Bushnell ONIX 400

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  1. Drifter

    Drifter Long timer

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    CHECK THIS OUT!! XM Radio and Bushnell have just introduced the Bushnell Onix 400, Portable GPS, XM Radio and Real Time Local Weather data.

    Apparently, weather content is overlaid (screen layering) on the navigation screen you're following. I guess the advantage is, that you will see storm fronts moving towards (or away from) your current (LOCAL) position and/or intended route -- including potentiall dangerous lighting storms, snow, ice etc. You can also download airal photos and satelite images and reference them by GPS coodinance.

    I believe it wil also provide weather forcasts along your ploted course.

    Learn More: http://www.orbitcast.com/archives/ces-bushnell-onix-400-weather-tracker.html

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  2. Drifter

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    Well? Any reaction? What do you guys think of this thing?:huh
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  3. KCDakar

    KCDakar What are we waiting for?

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    What does it cost per month?

    The reason I ask is that XM Weather is $100 per month...That is a little out side of my pocket book...
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  4. Drifter

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    Don't know what the monthly rate will be for the weather aspect. I'm certain that it won't be beyond what a typical consumer would find reasonble. My guess is n additional $5-$10 on top of the standard XM subscription rate. But just a guess.
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  5. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Weather is either $29 or $39 per month. I'd have to look around again for it to be sure.
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  6. Drifter

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    If weather is that much for a portable device, they won't have many weather activations and/or, they won't sell many of the units IMO.
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  7. KCDakar

    KCDakar What are we waiting for?

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    XMWX is $100 one time fee and $99 per month.
    http://www.xmwxweather.com/weather/ground.xmc

    This is what they charge now for WX. I hope they lower it but I don't see that coming anytime soon.
    As I said before it is out of my price range.

    And it is cheaper if you are not buying the groud package!
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  8. DeSoto

    DeSoto Been here awhile

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    Yeah. If you want a whole lot of wx info you can't use, that's the price.

    Go here: http://www.xmwxweather.com/weather/ma_service_pricing.xmc

    and you will find you can pick from different packages 2 $29 and $49 per month. One time registration fee is also in effect. You can suspend they service for the winter if you want and reactivate it in the spring. You have to ask for it to be suspended, not canceled. Canceling will get you another startup fee in the spring. I use the sailor package myself, but the two others might fit your needs better.
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  9. KCDakar

    KCDakar What are we waiting for?

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    Thank you for the link.
    What GPS do you use it with?
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  10. DeSoto

    DeSoto Been here awhile

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    I just moved from a 2610 to the Garmin 478.

    It works great. I keep reading about all the Zumo stuff and am glad I decided on the 478.
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  11. Stook

    Stook Who you callin' a n00b?

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    Do you know if this service requires the GXM30 ($200.00) antenna?

    You wouldn't happen to be familiar with the Sirius weather service would you? Hard to evaluate that one fully from their website, but it looks comparable. They indicate that they are offering a $29.99/month "charter subscriber" rate for a full package. I couldn't figure out if a special antenna was required for Sirius or not.

    I would like to use whatever package I end up getting with a Garmin 2820 GPS. Care to offer an opinion on which might work best with that unit?
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  12. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Yes it does, but you can find the antenna cheaper then $200.
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  13. TomW

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    Garmin offers only XM via the GXM30 receiver/antenna. You'll need the GXM30 and an XM subscription for weather service with weather-enabled Gamin units. Pricing is $30-50/mo for the marine subscriptions that most people use. The $100/mo subscription is intended for emergency service/first responders and includes much more information than the non-marine GPSs will display. (Of the most commonly used motorcycling GPSs, I believe that only the Garmin '376, , '378 and '478 units will display the popular near-realtime NEXRAD data. Garmin's comparable aviation units will too -- at 2 to 3 times the price.)

    Cheers.
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  14. Stook

    Stook Who you callin' a n00b?

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    Thanks! Very good info, and greatly appreciated.
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  15. hppyfngy

    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    Geez, for that kind of monthly fee, wouldn't you just get a web enabled phone or pda and get your weather online?

    I dunno, I guess I'm not that hard core :eek1
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  16. Magilla

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    i was taught if you dont know ask so gps gurus i come to you for information:D

    so has anyone got one of these?:evil

    if so whats your opinion?:deal

    ive used my dad 60csx some and was considering one of these as an alternate to the garmin. my reasons, feel free to correct me or point me to another gps

    1. Rechargable battery (need to find out if i can recharge with 12v, and i hate buying batteries)

    2 Xm built in (less stuff to mount on the bars)

    3.hand held (i may need to walk one day)

    4. weather is cool
    no to pricey acording to bushnell
    Subscription Pricing Plans
    XM Satellite Radio (only)
    $12.95 / month
    Less than $0.50 per day!
    XM NavWeather (only)
    Price - $9.95
    XM WX Skywatch (only)
    Price - $9.99
    XM Radio & XM NavWeather
    Price - $16.94




    5. satelite images are cool but not really a necesaty (i can read a map)

    6. price ($499 yea i can probaly find it cheaper, if so where?)

    Thanks
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  17. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    I don't own one of these and I'm only going on what info I can find on the Bushnell website. As long as you only need USA maps and don't mind the size of the unit, it seems interesting. I don't see much info in the way of Route Planning software (Mapsource -like). They don't provide a lot of technical info as to to Route/Track Import/Export.
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  18. PhilSpace

    PhilSpace The Gov Administrator

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    I like all the features, but I'm concerned that they don't have any real tech info posted on the Bushnell website. It does say it's waterproof and sorta looks like a hand held unit. I like the idea, but the controls look like they would be a bitch with motorcycle gloves on.

    My big questions are:
    • Memory - "you can download georef'ed satellite images" - how much can you store on it?
    • Power and mounting options to put it on a bike, since it's hand held, they don't mention 12V options, charging or battery life on their website.
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  19. PowerT

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    I has been almost a year since they were announced and I don't see anything to indicate they are available or will be except for this. I am curious also.

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    Ok it appears that these are available but there is still not real tech data on the website. I see nothing referring to import/export of track or turn-by-turn possibilities.
    Anybody else have any info? The GPS/XM in one unit is appealing to me.
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