I plan on installing a GPS on the KLR. My brother gave me a Garmin nuvi (2013 issue) Its kinda small, but should work ok -guessing ? I will be getting a Ram mount for the bar. My questions- Is the nuvi ll50 too small to read while going ( or just rely on voice?). Im sure I can find a 12v hot when in run position to wire the12v adapter plug into ( after I take apart) OR do you guy prefer to just wire in a 12v cigarette lighter type female receptacle, and plug the GPS into it? If so what the advantage ? And lastly ( and not trying to start an argument) which is better the Garmin or Tom, Tom GPS ? Thanks in advance.
I don't know what a Nuvi ll50 is so I can't comment on the screen size, but generally:
The big question is whether or not you will be going off-road. If you take a Nuvi off-road you will shake it to death. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of its life.
Same thing for the cigarette adapter. The plug will not stay in the socket and the choke coil that is inside the plug will break off the PC board unless you take it apart and pot it in place.
Power-wise, the problem with the Nuvi is that it is meant to be used in a car and doesn't have a proper motorcycle mount that provides power and audio out, nor does it (probably) have Bluetooth capability, so the audio will be hard-wired to your helmet. Power will be via a USB mini-plug, which will not last long even when not taken off-road.
Garmin, vs TomTom: I think the Garmin is a more integrated solution than the TomTom products because it includes updated mapping and good route planning software, and the maps can be loaded both onto the computer and the GPS unit.