Should I buy the GPS option for my base Challenger? I have a friend who has a Harley ultra glide with a GPS that is total crap. My experience on my previous bike has been using my phone using Google maps. Any input or suggestions are appreciated. Thanks
Personally I don't like using my phone. There have been too many times I have been out of cell service and my phone wont load my map. I prefer using my Garman for that reason. That and if it would happen to fall out of the holder while going down the road, I wouldn't feel as bad. I use it on my low end bike, the RM has the Ride Command which is OK.
I've used the GPS each time I've ridden and it seems to function very well. When gas is low it prompts me to choose the nearest gas stations. I would say it works as well as my Garmin on my other ride. There aren't any directions on how to use it, but you really don't need any. I've set up rides on my computer and they transferred into my Ride Command app, and then to the bike. Like most GPS it makes me put in too many waypoints to get my route right, but it works. The traffic and weather overlays are also nice and they are free for two years. No one seems to know what happens after two years though.
On the other hand, Apple Car Play may be coming to the Ride Command sometime. The directions that came with the Garage Door Opener Kit shows on page six how to add the Homelink Widget, and you can see an Apple Car Play Widget. I'm not sure how they will get people to pay for the weather/traffic service later, but as already mentioned, cell phones loose reception in some of the areas I ride, but my GPS has never lost it's satellite.
I use mine all the time. Easy to read. Talks to me. Huge screen for my aging eyes. I have a Garmin Zumo ive used in my last 2 bikes and I have trouble seeing it, and I have to disconnect e t it everytime I stop to eat or shop. That was one of the major selling points I. Getting a new Indian. I was looking at a 2019 Cheiftain LTD with a stage 3 kit or the Challenger. I bought cfc the Challenger. I liked the power (couldn't a totally test ride a fully modified Chieftain) and I prefer the angle of the Ride Command o. The Challenger. More angled.