Want the Department of Defense to help navigate you and your motorcycle around? Well, you can…by way of their Global Positioning System. DoD spends some US$400 million per year to maintain the system, and it’s available to you and I as a benefit for the public good.
But do you need it?
Don’t know. I first used one in 1998 (in a car). It was kinda cool as a novelty. But I’m a die-hard paper map guy. (Don’t ask how many maps I have on my shelves and attached to my walls).
Will I ever get a GPS unit? Well…there have been times I have been far away from pavement and off my maps, and I would have definitely found civilization in a more civilized fashion if I had some GPS hardware. But for more routine, multi-state, paved-road riding, it’s just not for me…yet.
Having said that, I marvel at the technology….