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

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  1. Dahveed

    Dahveed Sumo Biker!

    Sep 24, 2009
    North Texas
    Do you have to have a cell phone paired with it to get the traffic and weather? Maybe it has its own antenna for this purpose. Bluetooth will allow the GPS to wirelessly send commands to your Bluetooth enabled helmet or helmet mounted headset. I guess it would also send music via XM as well. Some do, not sure about yours.

    I know of another Mac software called "Route Buddy" that might be useful. You can download a demo version free from their site. I have the demo version. I've seen easier programs, but I've spent very little time with it. I think the full version is about $100 and it might talk with your unit.

    Please keep us posted with your experiences with this device. Good luck.
  2. SnowMule

    SnowMule still learning what is and isn't edible Super Supporter

    Jul 2, 2009
    +1 for 60CSx.

  3. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do

    Aug 8, 2005
    New Hampshah
    Moving to our GPS forum, Laying Down Tracks. :thumb
  4. leftystrat62

    leftystrat62 Adventurer

    Nov 28, 2009
    Little Rhody
    I'm looking for my 1st GPS,and am willing to spend the $ to get the right one the first time. It's going on a BMW GSA,and I want it to stand up to rain,dirt,dust,and abuse. What do ya say?
  5. Zorrin

    Zorrin n00b

    Oct 6, 2006
    I bought the Garmin Pilot 2720 about 3 years ago, and now I am thinking it was not the best choice. For one thing, it does not have an independent battery source, and is really not water proof.

    I am considering buying a 60csx now. Does anybody know if the cd that came with the street pilot can be used for the 60csx?

  6. JR356

    JR356 Long timer

    May 4, 2005
    Way Northwest
    Garmin Zumo series and BMW equivalents.
    Garmin 2xx-4xx series
    Garmin 60 and 70 series
    Garmin Nuvi 500 and 550
    Garmin 2xxx series,avoid the 2620 unless it has a removable data card.

    Others out there including the Tom Tom Rider series.
    Recommend you search in this forum,look at the sticky at the top of the forum labeled"which GPS is right for me"

  7. Countdown

    Countdown Long timer

    Oct 20, 2003
    Carson City/Ridgecrest
    BMW is not a Dual Sport bike?

    What do you want to do with a GPS?

    Routes? Tracks? Intertainment Center?

    These are the questions not "rain,dirt,dust,and abuse" they all do that.
  8. Countdown

    Countdown Long timer

    Oct 20, 2003
    Carson City/Ridgecrest
    Buttons are the key!

    Do you want ot be able to operate it on the fly? Zoom in, out switch to Trip Odo page to check data then back to map etc.

    One is a hand held for hikers, the other is capable of motorized use while moving.

    eTrex makes a great cheap backup to your primary unit.

    NEVERLOST Banned

    Aug 26, 2007
    Broomfield, CO and Venice Beach, FL
    Just got the Garmin 60 at Costco for 200.00 No frills but just fine. The base map is worthless, but the NT map is pretty nice.
  10. kikele

    kikele Been here awhile

    Nov 2, 2008
    My recommendation is go for a Garmin Zumo 550, its tough and comes with everything you need for installation on your GSA.

    And by the way GSA it is a Dual Sport bike, it depends on the rider!!!
  11. leftystrat62

    leftystrat62 Adventurer

    Nov 28, 2009
    Little Rhody
    I'd like to explore dirt roads I've never been on & eventually find my way back to civilization. I'm a map guy all the way,but if I really want to "get lost" out in the woods,then a GPS sounds pretty helpful.I'd consider the GSA a dual sport since it can(and I will) be used as a dirt bike and a touring machine.
  12. LongCliff

    LongCliff Bagger

    May 29, 2009
    Harrisburg, PA, USA
    If you want a small handheld hiking type gps for your motorcycle that is very rugged, look at the delorme pn-40. It is certified at 3 feet underwater for 30 minutes. The electrical connection for the power / usb cable is also designed very well, with only flush mounted copper pads on the gps itself, and spring loaded pins on the cable.

    The ram mount for the motorcycle handlebars is very well designed too.

    Of course, it's the wrong gps if you want to do mostly street riding and want a large easy to read screen. It's perfect for use on small trails and such.
  13. Mudcat

    Mudcat Unregistered

    Jul 22, 2004
    Bay Area
    I think you want a Zumo 550. $599 at Costco
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    I have a Zumo 450 on my GS and find it a lot of fun and very useful. :deal
  14. LoJack

    LoJack Long timer Supporter

    Apr 4, 2008
    This looks like a good handheld unit, but the screen does seem small. How would it compare to the 60csx in size? I've been looking at that one, but the pn-40 is a little less expensive.

    thanks, Lojack

  15. Garth

    Garth Adventurer

    Jan 20, 2008
    I saw that this has been out since 06...has it had updates along the way? I an very new to the GPS stuff. I am thinking of jumping in soon...and the one requirement I want is XM Sat. I love the new 665 but 1k??? They have lost it...so I was thinking of getting a use 550. I just don't know if they are all the same or not. Thanks in advance, Garth
  16. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer Super Supporter

    Nov 19, 2005
    right here on my thermarest
    What CD is it? The one with Mapsource? If so, I believe it will work for all Garmin units (all of them that support maps) after updating to the latest version.
  17. LongCliff

    LongCliff Bagger

    May 29, 2009
    Harrisburg, PA, USA
    I've never used the 60csx. Hopefully somebody else will chime in.
  18. spezjag

    spezjag Long timer Super Supporter

    Dec 29, 2004
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Okay, the unit arrived today, and so far in reveiwing the documents the installation and software install (even into a Mac) looks pretty straight forward. I will work more on it tonight, and see if I can't get it up and running. I picked up a cable to power it from my BMW outlet (both the GS1150 ADV and the Ural have those outlet plugs), and then do some trials with it. More reports to follow!
  19. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

    Oct 10, 2009
    I just got the the 60Cx, and a buddy has the delorme..I think PN-40...not 100% sure. We have not compared how they work compare to each other..so can not comment on that. As far as size, the 60C(S)x is longer and slightly skinnier, compared to the Delorme, which is shorter and fatter.

    Not sure if that helps, but that is all I got. Honestly, I just got mine and am still learning how to use it. And reading the manual while sitting in my living room doesn't help all that much. :D
  20. Twohondas

    Twohondas Long timer

    Aug 25, 2005
    San Diego
    Zumo 550 Change History plus a load of related Mapsource changes

    Changes made from version 4.70 to 4.80:

    • Corrected an issue that could cause the map to stop updating when approaching specific safety camera locations in the UK.
    Changes made from version 4.60 to 4.70:

    • Correct issue that may prevent unit from connecting to WebUpdater or Mapsource.
    Changes made from version 4.50 to 4.60:

    • Corrected issue with traffic unlock code entry.
    Changes made from version 4.40 to 4.50:

    • Fixed speed camera alerts toggling off and on.
    • Enhanced GPI support.
    Changes made from version 4.30 to 4.40:

    • Corrected shutdown during address search with SD card maps.
    • Enhanced GPI support.
    • Enhanced MadMaps support.
    Changes made from version 4.20 to 4.30:

    • Improve handling of the situation where overlapping map data is present on the device.
    • Added additional voice support.
    Changes made from version 4.10 to 4.20:

    • Corrected issue with Retail Map Update compatibility
    Changes made from version 4.00 to 4.10:

    • Fixed connection issue with some Bluetooth headsets.
    Changes made from version 3.90 to 4.00:

    • Speed up MadMaps route calculations
    • Correct issue displaying GPI files that were created on a PC with a system code page other than 1252
    Changes made from version 3.80 to 3.90:

    • Corrected issue that provided invalid search results near your destination for long routes.
    • Corrected issue with MadMaps support that could cause an incorrect Speed Zone alert to display.
    Changes made from version 3.30 to 3.80:

    • Add support for African Time zones.
    • Add support for several new pre-recorded voices.
    • Add support for distances in yards when a British voice is selected (may require updated voice).
    • Added support for MAD Maps scenic routes.
    • Allow the compass page to display 5 digits of elevation.
    • Improved handling of circular routes. Allows entry at alternate point. Will not announce arrival when starting a route. (All routes will be deleted after update, but can be re-imported from GPX files.)
    • Keep the map detail level when go from main map to browse map.
    • When reviewing a gas station after pressing the fuel button from main map, the map will now be centered on selected gas station rather than the vehicle.
    • Change Optimal Reorder so it does not include the final point when reordering.
    • Correct issue where backlight may change if you remain on the backlight adjust page for a period of time.
    • Correct issue where backlight may turn off when location is above polar circle.
    • Correct issue that would sometimes cause highways to be labeled with the incorrect name.
    • Correct issue that would not allow more than a single point to be added to some routes.
    • Correct issues when the same map is loaded in two different regions.
    • Correct issue when searching for cities on basemap.
    • Correct off road transitions in track to route when there is no map coverage.
    • Correct issue playing Audible format 4 books.
    • Correct distance for mixed routes imported from MapSource
    • Correct issue that caused all traffic delays to be 1min when using certain maps.
    • Correct issue that prevented TrafficMaster service from being properly named on the unit.
    • Correct issue that prevented some very large track log activities from being archived correctly.
    • Correct issue where changes to a route would be lost if you press and hold the back button.
    • Correct issue that caused MP3?s to be paused for navigation announcements when navigation was set to off and a pre-recorded voice was selected.
    Changes made from version 3.20 to 3.30:

    • Added a user selectable Off Route Recalculation Mode
    • Updated Compass and Trip Computer displays to remember their last page mode
    • Enabled Bluetooth troubleshooting whenever a phone is paired
    • Allow volume adjustment when using a Bluetooth headset with audio option set to phone only
    • Added Lithuanian text language support
    • Corrected issues in Trip log archive support that resulted in 0 length files and false reporting of full logs
    • Corrected issue on Compass page that prevented it from displaying the heading
    • Corrected flashing on the Enter Coordinates page
    • Corrected issue that allowed the page key to escape from the pin entry for Garmin Lock
    • Corrected rare issue that could prevent proper startup when custom POI files contain a large number of bitmaps
    • Corrected problem ejecting on Mac computers
    Changes made from version 3.10 to 3.20:

    • Add support for coordinate entry in alternative grid formats
    • Maintain zoom level when panning from main map
    • Correct Extended Postal Code searching error in the UK
    • Correct shutdown when import waypoint with unsupported symbol
    • Correct import of certain route points with MapSource 6.12.2
    • Correct issue that prevented trip log archive function from activating
    Changes made from version 3.00 to 3.10:

    • Corrected unit shutdown related to map drawing.
    • Corrected position of the traffic alert button on main map.
    • Pause trip computer time update in charge mode (automotive mount).
    Changes made from version 2.50 to 3.00:

    • Allow panning from main map. Touching vehicle on main map displays coordinates and elevation in save dialog.
    • Added more fields to the trip computer including fuel gauge odometer.
    • Enabled compass display full time with additional data fields.
    • Enhanced XM weather support which is available from XM button on the main menu.
    • Enhanced traffic incident reporting.
    • Added support for SDHC cards and increased MP3 playlist limit to 1000 songs.
    • Added Audible books support.
    • Added option to limit BT headset audio to phone only.
    • Added option to display track log on map.
    • Added track log archive function.
    • Modified import /share pictures to work directly from jpeg viewer without the checklist.
    • Added support for the modified drawing styles present in certain specialty maps.
    • Display unpaved roads differently than alleys, expanded zoom level where favorites are displayed.
    • Disables auto-zoom operation when off-road.
    • Added ability to treat certain route vias as shaping points which will not be flagged or announced. Qualified shaping points are Intersections and points on roads which are not addresses, such as I-35N or HwyA. Requires routes to be created with MapSource 6.12.1 or using the zumo route planner.
    • Enhanced off-route recalculation for mixed on/off road routes and routes with shaping points.
    • Added support for new Pre-Recorded voices for Brazil, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania, Serbia.
    • Updated US/Canada Daylight Saving time support.
    • Correct shutdown when enter more than 4 vias.
    • Correct issue preventing conversion of tracks to routes in southern hemisphere.
    • Correct issue which prevented writing recent tracks to the GPX file.
    • Correct issue which prevented finding points of interest after search where city was spelled.
    • Correct issue which prevented finding some addresses with overlapping maps.
    • Correct issue where a truncated route could contain an erroneous point.
    • Correct issue where a truncated route could be stopped incorrectly.
    • Correct behavior when two Cyclops safety cameras are in range.
    • Correct handling of track to route conversions that are completely off road.
    • Correct issues with simulator going off route.
    Changes made from version 2.30 to 2.50:

    • Correct issue with mount detection logic when power is briefly interrupted.
    • Correct issue where SiRF chip cannot lock on after firmware update.
    • Correct issue when selecting a GPI point from the review map for a route.
    • Correct shutdown when displaying some banner messages in Italian/Spanish.
    • Correct issue with overlapping points in tour guide feature.
    • Correct issue with drawing the avoidances options page.
    • Use Locale setting to select American/European style traffic icons.
    Changes made from version 2.20 to 2.30:

    • Corrected error in address searches for some cities using City Navigator Europe v9 maps
    • Corrected error that caused changes to be lost when editing the active route
    • Properly maintain point name when selecting route point and review on map and zoom
    • Corrected autozoom for off road navigation
    • Find user waypoints and custom POIs when diacritic values are present in names or search text
    • Corrected error in position propagation when entering a tunnel
    • Improved MPC map support
    • Decrease Proximity alert tone volume when connected to a Bluetooth helmet/headset
    • Re-enable Browse button in MP3 player when insert card
    • Corrected shutdown when select Extras from the phone or route planner menu if no extras are loaded
    • Corrected shutdown when searching for cities near another city
    • Corrected shutdown if active route recalculates while displaying user data pages
    • Corrected shutdown when selecting Auto as the service provider in FM traffic setup
    • Corrected rare shutdown when find traffic events along route
    Changes made from version 2.10 to 2.20:

    • Correct display of diamonds that could occur in some translations in the route planner menu.
    • Correct issue that could cause vehicle to move sideways on the map.
    • Correct issue where Restore Defaults did not permanently save the Default Voice language.
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