Question: Voyager kits include physical sensors, magnets, and other cables. Why does the unit need this if its a GPS?
Answer: You can use Voyager handheld without any sensors connected. However, physically bolting Voyager to your vehicle provides many advantages over what you are used to in a standard GPS.
Power from the machine enables several integration features, such as extended run-time and maintenance-free charging. (Voyager can be run using only the internal battery and charged with a wall charger.)
The engine temperature sensor monitors the health of your machine and enables two major features: engine temperature diagnostics and over-temp warning LEDs.
The ignition sensor tells Voyager when the engine is running. This enables logging of tracks only when engine is running and tachometer display features.
The wheel sensor can also control when to log, and provides a more accurate odometer than GPS. See next question.
Question: Do I really need a wheel sensor? Standard GPS units get along just fine without one.
Answer: All speed/distance data can be gathered from either GPS or the wheel sensor. Voyager kits provide a wheel sensor for several reasons:
When using a wheel sensor, Voyager knows to stop logging when the vehicle stops moving. When you start rolling again, the wheel sensor tells Voyager which starts logging again (without a GPS induced lag.)
The wheel sensor will track distance regardless of GPS conditions. This is important under several circumstances:
GPS cannot tell the difference between a motorcycle moving under its own power or in the back of a truck.
The GPS signal can be lost, especially around metal structures or in tunnels. With no signal, speed and distance accuracy is lost.
GPS cannot see small changes in elevation (i.e. whoops and ruts.) Over time this will create significant odometer error.
GPS is accurate while travelling in straight lines at constant velocity. However, tight, fast corners will cause the GPS to skip over part of your path. Over time this will contribute to odometer error.
Trail Tech believes an accurate odometer and hour meter are critical features. To maintain this accuracy, kits are provided with a wheel sensor included.
Question: Can Voyager use GPX files?
Answer: Yes, GPX (GPS Exchange Format) files are the main format that Voyager uses. Import and export GPX files directly from Voyager using the accessible waterproof MicroSD memory card slot. Download new GPX trails directly from OHVtrails.net and ride new areas with confidence. GPX also works well with Google Earth, GPSBabel.org, the Trail Tech's GPX Editor software and many other resources.
GPX (the GPS Exchange Format) is a light-weight XML data format for the interchange of GPS data (waypoints, routes, and tracks) between applications and Web services on the Internet. GPX is being used by dozens of software programs and Web services for GPS data exchange, mapping, and geocaching.
Question: Does Voyager have topo maps?
Answer: On the trail, OHV (off-highway vehicle) riders do not typically utilize elevation data found on topo maps; instead, topo maps are used because of trail route information. Topo maps are mostly based on aerial photos from the 1950s and 1960s, so many are out of date and inaccurate. While some updated topo maps are available, the efforts to restore them focus on hiking trails, not OHV trails.
Because topo maps are not particularly well suited for use on OHV trails, Voyager provides a better means of collecting, displaying and sharing up-to-date OHV trail information. Routes may be imported into Voyager from standard GPX files, or exported for later review and sharing. Using Voyagers trail-centric approach, riders can enjoy a superior experience using up-to-date trail maps.
You can find up-to-date trail information at Trail Techs OHV map website: www.OHVtrails.net. There you can plan your rides by overlaying a library of OHV trails and roads on top of detailed topographical maps and satellite images courtesy of Google Earth. Create your own custom trail collection and upload it to your Voyager GPS dashboard. While OHVtrails.net currently covers only North America, it is being actively developed for other parts of the world. OHVtrails.net is provided free of charge for all to use.
Question: How many track points can Voyager hold?
You can have up to 300 waypoints.
You can also have 1 track with 72,500 points (or up to 300 tracks with 241 points, or some hybrid.)
You can also have 1 route with 72,500 points (or up to 300 routes with 241 points, or some hybrid.)
Route and track memory are independent (e.g. you can have up to 72,500+72,500=145,000 points total if track and route memory are both full.)
Question: My bike doesn't have a battery, how do I connect Voyager to vehicle power?
Answer: Many bikes run directly off the stator for power (and do not have a battery.) In most cases you can run Voyager by connecting directly to the stator.
Make sure your bike does not exceed the range of 12V RMS-150V Peak AC (or 12-60VDC.) You risk damaging Voyager if the bike goes above 150V Peak AC.
Confirmed bikes that use this technique:
KTM 250XC 2008
To tap Voyager into the stator power wires: find the stator wires exiting the engine side case, then follow them up to their ends underneath the fuel tank.
KTM Stock Stator (connect to one of the two leads):
Yellow wire with spade connection
Yellow wire with spade connection
Trail Tech Stator (connect to one of the two leads):
Yellow wire with spade connection
White wire with spade connection
Connect the red half of the Voyager power wire to one of the stator leads.
Connect the black half to ground. It is best to ground at the coil pack found directly above the stator leads you connected to for power. (You will probably see two other grounds connected here [i.e. CDI & Wire Harness brown wires.])
If connected properly, Voyager will run off the bike's stator power while the motor is running.
Question: Is Voyager resistant to gasoline and detergents like Simple Green?
Answer: Voyager features a high-end polymer lens that is near impervious to chemical attack. It cannot be damaged by common cleaning chemicals or gasoline. In addition, it has a hard transparent ceramic coating, that allows wiping of abrasive dirt from the screen without causing scratches. The surrounding case parts also have a very high end chemical resistant polymer.
During testing with Purple Power and Simple Green, we found no damage from chemical attack. However, all known polymers will eventually fail if exposed to chemicals or the sun over a long enough period of time. To be safe, any chemicals used for cleaning should be rinsed with water after a maximum of 30 seconds. You should not submerge in gasoline. You should not spray directly with high pressure water, such as a pressure washer.
Voyager is warranted against chemical attack if a mild detergent such as Dawn dishwashing detergent or at most Purple Power degreasing cleaner is used. Castrol Super Clean can remove anodizing and should not be used at all on a motorcycle/ATV/UTV.