Gps?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by Hazman27, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. Hazman27

    Hazman27 The Haz

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    Any of the local guys have a GPS preference, looking to put one in my own stocking for X-mas. What should I look for, new/used, preloaded options? Any info is helpful.
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  2. propforward

    propforward PIE!romaniac

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    Start here:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=75

    You need to first decide what you want to do with your GPS (on or off road - and that's just the tip of the iceberg) before you can make meanigful judgements or anyone can give you solid advice. In any case, it's all in the link. Enjoy!
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  3. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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  4. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    The relatively new Garmin Montana has become popular for off-roading. They are kind of expensive at $400 for the lowest 600 model. But if you plan to use it a lot, it would probably be worth it. I know it is for me.

    In addition to the unit you will also need maps and mapping software. I buy Garmin maps and use their software, but there are other options.

    OTH I ride with several guys who are just not into maps and navigation. They bought GPS units and never really use them. If this might be your case you might look for a used unit on ebay and try it. I have no idea of what the availability is. But 60 and 276 units are popular and still used a lot.
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  5. bkg123

    bkg123 Been here awhile

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    The Oregon 450 is on sale for 199.00 now at Dicks Sporting goods, and GPS city. It looks like it will do everything I need it for. The Montana just looks like its huge to me. But Im not as hardcore as a lot of these guys, just want to know where I been and where Im going, and be able to save the trips for later. And weatherproof.
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  6. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    One thing that I do not think the Oregon can do is output any audio. So, you will need to depend on watching the screen if you try to follow a route.

    Another thought is that aside from the batteries, the unit is powered via a mini(?) USB connector. There is another thread running where people are discussing the idea that these connectors get loose after a while and provide intermittent power.

    Only you can judge if any of that is important to you. Still, that looks like a very good price.
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  7. mcnut

    mcnut Long timer

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    If you are planning to hard wire it for power and ride off-road or in inclement weather skip anything powered via Mini USB, including the Oregon. The Oregon would be fine if you can see the screen without back-lighting (eyesight, brightness & contrast) and will be using internal batteries for power.
    Otherwise go with a 60,76,78, Zumo 6XX or Montana all of which offer a good external power option.

    Bruce
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  8. Cataract2

    Cataract2 Where to?

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    So, the 4 pin connector that is on some devices. What I'm getting is that it is better for external power usage vs the mini usb? Is it also water resistant?
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  9. bkg123

    bkg123 Been here awhile

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    I've had issues with the mini USB in the past, learned a couple tricks that have worked for me. I guess for me the Oregon was a choice based on size, and the features.
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