Using EZ-Pass M-Tag IPASS or Smart-Tag on a Motorcycle

Not every state has toll roads, but for those that do, the EZ-Pass, M-Tag, IPASS or Smart-Tag is a huge time saver.  For those unfamiliar with this technology, it’s a small box that allows you to drive through the toll instead of sitting in long lines waiting to drop quarters into a bucket or hand dollars to a collector.  The box emits a signal that is picked up as you drive through the toll which is equipped with a reader.  Normally, you get a discount when using these versus cash.  You load them up with credits ahead of time and then … Read more

Garmin TomTom & Magellan GPS Charger and Power Cable Options

We get a lot of questions regarding this topic so figured it was time for an article on the topic.  A GPS charger comes in three different flavors:  AC, DC and hardwired.  We will cover all three but first a discussion about the types of adapters. Most GPS units manufactured over the past five years use a Mini USB ending on the charger (the most popular line which is the Garmin Nuvi has used Mini USB for over five years).  Now before you go and purchase a cheap cable made for an older mobile phone, be aware that Mini USB … Read more

Protecting your GPS with Cases and Screen Protectors

You spent a lot of money on your GPS.  These devices are easily scratched so don’t just throw it in your gym bag, purse or glove compartment when not in use.  Consider adding a carry case or pouch.  We always wondered why the manufacturers do not include one, going back to when GPS units first came into fashion, the manufacturers would include a pouch in the box.  Well, suppose times are tough now, so the consumer is faced with purchasing a carry case for their GPS.  There are plenty to choose from for your Garmin, Magellan, TomTom, Mio, Nextar or … Read more

Beverage Mounts for Thirsty Motorcycle Riders

When we first heard about motorcyclists drinking their favorite carbonated beverage or coffee on their motorcycle, I thought it was a joke.  After seeing some of the mounts available for mounting on a motorcycle’s handlebar or clutch, I now know it’s a lot more popular that I thought. Turns out there are a handful of companies that manufacture mounts for motorcycles that feature a beverage holder.  Most attach to your handlebar and feature an extension to hold your cup or can.  Some even feature an insulated holder.  We took a look at three companies that make these types of mounts. … Read more

Motorcycle Camera Mounts

Mounting a camera or videocam on your motorcycle is easy thanks to all the mounting selections out there.  The choices range from an economy handlebar mount to metal mounts with dampening features to ensure your camera does not shake.  Although this article discusses motorcycle use, much of the content is applicable to a bicycle as well. Motorcycle mounting options come in many flavors:  Handlebar, clutch, mirror, stem, screw, adhesive and even a suction option. Attaching your camera is easy.  Practically every camera has a threaded hole at the bottom.  The measurements of the threaded hole is generally the same with all … Read more

RAM Mounts for the Common Man (or Woman)

RAM makes great mounts.  Excellent quality with hundreds of custom options (they have custom cradles for Garmin, TomTom, Magellan and many tablets).  But their selection can sometimes be confusing.  We wrote this post to help explain how their numbering (and lettering) system works.  Some of this information can be found on their web site if you know where to find it.  For those looking for the executive summary on RAM Mounts, we thought it would be helpful to provide a brief explanation. The RAM Mounts system is a simple ball and socket design.  You need to make sure the ball size matches … Read more