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Old 03-03-2015, 04:31 AM   #1
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BMW Tank Bag Map Holder - not big enough

Anyone else have the problem of trying to squeeze in your standard A4 size map book and having trouble fitting it?

I can't seem to find any maps sold in A5 format and at the moment I would like to be able to look down and see my map (I have a navigator as well) but to see the map is something I like to do to cross check with the GPS but can't get the darn thing in there.

Anyone else have this issue and what solutions do you suggest

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Old 03-03-2015, 04:47 AM   #2
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I haven't used a paper map in years and I'm retired US Navy (we always used paper charts). If you want another map to read, put a tablet with a map app in your bag along with a smart phone...that'll give you plenty to mess with.

I think paper maps are dangerous...be careful out there.
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Old 03-03-2015, 04:56 AM   #3
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Thanks Def

I have tried your solution but here in Australia it gets quite hot and I have tried the tablet with app solution but the iPad mini shuts down after about 30 minutes due to over temperature and I even have the zipper on the map component undone to all more air -

I'd like to be able to place a map in there and the A4 book just doesn't quite fit - its close but I wish BMW could of made those zips undo the entire plastic front rather than just a side

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Old 03-03-2015, 12:41 PM   #4
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Hey Def,,,,,, HEY DEF. Your odometer is stuck at 9999, wtf
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Old 03-03-2015, 01:12 PM   #5
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Thanks Def

I have tried your solution but here in Australia it gets quite hot and I have tried the tablet with app solution but the iPad mini shuts down after about 30 minutes due to over temperature and I even have the zipper on the map component undone to all more air -

I'd like to be able to place a map in there and the A4 book just doesn't quite fit - its close but I wish BMW could of made those zips undo the entire plastic front rather than just a side

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I used to velcro a 8.5x11 map holder (from cyclegear or somewhere) to my BMW tank bag.

On my GSW I use the Bags Connection tank bag system (to most of which you can fix a full size map holder).

Dangerous? Not more than fiddling with a tablet or phone wile riding.
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Old 03-03-2015, 01:25 PM   #6
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I used to velcro a 8.5x11 map holder (from cyclegear or somewhere) to my BMW tank bag.

On my GSW I use the Bags Connection tank bag system (to most of which you can fix a full size map holder).

Dangerous? Not more than fiddling with a tablet or phone wile riding.
I have this image in my minds eye of the paper map flapping around in the wind and trying to grab it as it is about to fly out of the tank bag...If I were to mount a GPS (I have carried one in my pocket and refer to it from time to time as I fuel the bike), I would make it small enough to be unobtrusive but powerful enough to guide me where I wanted to go.

Dangerous? You're right...both can be a danger if used dangerously.

Now, this will floor you, my bike GPS is a Garmin Quest, not the Quest II. Works just fine. It fits in my jacket pocket. I don't throw stuff away.

I still have my old analog JVC 31" CRT TV. I'm glad I saved it...there is a little old lady in our church who needs a bigger TV because her eyesight is failing. Old stuff is good.
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Old 03-03-2015, 02:10 PM   #7
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I like paper maps much better... I just never use one any more
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Old 03-03-2015, 06:16 PM   #8
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The only solution is to mess up your map and fold it funny.
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Old 03-03-2015, 06:34 PM   #9
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The only solution is to mess up your map and fold it funny.
Bingo!
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Old 03-03-2015, 07:29 PM   #10
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My Wolfman Denali holds a map folded mostly normally.
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Old 03-03-2015, 08:47 PM   #11
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I make copies of the route, trim it to fit map pocket, tape them together, then fold one behind the other.
When I get to the edge of the page, turn over to next page. Real map doesn't get worn and copies can be reused.
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Old 03-03-2015, 08:50 PM   #12
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Hey Def,,,,,, HEY DEF. Your odometer is stuck at 9999, wtf
Mike, I gave it a kick...I think it's OK now. Wasn't paying attention. Thanks.
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I like paper maps much better... I just never use one any more
I know what you mean...my Rand McNally Atlas is a 2003 edition. The first time I traveled to Canada on secondary roads in winter time, I knew the road signs would all be covered up with snow from the plows. So, I bought my first GPS receiver, loaded my route, stuck it on the windshield with the suction cup and set out for the in-laws. Mrs. def had a fit that I took secondary roads (saved 100 miles, avoided the bridge in Detroit and kept me off the 401). We arrived on time with no difficulties.

Mrs. def says, "Turn that damn thing off. You know where you're going".

Mrs. def, she's tough but fair.
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I use both paper and the garmin. However I also take clear pictures of map book pages I can view on the camera screen. This works well in unfamiliar areas when a big zoom out view is wanted.
Not to be viewed while riding of course..
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Does anyone make a map pouch sans tank bag that will attach to a GS tank with magnets? Sometimes I have a printout from google or route sheet instead of the GPS.
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