"Which GPS Do I Buy" Thread Fest - Ask your question/Find your answer HERE!

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by duck, Jul 15, 2008.

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  1. Cam

    Cam Been here awhile

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    I use a Droid for mine now. Flawless stereo bluetooth, great mapping with Google Maps, excellent music apps and a bunch of other extremely useful apps. I sold my Zumo since I never used it. I did pick up a good case for the Droid and I mounted it to my tank bag rather than bars, but I like that since it is closer and detaches with the tank bag.

    Garmin and the like days are numbered IMO. Inferior in almost every regard these days. It won't be long before rugged versions of these phones come out if you want to wait.
  2. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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  3. Mith

    Mith Swedish

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    Hi ADVriders!
    I'm new to this forum but I hope that I will get some help anyway.

    I would like to buy a GPS to use on my motorbike but can't decide what to buy.
    The obvious choice Garmin Zumo 500/660 is too expensive for my budget.
    What I'm looking for is this;
    Max price $400/€300,
    Waterproof,
    Able to turn off automatic recalculation or a way to work around it.

    What I have come up with so far is a Garmin Nuvi 500/550; but I'm not sure if there is a way to work around the auto recalc.

    Would really appreciate some help in this matter.
  4. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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    Buy a refurbished 2720, about 180 off ebay.

    Waterproof, plenty of MC mounts out there, great piece of kit, IMO.

    I love mine.
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  5. salute

    salute Been here awhile

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    Hi everyone----I know you can use a GPS with a mac through other programs and bootcamp but is there a GPS that is compatible with a mac right out of the box? I'm new to the GPS world so forgive me for the simple question. I'm currently looking at a Delorme earthmate PN-40 or a Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx. I plan on using it for true dual sport riding----some pavement, backways, forest service roads........If anyone has experience with these or has any suggestions I would appreciate it......thanks.
  6. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    Set mapsource so its routing matches the unit as close as you can and make your routes with a few extra via points and I have found the auto re-calc is a non-issue.

    Also break the routes up into a few routes, say at planned fuel or rest stops.
    I never seem to stay on my "planned" routes and breaking them up a bit gives me lots of flexibility.
  7. FelixDeLarge

    FelixDeLarge Lost Lamb

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    I'm buying a GPS today, going to be riding across western USA, and Australia. 65/35 on/off road.

    Looking at Garmin 60CSX, just saw the CS for cheap at a few places, $100 difference.

    Question - are these the only differences?

    Barometric altimeter and Electronic compass. Software is still the same? No other updates.

    Garmin

    Also is there any other model I should be considering? Read over 100 pages of this thread, seems that the 60 serious is a good buy for what I'm doing (dont need anything fancy eg. music/camera/net).

    Thanks
  8. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp REMF

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    You mean you saw the 60Cx going for $100 dollars less. Big difference between a CS and a Cx.

    CSx vs Cx:

    Yes, everything else is the same, and you still get altitude and direction (when moving) from GPS.
  9. FelixDeLarge

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    Apologies, the Cx @ Costco

    Ok brilliant, so the 60Cx is perfect and saves me $100 bucks thanks. I have a military compass anyway.
  10. eatalotapeaches

    eatalotapeaches finding my own way

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    So the general consensus is: having a compass when stopped and an altimeter are not really needed for anything. Therefor the 60cx is plenty sufficient. And Costco currently has the best price on it at $220? :norton
  11. tbirdsp

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    This really has been hashed out a million times.

    A compass would be useful when you stop, however the one on the 60CSx needs the unit to be held parallel to the ground to be accurate. Not the way most would mount it on a bike. Both the compass and altimeter need to be calibrated to be accurate. Not worth 100 bucks IMHO.

    It *is* sometimes annoying to have the little triangle point aimlessly when you stop at a trail intersection. As soon as you move a few feet it finds itself though.

    A 3-axis compass that works regardless of unit position would be nice. Not sure I'd ever have use for a barometric altimeter on a motorcycle (GPS-derived altitude is close enough). Someone did say they used it to forecast the weather though:D
  12. FelixDeLarge

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    Yeah sorry if it has been hashed over a few times. Thanks heaps for your input, ordering one now :D

    Felix
  13. NotHome

    NotHome Been here awhile

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    Hi all
    I have tried to read most of the Threads on GPS and I believe the Etrex H will satisfy my needs for the next 12 - 24 months before i shell out for a 60csx or Zumo 550. All I want is a device that when I start the ride I can turn on to track where I have been and when I get home down load to the PC for future reference. The rides I currently do are only day rides where I follow the lead.

    I want to do this so when my son in the next few years has a motorbike license i can take him on some of the tracks I have visited. I don't need pre loaded maps etc (I roughly know where I am going) just a device to track where I have been and on the odd occasion I might like to head back just a pointer to show me the way. From my understanding the Etrex H should do this for me but can any Etrex H owner please confirm this for me. I know I will need a cable to download from the Etrex to the PC as it does not have a USB Port.

    Thanks
  14. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    OK - so I have merged my last merge. For a while at least.

    Please use the GPS101 subforum to post all of your questions on "Which GPS is right for me, etc."
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