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Old 12-25-2012, 10:46 PM   #1
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What GPS would you buy if you had $700 to spend?

So I have a budget of around $700 to spend for a GPS that I would like to use both on and off the Bike. Bikes are a KTM 990 and a KTM 530... I have owned in the past a Garmin 60CSX but felt the screen was to small and it didn't have voice turn by turn navigation and I like the touch screen. Also I have owned a Zumo but don't really think I would like that mounted on the 530. Just doesn't seem like it would be rugged enough.. I would also like something that I can download other people routes in like the UTBDR routes etc and has some decent storage. So what out there meets my criteria? Anything or am I dreamin?
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:43 AM   #2
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My next will be a Montana. Have been running 276C s for a long time but not refurbed anymore at factory level from what I hear.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:01 PM   #3
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Nexus Galaxy 7inch 32gB Wifi tablet
+ Sygic, CoPilot, Navigon or equivalent for turn by turn (street) navigation (I use Sygic),
+ OziExplorer for off-road (topo map) navigation,
+ all of the functionally you get with a tablet with a fantastic 7inch screen and saving the weight, hassle and expense of carrying a netbook as well ,
and all for A$400

Which is exactly the setup I now have :)

The disadvantage is that you can't mount it on a motorbike (not weather proof and possibly not rugged enough to survive big falls) - I keep it in the map pocket of my tank bag (I do windscreen mount in the car) noting that I don't constantly refer to it, I just need to be able to have a look very 15mins or so to see how I am travelling. I use the non-3G (non cellular phone) version and tether it to my mobile phone which gives me internet access.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:06 AM   #4
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So I have a budget of around $700 to spend for a GPS that I would like to use both on and off the Bike. Bikes are a KTM 990 and a KTM 530... I have owned in the past a Garmin 60CSX but felt the screen was to small and it didn't have voice turn by turn navigation and I like the touch screen. Also I have owned a Zumo but don't really think I would like that mounted on the 530. Just doesn't seem like it would be rugged enough.. I would also like something that I can download other people routes in like the UTBDR routes etc and has some decent storage. So what out there meets my criteria? Anything or am I dreamin?
Which Zumo did you have, and what made you think it was not rugged?

Should I assume from the bikes listed that you are doing lots of hardcore off-roading over rough terrain? And, further, that you want to be able to follow pre-made tracks? I'm trying to clarify your requirements...

I'm thinking you ought to give the Montana a close look. It will do turn-by-turn routing, can display tracks, and lots of folks here seem to use them offroad. One key benefit is the unit is very configurable, so you have a lot of flexibility in how you set it up.

I have one that I got recently when EMS had them on sale for 20% off, and I like it a lot, but have only used it a little and only on the street.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:08 AM   #5
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:28 AM   #6
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As soon as Lifeproof comes out with a case for the iPad Mini, I wanna run one:

http://www.lifeproof.com

their cases are very rugged and waterproof to 2 meters. I have one on my wife's ipad and it really does work well. I figure the 4G/LTE iPad mini would make the perfect internet enabled GPS, only problem is you'd have to disconnect the charging cable when it may get wet to keep it waterproof.

I may get a lifeproof case for my iPhone and fabricate a mount for my it to tide me over in the mean time.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:31 AM   #7
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As soon as Lifeproof comes out with a case for the iPad Mini, I wanna run one:

http://www.lifeproof.com

their cases are very rugged and waterproof to 2 meters. I have one on my wife's ipad and it really does work well. I figure the 4G/LTE iPad mini would make the perfect internet enabled GPS, only problem is you'd have to disconnect the charging cable when it may get wet to keep it waterproof.

I may get a lifeproof case for my iPhone and fabricate a mount for my it to tide me over in the mean time.
Don't want to use a Cell Phone or wireless based device. I want it to have reception in non cell areas in the backwoods. I think the Ipad Mini and lifeproof case would work ok on road but would not be good off road. I have a lifeproof case on my current Iphone and hate it. It's a pain to listen to audio on cause you have to use the dongle, some of my chargers don't work because the charge hole is to small etc... I'm going back to Otter box commuter...
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:41 AM   #8
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+2 for the garmin Montana. The largest screen, waterproof GPS available that does offroad really well. It also takes the punishment of hare scarmbles and enduro races.

I have looked at lots of GPS apps for android and some of them are just OK for offroad use, but none stand out as really good. You need offline maps, import/export of GPX files, tracking, waypoints, camera is nice too. I have a galaxy tab and I can get a waterproof case, problem is getting power to the unit is a pain. I am sure I can make it work, but its just plain easier to stick the with Montana.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:56 AM   #9
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+1 for the Montana. Best one Garmins built yet, now they got the screen calibration issue sorted.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:48 PM   #10
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I just got the Montana 650. I like it a lot. They have them for around $450 at GPScity.com, I've recently read in another thread.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:19 AM   #11
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There are many places in the western USA that there is no a cell sevice due to mountainous terrain and lack of population that would make cell service profitable.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:31 AM   #12
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:51 PM   #13
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:58 PM   #14
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:30 PM   #15
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Don't want to use a Cell Phone or wireless based device. I want it to have reception in non cell areas in the backwoods. I think the Ipad Mini and lifeproof case would work ok on road but would not be good off road. .

An iPhone can work with GPS without a cell signal. The assisted GPS in the iPhone
uses cell towers to lower the time required for the initial fix, but in no way is a cellular
signal required for an iPhone to work effectively as a GPS.


To answer the original question : the Garmin Montana is the obvious choice in 2013 for
GPS navigation for an off-road motorcycle. Next year there may be a different optimal
solution, as is always the case with electronics.



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