best budget GPS for motorcycle use?

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

  1. reepicheep

    reepicheep Been here awhile

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    For being a "lame unit", my Quest sure works well for all my motorcycle and vehicle navigation needs.

    Funny how I survive just fine without touch screens, expandable memory, bluetooth, and expresso making attachements.

    The question was for a good sub $200 GPS unit. The Quest (refurb) and the 2610 (refurb) both fit in that category, ***including*** some version of mapsource. Perhaps its 2005 data instead of 2007 data, but its something.

    The 2610 has expandable memory, the Quest has a 10 hour battery life.

    Its been a good and highly functional unit for a lot of people, aside from hinge issues, and I figured out how to fix those in most cases.

    Besides, it'd look pretty dumb to have a $700 Zumo on a $600 dirt bike :)
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  2. rwamf

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    Is there such a thing as a $600 dirtbike?????? and it runs??? wow, :lol3 and you ride it??? :1drink or I should say you admit it?:clap
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  3. crosscountry

    crosscountry Bear went over Mountain

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    well, not that it matters, but I sell GPS units part time at Radio Shack as a side job. It's part of my job to know about them.


    I have only had experience on Motorcycles with Garmin however, several models, and I'm still no more aware from your holier than thou reply if other companies even make waterproof units built especially for motorcycles.
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  4. KKop

    KKop ...and proud of it!

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    TomTom ONE. Can be had for $125 new right now.

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  5. v92 cruzer

    v92 cruzer n00b

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    Just giving the Delorme PN-20 a debut over Christmas. Came with street atlas, aeriial view, and topo. Waterproof. 299.00. Let you know in a couple of week if I like it. I have 30 days to return it if I do not like it.
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  6. mcnut

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    60csx, $249.99 & free shipping from Amazon with CC


    <HR style="COLOR: #575757" SIZE=1><!-- / icon and title --><!-- message -->OK it's less than a week before Christmas and less than 2 weeks before the $50 Garmin rebate ends so caved. I just stepped up to a 60csx direct from Amazon.com.

    $329.99 with free shipping and in-stock (up $4 overnight :eek1 )
    -$50.00 Garmin Rebate
    -$30.00 off first purchase using Amazon/Chase credit card (instant on-line app and approval)
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    $249.99

    And Amazon is an authorized Garmin dealer!

    MCNut
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  7. rwamf

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    It should only come with Topo 7.0, or I should say that it will only load Topo maps into or on the card, It is not compatible with Street Atlas and Aerial Data packs are extra, ( They do give you $100 credit for 400sq.km) but they do not do much, I have one and it is a great data logger and has some nice features like having a separate draw layer on you maps, but,,,It is slow, Routing is waste of time , cutting maps can be a pain, ( the new PN20 pre-cut DVDs are a big improvement ) and it has too small of a screen for a motorbike. I love and use Delorme Topo on my PC and has provided me with many great rides to date, and still use it for most of my planning of rides. But the XOG is a way better bargain for a GPS. The downloadable images are way better on the XOG screen also , but even more expensive.
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  8. rwamf

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    + maps
    + car cord
    + mount
    Starts to get expensive
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  9. reepicheep

    reepicheep Been here awhile

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    Well, it runs now. I didn't say it was running when I bought it :)

    It was a 1985 KLR-250 with "issues" on ebay. I got lucky. Another $75 in ebay parts (exhaust and engine brackets, voltage regulator), and another $100 to extortive Japanese accountants for $4 rubber pieces (intake and valve cover gaskets), one $30 Wal Mart battery, and two carb rebuilds and some minor later... and the thing runs great.

    Actually, its dirt cheap minimalist nature appeals to me every day. I am thinking of getting a sticker for the tank that says "A.C.M.E. Dirt Bike", with a little mushroom cloud at the end :).

    And just to bring us back on topic....

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    Mounted on..

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    (I've since upgraded the black electrical tape to a hand built angle bracket and Ram cradle... looks almost as bad, but goes on and off faster... :) )
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  10. mcnut

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    Yes it certainly can. Just the best deal I have found from a genuine Garmin dealer on what may well be the most popular ADV/Off-road MC GPS. Let's see I already own from prior Garmin units:

    Garmin R&R
    Garmin Topo
    Garmin City Select
    Several Garmin Power Cords-improvements in GPS efficiency make external power optional for may users
    Ram mounts on all my MC's and several extra stalks

    So that leaves:
    New RAM cradle ($10)
    1 or 2gig memory card if desired

    I'm to far down the Garmin path already or alternately Garmin had me by the balls a long time ago! :eek1

    MCNut
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  11. JimC

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    Make sure you use it and make a decision. I owned one and found it to be the slowest GPS made. Things like routing and searches are unusable. ended up selling it at a substantial loss. If all you are going to use it for is hiking, it may work for you. In a motor vehicle I just couldn't use it. I love the Delorme Maps and for $49 I bought the Delorme Topo 7.0 Western States maps. Like rwamf I use them on my PC to research trails and plan rides. I can download the tracks to my Garmin GPS.

    For $200 + $69 for the Topo 2008 maps you can get a Garmin Etrex Legend HCx GPS that has the same size screen, is 10 times the GPS and the maps while not as nice as the Delorme will certainly get you where you need to go. If you want auto routing get the City Nav 2008 maps for about $40 more.

    Jim in Sacramento
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  12. traveloutside7788

    traveloutside7788 Banned

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    It looks nice.
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  13. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Magellan Roadmate 2000 and 2200 models are waterproof and have features such as touch screen and speech. They come with built in 48-state or N. America maps (or European maps). This unit also has the SIRF-III chipset and will get a position fix faster and in worse conditions than any other unit I have used.

    Unfortunately, Magellan offers absolutely nothing in the way of upgrades or tech support for anything but their very latest products (and then often not). However, if you can live with one of these units "as is", they can be picked up on eBay for around $100
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  14. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Is this a troll? or do you really not see the contradiction in your own statements? You say your job requires you to know about GPS's then state that you don't have some fairly fundamental knowledge. I know of more than one non-Garmin waterproof GPS that RS has sold within the last year so your knowledge is even more limited than you yourself state.

    I worked with GPS as a hydrographic surveyor - programmed umpteen professional survey units, set up differential base stations, etc. - anybody yawning yet? It's all irrelevant to the question of what I know about units suitable for motorcycle use. Two different waterproof GPS's have been on my GS and I now have a non-waterproof TomTom 510 which I either put away or pop a plastic bag over when it rains. Limited experience compared to many on this list but entirely relevant.
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  15. Mad*Sparrow

    Mad*Sparrow NoMadic Wanderer

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    I've got the Magellan 2000 and it's great on roads. I've had it since it first came out and having the map for the US makes it a cut above most GPS's that I've seen. My only issue is with direct sunlight on the bike makes it hard to see but I'm guessing that direct sunlight on any GPS screen would be difficult to some degree. I'm looking to upgrade to the Crossover soon and appreciate all of the input I'm getting from this thread. Seems to me that Garmin products are way over priced for what you get with them.
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  16. ShimrMoon

    ShimrMoon Been here awhile

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    I have an Etrex and it's worthless while riding, unless you're stopped at a light or something. The screen is simply too small. For about 250.00 you can get a refurbished Garmin Quest 2 and have a somewhat larger screen. Edgegps.com has em.
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  17. fratermus

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    On the DR650 (90% street, 10% dirt) I have used a blue legend, a 60cx and now a ForeTrex I got NIB off eBay for $70 shipped.

    I prefer the ForeTrex because it is cheap, effectively flat (won't catch on things) and is very light. I think it would handle vibes better than the bigger, AA-powered units. I used the $20 garmin bike handlebar mount system for all three.

    The ForeTrex is effectively a Geko in a watchlike mount, so it's really primitive. Does do the trackback and hold 500 waypoints, though.
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  18. Chaos-in-MT

    Chaos-in-MT OK lets GO!

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    On my bikes,quads,snowsleds the small screen units are worse than useless they are plain dangerous. It was to hard to see the things you needed to and watch where you were going and to make matters worse I was to stupid to stop:D .
    So far I like the XOG on the sled and quad and auto(Faking mount so far)seems full featured and much easier to see,also seems to be tight enough for the rain and snow so far. Out of the 3 (they are I know well) the XOG will be on all the vehicles. But when hunting ,hiking or on foot I will choose the smaller units.

    choas
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  19. NaDSoB

    NaDSoB Another asshole on a KLR

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    I've had a Magellan Crossover mounted on my KLR 650 since October, and I'm very happy with it. It came pre-loaded with highway/street level car-type navigation, complete USA topographic maps, and complete marine navigation charts, too.
    You can find them on sale for as little as $299, and if my KLR won't vibrate one apart, it's a hearty little unit.

    Satisfied,


    Rob
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  20. rwamf

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    But it will not allow you to Import tracks, So no ride sharing, Nice unit but without the tracklog feature it is a no go for off-roading in my book.
    You cannot download some great rides posted here and elsewhere on the web, It is so nice to have a track that someone has given you, you don't waste time going down that dead end road etc, As my rides are usually long ones Gas is always a concern, so the less wasted trips the better.
    JMO
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