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Posted by alec_stevens at September 25. 2016

has anyone any experience/opinion on the topic of how you  get a Bluetooth capable m/c sat/nav to audibly  function properly?  Hating motorway work as I do ,i have always done it the old fashioned way. however, on an unfamiliar route this summer it took over 7 hours to travel the "bike route" from Swindon to somewhere  east of Norwich ! Something must be done,   so one not very state of the art sat/nav later  I'm still trying to sort out where you go from here,.Tried my ten year old Motorola earpiece thingy and even if it did work (which it doesn"t) you just cant wear a lump  like that under an helmet. Do those Bluetooth  audio earphone thingies / buds?work? I don"t want an intercom, never have passengers, just a way of the sat/nav Telling you the way to go next .   Staring at a screen on a motorbike is surely a no,no.

Re: bluetoothability for dunces

Posted by robert_tuck at September 25. 2016

My son has an earphone  clipped into the hat wirelessly  bluetooth? linked into his smartphone and a sat nav app on the phone.  sorted!, I will ask him for more info. No, better than that I will get him to buy me one so when I conk out on club runs and get left in nomans land I can find my way home.

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Posted by John Shorter at September 26. 2016

How did we survive, in the 50's?  No sat nav, not even mobile phones.  Oh, I remember, we studied maps before we set off.

Re: bluetoothability for dunces

Posted by robert_tuck at September 26. 2016

Map's ??, I think you can still see one in a museum.!

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Posted by phil_hannam at September 26. 2016

I bought an old RAC SatNav 200 off Ebay for £5. These early models have both an earpiece socket and 12v power socket. I connected up a cigarette type of female socket, on a lead, to my battery. This dangles at the front end of the seat.

Once wired in to the battery supply, The SatNav gets progammed and then placed in my jacket pocket. A nice set of comfy earplugs head up to my lugholes before the helmet takes up residence. Generally I only wear one earpiece so that I can still hear when chunks fall off my bike.

This set-up work fine for me, especially when plodding through London. I listen to the SatNav instructions but can use my undistracted eyesballs to watch for signs, turnings and mad motorists.

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Posted by John Sunderland at September 26. 2016

Previously robert_tuck wrote:

Map's ??, I think you can still see one in a museum.!


Being of a 'certain age' I still check the map if I'm going somewhere new, and being of a 'certain age' I check it out on Google Earth too, then I take the map with me.

Re: bluetoothability for dunces

Posted by George Phillips at March 09. 2017
Just found this thread. I use a TomTom rider GPS. Sometimes I use my Interphone F3 bluetooth clip-on goody (with the earpiece fitted permanently i/s the helmet) but it is quite feasible to leave it off and simply glance at the screen occasionally. I do it all the time in the car when I need the GPS. You just have to put up with the warning sign flashing up now and again "headset not fitted!". You certainly don't have to "stare at the screen" all the time as the visual display is very clear and obvious. George

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Posted by john_evans1 at March 09. 2017

I use a lazer monaco carbon flip front helmet which has bluetooth built in It also has a self dimming photochromic visor! . It works well with my phone or to stream music. It should work with sat nav too but as I do not use sat nav on the bikes I cannot comment.

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Posted by trevor_veale at June 16. 2017

Previously alec_stevens wrote:

has anyone any experience/opinion on the topic of how you  get a Bluetooth capable m/c sat/nav to audibly  function properly?  Hating motorway work as I do ,i have always done it the old fashioned way. however, on an unfamiliar route this summer it took over 7 hours to travel the "bike route" from Swindon to somewhere  east of Norwich ! Something must be done,   so one not very state of the art sat/nav later  I'm still trying to sort out where you go from here,.Tried my ten year old Motorola earpiece thingy and even if it did work (which it doesn"t) you just cant wear a lump  like that under an helmet. Do those Bluetooth  audio earphone thingies / buds?work? I don"t want an intercom, never have passengers, just a way of the sat/nav Telling you the way to go next .   Staring at a screen on a motorbike is surely a no,no.

Hi Alec

I use a tom-tom rider 400 which is bluetooth to my vnet intercom I also bluetooth my phone to my gps  which then allows calls , my vnet headset also will pare with others I ride with as long as they have the same unit normally there are two of us one leading and the other being back marker with 4 riders between us works well  up to 1000mtrs

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Posted by christopher_winsby at June 16. 2017

I have a Garmin bike Sat Nav and Cardo Scala rider, still getting use to it but seems Ok. I always check the route first. but found in modern traffic its too busy to glance at instructions or a map.

Re: bluetoothability for dunces

Posted by christopher_winsby at June 16. 2017

Previously John Shorter wrote:

How did we survive, in the 50's?  No sat nav, not even mobile phones.  Oh, I remember, we studied maps before we set off.

Less Traffic, cars were slower, road signs clearer and positioned better.

Now we have roundabouts with signs on the road which are obscured by cars and on gantry's that you have to look up to see while looking out for cars cutting across the traffic because they are in the wrong lane.

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Posted by mike_sullivan at June 17. 2017

Ah yes, & don't forget the aritic that obscures the roadsign that you were trying to read!

Personally I don't think that voice is critical, I have a Garmin Zumo that moves between bike & car. I always take maps (Michelin for the mainland) & plan a rough route ahead of time. Visual system worked well enough to get to Italy & back last year.

Research shows that the hypothalamus (route finding) is less active when using sat nag, my theory is that just using visual is closer to map reading with less negative impact (hah what do I  know!).

Now off to feed Shrodinger's cat, if I can find it!

Cheers, Mike

 

Re: bluetoothability for dunces

Posted by mike_sullivan at June 18. 2017

oops, sorry, direction should be the entorhinal cortex,adjacent to the hippocampus (not the hypothalamus!).

It's late, it's hot & I've had too many Pimms!

Cheers, Mike

 


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