MOTORCYCLES and sat navs are a difficult mix as models designed for bikes are traditionally more expensive and far bulkier.
The reason for this extra cost and weight is because bike sat navs have to be fully weatherproof and able to cope with extremes of temperatures and additional vibration.
As I’m a car driver as well as a bike rider, I didn’t want the extra expense of having to buy a second sat nav unit just so that I could use it on the bike.
I wanted a method of being able to use my car sat nav on a bike and Givi has come up with the solution.
This fully weather-proof case not only enables you to fasten your sat nav case to your bike, it is also quickly removable so that you can take it with you when you park your machine.
The case is suitable for sat navs with a 4.3in screen or alternatively, can be used as a holder for most smart phones.
I tested this unit with both a TomTom sat nav and a Nokia Lumia smart phone and both devices remained firmly in place.
The case connects to your bike using an adjustable plastic bracket which comes with variable sizing sleeves to sort all sizes of handlebar.
The multi-position bracket locks into place using grooved connectors which tighten into place using a hex-key.
The bracket then fastens to the sat nav case using a quick locking/ release system which is spring-loaded to ensure it stays in place even under the most severe vibration.
The sat nav is held in place with elasticated straps and a selection of foam padding blocks to ensure your device is not only secure but also held firmly up to the clear plastic screen panel for ease of viewing.
Your viewing is further improved thanks to a built-in rain/sun shield which prevents glare and water droplets.
A key question many riders will ask is how weather-proof is the case?
I used this case during a severe snow storm this week and also left it in situ when I parked the bike for a few hours and the contents remained completely dry.
As an added bonus for those still concerned about the weather, this case comes with an additional storm cover which would cope with even the severest of thunder storms.
For those of you with a 12-volt bike output, this case features a weather-sealed port outlet for the charging cable.
I’m thoroughly impressed with this case. It certainly holds up ion the weather and saves you the expense of a bike-specific sat nav.