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Old 09-27-2012, 07:25 PM   #52891
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That sounds like a great honeymoon and an even cooler bride!
Yep, She is a great motorcycle passenger and wife but she is not a airplne nut like myself. When I owned an airplane she went up with me once and would never go flying with me again. Carl
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:30 PM   #52892
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as I said, I've HEARD good things about that road....and looking at it on google maps, it looks like its pretty twisty east of Clarksburg til Winchester, VA


on an unrelated note, theres a town called Gormania in Maryland along that road...just thought that was amusing
Ive done some of that. That way is by far the best set of 50. 250 gets fun down south of 22 in areas also.
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:33 PM   #52893
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Yep, She is a great motorcycle passenger and wife but she is not a airplne nut like myself. When I owned an airplane she went up with me once and would never go flying with me again. Carl
We need a picture of you two on the bike.
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:34 PM   #52894
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I have been kicking around getting a 60csx. Haven't looked into the Dakota, but the price looks decent.
Let me know what ya think of it.
I would also like feedback. My Etrex is about to go titties up. Keeps powering down randomly, and losing sat lock.
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:44 PM   #52895
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Yep, She is a great motorcycle passenger and wife but she is not a airplne nut like myself. When I owned an airplane she went up with me once and would never go flying with me again. Carl
You don't have to worry about wearing the tires out prematurely in a plane so you can really raise some hell.

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We need a picture of you two on the bike.
That would be cool!
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:02 PM   #52896
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So, I broke down and bought a real GPS....sorta...

Garmin Dakota 10, waterproof, somewhat easy to use, and cheap. I spend under $170 for the GPS, a RAM mount, and a cradle. I need to figure out thow to load maps and routes to it now... It's a bit smallish, but not too hard to see...

If you want some help with figuring out how to load maps and routes and get tracks, let me know.

Meef, I have the Garmin Nuvi 500 and I really like it. It is waterproof and rugged, does multi-point routing, interfaces to the computer well, has a battery that last about 4 hours and is easy to change out with a charged one, and has a fairly large touch screen that is usable with gloves. It is about $250, which is a lot cheaper than the dedicated motorcycle Zumo's

The only thing that I do not like about it is that like most of the Nuvi's is is powered through a USB connector. Before I hardwired a cord to the bike, it would lose power for an instant, ask me if I wanted to continue on battery, and then as soon as I would say yes it would get power for a second and then lose power and ask me the same question again. I have not had any trouble once I got the Garmin kit to hardwire it to the V-Strom. On the KLR I just run it on the internal battery.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:29 PM   #52897
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... It's a bit smallish, but not too hard to see...

Give it a few years....
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:34 PM   #52898
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...I haven't found any serious limitations on it yet, other than it not being waterproof.

Casio Commando, so far, Water, dust, impact and Michael proof* By no means the Cadillac, but neither was the Sherman Tank

*note I did not mention idiot proof
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:40 PM   #52899
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If you want some help with figuring out how to load maps and routes and get tracks, let me know.
Tracks and routes I have no problem with, still trying to figure out this img file stuff, I...uhmm...procured a copy of city navigator and a couple other maps, as the factory installed base map sucks...
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:47 PM   #52900
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on an unrelated note, theres a town called Gormania in Maryland along that road...just thought that was amusing

Sounds like a happening place, May have to check it out
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:04 PM   #52901
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I have been kicking around getting a 60csx. Haven't looked into the Dakota, but the price looks decent.
Let me know what ya think of it.
My two 60CSx units have been bulletproof. I prefer buttons to touchscreen when on the moto, but as mpenner mentioned the Nuvi 500/550 is a solid unit as well. My 60CSx screen is getting harder to read with time, but that's a failure of my eyes and not the GPS.

The Dakota and Oregon series are good units, Matt got a good buy on the Dakota 10. The only drawback to the Dakota 10 is that it has limited internal storage and no SD-card slot, so if you need larger maps or swap maps out a lot, the limited capacity could be an issue for you. If you're not worried about swapping maps that often or aren't wandering out of a certain area, the Dakota 10 is a great value.
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:51 AM   #52902
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My two 60CSx units have been bulletproof. I prefer buttons to touchscreen when on the moto, but as mpenner mentioned the Nuvi 500/550 is a solid unit as well. My 60CSx screen is getting harder to read with time, but that's a failure of my eyes and not the GPS.

The Dakota and Oregon series are good units, Matt got a good buy on the Dakota 10. The only drawback to the Dakota 10 is that it has limited internal storage and no SD-card slot, so if you need larger maps or swap maps out a lot, the limited capacity could be an issue for you. If you're not worried about swapping maps that often or aren't wandering out of a certain area, the Dakota 10 is a great value.
What would be the next step up that has a micro SD slot?
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:00 AM   #52903
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The Dakota 20 has one. Can pick them up for around $225
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:50 AM   #52904
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I would also like feedback. My Etrex is about to go titties up. Keeps powering down randomly, and losing sat lock.
Do you log into the Garmin site with your Etrex on a regular basis for their updates (clean-ups)? I didn't and mine was getting flaky. It would fail to lock onto the satellites when powering up.

They walked me through their up-dates - I was only 4 years behind. But, I think you can do the updating on-line with their instructions/queues.

And, Voila - things starting working like they used to.

Maybe this will help you - maybe not. It could help someone else.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:25 PM   #52905
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What would be the next step up that has a micro SD slot?
The Dakota 20, as was already mentioned, has the slot. Also, if you want to stay similar to what you already have, Garmin introduced a new line of Etrex models. The Etrex 20 is the modern equivalent to your Etrex Vista HCx. Can be had for 170 new, has MicroSD card slot and still uses the navigation stick interface rather than the touchscreen. We have about fifteen of the Etrex 20's here at work, and have been happy with them so far.


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Do you log into the Garmin site with your Etrex on a regular basis for their updates (clean-ups)? I didn't and mine was getting flaky. It would fail to lock onto the satellites when powering up.

They walked me through their up-dates - I was only 4 years behind. But, I think you can do the updating on-line with their instructions/queues.

And, Voila - things starting working like they used to.

Maybe this will help you - maybe not. It could help someone else.
Was having a similar problem on one of my 60CSx units after loading new maps or something. Losing sat lock and sometimes not making it past the initial boot screen. Firmware update did the trick for me as well, and is easy to do.
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