Cheap Garmin that accepts routes

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by jes126, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. jes126

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    I got the list of Garmins that have the ability to receive routes transferred from a computer using either Mapsourse or Base Camp. The list is quite extensive. There are a lot of older Garmins that are available on ebay for $30 or $40 that will accept these routes - for instance, I'm looking at a Nuvi 800 for only $60. I know that it isn't going to be as weatherproof as one made specifically for motorcycles, but my question is, can you input an adventure route, unsing back roads and dirt roads, just like the higher-end GPS's? Is the map in a lower end Garmin as complete as the higher end units? I'm thinking, why spend hundreds of dollars when an older unit, that accepts routes, may work just fine. Anyone have a unit like this?
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  2. B1

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    i don't know the 800 series but i posted here about using the cheap nuvi models.

    these are the drawbacks i found:

    - not water or dust proof without an appropriate case
    - the 1450t and 1490t can only stores 10 routes at once (but i think they can have dozens in memory, just need to import)
    - only a few hours on battery charge, you definitely need to hard wire it
    - if you like to download your tracklogs after a ride, it only keeps the last 600km or so in memory
    - can't have too many points in a custom route so may need to split up longer routes (150 points max from memory?)
    - no bells and whistles like camera, mp3 player, photo tagging, built-in microwave oven etc.
    - the power socket at the rear needs some support or you'll lose power over bumpy ground.

    if it's an old model, i would also add they run slow! i tried a 500 and there was usually quite a lag before the position updated from the satellites, and it took ages to import routes or do anything with it.
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    Interesting. Thanks for the info. I have a buddy who has a Nuvi 500 and it seems to work fine - no lag time, etc., but even though they are discontinued, they are still going for about $200. I'll maybe give a cheapie a try, or not - still trying to decide. Thanks again.
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    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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    50 bucks, hey that's 35% savings:rofl
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    I've run a Nuvi 500 and 550 on my bikes and they do fine. Had an issue when riding single track or rough dirt roads because the battery would shake and lose connection. Put a sticky back foam strip on the battery door to hold it firm and solved that.
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    My experience as well. The map base is the same that other units use. I never had any trouble routing on dirt roads, forest service roads, power line roads, farm roads. If anything, the base map is too complete, and will try to route you down tracks that have been abandoned for years.

    The Nuvi 500 is waterproof but you might think about waterproofing and vibration proofing your USB power connection. This is what I did to mine (post #2):

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=672276

    ..........shu
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    I've been using a 755T for the past 4-5 years (can't remember exactly), and it fits your criteria nicely. Actually I mostly use MAPQUEST to create my routes and then send them to the Garmin (even though the unit came with Mapsource). Much more user friendly than the Garmin products, and able to route you on forest service roads, but you have to play around with your map-making a bit to get that to work. I'm using City Navigator only in my Garmin btw. This unit has an audio out so I get turn-by-turn directions through my Autocom into my helmet speakers (very handy, especially since the screen is hard to read in daylight). This unit has survived many rough backroad and dirt roads rides and still keeps tickin' Just cover it with a baggy when the rain comes, or stick it in the tank bag... not a big deal for me. They currently sell on ebay for $40 and up...
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    Does the 755t send audio to your headset directly or do you need a dongle for it?
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    I just picked up a 765T on Ebay for $47. Can hold up to 10 routes but with an SD card full of routes it is easy to delete from unit and load any route you have on the card.
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    lvscrvs Been here awhile

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    My 755T has a headphone / audio out jack from which I run a hardwire to my Autocom. Autocom is also a cable to the speakers mounted in my helmt.
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    Can you post that list here?
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    I have a new setup that I like. Ram mounted Garmin 765t on handlebars, iphone in tank bag running Waze. Both synced to my Sena Bluetooth. I get driving directions and hazard and police warnings all at once.

    My Battery Tender pig tail is plugged into a female cigarette lighter that powers everything in the bag. Works for me.
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