Navigation items for motorcyclists have had a nasty rap through the years, typically deservedly so. A couple of rider has instructed me they merely aren’t well worth the hassle, and with smartphone apps providing plenty of the important performance of a GPS machine, their reputation has waned additional.
So let me begin this evaluate with a suggestion you don’t purchase a Garmin XT2 (or some other devoted GPS navigator) if all you need it to do is let you know the quickest solution to your Tinder date’s home. Simply use your telephone, mounted securely to your bike.
Nonetheless, for touring riders, for adventurers, for teams and for anybody wanting to trace their experience, document their experience and discover a higher approach between factors A and B, an excellent navigator is the way in which to go — and the Garmin XT2 might be one of the best unit obtainable at this time.
It will need to be with an RRP of $999, however its performance is such that I don’t contemplate that unhealthy worth for cash in the event you get the use out of it. My expertise up to now (and this text simply scrapes the floor of the unit’s options — I’m planning extra articles on navigation and a extra detailed evaluate sooner or later) is the XT2 is a bit like shopping for a brand new smartphone. There’s a lot extra it might probably do than you first realise.
One factor I actually like is the XT2 can work together together with your telephone, so that you not must have it mounted on handlebars the place it’s uncovered to the climate, vibration and is very uncovered within the occasion of even a minor spill. For me that’s almost a two grand unit with only a case offering safety.
The XT2 has a rugged construct and it’s designed for use on handlebars, plus it might probably play music/take calls out of your telephone by your helmet headset along with giving turn-by- flip instructions. The display is massive, brilliant and simple to learn, with the roads on the map views being simpler to observe than a telephone’s maps, plus the unit reveals you the pace restrict and your GPS-measured pace.
However most significantly, it’s strain delicate so it’ll work with any gloves. Telephones want a conductive connection, which is why you want particular gloves… and being designed for bike use, the Garmin is anticipating a fats (gloved) finger relatively than pores and skin.
Nonetheless, the largest purpose for having a devoted GPS is route planning. Not solely are you able to now obtain plenty of routes in GPX format and cargo them into your XT2, the Garmin software program can plan adventurous routing, taking you on winding roads, scenic journeys, and all with 4 completely different ranges of issue.
Ever had a telephone app resolve there’s a greater route you ought to be taking as a result of it’ll save three minutes? I’ve, many occasions, regardless of desirous to go the “longer”approach as a result of, nicely,
I really wasn’t wanting to chop my experience brief, I used to be desirous to take the higher street. In the event you’ve locked in a route, a devoted GPS gained’t try this.
I’ve additionally had issues with telephones not desirous to get again to navigating as anticipated after a break the place you’ve used your telephone for different issues like taking footage or checking different route choices. A GPS unit’s major operate is to navigate.
Past the fundamentals, the XT2 may be built-in into group rides and let you know the place the opposite members of your group are, you possibly can swap from commonplace to topographic to satellite tv for pc maps, see widespread bike routes, and use the visible route planner to get an concept of what’s alongside the route you’re planning.
In the event you’re severe about touring and need to get away from probably the most direct and well- identified roads, good maps may be superior… however programming the route into an excellent GPS unit will prevent heaps of time on the street. After I take into consideration the time misplaced through the years to unhealthy navigation — and even sitting on a nook questioning if I ought to be going left or proper — it makes the Garmin XT2 appear to be a cut price.
In the event you’ve acquired an expertise, remark, navigation tip or catastrophe story you’d wish to share, ship it to letters to the editor and I’ll attempt to embrace them in a future article on navigation.
BY: NIGEL PATERSON