Considering buying a sat nav for your motorcycle? A GPS system is a good investment if you want to ride without getting lost or finding new roads.
The price of motorcycle sat navs is relatively low, with some models under $100, so it won’t break your budget. This article covers the best motorcycle sat navs out of the many available models.
There’s nothing to dislike, quite simply the best Garmin SatNav for a motorcycle. You’ll also find it one of the best sat navs for Europe since it has preloaded topographic maps and global BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, so you always have the ideal map for your ride. Well done, Garmin.
What we like
Built for bikes: it has a compact 5.5-inch ultrabright and rain-resistant display.
Different maps: You can get additional birds-eye view maps that can be downloaded free of charge.
Adventure routing: Garmin will find curvy or hilly roads for a fun riding experience if you’re just going for a ride.
With a satnav app for your smartphone, you can get virtually all the features of this unit for a fraction of the price, and with a typical car satnav, you can get the same experience for less than half its price! Despite this, I still purchased one!
Firstly, you can’t waterproof mobile phones/car satnavs, so you have to put them in bags, etc. You then have to consider how to power them up safely, even when raining. That’s why getting a product designed for the task is ideal for this purpose.
You’ll also find the mounting usually can be fitted into the middle of my upper steering yoke. You can also run a cable easily, connect it to a spare port on a 5 port relay that is ignition activated, and then route the cable under my tank.
Can you use your phone as a GPS on a motorbike?
An iPhone or Android phone will function as a GPS for most people. As described above, you only need a solid mount and a power source. However, you lose the additional features of a product designed to be on a motorcycle, like the weatherproofing and a brighter screen to see in daylight. Here’s how to make an effective GPS replacement for your bike or motorcycle for less than $100.
Is Waze good on a motorcycle?
Waze, a sat nav app owned by Google, has added a new motorcycle mode to the app, which has been tweaked for two-wheeled riders in the UK. The update has improved arrival times that differ from those of cars and added routing on roads where vehicles are prohibited. And it’s free!
How do you get motorcycle routes on Waze?
It has never been easier to ride your bike on the open road. Enjoy more accurate arrival times, motorcycle-friendly routes, and the wind in your face as you avoid traffic, hazards, and more when you update your Waze app in Settings > Navigation > Vehicle Type > Motorcycle.
How does Google Maps know I was riding a motorcycle?
In complex technologies like the one employed by Google, gyro sensors in your smartphone are used to detect whether you’re on a motorcycle by comparing your “rotation” to that of a car, especially when combined with an accelerometer.
Garmin vs TomTom
We will quickly cover the topic, but we have an entire article on Garmin vs TomTom. You’ll find these two brands are the top brands in the industry so often get compared. Both come with lifetime updates and easy to view maps.
They vary in price for both brands depending on the features of each model, but you’ll find the pricing to be very similar.
You’ll find it responsive and even works when you have your thick winter gloves on. Other excellent features are the route sharing and speed camera warning, which is a must if you travel on new roads. Overall it’s a great product from TomTom.
What we like
More hills and more thrills: Enjoy all the corners, hills, and thrills you can handle with TomTom’s Rider Motorcycle Sat Nav! You can search, create, or import routes, then start riding.
Weather-proof build: The IPX7-certified weatherproof design and capacitive touchscreen allow you to operate it even when wearing gloves.
Quad-core processor: A quad-core processor runs commands simultaneously, doubling your GPS Sat Nav’s processing speed and increasing its start-up speed by five times.
There are plenty of cool features like customisable warnings. There are good mounts that come with it, and it’s easy to take on and off the bike. It seems pretty sturdy, and it fits into a pocket easily.
What we like
Map updates: Built-in Wi-Fi for easy map and software updates without a computer.
Music settings: Easily access music and playlists from your smartphone, with convenient control from the zūmo display.
Weatherproof: 4.3″ sun-readable display; resistant to fuel vapours, UV rays, and harsh weather.
What we like
World lifetime maps: Connect your TomTom GO to your Wi-Fi network to access free updates every season for the life of your device.
Lifetime TomTom traffic: TomTom GO can intelligently plan routes around traffic based on accurate traffic information.
Updates Via Wi-Fi: Update your TomTom VIA via the built-in Wi-Fi; no computer required.
Like the others on the list, it’s a touch screen device so you can quickly set destinations without a stylus. It’s a great alternative to TomTom and Garmin, which comes with a lifetime warranty and 90 day money-back guarantee.
What we like
Navigation features: Features Postcodes, Address, Coordinates & POI, Active Driver Alerts, Street name Broadcasting, Lane Guidance, Estimated Arrival Time, Current Speed, Intelligent Route Planning with Fast or Economical Routes, and much more.
UK Brand: Navpal is a 100% British brand with 24/7 customer support in English via phone or email, understanding our customers’ needs and issues with language barriers.
What’s included: NAVPAL Sat Nav, Vehicle Charger, Sat Nav Holder, USB Cable, LIFETIME Replacement Warranty + 90 Day Money Back Guarantee, 100% Satisfaction or Your Money Back.
You’ll find all the picks to do the job of getting you from A to B. However, the Garmin Zumo XT is our top pick because of the bright display and map features. Either way, the choice is yours, and you’ll find most picks will do the job.
Enjoy the long rides with your new nav!