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post #1 of 14 Old 11-23-2011, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Question GPS confusion? Info overload!!!

Hi, I am looking at a GPS unit for my '04. I don't feel like I really need it as I don't need turn by turn directions but it would be great to be able to use the vast resourses that other dual sport riders offer up in the way of GSP tracks. Safety concerns too given that I ride in the Rocky Mountians and 'things happen' and I want to be prepared. I love 'getting lost' and the adventures that occur within but within limits. I don't want a computer telling me where to go.....but can still help me when every fork in the road looks like the last fork in the road and I am hungry and thirsty!

I am overwhelmed at the choices and options offered. I want something basic but good. Something easy to read and weatherproof.

Any suggestions are appreciated!

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post #2 of 14 Old 11-24-2011, 07:51 AM
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I have a TOM TOM. I love it. The only thing I would say is, "Get the bigest size you can. This makes quick looks easier".
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I'm currently searching for a new GPS after my Magellan Crossover died. I know I don't want a small handheld unit that tends to be hard to read w/o my reading glasses. The choices actually get slim and expensive when you start looking for a waterproof GPS. I think the best bang for the buck is going to be the Garmin Nuvi 500 and 550. Jumping into the Zumo series bumps the price up drastically. Here's a link with some good info. http://www.the-portable-gps.com/best...cycle-gps.html
I won't ever buy another Magellan product after the crappy customer service I got from them and the fact that they litterally abandoned the Crossover shortly after it was introduced.
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I recently went through "GPS info overload" I finally got tired of looking and just bought a Garmin 60Cx. It's a smaller hand held unit so I can Geocache with it as well as put it on the bike.

It would have been nicer if it had a larger screen when I'm on the bike but honestly, I don't find myself looking at it that much so it's not been a big deal. I don't mind being lost for a while so I just ride around till I see something familliar. I have had to use it a few times to get out of the woods.

The handheld "hiking" type units are more durable so that makes it good for me and the bike....I'm kinda hard on stuff, I seem to gravitate to water and mud and adverse conditions so the bulletproof 60Cx seemed perfect for me.

The Nuvi's looked good as well as several others for motorcycles but I finally just pulled the trigger and was done with it.

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I just ordered the 550 for Christmas. $240 including the RAM mount.
http://www.gpscity.com/garmin-nuvi-5...omoto-kit.html
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The 550 is an excellent choice.

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Putting up a post like this isn't going to end your confusion. I was in the same boat as you and finally just bit the bullet, stopped asking and went out a bought a Garmin 60 CX. Very happy with it. Does everything I need and more. I ride a lot in your part of the country. Covers it well.

The 60 CX is discontinued and been replaced by the 62 series.

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Hi, I am looking at a GPS unit for my '04. I don't feel like I really need it as I don't need turn by turn directions but it would be great to be able to use the vast resourses that other dual sport riders offer up in the way of GSP tracks. Safety concerns too given that I ride in the Rocky Mountians and 'things happen' and I want to be prepared. I love 'getting lost' and the adventures that occur within but within limits. I don't want a computer telling me where to go.....but can still help me when every fork in the road looks like the last fork in the road and I am hungry and thirsty!

I am overwhelmed at the choices and options offered. I want something basic but good. Something easy to read and weatherproof.

Any suggestions are appreciated!

Riding off-road? You'll need topo maps on the GPS. An outdoor/hiking GPS will have the maps preloaded. A street GPS won't you'll have to buy them in addition to the GPS. Garmin in particular nicks you for maps.

ADV has an xlnt GPS forum spending some time there will answer most of your questions.

Concerned about your safety in remote areas? Know about SPOT?

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Cor 2:9

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post #9 of 14 Old 11-27-2011, 07:57 PM
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Garmin CSX60 + Ram Mount + Hard wire kit. Didn't want to shell out the big bucks on the motorcycle specific GPS. Im happy with the CSX 60. I know there is a newer model but the one i have allows me to download routes and waypoints. There is a 'cookie crumb' trail to follow if i get lost, and the cheap hardwire kit on amazon is great.

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post #10 of 14 Old 11-28-2011, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for your input. I like the look of the Garmin gpsmap 62 st (topo loaded gps that replaced the 60 series). But it's pricy at $500.......and given that I hit a deer on the hwy this morning (in my truck thankfully) my gps budget is likely gonna have to go to repair my grill and fender so I can drive it this winter!

At least I am not the deer.....she fared worse than my bent up truck.

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