding bud has the Garmin attached to his bike. Before I purchased my model I asked him about the " built- ins " He said , " It's one less thing you have to mount. " And he left it at that.
 

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Bull: I bought the bike in November and have only put on 200 local miles because of the weather. I did , however, notice a few newer road omissions as I was driving. When it gets down to GPS, it all seem it's a question of " How much for updates . " The aftermarket Garmin, etc. are the least exspensive to update. I didn't have a choice on the pre- owned bike that I bought. But if did, I would opt out on the $1,000 factory model and spend a couple dollars on a mount, and put the savings in some chrome or comfort. " I can't say that I was ever lost, but I've been bewildered for a few days . "
 

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I recently swapped my 07 Ultra for an 08 Goldwing and I have a question about the navigation system. I have the Garmin Zumo which I had on the other bike and the Garmin software that came with it has really good route planning software. If there any way to take a planned route from the computer and download it to the Wing? I bought the bike slightly used so I did get all manuals but I don't know if Honda has route software.

Thanx for your help.
Sorry I can't help you my wing just has M.A.P. not G. P. S.
 

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Easy Peasy

I'm happy with my built in NAV. It does everything I need it to do. It gets me from point A to point B. I also like the way it scrolls the info on top. Its quite easy to look at, especially while riding at highway speeds or even in congested traffic.
 

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I have yet to see a nav that doesn't make a mistake. Places to eat for example...I have gone to just closed, to burnt down. Things change. But I have used mine to get a view of motels somewhere. Picked the one I want and called the supplied phone number and reserved a room. I like having one and to me it's worth the money. Just another tool that can make life alittle less stressful.
 

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I've got a 2008 NAV and am very happy with it. I can live with a few new roads that don't display and like Commander K says, it'll still get you from "A" to "B". The display and information provided is excellent and the turn-by-turn directions are integrated into the comm system. If I decide later it's not up to par, I'll buy a Zumo and change the dash display from GPS to a different screen.
 

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So is the newer nav system updateable?

Thanks for all the answers to my questions guys!

Chris

As I stated in an earlier post, the 2010 Honda Nav system is very good. You may find an after market GPS that will do some things the Honda will not but there is a lot to be said for not having to disconnect you GPS every time you stop and leave your bike. I am not familiar with the earlier versions of Honda GPS, but I can tell you I am completely satisfied with the 2010 model.
 

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Welcome eddorell54. This thread is a tad oldbut I'll do my best for you. Depending on what year Wing you have and what version NAVI is in it, there are updates that are simple plug and play. Both from Honda and Garmin. Honda is pricey to say the least, and my last upgrade isn't much IMO, previous version was better I think. call Garmin customer service and see what they say.Otherwise your Honda dealer.
 

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Welcome eddorell54. This thread is a tad oldbut I'll do my best for you. Depending on what year Wing you have and what version NAVI is in it, there are updates that are simple plug and play. Both from Honda and Garmin. Honda is pricey to say the least, and my last upgrade isn't much IMO, previous version was better I think. call Garmin customer service and see what they say.Otherwise your Honda dealer.
So is the navi Garmen based?
 

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So is the navi Garmen based?

Yes, although you wouldn't know it :frown2:.

In all honesty though, I can't say I'm that unhappy now that I'm mostly used to it. I find I have the best success when I only put a day's route into it. I used to try putting an entire trip in, but found it would lock up with an error message once in a while. Since only putting in one day at a time now, I haven't had that happen. On the Cody trip it was very good and got us everywhere we wanted. When I went around Lake Superior, it got lost a couple of times. Either that or I misread the directions.
 

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I have a 2013 with Nav and I like it. My Cadillac has built in Nav. I have 2 portable GPS systems. Each and every one has some sort of issue or limitation. There is no such thing as a perfect GPS. I like the routing in the bikes display and I use honda trip planner. Once you figure out its quirks you're home free.

My wife and I just did a 5100 mile coast to coast round trip. I created the entire route before I departed and had no issues at all.
 

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The NAVI does work better in the US than it does in Canada. There are differences in the data base between Cdn and US models too, although not as big a difference as 2010 and prior. Biggest issue I find is a lack of locations on Canadian soil and there are times when the town, city or address isn't in the system and it locks onto another similar name elsewhere (in the States usually) when you are trying to key in an addy or location. That's a pain.
 

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Welcome Chris. As far as I know the Trip Planner is pc/web based so yes you're right on that account. Up here we're required to take training on the NAVI system in order to be certified in the sales department, but the course is far too basic and there's so much buried in the system to learn about. Naturally the NAVI manual is pretty dry reading but there's a whack of information in it.
 
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