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Garmin Quest2

Tom Gaynor

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#1
I've just received a new Quest2 (out of warranty) for about 1/4 the price. I suspect the problem (it started to freeze at shorter and shorter intervals) is that there isn't enough processing power and there's too much data. Whatever, I'm not the only one to have problems with a quest2, and not the only one to have garmin replace the device. At the Franco/Belgian Rally was one such, who remarked that the new one was OK, but had an american accent, and pronounced "route" as rowt instead of root. As it should be.....
What that man needs to do is via MENU, go to System setup, and change the language to British English. Then, I think, he'll get posh Gertie back again.
The anonimity isn't because i think he's on a witness protection scheme, but because I've forgotten his name.......
 
#2
Mine was doing the same then tried to set fire to the mount. It to was replaced by garmin and when it started doing it again it went in the bin.
John Appletons was doing the same on our trip to Italy so it spent the rest of the trip in the tank bag. Not happy with this it then jumped ship never to be seen again:D

We now both use the Garmin Zumo as it is the dogs brown things :p

Russ
 
#4
Gps.

But Graham, you only go as far as the end of the drive :D

Let's get this thread going. What GPS do you use, how good is it, does it do everything that you want it to do and if not what more do you want from it.

To start things off I have just bought a Garmin Zumo, a nice bit of kit but the one thing that I miss is that it does not show the time on the main display.

This has got to beat talking about an over priced PR15 that has just sold on ebay :D

Russ
 

Pete Appleton

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#5
More on GPS

It seems that at every rally lately there are huddles of people standing around ignoring the bikes and comparing their gps sets.. Well here goes.

Quest - If it locks up you can force it to do a reboot by holding two buttons, I forget which two but see the web site. Personally I think that next time it plays up you should boot it over the nearest hedge.

Tom Tom- I bought a Tom Tom rider1 when they first came out just over ayear ago. It cost an arm and a leg but was the only dedicated motorcycle sat nav around. Within a month it failed and went back to Tom-Tom for repair. After they had had it for 6 weeks I got 'Very Excited' with customer service and they sent me a new one.
The rider 1 works well but the mounting bracket is rubbish, the power pins erode the contacts on the back of the unit after only 1000 miles and it fails to charge properly (it does this on Jap bikes as well). The last time it did this was on the way to the French rally when it worked fine all the way to Dover ( I knew the way anyway) but packed up as we left the ferry in Callais- Bugger. Tom-Tom now say that the rider 2 is improved and I should throw my 1 year old system away and buy the replacement from them... Ha!

Garmin Zumo - I have just bought one of these and 'though I try not to agree with the member from the Welsh section of the Honda owners club:D he is quite right they are brilliant.

Pete
 
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Comet Rider

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#6
What do you use

I've used TomTom in the past, never again!

I'm currently using an older Garmin (2610) which works great (now I've sorted out the ignition interferance) It's waterproof, easy to hear, and easy to use on the move. As my esteemed coleague in Wales has stated the new Zumo is the dog's dangly bits.

The problem with the TT rider (now corrected with the rider2) was that you could not easily transfer it between car and bike, wheras Garmin thought about this from day 1.

Neil
 

Graham Smith

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#7
TomTom Rider

I've got a TomTom Rider (V1 I think) and it's a doddle to transfer between car and bike.

It's got a bracket that goes in the car - although I must confess, I don't actually look at the screen much, I just follow the voice instructions. Hence, sometimes, I don't even bother with the bracket, I just put the TomTom on the passenger seat and it still finds a signal without any bother.
 

Comet Rider

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#8
TomTom rider 1

Graham,
The problem with the rider 1 was that it only had the facility for bluetooth audio, so you needed a b/tooth headset for the bike, and 1 for the car.

The Zumo has the option of either b/tooth or hard wired headset.
The new rider 2 does support multi output audio.

But as allways each to their own...:D
 

Graham Smith

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#9
Aaah, but we've got a bluetooth carphone kit, so the carphone kit just sees the TomTom as another bluetooth device.

All you need to do is 'pair' the TomTom Rider and the carphone kit together, then every time the TomTom needs to speak directions, it just connects to the carphone kit and Bob's your uncle, Charlie's your aunt! Once it's finished speaking, it drops the connection, so you can still receive calls from your mobile!

Mind you, as Russell says, I only ever go to the top of the drive with it!
 

Tom Gaynor

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#10
GPS and matters arising

The convention on jtan is that even if you have an odd email address (as i do: my name wasn't as rare as i thought) then you put your actual name at the bottom of the email. Then everyone knows, or will learn, who they are conversing with. Friendships have been made that way. Easier still is to use your name as your handle. Or maybe I'm confusing my handle with my atavar, apparently an imaginary person that I would prefer to be (half Clint Eastwood, half Mike Hailwood, works ride with Ducati and having an affair with Penelope Cruz? Twist my arm.....).
I bring this up because when I made the remark about the unknown quest2 owner being on a witness protection scheme, I WAS JOKING. I didn't expect that everyone who subsequently responded would also be hiding behind an alias.

Russell is specifically cleared of this charge. If he is on a witness protection program, I respectfully (sic) submit that Vinparts isn't much of an alias. Even the Taffia might figure that one out......
 

Comet Rider

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#11
GPS optional

Tom,
I'm Neil
Black Shadow is Graham our esteemed ed'

But coming back to GPS.
Garmin have always thought that a GPS unit should be used where ever the user wanted. Whereas TomTom always specialised, with each unit being targeted to a specific use. TT realised that this was putting off potential buyers (see their forums) and realised the error of their ways.

The quest was and is a good unit, that for it's day, but as with all technology was eventually sperceeded, just think about modern PC's and Bill Gates's Windows operating system:mad:

Neil
 

overthehill

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#12
Tom,
I was once warned by a policeman, when using public forums such as these (bike related) that it was better to keep some anonymity as they can be used to track down addresses where there is a good chance that a nice bike is tucked away in the garage. This was used a few years back when a spate of off-road bike thefts had a common link in that they all put their names and locations on a web forum.
This forum is a wonderful resource and i will always identify myself to any VOC member who PMs me but i am always a bit wary about giving too much away publicly.
Mark
 

macvette

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#13
Quest

I have a Quest 1. I used it on my Ducati and its currently on my Triumph Sprint ST. I've had no problems with it and used it in Spain ,Portugal and Belgium although when I go abroad, I load the specific map set for the region I'm going to. I use a Ram mount. I bought the GPS from Ebay for peanuts and have had it 2 yrs now in all weathers.
 

vince998

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#14
ERR,i´ve got a map!!:rolleyes:
Doesn´t need charging,doesn´t corrode its terminals,doesn´t need rebootin,bit of clingfilm and it´s waterproof.
Maybe i don´t get out much:(
 

Albervin

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#15
I have had a TomTom Rider for about 10 months. It was withdrawn from the market shortly after & I was worried. It has now been on my Vincent, BMW & 1926 Douglas. Also in my car. It is so easy to use, re-plans routes when I ignore it AND is still working. It talks to my phone & came with a bluetooth connector that merely connected to the headphones in my helmet. I now have a GPS, iPod & pilot to passenger intercom system. Then there are the days when you only want to hear a 998 cc engine !
Alyn
 

Robert Watson

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#16
My offspring bought me a Tom Tom rider for Christmas last year, for our Australia trip. (Well in fact as these things go they made the downpayment and you know who footed the rest of it!) I don't use the blue tooth but just read the screen. I found it excellent --- most of the time, and then junk now and then. It would just pick the wrong moment to turn itself off, and turn on again just as you go past your turn off. Somehow I didn't need it to cross the Nullarbor. It did lead me very nicely through Melbourne to the Tasmania ferry terminal, and other places where I had to travel through cities. Eventually the mount broke, and after several finally 'out of patience' phone calls to TT they sent a new cradle at no charge, then sent a new mount which only cost the courier charge (which I didn't need). They lead me through upgrading the software (not the map) which is suppposed to stop the start/stop cycling when it moentarily looses power. I did buy a new N A Map which I will try out starting next week driving from Ottawa to the N A Rally. Glen Breaks (local S O bought a TT Rider 2 in the UK and from his email note says it has been excellent navigating a EU newbie through UK traffic! We'll see if he still like it when he gats back in a few days.

Robert
 

captain vincent

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#17
What,s a "Garim"?,is this a distant cousin of a Gremlin?.A recently departed Vincent Owner who,s last request was to be sent to meet his maker with his Tom Tom rider nailed inside his box caused uproar at the crematorium when a muffled voice was heard during the service "You have now reached your final destination".
Does anybody make a chronicmetric gps to keep things more asthetic?

Regards

El Capitano.
 

Rapide998

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#18
Like Vinceninenintynine up there... I prefer the "real way" :) More fun trying to figure out where you are that way, or just follow the sign posts. :rolleyes::D
I run 6v anyway so I'm buggurt for fancy hings on my Vinny.:p
 
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