Review: Options to Mount Electrics

Jun 15, 2017 View Comments by

While just about everybody at RoadRUNNER prefers standalone GPS devices for navigation (since phones are not quite there yet in terms of development), smartphones are a multi-tool, offering riders the ability to listen to music, communicate with others, search the internet, and use GPS functions. Hooking one up to your bike doesn’t have to be […]

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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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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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Road Rash: GPS’d OFF

Sep 29, 2015 View Comments by

When Technology Gets Under Your Skin – “Recalculating! Recalculating!” The synthesized female voice of my new GPS begins chanting this familiar mantra 
the instant I turn into the parking lot. “Pop a Valium, Erma—I’m 50 feet off the route to pump gas and process my last cup of coffee, so deal with it,” I mutter, […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Best Practices for Route Design

Sep 02, 2015 View Comments by

A Motorcyclist’s Guide to the Galaxy – In the previous articles in this series (follow these links to Yuval’s previous articles: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4), I explained how to create your own route. The recommended method is a hybrid design—a combination of bottom-up route planning followed by on-the-fly rubber band dragging of […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Designing Your Own Route

Jun 11, 2015 View Comments by

The Motorcyclist’s Guide to the Galaxy – “… I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower In my last article (follow these links to Yuval’s previous articles: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), I explained what GPX routes and tracks are and how to use them in the […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Finding Your Route Using GPX Files

Apr 26, 2015 View Comments by

The Motorcyclist’s Guide to the Galaxy – How GPS Works In my last article (follow these links to Yuval’s previous articles: Part 1, Part 2) I explained how the satellite receiver performs ad hoc navigation from a source waypoint to a target waypoint. This article will focus on the GPX file format, available GPX software, and how […]

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Yuval Naveh to Host Round Table at Touring Weekend

Apr 19, 2015 View Comments by

RoadRUNNER’s 10th annual Touring Weekend is quickly approaching and this year’s event promises to be especially memorable with a variety of interesting speakers (check out some here) and optional riding courses, great food, and, of course, spectacular riding. RoadRUNNER subscribers will likely be familiar with Yuval Naveh’s article series The Motorcyclist’s Guide to the Galaxy […]

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Motorcycles and GPS: Satellite Navigation Part 2

Feb 27, 2015 View Comments by

You can check out Part 1 here. Ad Hoc Navigation The next step in navigation is to be able to travel from the current point to some other point. That is, we expect the satellite receiver to handle an ad hoc navigation command: “I’m here, but I want to go there, somehow.” But, how does […]

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TomTom Unveils New RIDER GPS

Jan 19, 2015 View Comments by

TomTom is aggressively seeking a larger share of the motorcycle market with the all new TomTom RIDER GPS unit. The RIDER comes with a host of motorcycle specific features and route options that will help riders find the best roads wherever they’re riding. The GPS can even suggest what it thinks will be the most […]

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Motorcycles and GPS: Satellite Navigation, Part 1

Dec 20, 2014 View Comments by

Navigation: A Modern-Day Necessity for Riders For motorcyclists, navigating from one point to another was previously quite a demanding task. Working out the maps required a lot of skill and time, holding many maps took space, as well as continuously determining the current position of the motorcycle, all while exposed to the elements. In recent […]

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Letter from the Publisher: No More Getting Lost!

Dec 11, 2014 View Comments by

*Here is a letter from RoadRUNNER‘s Publisher and Editor in Chief, Christa Neuhauser, highlighting the contents of RoadRUNNER Magazine’s February ’15 issue, which is now available at a newsstand near you. Dear Reader, Starting with this issue, we are featuring a new column called A Motorcyclist’s Guide to the Galaxy, which will be focusing on satellite navigation. […]

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The Smartphone: A Poor Man’s GPS

Aug 30, 2014 View Comments by

Motorcycle GPS units are not cheap. In fact, there are plenty of riders who simply can’t afford, or aren’t willing to pay, the $500 or so required to mount a decent navigational aid on their handlebar. Thankfully, there’s at least a partial solution that most likely you’ve already got in your pocket. As you probably […]

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The new TomTom Rider: Getting More for Way Less

May 16, 2014 View Comments by

We are all used to receiving offers from our favorite accessory makers for an enhanced unit that only costs a little bit more. We know it’s automatic that when you add features, the price goes up. It is once in a very rare while you are presented with the opportunity to get more and pay […]

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Getting Google Maps and Garmin to Play Nicely

Jul 01, 2013 View Comments by

I love Google Maps; it’s a great way to plan a trip with friends. I also love my old Garmin GPS Map 60CSX, an old handheld unit that’s helped me navigate to some of the most beautiful places on earth. But while I love them both, they don’t love each other. There’s no button on […]

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