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Hands on - Garmin Nuvi 760 GPS

I have been using the Nuvi 760 for awhile now and it is a very easy to use item for touring.

Personally traveling the Australian countryside I can get by fine without GPS navigation however I have found it comes in handy when zig zagging on back roads that are not always clearly signposted. In towns I liked having the unit show me turns in advance as some of the signage can be difficult to read. Lastly the ETA to destination lets me plan how long I would stop at sights along the way so to still arrive before sunset. This feature is a bit hit and miss and I find you need to add at least 30 minutes to the ETA provided by the 760 on country road journeys but in the city it is more accurate.

Depite not being a motorcycle specific model the touch screen is easy to operate even with gloves. There is many waterproof cases for GPS's on bikes or you can put in the map window of your tank bag so there is no need to have to buy a Zumo motorcycle unit at 3 times the price

Of course this is navigating using the screen only not voice prompts - I only ride with ear plugs and if you still ride with out plugs then realise the wind noise inside all helmets at highway speeds will cause permanent hearing damage without hearing protection. It is possible to pair a bluetooth speaker inside a helmet or have a cord speaker plugged in but I cannot think of a situation where I would need verbal as well as visual guidance to turn left or right but each to their own.

The battery life is claimed to be 5 to 8 hours but in fact it is 45 minutes to 1 hour maximum. You can power the device from you bike or use a rechargeable external battery pack. I prefer the battery pack, I got one from ebay cheap and using a two wire power only usb cable simply plug the pack into the 760 and easy run it all day. This system means I can use the device on rental bikes very simply but if just on my own bike then yes very easy to use the mount provided and hey you can just put a plastic zip lock bag over the unit in rain if you want to not have it in a case.

I will update my experiences more later in the blog. Using this with user defined routes is the main reason I got the device for overseas travel and that process I will talk about in depth in a later post.


  1. Interesting.!! I seems that you really enjoyed using the Garmin Nuvi 760 GPS navigator. I too got a similar one from Best Buy.

  2. Great blog.

    I own both the Nuvi 660 and the 760, I'm writing this review for people having trouble deciding between the two as the price difference between the two products at the time of this review is about 100 dollars. I'm not going to focus on the feature differences, as that information can be easily obtained from specifications and online reviews. The 660 was a fine product back in 2005-2006, but the new 760 outdoes the 660 in practically everything, but there are some key usability fixes that make the 760 a better buy for the frequent user.

    1. 760 has much better fonts for street names than the 660. This may seem like a trivial update to some, but the 760's fonts greatly improve visibility. The 660 uses all capitalized text for street names on the map, and the font is incredibly cartoonish and unaligned, something like the scribbling Comic Sans font on the PC. The 760 uses your standard Verdana-like font with street names in capitalized and lowercase letters. The fonts on the 760 are smaller, cleaner and surprisingly much easier to read while driving. The maps end up looking professional, and not some cartoony children's video game.

    2. 760 has better rendering in 3D map mode than the 660. In the 660 when you are zoomed in under 3D map mode, the roads close to your car are displayed incredibly large, so large that they run into other roads, making the zoom function essentially kind of useless for dense roads. The 760 does not oversize your roads just because you zoomed in to view smaller roads in detail. This fix is very nice for those who drive in places with dense roadways, like New York City.

    3. No antenna on the 760 makes hooking up your Nuvi to the cradle one step easier. On the 660 you need to flip up the antenna before attaching the cradle. For people who park their cars on the street overnight, removing the GPS from the cradle for storage in the console or glove compartment is a must, and it's a lot easier hooking up the 760 to the cradle than the 660. It's hard to aim the 660 to its cradle in the dark as you have to align both the bottom edge and the charge port under the antenna. In the 760, the charge port is directly on the bottom of the unit; you can attach it to the cradle with one hand in the dark easily on the 760.

    4. It takes the 660 a good 45 seconds on average (sometimes longer than 2 minutes) after boot up to locate the satellite on a cold start. If you have firmware 2.6 installed on the 760, the satellite acquisition time after boot up is between 10-20 seconds. After the firmware update, my 760 also holds a stronger lock to the satellites than my 660, I can get satellite lock inside my house with the 760, whereas I can't get a lock with my 660 (adjusting the antenna does very little).

    5. The ability to set multiple ad hoc viapoints on the 760 means it's a lot easier creating alternate routes (very handy to avoid a specific interstate or a high traffic road). Whereas the 660 gives you just one viapoint.

    UPDATE: This GPS is currently on sale at Amazon… now is your chance to buy one, if you haven’t already. You can find the product page here:

  3. How did you mount the GPS unit to your motorcycle? I see all these mounting kits, but you didn't mention using one. Also, did you hook it up to your bike battery or are you using it without external power? How did that work for you?

    Thanks for sharing your experiences!

  4. Sorry, just noticed that you mentioned you did hook it up to the cigarett lighter. Please disregard that question. Am still curious how you mounted itm, though.


  5. Hi Jay,

    I mounted it by using the suction cup to the face of my gauge pod which obscured some of the tacho however I rarely look at my revs so this was of no concern to me. Then wired a cig lighter socket back to battery, plugged in under the fairing out of the weather. Nothing moved over some very bumpy at times roads.

    Regards IC.

  6. Does the 760 also have the similar similar user interface items that the 660 has for motorcycles? (speaking mainly about fuel remaining/etc)

    It seems like I saw some video footage from a trade show someplace showing that you can select the "MODE" that Nuvi GPS's are in (walking, auto, boat, motorcycle).

  7. No it doesn't have the fuel display, however I would not want to rely on that feature since it is not actually measuring the fuel in your tank but going on what you tell it.

    To tell you the truth now I have had it awhile I find a gps more of a hassle than of any assistance, plain map or google map on iphone works better for me.


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