New Bicamapas Atlas GPS

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Mexico, Central & South America' started by CMWoody, Apr 6, 2006.

  1. CMWoody

    CMWoody Banned

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  2. dtop1

    dtop1 Long timer

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    I got my MX map from Alberto last week in preps for a 1 month ride I'm doing from San Diego to Chih, SLP, Queretaro, Hidalgo, Mich & Jalisco states in Sept/Oct. It looks pretty good but I did see some a number of significant errors when I overlaid tracks from previous rides onto the map. Hwy16 from Hermosillo to Chih. esp. had some large errors. I'll post my impressions of road accuracy after I make the trip. If anyone is going to be at the HU rally in Creel in Oct, I'll be there - yellow 1150 GS with Jesse bags. Dan
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  3. AntWare

    AntWare Lost In Translation

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    It doesn't matter, I can't think of anywhere on that road you'd have time to look at the GPS anyway :D
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  4. gageezer

    gageezer Been here awhile

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    I'm trying to decide which version to buy. Does the topo version have the same info as the normal version? I'm mostly interested in roads and towns but would like to have the other info as it's only a few dollars more.
    Which should I get?:huh
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  5. dtop1

    dtop1 Long timer

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    I have both versions. The only diff. between the two other than topo lines is that the topo version has street-level detail of the city of Pachuca whereas the non-topo version doesn't. I use a Garmin 76CS and prefer the non-topo version for most things because the screen is easier to read w/o the topo lines.
    I will be in SMA on my bike the end of the month if you want to see what the maps look like on the GPS and the computer. Dan
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  6. gageezer

    gageezer Been here awhile

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    I will be in SMA on my bike the end of the month if you want to see what the maps look like on the GPS and the computer. Dan

    Thanks for the offer but I'm going back to the states next Tues for a month. Maybe next time.
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  7. MysteryRider

    MysteryRider Laughing at danger

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    I just ordered the topo version.
    How long until they confirm it so I can download?
    I get a little nervous giving out CC info over the net.

    Thanks and,
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  8. gageezer

    gageezer Been here awhile

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    No, mine's yellow. I haven't been able to ride much, even around town, because I'm looking for a place to put all my bikes, and my blacksmith shop and doing renovations on the house we've bought. We wind up coming into town, getting the bike out of the trailer, riding a few days, then heading back to Ga for a few weeks. I'll be glad when I get down here full time. This is the coolest place I've ever been. Beautiful, great people, wonderful weather, and a HELLUVA lot cheaper than Atl.
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  9. Stomp

    Stomp Imprisoned Wanderlust

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    Just clicked "pay" and now I wait for the download. I hope it works well--I'm making a Barranca del Cobre/Mazatlan/Baja run starting next week.
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  10. cbx1980

    cbx1980 THe Un-Cola

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    Guys that have purchased the updated maps, any thoughts??? Been thinking about buying. Thanks.
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  11. cbx1980

    cbx1980 THe Un-Cola

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    Thanks for the review. I've been using Garmin World Map in Mexico for a few years and it is bad, but better than nothing. I always used my GPS in conjunction with paper maps, which I will continue to do. I think I will buy the Biamapas before my next trip in April 2007.:clap
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  12. MysteryRider

    MysteryRider Laughing at danger

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    I like it. I got the topo version.
    It has a lot more detail than my old maps. (GlobalMap)

    FWIW: I have been exchanging e-mails with Alberto.
    He is releasing a new set of maps the first quarter of 07 whhich will detail the streets (Veracruz) and use auto routing.
    I am on the list to do Beta testing.

    Ride Safe,
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  13. gageezer

    gageezer Been here awhile

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    Downloading was painless and I left the next day on a trip from San Miguel to Vera Cruz, by way of Pachuca, Puebla, Tula, etc. Most of the roads were where they were supposed to be and there were lots of unpaved roads. Some of the newer toll roads were not shown but, all in all, much much better than World Map. I'll be first in line for the new one with autorouteing.
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  14. hgulledge

    hgulledge Adventurer-of-sorts

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    I just used the Bicimaps version that I bought Feb 20. MEX to GDL to MZT to DGO to Copper Canyon. Very good all the way until I started from Hidalgo de Parral to Creel. Strangely, no road info on that route. In fact the GPS said "No roads for the selected route." I'll have to write Najera and find out what I did wrong. Otherwise, by far the best way to get Mexico on your GPS. :thumb
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  15. dtop1

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    Strange, I went from Parral to Creel Last Oct. and had no problem with the roads not showing using Bicimapas that I bought in Aug. or Sept. Dan
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  17. RobZim

    RobZim No, I'm not me.

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    So, what GPS is reccomended for this software? I'd buy a specific GPS if I believed I would gain additional functionality from this or other Mexico mapping software.
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  18. gaspipe

    gaspipe Wandering Soul

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    This mapset doesn't autoroute [yet] - so you're not going to get added functionality with any specific GPS. Lowrance and Garmin GPS' are supported now.

    This stuff is an excellent resource - just three years ago, you were mapping your own stuff with no GPS maps.
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  19. RobZim

    RobZim No, I'm not me.

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    I've got the latest version. For some reason it doesn't show all the detail on my Garmin C60.... Same thing with the older version
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  20. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    I have the Global Map version. I assume the functionality (or lack thereof :cry) is the same for both judging by the file size, i.e. what you get is a "picture" of the Mexico map. You can't use it to do routing, you can't even ask it to give you the actual distance between two point, since it will plot a straight line between them, not follow the road.

    From screen captures I have seen for the Bicimapas Atals, it has better detail in some of the medium sized cities, maybe some better detail of minor "roads" (read goat paths) you may be interested in an adventure ride. More importantly, the gas station list is incomplete. those marked are indeed there, but it's missing a lot of them. This is a critical detail when you are trying to figure out how far off the beaten path you can go before you need to start pushing... :evil

    Overall, I am not impressed with the GlobalMap file (and by extension, the Bicimapas one too). Yes, like Gaspipe said, it's better than what was available only a few years ago, but for $100-$150 I expected a lot more functionality than a digitized paper map offers. :deal

    The new GlobalMap 2007 version is supposed to do autorouting now, so at least they added that functionality and unless you downloaded an older version, it'll probably also give you accurate distance between two points. I am not sure about the POI details.



    Gustavo
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