Chrome Accessories for a Motorcycle GPS

Every motorcycle GPS we are familiar with comes with black accessories.  The mount used to hold the GPS is black.  The cradle the GPS sits within is black.  Is your motorcycle black?  Probably not.  We look at some chrome accessories for your motorcycle GPS. Realistically speaking, there’s not a lot that can be done with the cable.  It’s a rubber coated cable and likely won’t be seen if tucked away. Perhaps you can spray the cradle with some chrome spray paint however many of these cradles are powered.  Mistakenly spraying the contacts with paint will render the cradle worthless and … Read more

Using GPX Files with a Garmin Zumo

GPX, also known as a GPS Exchange Format File contains waypoints, tracks and routes that can be used on many GPS models.  It’s a nice concept in that it’s intended to share mapping information between applications and devices. The GPX format was originally released in 2002 and is a standard for the exchange of GPS data.  Not all GPS manufacturers support GPX files let alone a means to transfer it to their GPS models. Fortunately, most Garmin Zumo models support GPX files.  This article will discuss what’s good about GPS, why you might want to use it and lastly, how … Read more

Navigon Cruiser Motorcycle GPS App for your Phone

Navigon was a company that made some innovative GPS devices.  Their GPS units were sold worldwide until Garmin purchased the company in 2011.  Their products stopped being offered in the United States shortly after the purchase.  Garmin has released their first motorcycle GPS app with the Navigon Cruiser.  So after a lengthy absence in the United States, Navigon is back.  It looks like this came out of Navigon in Germany as some of the documentation is still in German.  Makes sense since Navigon’s offices are still located in Germany. The design of Navigon Cruiser seems to be open to user influence as … Read more

Installing a Micro SD Card on a Garmin Zumo GPS

Most Garmin Zumo GPS devices allow expansion of memory by installing a micro SD card.  That’s different from most automotive GPS devices that do not have this capability.  We’re going to look at how to install a micro SD card and talk about the different types of cards available.   You can use these cards to hold additional maps or simply expand the storage for other purposes. All Garmin Zumo units require a micro SD card to be at least 4 GB in size.  However the maximum varies by unit.  Specifically, the Garmin Zumo 595LM and 395LM top out at 64 GB. … Read more

How to Protect an Empty Motorcycle GPS Cradle

After coming in from a ride, everyone is faced with the question of what should they leave attached to the bike.  I suppose if the motorcycle is stored in a locked garage, the answer to that question is probably to leave everything as is.  However, if your motorcycle is stored outdoors, the answer might not be that simple.  This article is for those that bring their device indoors but leave the motorcycle GPS cradle on the bike. If you’re thinking about leaving the GPS attached outdoors, think again.  These are expensive devices and easy to steal.  Don’t leave it to … Read more

When to Replace an Old GPS

A GPS, especially ones made for motorcycle use represent a significant investment.  You want it to last as long as possible but nothing lasts forever.  When is it time to replace an old GPS? We’re going to discuss how to potentially increase the useful life as well as when to replace an old GPS.  Don’t run out to buy a brand new motorcycle or car GPS before reading this through because there might be an easy fix. Software can be upgraded, maps can be refreshed, and sometimes hardware can even be fixed.  We’ll show you how that’s done. How to … Read more