There is every chance that you had a GPS navigation system installed in your vehicle for some time now and you are wondering if there are units that are designed for bikes. If that is so, you are fortunate because there are a number of motorcycle GPS reviews that can educate you on what you are expected to know to be sure that you make the best decision and you shop wisely when buying the best motorcycle GPS.
Majority of the features for a motorcycle navigation unit are what you should look out for when considering a navigation unit for a car. Are the map updates free, and the answer is yes, for how long? How long with it take the satellite signal to redirect and find routes? Will I eventually be demanded to choose a payment plan? In terms of updates, what about the software installed on the units – are the upgrades free and downloadable? The other issues to be investigated are the extent of Point of interest (such as ATMs, gas stations, restaurants, motels) mounting hardware, database (are they customizable), is there a battery so the unit is useful when disconnected for geocaching, hiking, and trip programming? Does the unit employ the use of Text-to-speech” technology, what this means is that does it say “turn left at Denzel street” or perhaps “turn right at the street ahead’? In terms of technology, you need to be sure on the kind of technical support that is offered with whatever brand you settle with and this includes forums, FAQs and online support. It is important you are aware that there different user/chat groups that are related to specific brands that you need to investigate.
In addition to the features that seem general, there no doubt that there are also some features that seem to be more specific about with motorcycle use. Is the unit UV resistant and how waterproof is the unit? How visible do you think its contents will be under the sun? How can the unit function properly when it is constantly subjected to vibrations? How durable is the unit? If you are one of those driver’s that wear gloves when driving, you need to sure on how the unit can be manipulated with gloves on your hand. In addition, you need to be sure if there is an anti-theft device included.
There are some other amazing technical features that are available on motorcycle GPS navigation units that not related directly to the navigation process. However, there are extras that may seem very useful to some. It is important you are aware of the fact that satellite radio subscriptions provide special information about traffic and weather but you need to take note of the fact that there is a special antenna that works with this service. Bluetooth enabled headsets and helmets offer you a means of making and picking up calls and at the same time listen to voice prompts of the navigation unit. There are lots of units in the market that allow the use of SD cards so that music and images can be transferred to the unit from your PC.
On the optional features needed, the last but not least is the trip tracking feature. It allows you to download, save and share your routes with your family and friends via Google Earth.