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using GPS is a generational thing. I'm a sales manager in a healthcare company and all my reps under 35 can't drive anywhere without their phone in its mount on the dash with their GPS turned on. I don't get it..but nothing we do is going to alter their behavior. Look at a map prior to going somewhere? They'll just look at you and laugh.

I'm over 50 and recently put a Ram mount on my bike for the sole purpose of using GPS when I take a few road trips this summer. I'll be taking a lot of strange (to me) 2 lane highways and will need GPS to make my way.

I would never consider touching my phone when I'm riding..never.



This thread has turned into a good discussion of GPS/Phone, etc.
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I will likely install a RAM-Mount also, but will limit it for a dedicated GPS only (not a GPS-app on the phone).
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This thread has turned into a good discussion of GPS/Phone, etc.
Sorry to OP for thread-hijack!


I will likely install a RAM-Mount also, but will limit it for a dedicated GPS only (not a GPS-app on the phone).

No GPS for me on any of my bikes. Besides, I have an uncanny sense of direction in this world of ours.

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Most normal people would not try holding and reading a map while riding.


Most normal people would look at a map and plan their route, before setting off on a ride.


Does that answer your question.


But then again, in todays technical world, most people would be lost if they even stepped out of their front door, without their phone / GPS glued to their hand.
I see the sarcasm gene missed your personal pool. It's 2019 not 1918. Most normal people use a GPS when their going somewhere they don't know how to get to... Being confident when a turn is coming, or on lane position is arguably just as important as not looking away from the road for a split second in terms of riding safety in an unfamiliar area. Not to mention, straining to read road signs takes your eye off the ball and usually takes longer than to look at your GPS so does that answer your question. WTF

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I see the sarcasm gene missed your personal pool. It's 2019 not 1918. Most normal people use a GPS when their going somewhere they don't know how to get to... Being confident when a turn is coming, or on lane position is arguably just as important as not looking away from the road for a split second in terms of riding safety in an unfamiliar area.

And lest we forget the atrocious road-system designs of some cities & suburbs! There's some places I wouldn't want to endeavor without a GPS.
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I see the sarcasm gene missed your personal pool. It's 2019 not 1918. Most normal people use a GPS when their going somewhere they don't know how to get to... Being confident when a turn is coming, or on lane position is arguably just as important as not looking away from the road for a split second in terms of riding safety in an unfamiliar area. Not to mention, straining to read road signs takes your eye off the ball and usually takes longer than to look at your GPS so does that answer your question. WTF

No, I am happy to say that I have plenty of personal sarcastic genes.


But what I also have is enough sense, to not make this a personal issue. Like some people do on other chat forums. This has become, way to much ........
along And without a GPS .
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No, I am happy to say that I have plenty of personal sarcastic genes.


But what I also have is enough sense, to not make this a personal issue. Like some people do on other chat forums. This has become, way to much ........
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Glad to see you are safe and decided to ride again! Hopefully you have better luck this time.

As for my input on this GPS debacle, I would like to have a mounted GPS for accurate positioning and a visual idea of what the road ahead of me is like. I currently get all my GPS directions through my Sena from Google Maps (now it even lets me know where speed traps are!), but see no issue if you are using a mounted phone purely for GPS. On a trip a backup map is always recommended of course, there is a reason most big manufactures in tank bags include map/phone holders. Fiddling with a phone or GPS while on the move is decidedly inadvisable though.

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Sheesh, this got snarky fast.

OP, good for you getting back on the bike after a bad accident.

Now, on the topic of phones mounted on bikes - itís a personal choice and you do whatís right for you. I never ride anywhere without mine mounted. I even have a powerlet mounted just under it that allows my phone to stay charged. I use inRoute because I can say ĎHey, Sirií to interact with it. Also, I donít have to glance down like I would with a paper map in my tank bag. Iím 50 and use route planning software and a GPS extensively because I have no sense of direction.

If someone canít have a phone mount and resist texting while riding, they have a much larger personal control issue.

Now, get back to playing nicely or I will shut this down.

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Sheesh, this got snarky fast.

OP, good for you getting back on the bike after a bad accident.

Now, on the topic of phones mounted on bikes - itís a personal choice and you do whatís right for you. I never ride anywhere without mine mounted. I even have a powerlet mounted just under it that allows my phone to stay charged. I use inRoute because I can say ĎHey, Sirií to interact with it. Also, I donít have to glance down like I would with a paper map in my tank bag. Iím 50 and use route planning software and a GPS extensively because I have no sense of direction.

If someone canít have a phone mount and resist texting while riding, they have a much larger personal control issue.

Now, get back to playing nicely or I will shut this down.

Destroy it. Just kidding. Or, am I.

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