Shopping for my 1st Garmin

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by dhollenberg, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. dhollenberg

    dhollenberg Adventurer

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    I am wanting to get a GPS that would be suitable for adventure riding. I like riding back roads and exploring rural areas. I would like to have highway maps on it as well. I have been looking at the GPSmap 64 series. I would probably choose the SC since it has a camera. I am new to Garmin and would be learning from scratch. I do have an iPhone, though. I am hoping to spend less than $400. Is this the right series, or should I consider something else?

    Most of my riding will likely take place in the Midwest.

    Thanks
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  2. mcnut

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    If you are considering the 64, better to go with the 78. The external power input options are much better with the 78, which is important.

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  3. dhollenberg

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    Thanks! I would not have easily ran across that model on the Garmin website. The base model 78 seems like it would be the most practical for motorcycling.
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    It's a favorite of GPSKevin.
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  6. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    So you've already decided on a Garmin?

    Read the glowing reviews on Amazon.

    I've had nearly 30 gps machines over the years, many for marine applications, some for aviation, most for off road and/or street mc use. Please consider something besides garmin, I have several of their units and really despise each an every one for its own shortcomings and specifically for garmins approach to business. Nickel and dime.

    I'm not up on the latest and greatest models, however I have several older models sitting in a box if you want to try them at no charge.

    Do not install any of the gps apps on your iphone or you will be forever tainted.
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    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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  9. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    We're going to buy brand new. Our IPhones suck, have always sucked, and it's time to move on to something different. I'm a KLR guy, so buying new is completely anathema to my mindset, but in this case I think it's the best plan.
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  10. chasbmw

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    Be aware of the very steep Garmin learning curve, their software sucks.


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  11. deserteagle56

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    Perhaps to some. I'm an old man and not tech savvy at all. It didn't take long for me to learn how to use it - lots of tutorials available - and I can create a track or route in just a couple minutes and load it onto any of my several GPS units. I don't have to mess with downloading maps - not possible with my internet connection anyway.

    Love your Beemers....here's a shot of myself and my R75/5 in the Canadian Rockies, August of 1975. BMW, Canadian Rockies 6Aug75.jpg
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  12. chasbmw

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    That looks great......


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  13. oldiron

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    Let us know what you decide and why when you find one. I will be in the market for one soon, but I get a little overwhelmed when I look. I ride in areas with no cell reception so the phone is not an option for myself.
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  14. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    You don't need cell reception for GPS. That thread that I inserted above is long, but goes into great detail about using a phone as a GPS.

    I've had a couple of Garmin units, and they're just fine for urban navigation.
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  15. oldiron

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    Thanks I will check it out.
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  16. dhollenberg

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    The Kyocera phone is something to consider. My iPhone is provided to me by my employer, so I will have to stick with that. I’ve used a couple of the typical Garmin street navigators before. I’m hoping to learn how to download routes that fellow adventurers post here. As well as build my own. Perhaps I will look into some other brands. I’m not dead set on Garmin. I just want something that will be useful when off highway, and is simple to use.
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    I put about 60,000 sun, rain and snow miles on a StreetPilot 2610 and it always “just worked”.

    My current is a Montana 650t (discontinued). It has about 40,000 sun, rain and snow miles on it plus however many miles it had in the Jeep and on the kayak.

    I would replace it with a 680 in a heartbeat if they were a bit cheaper (they’re sub-400 but that’s still a hefty chunk of change...). Most of my riding was equal parts dirt and highway, for the street I just stayed current with openmaps.
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  18. dhollenberg

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    The Magellan Explorist TRX7 has caught my attention. Somewhat pricey, but comes preloaded with street and trail maps. It can also be used as an Android powered tablet. There is a guy on YouTube who has one on his Africa Twin, and he is very pleased with it. Critics will point out that the operating system seems outdated, but I’m not sure why that would matter if the maps are updated.
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    I’m uninstalling a 595 LM this weekend that’s roughly one year old. I’ll be selling it once it out if you are interested. It will include a glarestomper sun shade as well.
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  20. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    Check to see if it will allow you to use osm , just in case

    Also check to see if you can install third party applications like Osmand. That alone will future proof it
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