Driving and riding SAFETY should always be the top priority for anyone on the road! I do NOT advocate adding any accessories or technology to your car or motorcycle if you are inexperienced, unsure or unsafe about usage! (I may be out on the road with you. )
I've been wanting a navigation system for my motorcycle. This summer I will be planning some longer road trips and having GPS to help guide me turn-by-turn will come in handy. I could pick up a dedicated GPS nav system for $300 - $500, plus the mount for my motorcycle. I also like listening to music on long rides so I need an iPod or other device to store and manage my favorite tunes. Instead of buying a bunch of gadgets I decided to mount my LG GPadF 7.0 tablet, load up the apps, sync my music, and hit the road.
I purchased a Ram Mount mounting system for my bike and opted for the "phablet" size mount, which is good for larger phones and small tablets. I mounted the tablet to my handlebars where it would not interfere with any controls, alerts, lights or speedometer view. I set my screen brightness to maximum and use the Waze app, which keeps my screen active while the app is in use and gives me a digital speedometer read-out based on GPS signal and satellite tracking (which also helps me know my bike speedo is a little off from true speed).
Close-up of the mount:
You can clearly see my tablet mounted, but once I re-install my fairing you won't see it and it won't "catch" bugs.
View of the tablet from the riding position:
Tablet up close, view of the Waze app. It was a bright sunny day, thus my reflection on the screen, but I had no problems seeing the screen thanks to Waze's high-contrast color scheme.
I was pretty impressed with how the tablet performed scooting around the KC metro area. My LG G Pad F gets LTE signal everywhere I go, which keeps the Waze app up to date on real-time traffic snarls, construction and road problems. Next I will re-install my fairing, which will shade the tablet from direct sunlight and allow me to connect the G Pad F to my motorcycle's Infinity sound system!
All in all, the G Pad F makes for a great info-tainment system and fabulous riding partner at a can't-be-beat price! It will be with me on all my road trips this summer.
Ride safe everyone! Until next time,
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