GPS options for dual sporting?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by jonyfi, May 28, 2014.

  1. jonyfi

    jonyfi 21st century adventurer

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    Haven't had a gps in quite some time...
    I don't really know what's our there...

    Waterproof
    Large screen
    Usable/loadable international maps

    Suggestions?
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  2. stickman1432

    stickman1432 Crusty Adventurer

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    Montana 650, Zumos etc..............check them out it depends on the features that you will want or need...............camera, topo maps etc :eek1
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  3. Somber

    Somber Been here awhile

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    jonyfi - you'll likely get more information and responses in the GPS specific section of the site - "layin' down tracks"

    see the top sticky thread in this section for more information
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  4. oldxr

    oldxr Long timer

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    If you plan on running any kind of organized dual sport events make sure it can have tracks programmed into it.If you goto an event and the guys at the gps table cant load your gps you look like a fool and the people lined up behind you get pissed.I have seen guys line up with cheap car Nuvi's then find out they are not getting tracks for the day.
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  5. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    If you want a large screen, 4.3" or 5", there are two choices in the newer zumo lineup: zumo 390LM or the zumo590LM. Both of these devices generate and save your Track Log (Trip Log) and both have the same saved Tracks App capability: which is arguably as good or better than any of the Garmin Handheld units.
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  6. BobMirror

    BobMirror Desert rider

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    Has anyone tried interfacing a 7-inch android tablet pc to the gps in their cell phone via Bluetooth?
    I have been using laptop computer gps units since 1993 and refuse to go to a small screen or be limited gps manufactures files.
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  7. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    That's a good challenge, haven't tried it yet, I'll let you know how it goes tonight.
    (The tablets I've tried (a bunch of them) all had a GPS chip already, so I wouldn't have needed the Bluetooth tether, but it sounds like fun just the same)




    I gave it a try and didn't find a way/application to do what you're asking for. Using a Bluetooth GPS dongle seems to work, but setting up a phone to relay GPS info to another device over Bluetooth doesn't seem to have much calling for.
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  8. worwig

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    What Android tablet does not have a GPS?
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  9. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    jonyfi - For dual sporting you will only use tracks. You will make them yourself or acquire them from others, import them to a computer software like basecamp, and then upload the tracks to your GPS. Any of Garmin's hand held units will do that.

    You are also going to want a unit that accepts hard wiring to your battery. The portable units with only an internal battery will not take the jarring of off-road riding. Hard wired units have very rare power interruptions, and the new ones have both battery and hard wiring so they keep powered up no matter what.

    Hand held units have small screens. I liked my Garmin 60Csx (discontinued). I now use a Montana. The disadvantage of the hand held units is that they are not as good for routing as a street GPS, but I like my Montana for that well enough.

    It is news to me that the new Zumo's will handle tracks, but then maybe they didn't when I bought my Montana.
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  10. ram1000

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    Does the Montana have a cable for use with motorcycles? The small connecters won't stay connected while on the motorcycle...
    I have used a couple Nuvi's but they both lost their connections after some vibrating.
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  11. Countdown

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    Ask on the Montana thread to get faster response.
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  12. MotoChron

    MotoChron formerly cyclebabble

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    Yes a hard wired connection with mount. Just installed one on my DRZ, works great so far.
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  13. BobMirror

    BobMirror Desert rider

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    There were some apps for using the GPS in a Android cell phone to Bluetooth out to a computer which I tried with out success as well. Humm.. just not main stream enough as of yet.
    Another option would be to use a USB GPS plugged into a small tablet pc, but after doing all of that, the normal gps units with the screen is going to be less hassle. Oh well.
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