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post #41 of 45
I'm looking to accomplish two things:

1) Mount the iPhone on a Bike WITH power... To keep the example simple, assume I just want to use it for GPS / Turn by Turn.

2) Edit Routes on a PC, where I can really get specific so TomTom (or similar app) will take the exact route I want, not just use its own algorithm to go between two places.

Ideally, I'd edit routes in Google Maps, or Trace Your Route Everywhere, which works with all standalone TomToms.

However, if I need other tools or apps, I'm fine with that. I just don't want to edit detailed routes with lots of turns in an iPhone. A PC is MUCH easier.

Anyway, if someone can provide details on mounting with power (where to get mounts, how to wire, etc...) and / or the map import problem, I'd sure be grateful.

Thanks!

Eric.
post #42 of 45
Hi Eric,

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Originally Posted by eric_burcham View Post

1) Mount the iPhone on a Bike WITH power... To keep the example simple, assume I just want to use it for GPS / Turn by Turn.

Depends on the bike. What do you have?

Pashnit has several Powerlet and direct-battery adapters for the iPhone and iPod touch, multiple models: http://bit.ly/d0NxdZ

Here's another option for a Ducati with a DIY approach: http://bit.ly/cpL6ET

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2) Edit Routes on a PC, where I can really get specific so TomTom (or similar app) will take the exact route I want, not just use its own algorithm to go between two places.

Generally speaking, TomTom devices aren't as good at tracks as they are at routes when compared with other dedicated GPS devices. They appear to be continuing their trend with the iPhone app. The off-road focused GPSes (e.g. the Garmin 60Cx, but there are loads of others) are better at following specific tracks since it's less likely the computer will be able to interpolate a route on a dirt/goat path. Tracks usually imply less auto-routing between the marked points along the way.

If you're interested in an iPhone app that follows the path more directly, consider Motion-X GPS (not the -Drive version).

Daniel

Daniel Pifko
Founder & CEO
Greatest Road Software

Greatest Road iPhone/iPod touch app for motorcyclists - find the best roads based on recommendations from other bikers
Check it out at http://greatestroad.com
post #43 of 45
I ride a 2005 GSX-R750 and wear an Element Fastrack helmet (http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...tooth%20Helmet). It makes it really easy because everything is built right into the earpieces and the mouthpiece... PLUS - a helmet should be worn when riding anywhere anyway!

The helmet allows me to connect to my iphone when I'm riding and allows any functionality you would expect from any other bluetooth device. I don't wear this helmet on a daily basis, I do believe there is a time to talk and a time to ride but it's very nice to have for longer trips to listen to music, etc...

Anyway, just thought I would get my two cents in.
post #44 of 45
I am sitting here wondering why someone would love an iphone and then trash it because you cant talk while driving, wow! How much can a person hear over the noise of a Harley anyway? Its not like you are riding so long that your life could change because you couldn't receive a phone call.
post #45 of 45
This is what happened when the Motorcycle mount opened while I was riding at high speed.[/SIZE]



http://www.flickr.com/photos/45759533@N02/5085309926/

I think I will never use the Iphone4 again in my Motorcycle. At least in the mount ...
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