New to sport. Wondering about GPS devices.

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Central, Texas & Gulf States' started by *********, Jul 4, 2018.

  1. *********

    ********* n00b

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    Proper format; Streets or Topo?
    Proper device; Handheld, Automotive or Motorcycle?
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  2. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    Welcome.

    The responses will be as individualized as tires and oil, but for me, I run a cheap Garmin Nuvi full time. I also use my old Note3 phone when trying to find the spot-on-the-spot, or an individual off road trail or track someone has shared with me. If you opt for a cheap Garmin Nuvi, perhaps a non-current or refurb, check with someone like GPS City . com first to make sure they make a RAM cradle for it to make mounting it easier.

    I don't run both devices simultaneously at highway speed, I don't want the distraction. I am enjoying LOCUS MAP PRO on the smart phone, but still learning.
    Ride safe when running "devices", and avoid playing with them at speed! :deal

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  3. *********

    ********* n00b

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    Thanks. Purchased a Garmin on Ebay. Look forward to first ride.
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  4. solo650

    solo650 '17 vstrom 650 Supporter

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    I'm using a Alcatel Raven smartphone... $29 at Walmart, as a no contract TracFone.
    No cell service needed... simply download OSMand while on a wifi network.
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  5. sledrydr

    sledrydr Been here awhile

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    OSMand on my Samsung S8. Works for me. I am using a XGrip phone mount with RAM components. It will take a heck of a beating. A phone sized auxiliary battery in my tank bag will run the phone for 3 days without a recharge.
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  6. Daleah

    Daleah Long timer

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  7. bomber60015

    bomber60015 tikkun olam Supporter

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    ^This all day long . . . it is very easy to get sucked into the device . . .keep your head out of the cockpit, and watch the world around you ;-}
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