Let's petition Garmin to bring back the 276/376 series

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by notmybikemodelname, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. ramjet

    ramjet Long timer

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    Just throwing out couple ideas to get the 276 rebuild (hereafter called The Project) out of the box. It will take access to Garmin marketing managers. We need a lobbyist, it will take money to wine and dine. We need a celebrity to get behind it (sorry I'm too busy:lol3). A Dakar guy, Baja 1000 guy, Richard Branson, CAStu, somebody. The idea must "pop". So we need our own Project marketing guy. OK, this is just a start. Add on. :deal
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  2. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    Have two 478's myself, love them, bright enough to see with dark shield on and tough as nails, and I prefer buttons over touch screen.

    And you are correct, there is still a HUGH market for these units, I have bought a few off craigslist, most have dead internal battery, I replace them and test the units for resale, made enough to pay for 3 sets of tires last year:evil

    In fact I have a a 276C and a 478 available now, if any one is interested.
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  3. DirtRider....

    DirtRider.... Wandering Turtle

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    I'm down for this and would consider... I like the Montana I bought... I don't like the weak ad card holder thin metal piece... It wiggled loose and fell off during the LAB2V. It was operator error when I tried to reinstall but that piece is soo weak. Got it fixed at home but just cheap parts.

    Would really like to see a real rugged dirt bike oriented GPS whether its a 276 or whatever... Never liked the zumo and I will keep my 60 as a backup. Thought about selling it but think I will keep it for now.

    Where's the petition?? Lol:freaky
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  4. Mudcat

    Mudcat Unregistered

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    I mostly ride my big GS now days. If I see a dirt road I’ll take it but I see my 1200 as a pretty stupid dirt bike and I don’t run knobbies.
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    For me the Zumo is all about routes and it does a good job at this but I don’t think it’s a reliable unit. Well, it broke down once in 5 years but still it is an expensive unit and Garmin won’t repairer it any longer. Luckily I was able to fix it
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    I see the routes as suggestions, not something I must follow. I use auto routing all the time. I may have a target in mind I want to get too but I select the roads I want to ride. The Zumo just lets me know if I can get to my target by the road I have selected.
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    I find auto routing very fun to ride with, easily discover new roads and new routes to ride.:deal<o:p></o:p>
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  5. notmybikemodelname

    notmybikemodelname KOTW is a myth!

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    No, it's not auto loading. You have to download the images from your computer and it doesn't allow you to track in Sat view from what I've heard.

    It's needs to be true auto-loading, and constsantly updated imagery, like a link straight to Google Earth.
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  6. ramjet

    ramjet Long timer

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  7. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Lost two Zumo' really close together when I had it RAM mounted, it's nice since they were under warranty. The Touratech mount is rubber damped and they'd last much longer once I switched to that mount.

    My last Zumo survived a lightning strike, made it another 3-4 months, then croaked, refurbed it and sold it.

    The 376C survived the lightning too, made it a little over a year after that and croaked, refurbed and sold.

    Let dead GPS' die. :deal
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  8. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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  9. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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  10. S H I F T Y

    S H I F T Y Been here awhile

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    No shit. Is that true?

    If that is true, anywhere I go I would have to download the sat images ahead of time? That can't be right.

    For argument's sake, let's say nmbmn is correct. Then which one should I buy?
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  11. notmybikemodelname

    notmybikemodelname KOTW is a myth!

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    That's a good story, have another one?
    It's true.

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    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=70144
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  12. S H I F T Y

    S H I F T Y Been here awhile

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    Well that is better than it sounded I guess, since they are unlimited. Suppose I want to load in all of Gorman and the LPNF, I can... and I imagine I will only have to do it once and they will always be there... uh, right? :rofl
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  13. notmybikemodelname

    notmybikemodelname KOTW is a myth!

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    Lots of memory.

    It should be streaming.
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  14. S H I F T Y

    S H I F T Y Been here awhile

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    I agree, it SHOULD be streaming, especially because google earth images for remote areas are often way out of date. But, if that is the only option for satellite imagery as of this point I will more than likely get one. Now do I need the $750 one or the $550? I don't need a camera, so I don't know what the other features of the more expensive one buy you.
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  15. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    team ftb Befuddled Adventurer

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    I must have shagged Garmins daughter or something. The 60CSX is supposed to have some of the most reliable circuitry in the GPS range for durability. So far, my count of 60 CSX's that have shit the bed and have to be sent back to Garmin for warranty repair is 4. 3 internal circuit board seperations and solder cracks. One of them died of water intrusion when I crashed in a river crossing. It sucks when you're in the middle of nowwhere and the supposed most reliable GPS throws in the towel.

    Here in the Cardomom mountains of Cambodia after completely disassembling the 60 to dry out we begin the assembly process.

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    So whilst the 276 has a much better screen than the 60 ( I was told they share similiar internal circuitry)in terms of visibility not sure NMBMN I would get all that gushy over the reliability at least from my experience. Then again there's not that many choices for us offroaders.

    I have also sheared off six Ram mounts so maybe I should just learn to ride better? A benefit of the Ram overTouratech mounts is they can easily be moved out of the way to get through tight branches and vines, where the Touratech just sits like a huge roadblock on your bars.
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  17. WallyWhirled

    WallyWhirled Been here awhile

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    I hate being practical. How the heck are you going to stream? From a military satellite? Definitely not via a mobile phone type provider. In case you haven't noticed mobile phones don't work where we ride. GPS satellites don't provide this type of functionality. That would leave satellite phones. What's that cost? $8/minute? No thanks.

    Preloading seems like the only alternative. And if Google satellite images of terrain are out of date then what planet am I on? Mountains don't move. At least not very often and usually not very fast.

    Regarding the camera feature on the GPS, it may come in handy, especially if you have a bad sense of direction or want to return to a place you visited in the distant past. The photos are geotagged with the location. You can select the photo and the GPS will navigate back to that location.
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  18. S H I F T Y

    S H I F T Y Been here awhile

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    Streaming? Shit, I don't know; I just know what I want. :norton

    Mountains do not move, but trails and trailheads do all the time.

    All I know is my 60 is dead and want to get me a new toy, looks like it will be the Montana. :lol3
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  19. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Have you read the Montana thread? Doesn't sound like it's ready for prime time yet.
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  20. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    hit up Lost Rider. he has a Montana and loves it. i'm not hating on the Montana. i just know there is problems with the power connection.

    as far as the satellite imagery, it's pretty sweet. and i don't think you need to upload any files. but what do i know. :dunno
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