Used GPS suggestions?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by sgordon70, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. sgordon70

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    Hey all..before I spend a ton on a killer GPS unit, I'd like to get a decent used one. Any suggestions at the $150 or lower range? Specific to outdoors/motorcycles/waterproof etc. Have seen a ton on ebay but they are all for cages (cars).
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  2. Rhombic

    Rhombic Typical KLR *****

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    I've had a Garmin 2720 for almost four years. Decent sized screen, waterproofish and glove friendly. It is my understanding Garmin no longer supports the 26xx and 27xx series. Having said that, I'd still buy another if the one I have now went tits up.
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  3. sgordon70

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    any idea on cost?
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    Tex76 Motersykle Advntyers

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    Depends on what kind of riding you plan on. I'm more of "point me in the general direction" kind of rider and I have a Garmin 60CX. Dust-proof, water-proof and accurate to 9 feet. Does everything I need and then some, plus I dont have to worry if I drop the bike (who me? never...) or it rains etc.. Easy enough to use with gloves on, no touch screen. Good luck, hope whatever GPS you get points you towards an adventure!
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  5. sgordon70

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    awesome. thanks ma:beer:beer:beern!!
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  6. Yankee Dog

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    I know it a few more bucks, but you can get a refurbish Nuvi 500 for a bit less than 2 bills. waterproof and everything
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    sweet..i'll check that out.
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    yellowbirdrs Been here awhile

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    yes, the Nuvi 500 is a good option. as Yankee Dog said is waterproof and gloves friendly.
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    Along with the suggestion for the Garmin 60CX there is a 76CX also which is the same internals with a different case (it floats). It is available at West Marine for $200 or sometimes less on sale.
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  10. sgordon70

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    last question - what's the easiest way to wire an off the shelf GPS unit? Is there a super easy way or do I have to be a mechanic to figure it out?
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    If you do the GPSMAP 60 or 76 there is a 12V waterproof plug to power the unit available for about $20. Just cut off the cig. lighter adapter and wire to your bikes battery.
    Most people buy the RAM mount with the appropriate piece to hold your GPS and run the wired plug to the handlebars.
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    Do you mean wire the GPS for power?

    Are there any GPS options that are not off-the-shelf?

    If you buy an hand held, it does not require external power but it is a good idea. Just buy a good "hardwire" kit from someone llike CycoActive.com. It has all you need, including fuse and storage cap for when not in use to prevent shorts.

    New 60Cx or 76Cx for under $200 is hard to beat. WestMarine.com has 76Cx for $150 when on sale.
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  13. yellowbirdrs

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    The GSAs have a GPS connector in the front right part of the headlight. It's turn off after 30 secs if the bike is not running to avoid discharge the batt
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    call me crazy but I run a Garmin nuvi 1300 and it suits me fine its for auto but works for me and the ziploc bag provides plenty of rain proofing that I need! :deal
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    Crazy!!! Lol


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    I went with the NUVI 50 LM (lifetime maps) 5 inch screen. seems durable enough and i like the idea of putting a ziploc around it if it gets really nasty on a ride. Seems to work like a champ for now.
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    Garmin 60csx
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    I have a refurbished Garmin 550 that I got on EBAY. You always see them there with updated maps. It is waterproof, works with gloves on, and best of all has an 8 hr battery on board. It has numerous modes so that you can detach it from the ram mount and go hike in the woods with it if you want. You can buy an extra battery pack if you want. I just charge it on the bike at night, or I can hook it up to my power port and power it real time.

    To get a full 8 hours you have to lower the screen brightness settings and mute the sound. I get full power during the day by only using it when I really need it.
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