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Old 03-16-2015, 06:28 PM   #1
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Default ChinaVasion RAGE Motorcycle GPS - BTooth & KML routing

I found an option to buying into the Garmin family and figured I'd give it a go.

I found info about the ChinaVasion RAGE GPS at the ST-Owners.com Forum.



Here is the link to the review that got me started: https://www.st-owners.com/forums/show...asion-Rage-GPS

I joined the ST-Owners.com forum to tap into the fine work done there learning how to set up and use this thing. Much credit to Mark "Blrfl" and "Uncle Phil"

I bought the Rage Waterproof GPS (Model CVUG-TR53 is on the box) from ChinaVasion directly and it took about 10 days to ship from Singapore. These are also available on EBay from U.S. vendors for a slight markup.

The unit is a Windows CE 6.0 device and is sold with just the operating system on it.

I had to buy a GPS program and the Maps for North America too. I looked around and there are dubious downloads of cracked versions of software, as well as several different free approaches, but in the end I followed the advise offered at the ST-Owners forum.

I selected the iGo9 Prime GPS program and full North America Maps (2014). Bought from GPSMapStore.com

Seems they shut down for Chinese New Year so I've had to wait a little extra to get it, but they were good about sending an email to let me know the delay and also when they shipped it.

The envelope arrived today. A nice 8GB Micro SD (TF) card with the 2.4GB of software on it, plenty of room for additional routes, music, photos.

There is 4GB available in the GPS unit also, but I need to play with this thing and get smart on Windows CE before I go moving files around.

I installed the SD Card, set the Nav File path and had a small glitch with the screen resolution being set for another device. The fix is already documented, so I just had to go into the iGo software Sys.Txt file to edit the proper screen resolution (480_272) but that was simple enough with the unit attached to my laptop through the USB cable.

Started it back up and I'm good to go!

This is a very nice unit, especially considering the price. Got the unit and a very nice install kit.

I have the GPS paired with both my Sena 20S and SMH10 helmet headsets.
The Sena Units are also paired to my iPhone 6.

The Iphone6 has priority, so if I'm on a phone call and the GPS wants to tell me to turn - I'll miss the turn. There is a way around that, but that means more electronics and just makes things more complicated.

I'm going to run it like this for now. Just having a dedicated waterproof GPS on the bike is a nice thing these days.

I can run the GPS, and play music on that device, while I have Waze running on my iPhone and allowing me to hear traffic alerts, or take a call.

Pics later of course, and you can look online at the specs on this thing. Overall I'm impressed with the unit based on my first experience out of the box, and the simple set-up.

The Rage comes with a handlebar mount, powered cradle with inline 12V to 5V power supply, and a long lead to get to the battery. It also has car mounting stuff.

I'll be putting this on my VStrom for now, and will probably add one to my KLR... though I have an Iphone 4 that I was thinking I may use as a dedicated GPS - but I have yet to figure out the software on that end. This to me is a nice Easy Button for a Motorcycle GPS.

The iGo software is what is in a lot of OEM vehicles, and importantly, this device is reported to follow a KML routes as specified. Something I'd like to be able to do.

There may be better sources to buy from, perhaps someone selling a pre-loaded and tested unit, but buying direct worked fine for me.

Again, check out the ST-Owners forum for info. I'll see if Uncle Phil minds if I post his Set-Up info here.

Got some stuff to do before I can get this thing installed, stay tuned for pics and a review.

TW
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Old 08-11-2016, 09:25 AM   #2
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Hi !

I'm interested in this GPS.
Q: are you still using it ? any issue with the unit or buying maps ?
Could you update your report ?
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Old 08-11-2016, 11:19 AM   #3
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Hi Jorge,

I haven't used the unit very much. The mount I built for it is not strong enough and I need to do a redesign.

I have used it for basic point and shoot navigation and it has worked well. I have not tried uploading tracks yet or adding additional maps, but it should work fine. I've just been wrapped up in other things for a while now.

The screen is not real bright, but it is okay, and for the cost its not bad. There is also a larger screen version available now.

Not much help really, so may do some googling to find active users and see what they are doing with it.

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Old 08-11-2016, 12:37 PM   #4
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I see. ok.

Yes: seems to be a new one: https://www.ebay.com/itm/152151369813 ($149)

Q: the back of the holder has a male pin ... do you think it will fit on a regular female RAM mount ? (just like a Zumo or similars).
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Old 08-11-2016, 01:55 PM   #5
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You can save a little by buying direct from Chinavasion: 5 Inch GPS ($121)

The provided Ball fits the provided plastic handlebar mount, but does not fit RAM mounts. However, the 4 screws holding that mount on the unit is a standard AMPs pattern and you can replace that mount with a RAM ball mount such as this 1" version.
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Old 09-15-2016, 07:30 PM   #7
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Hi TW.

ok: Finally arrived the Chinese GPS.

I have fixed it in the middle of the handlebar for the moment. Soon I will make a way out for secondary/dirty roads and will check any eventually issue with the stand stability and the electrical connection cradle points.

Load at first Garmine Mobile XT software. But it has proved to be very unstable.

I finally installed IGO and it is working well mapping and returning road signs and alerts.

The only problem for now is being that eventually the receiver "loses" the signal and I had to go back to set the signals gps reception. A mystery.

Receive a cordial greeting. Jorge.
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Old 08-08-2017, 03:20 PM   #8
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Bump!

How are these holding up? Has anyone tried the 5" unit they're selling? Is this a good alternative to shelling out $500 for a Montana?
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My life has gone in other directions and my RAGE sits on a shelf. The KLR dash I built is not sturdy enough to support it on the RAM arm I'm using so I need to go with either a surface mount, or make a heavier dash.

As for the unit, it shows a lot of promise for using open source mapping, but again. Just too frkn busy with life to play with it right now.

for the price I can afford to let it sit until I'm ready for it. AND because it is a windows CE device, it should be fairly timeless. The OS is locked down already, and runs standard file formats.

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Thanks! For the price, I may just pick one up to play with.
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Bump!

How are these holding up? Has anyone tried the 5" unit they're selling? Is this a good alternative to shelling out $500 for a Montana?
I bought last year this one (5"):
https://www.chinavasion.com/china/wh...otorcycle-GPS/

At this time I had relocated it at the middle of the upper dash (I had to add a plastic zip tie to prevent the vibration).
No any complaints about the software. Good GPS signal capture. Good function in general. Good amount of available maps. Used under heavy rain and dirty roads. Cheap. That´s it for me.

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Funny I should run across this thread. I bought an IPX5 several years ago but set it down and forgot I had it.
Been using my Nuvi 1450 in a waterproof box so I really didn't need the IPX5.

But the other day I was cleaning out my office and found it. Complete with three mounts no less so I can use it on any of my bikes or even in my pickup.

I ordered the IGO software and should have it a few days.

I'm not going to use the ball mount. I'll build a rubber mounted steel bracket that will screw to the 4 holes the ball mount bolts to. Should work fine.

I'm hoping the software is not too different from the Garmin I'm used to.

I really wish Delorme Street maps were available for this GPS. It is so much more complete and easier to create routes on than any other GPS software on the market. But I heard Garmin bought Delorme to eliminate a superior GPS mapping product.

Love my Delorme Street Maps 9.0

Oh well we'll see how the works out for me.
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Software installed and working.

Need bigger hood to block the sunlight off the screen.

I like the IGO software.

Not a bad deal for $80 complete.
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Need bigger hood to block the sunlight off the screen.
hi Curtis,
Agree with that point. Any idea?
I'm thinking (home made) in a little extension with old radiographic paper or something like that.
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I'm going to cut down a plastic mud flap for my hood then rivet some velcro to it all and stick it on.
The rivets are to keep the stick on velcro in place in the heat.
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I'm going to cut down a plastic mud flap for my hood then rivet some velcro to it all and stick it on.
The rivets are to keep the stick on velcro in place in the heat.
hi Curtis,

Update for this: next to travel on the bike, in October, to the Chilean Atacama Desert, following your idea, I did a provisional protector for the solar reflection. I used a deteriorated black box for filing papers. We'll see if it does his job. Greetings. Jorge B.
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I still have trouble seeing my screen on sunny days even with the shield. Shame too because I like the Go2 software.

Can't really complain though as I only have about $80 in the entire setup.
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