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Old 06-10-2006, 05:12 AM   #1
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Question Lost or confused, before you ask another dumb question, click here

Are you lost in the Gee Pee Ess forum or too lazy to click on the search button, or just totally confused?

Here is a list of the most common questions that come up that have been answered many times. There is already a wealth of information on the forum, all you have to do is use the search button to find it. Even better is to use Google to search the site so you can search on smaller and more common words. Easy way to search ADVrider

Also, if anyone is aware of a really good thread that should be listed here as a link, let me know and I will include it.

Which GPS should I get?

There is a separate subforum to post all your "Which GPS for me?" questions. Go here to post and read - GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me







Before asking anyone, you need to determine how you are going to ride and then do a couple searches. Whatever you do, don't just ask without at least including the following key factors that must be considered:
  1. Are you going to ride on road, off road or both?
  2. How long will your trips be? Do you do long distance/Ironbutt riding, just commuting to work or off road/trail riding in a particular region.
  3. What kind of motorcycle do I ride and how much room is there to mount a GPS?
  4. Will I only use the GPS on the bike, or will I also use it in my cage or on foot?
  5. Is it OK for my GPS to only run off vehicle power, or will I need one that runs off batteries?
  6. I am real cheap or do I ride a KLR? Sorry, I know it’s a cheap shot, but I just couldn’t help myself Hi Pilot
Where is a good place to buy GPS:

There are many vendors, some more closely oriented on motorcycling, however, the following thread is probably the best place to start your research with this thread: Your Favorite Source for GPS Stuff?

What is Mapsource:

Mapsource is a program provided free by Garmin with all their mapping products which allows you to both communicate and move data back and forth between your GPS and PC. With Mapsource, you can work with your map products, such as City Nav or Topo USA, creating routes, waypoints, displaying and manipulating track logs from your GPS and search points of interest (POI's) in the map database. Once routes or waypoints are created, either on the PC or GPS, they can be transferred back and forth as well as modified or saved.

Links:

Garmin Montana GPS Reliability Modification - Hardening How-To - A great look at the inside of a Montana, how to open it up, and how to prevent the internal antenna from coming loose

How Do I Tell Paved Roads from Dirt Roads in Mapsource or on My GPS?

Installing Mapsource on a Thumb Drive on an ASUS

Installing Mapsource without a Garmin GPS or this one How to install MapSource without a disk, or previous installation

Mapsource Updates

One Long Route or Split It?

Copying and Pasting Waypoints

Google Earth to Mapsource

Replacing the Internal Battery in a Garmin 276/376/378/478 etc. when your unit turns on and cannot quickly aquire a satellite

Zumo touch screen replacement Quick and easy.

Convert Garmin Routes to Tracks/Tracks to Routes

Converting Routes to Tracks using Delorme Topo

Converting Routes to Tracks with WinGDB

Create your own maps

ADV'ers on Spotwalla

Google Maps Export, iPhone, Turn-by-Turn Navigation

Hope this helps, and feel free to suggest other threads to be included in the "hall of fame".
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