Buying a GPS soon??

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Oz and Kiwi Land' started by allan11, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. allan11

    allan11 Long timer

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    i couldn't find the gps comparison thread.

    i am going to buy a GPS soon and only need to get one so i can get used to it before i go overseas at the end of the year so looking to buy in the next month or so.

    it doesn't need to be the latest and greatest but needs to have a big screen, route planning, connect to bike power etc. cheapish.

    is the Garmin 660 or montana or ???? still good enough and is basecamp (or google earth) the best to plan the route on. is the tom tom too simple??

    anybody??
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  2. ciedema

    ciedema мотоциклист

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    I think performance and reliability wise you can't go past a Garmin. The Montana is probably the best for doing off road stuff. But more recent firmware on the Zumo's provides the same functionality, just not in quite as nice a manner. People will chime in and say Zumo 660's can't do tracks, this was was true with running early versions of the firmware, the later ones can.

    The Montana is probably a little more rugged than the Zumo, but mounted on a bike it shouldn't make much difference.

    Basecamp and Google Earth is the best way to go for route planning.

    You might want to have a look at the Monterra.
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  3. Julles

    Julles Been here awhile

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    Get the cheapest GPS you can get your hands on it.

    --> not waterproof
    Solution -> put a plastic bag over it when rains and you'r done.
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  4. ciedema

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    On the Garmin website you can get 660 for 599.00 that is pretty good value - I would jump at it.
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  5. rider911

    rider911 Shortcut Navigator

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    What Ciedema said

    With all Garmins flaws I still think they are the only brand that produce something that us bike riders can use.
    A S/H 660 would be ideal if you are looking to keep the cost in hand. They are bullet proof and do everything you could want. They're only minor negative is the tracks are limited to 600 points but thats not really a big deal anyway. (The new 590 and Montana can handle 10000 point tracks)
    I didnt check the website Ciedema but Im sure you can only buy a new 660 from O/S, and be careful you dont end up with a refurbished unit being sold as brand new. You will also end up with the City Navagator maps for another country if you buy O/S (which maybe perfect for you)
    A Zumo 550 is also not a bad unit if you found one cheap
    Even though the Montana or Zumo 590 are expensive, they will last you for years and technology will not make them redundant.
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  6. Fro_911

    Fro_911 Slammer of revolving doors

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    Garmin 660LM is $320 at GPS City right now... even better deal
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  7. Julles

    Julles Been here awhile

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    I still don't know how you guys can justify spending $300 - $600 on a GPS. It buggles my mind.

    Get a good/crap GPS unit for cagers (depending on what you want from it), buy some sealant from $2 shop and seal the hell out of it to make it waterproof (yes, including sides of the screen). And you'r done ... cheap, waterproof, dust-proof, easily replaceable.
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    Cheap GPSs don't have the functionality of the Garmins, the screens are small and normally glove friendly. Garmin last forever.
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    javahitman Been here awhile

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    we tried standard Garmin CAR GPSes on the outback trip and it was , after 1 weeks of gravel and bumps both of them were shaken out.
    it started to constantly lose signal, getting lost etc.i think the internals were shaken out, as its not built for that stuff .
    brackets were also shaken out it was need constant adjustment.

    after that we both bought Zumo 590 and never looked back.
    expensive -yes , but it works much better., faster ,more reliable and RAM mounts are much better.
    convenient cradle system.

    if you dont go off road you can get away with the Phone GPS . if you do a lot of OFF Road , this is the only moto GPS you can get.
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  11. evildingo

    evildingo On a road to no-where

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    Has anyone tried to mount hema hn7
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  12. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    i use a casio commando lte. it's waterproof, rugged, and $30 on amazon/ebay.
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  13. KTMatt

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    I'm in the market for a new GPS and was wondering the same thing so I rang Hema and was told it not designed for a motorcycle as it not vibration proof or water proof. I've even looked into cases for it and can't find anything. And the App's and mapping wont work on a Garmin either.
    I think I might get the new Zumo 595LM and add some sort of topo maps to it.
    GPS $999.00 , Tourtech mount $258 and Topo mapping ???

    Might be cheaper to just get lost and be done with it , after all it is an adventure.
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  14. Rider 101

    Rider 101 Highly paid idiot

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    I tried the HN5. Forget it! Screen can't be read in daylight.
    I also found it difficult to us; as in create a track and then navigate the track.
    I mounted it in a clear Pelican case on the bars. Fabbed a screen shade but still not satisfactory.
    Went to the Montana 650 and never looked back.
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  15. Bing267

    Bing267 YELLOW Tragic

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    Hey Allan, scored a Montana 680t, am hoping to play with it next week. I'll keep you posted.
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  16. ShineySideUp

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    Don't forget the tom tom rider. dustproof, waterproof. Easy on off the mount for safety. glove friendly. I use the TTR and do my route planning on furkot. furkot lets you download your route in many different formats.
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