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Old 05-14-2015, 12:58 PM   #1
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Garmin Oregon 600 for $229?

I know very little about GPS and am planning on learning so I can load tracks for the WABDR and OBDR. Would the Oregon 600 be a good choice at $229?

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Old 05-14-2015, 01:16 PM   #2
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I know very little about GPS and am planning on learning so I can load tracks for the WABDR and OBDR. Would the Oregon 600 be a good choice at $229? Thanks! Quinn
Do a lot more reading! Any Garmin hand held or motorcycle GPS will accept Tracks. Think about screen size, touch vs buttons, 12V Power source.

Today by far the 78 & Montana are the units of choice. Also, still can find old new stock 76Cx.

Avoid non 12V (usb only) units unless overwhelming reason.
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:17 PM   #3
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Do a lot more reading! Any Garmin hand held or motorcycle GPS will accept Tracks. Think about screen size, touch vs buttons, 12V Power source.

Today by far the 78 & Montana are the units of choice. Also, still can find old new stock 76Cx.

Avoid non 12V (usb only) units unless overwhelming reason.
I have read about them, but still confused. Why is USB bad? My DR650 has a USB adapter for the trickle charger pig tail connected to the battery. Seems that would work?
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:54 PM   #4
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The USB is built for desktop use, vibrations will kill it. Just get some high capacity NiMH batteries.
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Old 05-14-2015, 03:07 PM   #5
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The USB is built for desktop use, vibrations will kill it. Just get some high capacity NiMH batteries.
Thanks. Perhaps I will just go with the Garmin 78. People seem to think highly of it and I can find them new for $160. However, what am I looking for in terms of the 12v adapter (I only see cig lighters) and a proper mount?

Thanks again to you all!
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Old 05-14-2015, 03:26 PM   #6
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http://www.cycoactive.com/Store/2473...-176C-60-76-78

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http://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-HOL-GA40U
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That is just the cradle.

You need the diamond mount ball for the rear, a "wing nut" link. and a ball to mount on the bike (there are many styles). I like the hollow ball that uses a longer handle bar hold bolt.
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:04 PM   #9
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GPSmap 78

If you are just getting one for the first time and are primarily using on the MC get the 78, like the others have posted, a RAM mount and garmin power cord or the cycoactive one, and you will be in great shape. If I wasn't already invested in the Oregon line because I use them hunting and MTB riding as well as dirt bikes I would have a 78 and power from the bike. I tried doing this with the Oregon via a Powerlet cord with mini USB and it lasted to the 3rd day. I have not used it since then (2012).

But since you ask about the 600, I just happened to have bought one the other day; I already have a 400T and 450T. They will all do the job and I just use NiMH rechargables and carry an extra set. I seem to get better life out of them than even the Lithium ones. They will easily last a day. The main thing I have noticed so far is the touch screen on the 600 works better with bare finger and the 400/450 work better with a glove on. They all use the same RAM mount so I didn't have to buy extra for the 600. 600 is a little snappier and the screen is a little better but i still had to pull it out of the cradle to view at times.

There is the 78, 78s, and 78sc. The 78s adds electronic compass and altimeter I believe and I'm not positive but maybe profiles. Maybe the 78 has them too. 78sc adds marine stuff on top of the 78s.
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:32 AM   #10
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Any opinions on the Garmin GPSMAP 64st ?

Edit: I guess the 64 isn't waterproof? Can you add the Topo maps on the microSD card to the 78s?

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Old 05-21-2015, 09:07 PM   #11
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I know very little about GPS and am planning on learning so I can load tracks for the WABDR and OBDR. Would the Oregon 600 be a good choice at $229?

Thanks!
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REI Sale? That's almost half off. Great deal. I love mine. It's a very current mode with a fast processor and GPS and GLONASS satellite tracking. The extra satellite set is a huge benefit in the deep woods.
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REI Sale? That's almost half off. Great deal. I love mine. It's a very current mode with a fast processor and GPS and GLONASS satellite tracking. The extra satellite set is a huge benefit in the deep woods.
Cabela's online actually.
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Any opinions on the Garmin GPSMAP 64st ?

Edit: I guess the 64 isn't waterproof? Can you add the Topo maps on the microSD card to the 78s?
62/64 do not have 12V power input, many many threads advising NO
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