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Garmin GPS Zumo 660 Device

By Joe Kidson

Once you’ve decided on what type of GPS you would like to look for, there are several more factors that you might want to consider before making a decision. Such as, how good is the battery life on the model you want? Can you have it wired into your bike’s electrical system so that it draws power while you’re off the mark? How accurate is the GPS? How easily can it be updated?

What could be worse than being some hours from home, relying on the GPS for directions, only to find that the batteries are dead? If you select a cheaper unit with lesser battery life, the lesson here is simple, simply carry spare batteries! Most handheld GPS units run on 4, 6 or 8 ‘AA’ size batteries, so they’re easy to take along with you.

First of all, battery life is important. It isn’t good to have something that won’t complete the journey. Some require double A or triple A batteries, but it is best to have rechargeable batteries that can hook up to battery on the motorcycle.

To avoid the issue of battery life, consider having the GPS hard-wired into your bike’s electrical system. GPS units draw very little current, and because the battery is being recharged by the alternator while the bike is running, your battery power is definitely not compromised.

Starter models, such as the Magellan Roadmate are available from $250. For the better models you can pay anything up to $1400. Widely regarded as the best value for money for motorcyclists is the TomTom RIDER, which retails around $700. It’s got all the features riders need, including door-to-door address route plotting anywhere in the United States – it’s a winner.

GPS units don’t work well undercover. They rely on being in line-of-sight contact with satellites outside earth’s atmosphere, and anything, including trees, can interfere with the signal. If you spend lot of hours on roads that run through forested areas, it’s worth considering the new SiRF Star III Chipset models. They offer superior coverage in leafy areas.

Learn more about Garmin 265W Nuvi . Stop by Joe Kidson’s site where you can find out all about Garmin 265W Nuvi and what it can do for you.

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