Which GPS to buy

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Oz and Kiwi Land' started by Sidm, Nov 11, 2016.

  1. Sidm

    Sidm You get what you settle for!!!

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    Hey guys, can anyone suggest a gps to buy, want something that I can copy rides that have been shared, free map updates etc, any ideas would be great.
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  2. LivingdeadCamo

    LivingdeadCamo Been here awhile

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    Garmin or get one of the android apps on your phone
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  3. dunc

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  4. DRAK

    DRAK Been here awhile

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    For real off-roading, i'd get a dedicated GPS, that doesn't rely on Data. I just upgraded from a car Tom Tom (GO5000) to a motorbike Garmin 595LM GPS.

    My Tom Tom was excellent for the road and normal dirt roads, but when I loaded Routes onto it with some more obscure tracks it wouldn't follow the route planned. This was a really difficult.

    So far the Garmin has done very well in followin the routes planned, but i do not know about the normal Garmin car GPS, how they go with the more offroad tracks. Some people will say get a Garmin Montana 680t.

    There are lots of options.
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  5. ktmpunter

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    Garmin Montana, no other choice, BUT......pack the battery with a bit of compressable foam, or it rattles and fucks up, AND mount the garmin hardmount so it minimises shock, as were the aerial solders to the motherboard will brake and fuck it up completely, ive done two warranty claims, but them mounted same on the dash or off a ram mount on the bars, but definitely not on the crossbrace on the top triple clam, to much shock directly up the forks. Other than that is a cracker, but what doesn't need modifying in the adventure world.....easy to use on the run, can bluetooth to your headset etc etc takes photos and other shit I'm too dumb to work out.
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  6. LivingdeadCamo

    LivingdeadCamo Been here awhile

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    I bought a Garmin Rino off an inmate and it does the job well and battery life is fantastic as long as you dont play with it all day.
    Records your journey or you load files onto it and follow the line.
    Screen is probably a bit small for those who's eye's are past their best.
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  7. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    The Rino is basically a GPS6x with a radio. The GPS6x series are probably the best for motorcycles, despite the smaller screen. They are tough little units. I use mine on the bike with a Touratech locking anti-vibration mount, probably the best thing Touratech make.

    Don't skimp, buy the full-quid model when you get one, as in GPS62CSx (the CSx is for colour screen, expandable memory (very important) and a very spiffy compass.)
    I have owned 2 GPS60CSx units for some years now, they are the ducks nuts when it comes to navigation, and the small screen doesn't bother me, despite my eyes being well past their best. I have worn sunnies with readers in them, that works well for me. You can also hard-wire the power to them, so its not always running off an internal battery, and they will use AA's as well.

    Update : I forgot to mention that the 60Csx is rated for marine and aviation use as well.:D And that new Rino looks really nice too (but $740?).
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  8. SaAdvRider99

    SaAdvRider99 Been here awhile

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    New Model Rino is out with larger screen, Bluetooth and the 80ch uhf.
    https://buy.garmin.com/en-AU/AU/sports-recreation/handhelds/rino-750/prod533999.html

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  9. TheDecepticon

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    Garmin Montana all the way. I think the latest is a 680t. Have a look at this link

    https://www.ja-gps.com.au/Garmin/montana-680t-gps/

    Get the AMPS kit and RAM mount and then lock the screen in the orientation that you like best. I have mine landscaped and get a screen protector, too. I hardly ever ask mine to "route" me to somewhere. I use tracks I make in BaseCamp(Garmin mapping software, plenty of vids on how to use) or download the .gps files from Trans Aust Trails and load them on and it just gives me a pink line to follow and doesn't freak out if I go off track if I want to go another way or explore a side track.

    Totally agree with KTMPunter re the battery, I haven't had issues with mine as when I was researching I came across the issue and put some foam in.

    I nearly bought one of the Garmin motorbike series units, however the Montana has been extremely versatile and I can use it off the bike for geocaching and hiking as it has great battery life too on the rechargeable. The other beaut thing is that it can take standard AA batteries if you need it to for off bike excursions although I have never needed to.
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  10. bull600

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    It depends a bit on how much you want to spend. The Garmin Montana would be the way to go if it's within the budget, otherwise I'd be looking for a second hand Garmin 60 CSx or 60 Cx. I have the latter and it is bulletproof. They are often on Ebay/Gumtree for less than $200 (like this).

    Cheers :thumb
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    mate - forgot to mention hard wire the Hardmount as well, don't rely on the battery, AND I also have a 60cxs which is bullet proof but my eyes are letting me down so I need the bigger screen. Still use the 60 on my DRZ, and the Montana on the 690. I agree with Bull600, value for money the 60 will get you inot it at a budget price. Good luck with your choice
    cheers
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  12. Rider 101

    Rider 101 Highly paid idiot

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    I have been using the Montana 650T for a few years. Can't complain and it does everything I want. Sits in the Amps rugged cradle plugged into the auxiliary outlet on the faux tank of the F800. Locked in using the supplied Torx driver,

    Don't use the Rhino; looks like something from a sex shop :arch
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  13. stumps

    stumps Ageing Adolescent

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    Considered Smartphone based GPS apps? Sometimes can be a lot to learn but if you get into them they potentially offer way more features/flexibility. Some are very little/free cost. eg Locus, OSMand, Oruxmaps. Some very snazzy, Mudmaps and many many others. Locus Pro is all I use for any of my travels.
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  14. jackbyo

    jackbyo @sunnysideup_mc

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    Good post. I'm interested in the GPS6 series now and have found a few used quite cheap.

    Whats the thoughts on GLONASS? From what I can tell, the 62 series lacks GLONASS.

    And what about the eTrex series? Any good for off-road riding? I'm hoping to get out from under this for less than $300
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  15. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    GLONASS is just the Soviet GPS network, basically gives you the same functionality as the GPS network, similar accuracy too. Nice, but not necessary at all.

    eTrex is for hiking. Don't bother with it for your bike is my advice, unless you want o be converting co-ordinates onto paper maps all day.

    A used 60CSx should fall within your price range. A word of advice for a newbie, the hardware often costs far less than the mapping software. Yup. So if you buy a unit, get one with the mapping software as well. Some units were sold with it pre-loaded onto the memory card, so if the card goes west you lose the lot with no fallback. Try for a unit that comes with software you can load back on yourself.
    Older units can have a couple of software limitations in them, regarding the number of map tiles you can load onto it and a couple of other minor caveats, but these limits are removed or expanded in later software upgrades.

    The GPS forum here also has loads of good info and expertise. The biggest hurdle IMHO is learning the lingo, all those new words and their meanings. Once you get over the initial learning hump it's pretty easy.
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