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post #1 of 16 Old 07-17-2013, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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GPS Visibility ??

I bought a Garmin Nuvi 2555 to use on my KLR and can't see the thing. In the sun it's almost a blank and is useless, so I bought one of those velcro held hoods that covers most of 3 sides.

That helped some - now as I ride I can see there is "something" on the screen but can't make it out while riding. If I stop and shade it, then I can see the map. That's real useful, that is.

I have it on a RAM mount on the handlebar cross piece and it sticks up well within my range of vision and fairly close to my face.

What are you guys doing to help this problem.......or do I just need new eyes ??

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post #2 of 16 Old 07-17-2013, 03:06 PM
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They do make some anti glare screen protectors, and turn up your brightness all the way. The truth is, the GPS units made for automobiles don't work worth a crap. I used my NUVI and found the same thing. I bought a Garmin Oregon and was thinking, "I will never be able to see that tiny little screen". No so. It is highly readable while riding, no glare issues, and download some topo maps on it and it is awesome!

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What if you switch it to night mode for more contrast? On mine the screen goes black with light colored roads. Might be enough to make it visible in the sun?
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Not sure if your unit is like this, but my NUVI has a green background (day mode) with light gray roads. No contrast what so ever. Almost useless unless it's put in night mode (black background light gray roads.

Some Nuvi's have better contrast on their maps.

Garmin: take notice... Get your programmers into a better lighted lab!!
They think we all view our GPS's in the dark.

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My nuvi screen is pretty reflective. When the reflection is my high-viz jacket or white helmet it can be hard to read in some conditions. When the reflection is my black tank bag it's easier to read most of the time.
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What if you switch it to night mode for more contrast? On mine the screen goes black with light colored roads. Might be enough to make it visible in the sun?
I've already got contrast all the way up and the idea of setting it on night mode sounds interesting, so I'll try it soon.

I use a Garmin GPSmap60CSx on the quad and while hiking and it works very well but the screen is pretty small. I also "much" prefer the menu system on the 60CSx. The Nuvi is a royal PIA to work thru the menus on, esp. with my (lack of) memory.

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I feel your pain, the few times I've had mine on my KLR I found it hard to see if it was sunny... I wish the motorcycle specific GPS unit's were a little more reasonably priced. Hard to justify paying triple for something that does the same thing!
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I feel your pain, the few times I've had mine on my KLR I found it hard to see if it was sunny... I wish the motorcycle specific GPS unit's were a little more reasonably priced. Hard to justify paying triple for something that does the same thing!
I hear ya and that's "IF" you can see the m/c specific one.
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I have the same unit I used for trip to Alaska last month I have mine mounted in a aqua box wich didn't help with glare, so I made a small sun shade around the box with gorilla dut tape and used small wire to keep its shape .. it worked a lot better for me ..only real issue I had whole 8875 miles with it was original power cord with the traffic transciefer kept giving me fits so I found a straight power wire and eliminated it no more problems ..ill dig up a photo for u ..

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I wish the motorcycle specific GPS unit's were a little more reasonably priced. Hard to justify paying triple for something that does the same thing!
I got my nuvi several years ago for about $125 and a Montana this year for more than 4 times that.

But they DON'T do the same thing.

The Montana is not only easier to see in ANY kind of light, but the menus are easier to use. I can build a custom main menu with items from down in any of the regular menus. Then it is waterproof, shockproof, has a powered mount, and has another camera. (My camera-only camera developed a spot somewhere inside it while riding through Saskatchewan.)

The Montana will also "backtrack", display tracks, build routes, supports imported routes, and a host of other funcitons that my $125 nuvi never did.

I'm not trying to say that over $500 is a reasonable price; I'm saying only that the Montana does more and does it better. (And a powered mount with a real 12V power connector.)

The photo shows both the smudge in my "real" camera (in the spruce trees above the mirror stem) plus the readable GPS screen even though it's reflecting my brightly-lit high-viz jacket.

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