Minnesota North Shore Shindig

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by jwalters, Feb 14, 2011.

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  1. toadl

    toadl Long timer

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    Well, thats not the answer I wanted to hear:cry. But, its info and will save me the regret later. I already have a gps that doesn't work with other units.
    I'm guessing what you mean is that it will most likely copy other peoples tracks but not lakes and roads and stuff from their custom maps.
  2. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    http://reviews.cnet.com/gps/magellan-triton-200/4505-3490_7-32735164.html
  3. jwalters

    jwalters Farkle Proliferator

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    Toadl,
    If I were you, I'd post a WTB (Wanted To Buy) ad in the Flea Market. I think you might be able to find a good deal on a used Garmin unit from someone who's looking to upgrade to the latest and greatest.

    I will admit (and Cannonshot I think would agree) the newer Garmin units let you navigate directly from tracks, my Garmin 62ST does this and my older Garmin Zumo 550 does not (routes only). Navigating directly with tracks is very handy for offroad/trail riding when the GPS isn't going to be able to route you properly. If none of this makes sense, swing by sometime and I'll show you the difference between the two. It's a subtle but important detail.
  4. toadl

    toadl Long timer

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    Good to know about the tracks. It seems that a lot of the Garmins are basically the same. How important are the preloaded topo maps. I was looking at the Oregon, Montana would be nize except the price. I'm wondering though if the touch screen would be hard to use with riding gloves on.
  5. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Touch screen can be a huge pain in the ass sometimes when dirt riding. See if you can't find a 60cs/csx used. You can buy a new unit with built in topo maps, or one without. If you buy one with only a background map you will want to get some detailed maps (topo or otherwise) to run on the unit. Some less developed products can be downloaded for free.

    If you buy Topo 2013 (which just started shipping) you will find that unlike Topo 2008 it only unlocks to one unit.

    The 78/62 series are good units but check the specs carefully as you may not be happy with the most basic model in the series.

    Go over here to learn about which unit to buy:
    http://advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=75
  6. toadl

    toadl Long timer

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    I'm starting to see the light and its all becoming more clear. Garmin's website is good for comparing the different models:deal. While riding it would be really hard to use the toughscreen and the etrex line looks like the buttons are on the side which would be difficult to use while mounted. Looks like Cannonshot and Jwalters have the right idea with the 78/62 series. I don't need anything today but having a few months to look and to know what I want will ensure I get a good deal and the most value.
  7. Hueychief

    Hueychief FNG

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    Awesome info Cannonshot, I've also been studying which unit to buy and am settling in on the Garmin 60 or 62.
  8. Snomore

    Snomore Northwoods Rider

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    Another thing about Garmin I can say with experience is that their customer support is very good. I had a 3950lmt hit the concrete floor of my shed which cracked the screen and damaged internals. I sent it in along with $100.00 and received a brand new unit (unopened box) about 4 days later.
  9. bdnees

    bdnees Adventurer

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    Is this event limited to certain bikes or can an old guy on a wee join up? I am new to adventure riding but would love to participate. My work schedule looks wide open that week:clap.
  10. toadl

    toadl Long timer

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    We've had lots of old guys but never a wee-strom. Two years ago millisecond brought his honda Transalp and last year there was a big BMW GS riding two up (I understand the couple is now happily married). I would allow it, but I have no authority.
  11. tommymerle

    tommymerle advwanabee

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    Being an old guy myself I can assure you will be welcome. Although they schedule this event on a weekend I can't attend......hey, wait a minute!

    No really the group doesn't even call me grandpa. :norton
  12. Lutz

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    Hey, don't forget the first year we had a Buell Ulysses ride along. Plenty of fine riding opportunities for a weestrom around here. And age discrimination is certainly not an issue.
  13. toadl

    toadl Long timer

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    If anyone complains about a weestrom, I'll gladly trade bikes with bdness if we have another long ride down hwy 61 at the end of the day.
  14. older-not-wiser

    older-not-wiser Adventurer

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    If there was age discrimination, I'd be out for sure. I've never felt unwelcome, even though I'm slow.
  15. AdvSwede

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    Proud KLR owner here. How do I go about signing up?
  16. bdnees

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    settles it! I don't think I'll be able to stay away from this one. Count me in! Looking forward to meeting all of you!:D:D
  17. jwalters

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    Sounds great! And of course, all bikes welcome! As I've said since the first Shindig, if you don't expect much, you won't be disappointed! :rofl

    I'll be riding a big KTM 990 most of the weekend, I"m hoping we get some bigger bike again this year. I like taking the HW1 loop up to the Echo trail. I think we have a short cut this year as well, so it won't be quite as much boring stuff west of the trail.

    bdnees/advswede - I put both of you on the "IN" list, check out the first post for camping/sign up info.

  18. toadl

    toadl Long timer

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    I have a question about lookout towers. Are they worth checking out? Mainly the Cloquet lookout tower and Skibo lookout tower. Do they even exist still?:huh
    From Forest Road 102 by Cloquet Lake, just west of Finland is there a trail heading straight south to Forest Road 397?
    I'm just looking at maps and trying to fiqure out a fun way to get to Gilbert Minnesota. I'd really like to try and get to the Iron Range offroad recreation area this year.
  19. arrowhead rider

    arrowhead rider Been here awhile

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    Most have been torn down but some exist. There is one north of me that has been converted for sattelite use. The depot museum in Two Harbors has a display on where all of them were. The cloquet lake one no longer exists. There is a rest area where the skibo tower once was.
  20. Lutz

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    I'll add that the skibo overlook is still a really nice view, even without a tower.
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