Favorite GPS and why?

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by Northern Rider, Jul 25, 2005.

  1. SamTheEagle

    SamTheEagle Sam the Eagle

    Feb 3, 2004
    I've always wondered, what's the point of having 2 different GPSs on your bike? I've seen this a bunch. Seems like total overkill. So ... what gives? Maybe I'll find that I need 2 GPSs as well (my wife would probably kill me if I even *joked* about this. :-) )
  2. toban

    toban ADD with bike habit

    Nov 8, 2003
    If you've got them you tend to use them. I run 2 when I'm on long rides because I have the 2610 and the older GPS V. I use them for different purposes. I keep them showing different screens.

    I chose the 2610 over the 276 because the 2 gig CF card can hold all of North America down to street level detail. After years of mucking around with small proprietary cards and 50 map limits for the Streetpilot, and the 17 mb limit on the GPS V which I can outride in any direction in part of a day, the 2610 was the right choice for me.

    No it is not as visible in bright sunlight, but that is a trade-off I was willing to make versus carrying more expensive hardware around or reloading software when I'm trying to make time.

    Don't leave home without them. Dead on accurate speedometer as well, which is a huge advantage on the road, since you always know your exact speed.
  3. richc

    richc Long timer

    Aug 13, 2003
    Baja, Motorcycle Heaven
    Garmin GS Map 76CS. It's got color and enough room (115mb) for all my maps.
    Color is the big winner in these newer GPSr's.
  4. lmonsanto

    lmonsanto MotoTurista

    Mar 30, 2004
    The City
    Can the 2610 and GPS V use the same power cable? My DRZ is wired for my GPS V and I'd like to be able to reuse it? Thanks!
  5. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

    Feb 11, 2005
    Alexandria, VA

    Jim :brow
  6. Possu

    Possu de-nOObed!

    Jan 9, 2004
    Oxford, UK
    I agree on the GPS speedo accuracy.

    If the 2610 screen is washed out, make a sunshade like I did, works fine. It's velcro'd in place & you can also rotate it down to cover the whole screen to protect it from fuel when filling up:


    Mine did not work out as tidy as the one in the link though but is just as effective. They work best on Nav.II's as the shade interferes slightly with touchscreen access - the extra button consol of the Nav.II bypasses this issue.
  7. Mane

    Mane Been here awhile

    Apr 16, 2002
    I see than 60cs(56mb) a 76cs(115mb) have limited memory, and I wonder how usable are this limitations. Is posible to store street level information for a state such as California in 56mb? or 115MB is enough? Or is this amount of memory enough for just a city such as San Francisco or Boston?

    Thank you for answering my questions, I really don't want to shot my self in the foot by going cheap... : :evil

  8. Arch

    Arch Incurable Gearhead

    Dec 30, 2001
    Katy, TX
    <!--StartFragment -->The maps for more populous areas naturally take up more room. To give you an idea about what fits where, an older (still my fave) version of Metroguide shows about 106mb to cover all of California, depending on how much overlap you want with areas adjacent to its borders. For comparison, all of Nevada takes less than 15mb, Colorado is less than 30mb, Texas is less than 120mb. Again, all numbers depend on how much border overlap you select in MapSource and, of course, which map software you're using.
  9. SamTheEagle

    SamTheEagle Sam the Eagle

    Feb 3, 2004
    Hmmmm ... on my trip to Ottawa this weekend my eTrex registered a top speed of like 250 MPH. I did go a *little* fast on some stretches. But I don't think I was going *that* fast.


    Well ... at least now I have an idea for why people run multiple GPSs.
  10. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

    Nov 9, 2003
    Bellingham, WA
    Arch described it well. On my most recent two-week trip, I was just able to fit all the City Select maps from WA to S. Calif that covered my backroads route in 50MB, including most of the Bay Area which consumed 15BM by itself. But I had no slop for detours or routing changes.

    I'd characterize it this way: local riding or urban guidance around home - absolutely no issue. Few days to week-long rides within a few hundred miles - no problem. But start going on long out/back rides of a week or more that include some urban areas and you may run into issues. The more you are sure of your route, the less of a problem.

    If you carry a computer with you and don't mind reloadig maps now and then it is not an issue. You can always ride a few days without running out of maps.

    Personally, if these memory limits were a concern, I'd make a GPS with removable storage a requirement and insist that it be commonly available storage like CF or SD.

    - Mark
  11. Kingsqueak

    Kingsqueak Wannabe

    May 3, 2005
    Monmouth County, NJ
    Lowrance iFinder H20 Plus, there are many like it, but this one is mine.

    Bang for the buck, this one is expandable with generic SD memory cards, includes the mapping software, has a very crisp readable greyscale screen, waterproof/submersible . If you are looking for best bang for the buck in a handheld, I highly recommend considering it.

    My main requirements were for a detailed map and a track log. Routes were secondary and autorouting...though cool, not that big of a deal to me. I also needed a memory card option so I would have the flexibility to change maps or detail level of coverage areas.

    I also sea kayak and needed map software with halfway decent marine detail without wanting to pay for another software package.

    I can get very close to ME to FL with max detail, topo, marine nav, points of interest etc. on a 512MB SD card.


    Handhelds are more easily portable/transportable and of course can be used handheld as they have their own batteries.

    If you are big enough of a nerd, you may be surprised at how amusing they can be. I wind up doing things like figuring out the speed of my commuter ferry or train and generally fidgeting around the map to find out what various things are around me. You can't do this with a unit that needs to be wired to power.


    Most any handheld, IMO, pretty small screens to consider reading while operating a vehicle. I have a hard time trying to read mine even in my truck. I can use the speed indicator and things like that, but trying to read street names is pretty much out of the question.

    If you don't have the budget limitations I set, the Garmin 176/276, Lowrance iWay 500 and other similar sized units will be lots more readable. Also they have much better features designed to guide a rider/driver along a route while operating a vehicle. From voice prompting to the text boxes shown in the pics above.

    For less than half the cost of the bigger units, I'm more than happy with my choice. Do I drool over the iWay 500, you bet. Would I really make use of it to get return on the cost? For me, no.