View Full Version : PPC Bike setup

25th September 2005, 09:04 AM
I thought I would post what I use to navigate through the bush. Whilst going to Melbourne Map center to by some paper rooftop maps a guy showed up with a box of disks which just happened to be rooftop on CDs so I thought I would by a few. After getting them home I seen that they can be used with oziexplorer software I loaded the trial version and thought omg this could be awesome. I already have a PPC which work supplied so I started to look at which GPS unit to buy to drive this. After a while this is the setup I ended up with.

http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/1785/10000692jk.th.jpg (http://img84.imageshack.us/my.php?image=10000692jk.jpg)

http://img354.imageshack.us/img354/5130/10000705oq.th.jpg (http://img354.imageshack.us/my.php?image=10000705oq.jpg)

http://img364.imageshack.us/img364/4310/ppc0028ni.th.jpg (http://img364.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ppc0028ni.jpg)

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I made the aliminium case for my BT GPS at work (well helped one of my employees make it). It is rubber mounted to the handlebar clamps and is o-ring sealed with a clear perspex lid. It is just the right depth so it holds the GPS safe and sound. I still need to finsh it off a little better but I am already designing my next case so I don't know how much more time I will spend on it.

I bought a "Rugged Case" off ebay for a steal (Brand new in the box for $35) That keeps the PPC safe whilst it is in my bumb bag while I ride.

I am use a Compaq 3970 with inbuilt Bluetooth with a expansion pack on it so I can use a 1800 mAh extended battery. This allows me to ride all day (8.00am to 5:00pm) without changing battery. I also cary a battery adaptor that takes 4 AA batteries so I can recharge if I go any futher. I have a 1gig SD memory card in it aswell for maps and MP3's that I listen to on the way to our ride. Oh and for the frequent Husband Points I put Destinator on it for the wife so she can't get lost anymore
The gps I have is HERE (http://www.aktronix.com/product.asp?P_ID=129). I got it on ebay for $150 but I bought another one for my boss (which now has a similar setup for his boat) for $100

I have gone riding with people that have been riding for years and they love this setup. Other people that come and have GPS units on there handlebars usually take them off and leave it in the car after looking at it. I find it to be a very powerful tool and I couldn't live without it in the bush.


26th September 2005, 01:13 PM
see my setup with PPC and Meridian GPS on my KTM 640 here


26th September 2005, 02:14 PM
I would love to have my PPC mounted the same but I wouldn't last very long if I had a spill then I would have to explain to my work how I broke there PPC :)

Thanks for posting your setup Trevor_S


28th September 2005, 12:09 AM
good work looks like it sohuld keep you outta trouble

7th April 2006, 09:33 AM
I have recently purchased my first GPS, a Garmin Geko 201.
126 bucks (handy if I destroy it in a stack, not a GREAT amount to lose considering) second hand from a couple in Sydney and a very basic unit.
Perfect for me in that all I wish to do is be able to track my way back if need be. Anything worth recording can then be added to VICMAP or any other topos by pencil if it doesnt already exist.
I just have to remember to carry a couple of spare sets of triple A batteries if I go over the 12 hour mark :)
They also threw in a home made but good quality handlebar mount which is solid as a rock, built from aluminium, stainless and perspex.
It fits snuggly into the mount and is held firm by a layer of foam.

All I have to do now is figure out how to use it :cool:

21st July 2009, 08:38 PM
I've been running a Garmin GPSMAP 76 on the oem handlebar mount, the unit is waterproof (to 1m) and was never missed a beat even in the pooring rain.

It is an oldy and has too many limitation so i have upgraded to a pda, gps phone thingy and need some ideas on how to best mount & protect it.

I remember bumping onto a sight that sold hardcases for HP PDA type devices but need something that's more built for a smartphone, Mio a702 to be exact.

Anyone have one of these or knows of something that would be good for a housing?????

22nd July 2009, 01:02 AM
Otter boxes? we can supply them