Motorcycle Navigation: GPS Block 3—The Future of GPS Navigation

Aug 11, 2017 View Comments by

In previous articles, I covered the past and present state of global navigation satellite systems, or GNSS. Now may be a good time to look at the future of GNSS, particularly at GPS. On July 17, 1995, the United States’ GPS satellite constellation reached full operational capability, evolving from a 1960s design for pure military […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Mounting a GPS Device to Your Motorcycle, Part 3

Feb 13, 2017 View Comments by

Your GPS device was working fine, accurately reaching waypoint after waypoint. Then suddenly the screen turned black and showed no sign of life. The battery is dead, you realized. Murphy’s law followed and rain started pouring while you had no real idea how to continue. This may have not happened to you yet, but ride […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Mounting a GPS Device to Your Motorcycle, Part 2

Dec 19, 2016 View Comments by

In the previous article I described a generic multi-layer mounting stack that can be applied to any combination of GPS device and motorcycle. I also highlighted the importance of selecting a good mounting location and recommended the heads-up display (HUD) position. The recommended design approach for mounting a GPS is to start with the bottom […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Mounting a GPS Device to Your Motorcycle, Part 1

Oct 20, 2016 View Comments by

It is surprising how much energy riders will devote to deciding which GPS device is right for them, while overlooking or ignoring issues related to mounting it on their motorcycle. I’ll try to shed some light on why choosing the proper placement is so important. Generic Mounting Stack With a generic stack, the proposed layout […]

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Review: TomTom Rider 400 GPS, Part 2

Aug 11, 2016 View Comments by

Slick, light, but robust, the Rider 400 is an improvement on the weightier outgoing model. Translucent widgets and panels make the user interface graphics design easy to use, and information shown on the side bar—e.g., upcoming gas stations—is very useful. The screen is bright and colorful. While it’s not a Retina display, it does look […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Navigating Off-Road with Digital Topo Maps

Aug 02, 2016 View Comments by

Barry is an expert yacht builder and adventure motorcyclist from Maine. Although we share many similarities and a passion for riding, in many ways he is my alter ego. I’m always trying to be on the cutting edge of digital technology, surrounded by e-stuff as I design and develop complex software for a living, whereas […]

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Free SPOT Trace with Rebate

Dec 10, 2015 View Comments by

Many of us are familiar with SPOT. Their Messenger device offers great peace of mind when traveling, especially when alone or in remote areas. Similar to the Messenger, the Trace device is mainly used to track movement, without all the buttons for predefined messages. It works great as an anti-theft device. SPOT Trace automatically sends […]

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Tour of the Week – In Arizona and New Mexico

Nov 27, 2015 View Comments by

Desert Solitude – Each week RoadRUNNER Magazine is releasing a “Tour of the Week” from our extensive archives. The tour article, along with downloadable maps and GPS files, will be available for free, but only for a week! This week’s Rockville, IN Shamrock Tour was originally featured in the Jan/Feb 2012 issue.

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Tour of the Week: Rockville, Indiana Shamrock Tour

Nov 13, 2015 View Comments by

Great Plains Expedition – Each week RoadRUNNER Magazine is releasing a “Tour of the Week” from our extensive archives. The tour article, along with downloadable maps and GPS files, will be available for free, but only for a week! This week’s Rockville, IN Shamrock Tour was originally featured in the Jan/Feb 2012 issue.

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Tour of the Week: Florida Panhandle Tour

Nov 05, 2015 View Comments by

A Gulf Coast Excursion – Each week RoadRUNNER Magazine is releasing a “Tour of the Week” from our extensive archives. The tour article, along with downloadable maps and GPS files, will be available for free, but only for a week! This week’s Florida Panhandle tour was originally featured in the May/June 2005 issue.

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Tour of the Week: Southwestern New York

Oct 30, 2015 View Comments by

Untraveled Roads in the Empire State – Each week RoadRUNNER Magazine is releasing a “Tour of the Week” from our extensive archives. The tour article, along with downloadable maps and GPS files, will be available for free, but only for a week! This week’s Southwestern New York tour was originally featured in the May/June 2005 issue.

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Motorcycle Navigation: Did the Smartphone Kill the GPS Unit?

Oct 28, 2015 View Comments by

The Motorcyclist’s Guide to the Galaxy – (Follow these links to read Yuval’s previous articles in this series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.) It’s hard to believe, but 10 years ago there were no smartphones. In 2007, the iPhone was released and the term Android was associated with Star Wars movies. […]

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City Escape: Salt Lake City, Utah

Oct 26, 2015 View Comments by

Salt Lake Sojourn – This route travels the rural “Wasatch Back” beginning at the mouth of Emigration Canyon in Salt Lake County and loops northward on twisty canyon roads, over mountain passes, and through the pastoral Morgan and Upper Ogden Valleys. June, September, and October are the most scenic months to ride.

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Tour of the Week: Québec

Oct 23, 2015 View Comments by

Postcards from the Province – Each week RoadRUNNER Magazine is releasing a “Tour of the Week” from our extensive archives. The tour article, along with downloadable maps and GPS files, will be available for free, but only for a week! This week’s Québec tour was originally featured in the Nov/Dec 2012 issue.

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City Escape: Richmond, Virginia

Oct 19, 2015 View Comments by

Central Virginia Scramble – This route transports riders from Richmond, VA, the former Confederate capital, across rolling farmland in central Virginia to several iconic locations, marking the final days of the American Civil War in the spring of 1865. Riders interested in Civil War history should factor in plenty of time to peruse the historic […]

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