best budget GPS for motorcycle use?

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by minibiker, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. minibiker

    minibiker Adventurer

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    For a budget conscious motorcyclist, what would be the best GPS unit? I mainly want it so I can meander through the backroads and not worry about getting lost.

    I'm considering the Garmin GPSMAP60 or the Garmin Etrex or?
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  2. josjor

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  3. Big-B

    Big-B Been here awhile

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    I just went through searching for a good GPS at a bargin price. I ended up buying a used Garmin 2610 on craigs list for $90. It needed a power cord, which was about $20 then i bought a 2 gig flash card for $20 and Garmin sent me the new mapquest software and unlock codes for free because the original owner never registered it so they were able to do it all in my name. So for $130 i think i have a great GPS. You will find on most motorcycle web sites, the 2610 is the best deal going as far as price concerned and usability go.
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  4. frewhl

    frewhl daily rider

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    GPS72 is monochrom,no maps.

    It will leave an electronic breadcrumb trail so you can go out the way you came in.

    GPS MAP76 is about the cheapest you can add Mapsource to,maps cost at least $116.
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  5. Cumminsman76

    Cumminsman76 befuddled

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    Try Edgegps.com. Factory refurbished units with full warranties. And alot of times Garmin will go past thier warranty timeframe and fix them. And theres several discountined Garmin 60cs on ebay for $220 shipped.
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  6. crosscountry

    crosscountry Bear went over Mountain

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    I'd stick with Garmin.

    Do other brands even make waterproof units?
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  7. rwamf

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    Why would you recommend anything and why would anybody listen to you if you do not know what the other companies offer, Your comment is pure ignorance.
    Garmin does make some nice units but they make allot of units that are not waterproof also. Why don't you tell him which units are good and which suck, Do you even know.
    Your comment is a perfect example of what is sometimes wrong with this forum, People ask for help and we get many responses that are meaningless or "buy this because this is what I have" Stick to what you know or offer some real help
    JMO

    and... Merry Christmas to all
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  8. Big-B

    Big-B Been here awhile

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    Lowrance just came out with a waterproof GPS that looks similar to the zumo but it is only $299. I don't know much about it, but the price is right and there was some info on it floating around here someware.
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  9. richc

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    I've got two Garmin GPSr (76C & 276C). I won't buy another. Their bullshit policy on mapping SW really turns me off.
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  10. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    What is "budget?"
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  11. rwamf

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    If you are looking at the 60 at least look at the color units as they much easier to differentiate land details and map details ( rivers - roads etc)
    My needs for a gps might not be yours, But sharing rides with other is fantastic, so I will allways require a GPS that does tracks both saved and imported. The Color Garmin units like the 60cx/76/cx will allow you to import into the unit up to 20 tracks @ 500 points each which is fine for most Dualsport/adventure bike rides if you do any or might want to do some,
    The new Lowrance XOG @ $249 is a new unit that I am very pleased with so far, It is not waterproof to the IPX-7 standard , It is rated to the IPX-4 standard which is a test where they spray water at it from all angles , so it should be great on a bike since I try never to submerge my bike, but I do find myself in the rain quite often. Do a search for XOG for more info on this new unit.
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  12. minibiker

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    I'm thinking $250 or less. I would use it for the car too so I want a portable unit (could I put it in the map compartment of my tank bag or does it have to be permanenetly mounted?). Daily motorcycle mileage would be not more than 350 miles. It really is confusing with all the different models. It is hard to choose. Is there a source that gives the pros and cons of all these models especially for motorcyclists?
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  13. rwamf

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    then your option is clear, Best bang for the buck, Get the XOG
    nothing else to buy except may be a handlebar mount .
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  14. frewhl

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    I'd stick with Garmin.


    other brands make waterproof units and I have come to get my hands on a couple due to being a nice guy and offering to help people who bought elsewhere or were given a gift.

    Garmin is and always has been leaps and bounds ahead from workmanship to software and being plain old user friendly.

    Pay the lisence fees and get over it.
    And buy proprietary memory if need be.
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  15. BUBB

    BUBB lynch not Zimmerman

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    I'd stick with Garmin.
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  16. garandman

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    You might try the zumoforums. Most zumo users have had other GPS's previously.

    For less than $250 I'd be inclined to buy the Garmin Nuvi 650 or $200 on promo at costco and elsewhere. But like the others mentioned above, there are significant shortcomings.
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  17. gumbotz

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    GArmin (factory refurbished) 2610 for under $200, and shock resistant.
    An excellant unit.
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  18. reepicheep

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    I just helped a friend get a new (refurb) Quest II on ebay for $151 + $23 shipping. I'm using a Quest I now, and am completely happy with it.
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    Where? dunno
    I need one for a gift.

    I'm stickin with garmin.
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  20. metlcutr55

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    some autoroute, some dont. some take sd cards some dont. color or bw ok? best of the above were my criteria for my 1st gps. i have a magellan explorist 500, its fine. support doesnt approach garmins support. itty bitty screen. making the same choice again id have gone to a garmin 60cx. ill happily run the 500 til its time for a new one, then prolly a zumo450 or its equiv. whatever you pick, best motorcycle toy ever.
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