GPS for RTW

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by nylon2000, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. nylon2000

    nylon2000 Wanderer

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    Bit of a stretch here, and I've RTFF'd the forums for the past hour, wanted to get some advice on which GPS is going to allow me to cover the most ground.

    Hoping to use it in the US, Canada, and the rest of the world for a big trip I have planned.

    Want: waterproof, ability to load gps routes into it, global capability
    Dont care about: traffic, bluetooth, radio

    I'd like to be able to use it on all sorts of roads - including little ones that arent well mapped.

    Where does that get me? Zumo 350 or 660?

    Thanks
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  2. mcnut

    mcnut Long timer

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    Montana for it's mount, power options and track handling abilities.

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  4. dlh62c

    dlh62c Long timer

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    LifeRemotely has a good write up regarding Garmin gps's and travel through the Americas.

    Keep in mind, its all a compromise.

    daryl
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  5. nylon2000

    nylon2000 Wanderer

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    Thanks all - need to research the montana a bit next, and figure out the advantages. Trail vs Track etc.
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  6. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Using the Montana and planning your trip by building your own tracks and routes will require the use of Garmin Garmin Basecamp.

    Tracks and Route building will require the purchase of City Navigator for the countries you intend to visit.

    If you need to layout the routes including trails you will need to add topos to the unit for the countries you intend to visit.

    A lot of pre-made topo maps (for your trails) that can be used with Garmin products can be found at GPS File Depot.
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  8. nylon2000

    nylon2000 Wanderer

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    thats perfect - just what i need it for.

    it arrived in the mail yesterday!
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  9. Cattledog1969

    Cattledog1969 Been here awhile

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    I'm thinking of getting a GPS for my motorbike. I've read about the Garmin units and you get what you pay for. I need to justify $600+ for a decent unit. But I'm really just looking for something that is waterproof, has a good way to mount to the bike and a lot of onboard maps of North America, I don’t need maps of Europe, Australia, Antarctica, cameras or MP3 players, ect. Just really up to date and accurate American road maps already installed. Garmin has something called Life Time maps, looks like it gets updated up to 4 times a year?

    I've looked into RAM mounting hardware, particularly the X Mount for possibly using my cell phone as a GPS. The problem with the cell phone as a navigator is it needs a cell signal for Google Maps to work properly. I know this from riding the PDR last summer in Vermont where there was zero signal in some places, coincidentally right when I needed it the most. I've experimented with an extra cell phone to see if the GPS would work without a data plan, and it does, using an App called My Tracks but not nearly as detailed as one with data or Wifi signals.

    I think I read on this site that said, any devoted GPS unit, even a cheaper unit is way better for navigation than a cell phone. I'm just looking for waterproof, lots of American road maps, and a fairly normal way of mounting it to the bike. Does anyone have any recommendations???
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  10. nylon2000

    nylon2000 Wanderer

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    Having had the Montana for a month, and finally having read the manual - its exactly what i needed. Powerful and versatile, its good on the bike and off it, allowing me to follow tracks, set up routes, and navigate via roads, or trails.

    Wish it were $300 and not $600, but there you go.
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  11. mcnut

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    Glad it's working out and it sounds like you are doing the right thing in testing and practicing with you new GPS ..... before you need it!
    Even with a simpler unit after many years I still find it helpful to let some else drive the cage while I get reacquainted with it's operation.
    The next step down IMO would have been the 78 for $200 to which you need to add maps, power cable & mount system, but the screen is like 1/2 the size.

    Bruce
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