March 16, 2008 at 6:59 pm #58581
I’m debating different options for XM radio, one of which is keeping my current gps set-up and adding an XM reveiver. I’ve only done a cursory search, but there don’t appear to be any water-resistant or waterproof receiver units. Is that true? I know some folks have theirs inside their tank bag, cover it with a ziploc, or mount it inside a small Pelican case; I’m looking for more alternatives.
BohdanMarch 16, 2008 at 6:59 pm #60460
Have you considered a GPS with XM capabilities? The Garmin units are pretty weather resistant.March 16, 2008 at 6:59 pm #60461
Yeah, I’m considering the zumo or, more likely, the 478. But I’m not exactly thrilled with the limitations either one presents; I want the best of both worlds.
I guess I was hoping to find an interim solution to “tide me over” until I decide to cough up the $$$ for a newer gps.
BohdanMarch 16, 2008 at 6:59 pm #60958
I have a (now) old 2730 Street Pilot on “Inga” It is mounted on a locked Touratech mount; has been in HEAVY rain many times……nary a problem with nav or XM tunes:DMarch 16, 2008 at 6:59 pm #61023
Hello, I’m not really sure there is a water resistant XM receiver. My XM receiver is the Helix model. It’s transportable and used on my bicycle, motorrads, car (I have an external antenna even though I do not need it), and in my home.
For home, I have the anntenna booster so I can use it on all floors.
What I did for the motorrads is either carry it in my pocket or put it in my tank bag’s clear map pocket when the weather is bad. If it is raining, I put the plastic tank bag covers over whichever motorrad I am on.
I did purchase a marine anntennae that I was going to mount on one of the bikes but I don’t really need it.
In short, I highly recommend the Helix version that is transportable. You can use it anywhere.
Hope this helps!
Randy KasalMarch 16, 2008 at 6:59 pm #61056
I use the Garmin GPSMap 478 with the GXM-30 antenna on nearly all of my bikes. I set it up with a Ram ball mount and have prewired each bike with a stereo plug for audio and a power plug. Garmin states their stuff will last under I think three feet of water for some period of time. By then the engine will be full of water.
I have the NexRad weather radar service enabled (only available on marine units which both the 378 & 478 are and that leaves the Zumo 550 out of that access) and that has kept me out of hail several times in Colorado and Wyoming. I have been throughly soaked in thunder storms and the unit never complained.
YMMVMarch 16, 2008 at 6:59 pm #61689
Pelican Cases and others now offer a series of plastic boxes with clear covers and pressure sensitive covers so you can use “non waterproof” electronic units on motorcycles.
A Google search should turn up some gems……….
A few years ago, before I bought a Garmin 2730 with included XM, I used a simple Pelican case with a black cover. I left it open unless it was raining and it was out of sight when the bike was parked.
[IMG]http://images18.fotki.com/v16/photos/3/36012/1277755/Dsc_0004-vi.jpg[/IMG]March 16, 2008 at 6:59 pm #62212
I have a Bushnell Onix 400 that I purchased on Woot for $100.00. I will sell it for $75.00 shipped.
From the Bushnell Website;
[I]This Bushnell ONIX 400 GPS also has an integrated XM receiver, and sports a 3.5-inch full color LCD display that offers a 320 x 200 pixel resolution. It is also waterproof to IPX7 standards.
It is WAAS enabled and comes with built-in base maps of North America. Other features include a battery life of up to 30 hours, SafeTrack battery conservation mode and a digital compass[/I]March 16, 2008 at 6:59 pm #62356
I too could not find water proof XM, so I used the cheep XM reciever they sent me for free for not canceling XM when I traded my last car. It turns out you can buy it for $29 and it works fine. It has one big knob (not a bunch of tiny buttons) that you can work with gloves on too. I bought a motorcycle antenna which I mounted on my hand guard and just placed the cheapie XM on top of my tank bag. In mist and light rain I leave it there. In heavy rain I put it in the tank bag. 11k miles this year so far so good. If it dies I just get another.
ps I came to the same conclusion with GPS. I got a Garmin 1490 with large 5 inch touch screen which work well( well ok) with gloves on a RAM mount. It stays dry behind my Aeroflow in mist and light rain. When in rains hard I unplug it and put it in the tank bag.
Factory recondition unit $200. If it dies I’ll get another.March 16, 2008 at 6:59 pm #62534
XM Satellite radio entertainment including XM sports…. with Safe-track battery conservation mode.March 16, 2008 at 6:59 pm #62551
Not technically, but as far as the bank balance goes yes Water powered cars save gas week in, week out with metronomic regularity. Be serious..March 16, 2008 at 6:59 pm #62889
Water proof reciever, I haven’t heard that man. I don’t think this type of technology developed.March 16, 2008 at 6:59 pm #62896
I haven’t heard about this type receiver before so tell me how can using it be beneficial?March 16, 2008 at 6:59 pm #62897
[QUOTE=ReinaleaMerrill »]Not technically, but as far as the bank balance goes yes Water powered cars save gas week in, week out with metronomic regularity. Be serious..[/QUOTE]
Water powered cars? How about water powered bikes:
[img]http://snafu.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/misc/i-gXGMQtn/0/O/p-11281-3586.jpg[/img]March 16, 2008 at 6:59 pm #63014
A single bike and so much gaze-ts. while riding these gaze-ts provide better control.
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