Garmin 60csx not suitable for motorbikes?

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  1. mcnut

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    How was this unit powered? AA Batteries or hard wired via mini USB?

    Fairly sure you will receive a new condition "refurbished" unit, not yours repaired. I have had 2 such units (a 60 and a Nuvi 550) and both were perfect, having no evidence of prior use.

    Bruce
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  2. OFA

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    USB powered but it still had batteries in it.

    Thats one problem with this unit is the USB power. I don't think its a very durable plug for something like that. The USB plug is what Garmin says you should use to power it other than batteries. The plug is so small and unsupported that it is susceptible to problems.

    I am using a MAP 78s and it has a much better power plug.
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  3. dlh62c

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    Yes!

    I replaced a Delorme PN-40 with a Garmin GPSmap 62s.

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  4. meijer's trails

    meijer's trails Been here awhile

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    I had the delorme PN-20. i want a garmin because EVERYBODY else uses garmin in dualsports.
    i had the battery contacts break loose, its seeped in wated several times, suck down battery power, the screen doesnt scroll, to follow a gpx route, you have to just load it as a picture and the topoUSA program is somewhat difficult to get used to.

    i think they look cool, like liferaft emergency equipment, though.

    delorme offered me $50 for it toward a pn-60 or pn-60w. i still want a garmin.
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  5. 250senuf

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    The only reason I can think of that might be considered to make a 60CSx (topic of this thread) not suitable for a motorbike is the aerial sticking up that has sometimes been snagged by the front brake hose.

    76CSx owner
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  6. toddiscdn

    toddiscdn Take off, EH!

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    I hope the OP gets his issue fixed, having 2 do that might make you think the 60 is a bad unit, but by far the majority of thumper riders I know or have met use the 60 series. It sounds like the 62 no longer has the large 4 prong power port and is just usb, bad move for garmin. I had a couple etrex units and the usb power was the weak point on an other wise stout unit.

    My 60csx sees some terrible abuse, 10,000+ klicks a year on the DR, frequently submerged in bilge water on canoe trips. In winter it sees duty on the handle bars of a 800cc twin cylinder 2 stroke snowmobile, just a little vibration and harsh weather conditions there:lol3. So I,ll knock on wood and hope the good service continues.

    Cheers, Todd
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  7. team ftb

    team ftb Befuddled Adventurer

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    The 60CSX is indeed a stout GPS, however it is not bombproof.

    I have managed to have three fail on me for my off road and DS riding. Two failed due to vibration breaking contacts on the circuit board and one unit flooded with water. Garmin replaced all three units with refurbs. Tough units but not bombproof.

    My buddy reassembling the third unit that took on water in Cambodia.

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    Took it apart and dried it in the sun for a few hours and reassembled with a large bead of silicone. No more issues and simply returned it to Garmin when I got back to the states.

    Don't expect perfection and you'll never be disappointed, something I'm learning living in South East Asia.
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  8. OFA

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    I like your last line.
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  9. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    Neither of my 60csx units has failed me.
    The first one came from a batch that had the power switch set too deep into the unit and from using pens and such to operate it I perforated the rubber, so that one is now for hiking and the car. My other one, the switch is good, and both have been dead reliable, they are tough little suckers. But as stated above, any gadget can fail.
    Given what was on the market when I got mine, there was no real alternative, I am happy with my choices. I guess the OP has just been unlucky.
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  10. Countdown

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    60s have many reported failures or just broken off antenna. 76 has identical function without the issues. We just had a couple 60s on Mex2Can and one started having power switch problems.
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    Interesting that two units with such similar features but different form would have a notable difference in reliability. While I have used a 76, I could never come to terms with the 'form'. No doubt one can get used to it but I really like to be able to see the screen while pushing buttons. How many other consumer electronics put the controls on the top? I am seeing a 78 as my best option in the future but because of the layout, I am not in any hurry to get there.


    Bruce
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  12. OFA

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    I have a 60CX and a 78S and have tried both now. I have since got my repaired 60CSX from Garmin, and yes it was replaced with a refurb that works fine.

    The functions between the two are almost identical but the power plug is the real clincher. the plug on the 60 is the mini USB and the plug on the 78 is the Garmin 4 pin style which is waterproof, tough, simple and solid when plugged-in.

    The 60 needs that four pin connector for the best reliability for Dualsport riding in my opinion. The 78 has been great but I recently switched back because I bought the topo by download for the 60 and cannot transfer it to the 78.
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    I also have a 60cx, and it's power plug is the round four pin connector.

    There are two water covers on the back of the unit. The smaller cover is for the USB connector. The larger cover (on the right, if you are holding the unit with its back to you) is the round 4-pin connector.
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  14. mcnut

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    As was said, OFA either it's not a 60 (62 possibly?) or you missed the big round heavy duty power/data plug on the back of your 60s!

    The 62 is mini USB or battery only.

    Bruce
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  15. BryceB

    BryceB It's OK, we know the Mayor!

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    Mine have only been powered by the round 4prong connector. It jst seems like tht seal drys up or te bike rattles it lose enough and water gets in. One of mine revived moslty (a button ir 2 didnt work right) and they replaced it under warranty The 2nd time, i did an out of warranty replacement, but I'm not sure it's going to hold up.

    I tried to replace it with an Oregon 400t, but it sucks for bikes. We use it for geocaching and boyscout stuff.

    Maybe a I'll ask for a new one for my birthday.
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  16. OFA

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    Yes Bruce. You are correct. I was too lazy to go look at the GPS to see the model. It is a 62s and has no four prong just a mini USB.
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