NAVIGATION - What is everyone using and why?

R-Rated

Remember to Have Fun! - Solar Bear 2020 Champion
Aug 4, 2016
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I ride a
2014 Harley Davidson (FLHTK) Ultra Limited
I’m old school. I generally check out my route in Google Maps before the ride and just get out there. If I get slightly lost it adds to the adventure. I’ll admit though this can be a pain in the butt if I‘m not just out on a pleasure ride and need to find a specific address…
I remember about a lifetime ago riding long trips involved me doing math to calculate range and memorizing the atlas route for the states I would be riding through.

Amazing how far we have come! Much less stressful to have a GPS help me avoid traffic and fuel gauge letting me know first light and then miles left before I end up SOL in East Bohica.
 
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YBGuy

Yellow Backpack Guy
Aug 14, 2020
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I ride a
2005 RC51, and a 2004 Honda CBR1000RR
I’m old school. I generally check out my route in Google Maps before the ride and just get out there. If I get slightly lost it adds to the adventure. I’ll admit though this can be a pain in the butt if I‘m not just out on a pleasure ride and need to find a specific address…
Same here. I normally check maps before I go. If I'm taking my Crown Vic, believe it or not, I still have some AAA maps in my glove box that I'll look at. My friends in high school always made fun of me, they would be like ok grandpa where we headed? Since I was known as the guy who had the "Old School Navigation".

Most of time I pretty much know where I am going, but if it's the occasional city ride, I may run google maps on my phone in the background and listen to turn by turn instructions from my Cardo Palk Talk Communicator. I have yet to attempt mounting my phone on the bike for visual navigation. Voice is good enough at the moment.
 
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mymotorrad

Wannabie Member
Mar 26, 2021
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I ride a
2009 R1200RT
I’m old school. I generally check out my route in Google Maps before the ride and just get out there. If I get slightly lost it adds to the adventure. I’ll admit though this can be a pain in the butt if I‘m not just out on a pleasure ride and need to find a specific address…
I am pretty much the same. Grew up with Rand McNally and know about orienteering. I can figure it out.
 
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nophix

Where's my coffee?
Apr 15, 2012
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I ride a
2015 Yamaha FJ-09
I am pretty much the same. Grew up with Rand McNally and know about orienteering. I can figure it out.
I didn't do much orienteering as a kid, but when I started as a truck driver, smart phones and GPS were kinda in the infancy, so it was the big book o maps and writing my directions down on a note taped to the dash. lol
 

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