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Paulie's Deluxe Dashboard II

I was loitering around in Fry's on Labor Day, really not wanting to buy anything silly, when I happened upon this baby for $199. MyGuide 3000 GPS (same as MyGuide 3050 which is for the American market), today only. It's exceedingly cute, comes bundled with really nice iGO software, is an MP3 player, digi-picture slide show, movie player, blah blah and has a first rate suction cup!



All I needed was a dashboard attachment device. Aside from some cuttin', bendin', drillin' and tapin', there ain't nothin' to it. The GPS unit has a molded in captive nut in the back just like the bottom of a 35mm camera - really nice thinking on their part. I bent and drilled some aluminum bar stock, tapped the existing holes in the clipon castings with an M8 tap, screwed in some beautiful M8 stainless socket head cap screws and rubber mounted the GPS to the bracket with one bolt through a silicone grommet into the GPS body. I love simple and man it's factory lookin'.











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Paul. '04 R1100S w/Íhlins an' stuff, '09 Buell 1125cr, '08 Suzi SV650A, '00 Suzi SV650, '97 328i (with sticky ass tires - I love this car even though its just a car). And the bikes I used to own: '68 Bultaco 100, '69 Honda CL450, '71 Kawasaki Mach III, '71 OSSA Pioneer, '72 Honda MR175, '72 Benelli 250, '75 Yamaha RD350 (then college), '83 Honda VF750F (then kids),'96 MZ Skorpion, '99 R1100S, '01 SV650 and '94 Honda VFR750F - most wrecked.

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Nice fab work! Very slick.

You'll have to give us a quick review of the unit once you've had a chance to try it out
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Tasty. Very tasty.

Roll your own.

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...looks to be pre-set for the european market, Paul... is yours equipped with maps of the US?
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...sweet mount P! ...how does the lil unit hold up to weather and/or vibration though? is it solid state or hard drive based?
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It came with a 1GIG SD card (non-copy-able, non-backup-able which sucks) containing the GPS app. and all US states. You can download, for free, Canada, AK and HI. No moving parts 'cept the buttons. It's not water resistant, but it'll fit inside a small ziplock sando bag and keep runnin'. Also, the audio directions are really good and progressive, "turn left in 1000ft, turn left in 300ft, take second left" kinda stuff and it's got the SIRF III, very sensitive, chipset so it works from the dry safety of the inside the tankbag and "Jason" still announces the route. Even works inside my house sometimes.

Big shortcomings so far:
I can't save routes and vias for future use out of the box. I hacked the init sequence and the menus to allow access to a file manager so I can now copy and save routes. It works ok as hacked.

The SD card is full so I have to pull it out and put another in to play music. Still works ok.

I'm looking for a thumb screw so I can remove it easily if it rains or if I want to leave the bike parked somewhere with miscreants about. It'll work fine when I find the thumb screw.

The screen is very hard to read in direct sunlight but I try to not look at it when I ride anyway, just listen to the announced directions. I think the display is as good as any GPS I've seen 'cept the really, really bright ones.

Good stuff:

It has a standard 3.5mm stereo audio out jack that defeats the internal stereo speakers and routes the audio through the cable. It's nice and loud in the helmet headphones - no additional amplifier required. When listening to music, some interference comes through the audio from the bike's charging system that reduces audio quality (this is true of every direct wired MP3 player I've tried). They need to filter the noise on these devices.

It runs off of straight 12V so just splice it in somewhere convenient - really nice not to need a transformer or cigarette lighter plug. Really nice.

I've been banging this thing all around and it's quite durable and the more I use the software the more I like it.

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