Looking into Adv Riding and want a good gps...

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by 30-06, May 17, 2018.

  1. 30-06

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    Hey everyone,

    I am likely buying a bike in the next few days/weeks and I want to start exploring the UP of Michigan while I am here and eventually start longer distance ADV rides. I was looking into a trail tech vapor, but they don't seem to be the best choice for ADV. I know nothing about GPS and I am learning all about the bikes I am looking at as I am shopping, so I haven't been able to learn much about GPS either. Does anyone have a recommendation on a decent unit that could be strapped to the bars and relied on for <$200? Or am I crazy thinking I can find one for that?

    Thanks,

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  2. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Welcome to ADVrider.

    Since you don't specify or don't know what you'll be doing with it, you may want a "starter" GPS to get a feel for what's what before choosing the Real Adv GPS.

    You can do that with a cheap smartphone and a mount or a car-oriented nuvi or other cheap GPS. And no, you don't need cell coverage for the phone GPS to work as long as the phone has GPS hardware and most do.

    My first GPS was about half your budget and that's still doable.
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  3. 30-06

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    What do you mean by "what you'll be doing with it"? I was thinking the ability to track my routes while exploring, have it point me in the right direction when needed, and maybe have a small database for trails or at least let me upload one.
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  4. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Those are the general capabilities, but there's a huge variety in the details and the GPS or app that gets one set of details right may not get another set of details right.

    Some people plan out trail rides in fine detail, make a "track" that can be displayed on the map and follow it. Other people input just a destination and let the GPS find the route. Then if the route goes the wrong way they may put in a few other points to force the GPS to make a better route.

    Almost any GPS or app will record a track so you can see where you've been. Most will direct you to fuel or food when needed. Once you ask about trails, you leave out some GPSs and apps because they deal better with roads than off-roads.

    There's no one GPS or app that does absolutely everything. GPS is a pretty wide world. I started with a cheap nuvi and using it helped me see what it could do for me but it also didn't have capabilities that I decided would be nice.

    It's like motorcycles. You can choose a WRX or a GSXR. There's some overlap in what they do, but there's more that each does that the other doesn't. Getting a less-specialized bike can help a rider find out what kind of riding they like.

    That's why I suggested starting with a budget setup, to learn what you want from the GPS or app.
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  5. 30-06

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    Thank you!

    Do you have any cheapos you recommend?
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  6. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    see the Kyocera XD thread...

    $65 phone
    $12 mount
    $6 app (or use the free version of osmand)

    it's so much more than"just an app"
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  7. chrisjk

    chrisjk Been here awhile

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    Good advice above! Start cheap, jump in and see what works/doesn't work for you. Also, don't fall into the trap of thinking a higher priced device must be better than a cheapie - this applies both to phones and dedicated satnavs.
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  8. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    this!

    spending $900 on a GPS just means spending more
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  9. 30-06

    30-06 Adventurer

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    Thanks everyone! I already have a couple old phones, so that might/should work.
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  10. oliver47

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    I have Garmin RV 760LMT. The screen is pretty bright, large and easy to see. Programming routes on BaseCamp and loading them onto the GPS ahead of time is a great time saver. The map updates are worth the price of the GPS since the built in unit quickly became outdated. So I definitely recommend this Garmin RV 760LMT (check the review on it here)
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    Schmokel I got peed on today.

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    This is my setup. Works wonders. Charging system took a bit to figure out, but I have that nailed.

    However, I did just replace OSM with Kurviger. I'll make up a quick track for after work today to see how it does.
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