I have been using a Garmin Zumo 550 for a couple years and prefer it to the built-in Honda NAVI. The Zumo was designed for motorcycle use. It has integrated BlueTooth so you can hook your phone to it, it has an MP3 player, it has touch-screen interface, is water tight, has a slot for an SD card, it can be integrated right into the GW audio system with third-party adapters, and on and on. It comes with software for your computer so that you can plan routes and then download them to your Zumo.
It's a shame Honda didn't let Garmin design the Honda NAVI; instead, Honda dictated to Garmin what they wanted. Can you imagine what a Gold Wing would look like if Garmin designed it? Why would Honda think they could design a navigation system?
There are many units out there. Just find one that meets your needs.
Yes, it would be nice if Honda would allow you to get the options you want instead of bundling them. I guess their philosophy is that they only want three flavors (four now, with the airbag). Unfortunately, they have decided that if you want ABS, you have to pretty much get everything else.
Frankly, I think their NAVI is substandard, compared to Garmin's offerings. I'd have gladly given that up if I could have purchased a GL18 with ABS and prem audio alone.
However, some folks just love the NAVI (maybe because they have no experience with a GPS device that is more user friendly).
You know the old cliche: "You can please some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't please everyone all the time." Bummer....
The Zumo550 is BlueTooth capable, so mounting it to your Wing would give you not only the navigation prompts, but you'd also get to integrate your phone through the Zumo, as well as have an MP3 MP3 player to listen to. There are also 3P devices to fully integrate the Zumo audio-out functions directly into the Wing's systems for wired helmets, but I haven't considered that expense yet. At this point, I've got a Ram mount that mounts to the clutch reservoir to hold my Zumo and just have it powered from the Wing (someday I may integrate it--maybe--but the BlueTooth helmet seems a less-expensive option here).
I just got this 01 1800 a goldwing and I have a garmin nuvi 750 , the problem is I can `t find anyway to hook it up nor a place to put it and I use the gps all the time while `m traveling for all sort of things , any Ideas out there
We just a trip through the NC an VA mountains, I used my Garmin Nuvi
unit from my car. This worked well just stuck on the windshield with the suction cup mount. I really liked having the GPS so I could see the road ahead of me on the unit. I always had an idea of the turns coming up on roads that I have never traveled. What did have issues with is that this unit is not weather proof, we some rain, but the unit was fine. It never got wet as we moving. This unit is maybe a 100 dollars the big problem is that tit is not bright enough in the sun.
I think a regular car unit that is inexpensive will work well if it has a bright enough screen. Anyone one else think the same> if so what is a good bright unit that works without dropping 500 dollars for the Zumo?
I have the Garmin Zumo 660, specificly designed for M/C use. It is easy to use, is mounted easly with the optional Ram mount, works well with gloves, and can be intergrated with the Wing sound system. On the flip side it has some maddening quirks such as it does not show the upcomming towns.
I have a TomTom Rider and it has bluetooth but I don't use that. The screen gives me plenty of info so I don't need promps. Its waterproof and easly updated and I've had it for years so I'm use to it. That might be the best thing about it.