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Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
There are motorcycle-friendly designs like the Garmin Zumo 550. These are designed for motorycle use with features like oversize touch screen buttons so they work nicely with gloves on. At $700 they are way too rich for my blood.
I'm just gonna tell you about my stuff and what I've considered. And, I’m a Garmin user, having had them exclusively since about 1994. The devil you know…
I have been using a 10 year old Garmin emap. It's a hand-held unit that does mapping, records tracks, and can have routes uploaded to it. It has a monochrome display. It’s been perfect for backpacking, cross-desert four-wheeling, motorcycling and so on, but it doesn’t do auto routing, and the routes that I can upload to it are pretty crude, as it doesn’t support turn-by-turn routing.
I’m looking to replace it for a more modern unit.
Here’s what I think you need in a GPS:
Ability to upload routes, at least 10, with turn-by-turn support
Ability to add maps
Ability to add waypoints
Ability to record and save tracks
Ability to see GPS data, which usually will tell you elevation
A good trip computer
Good battery life (in case you go on walk-about)
These are things that not all GPS units have; I’m not listing all the stuff that most units do have.
I like a handheld, too, and looked at the eTrex H series – Legend, Summit, Venture. These range in price from $150 to $250 (MSRP), with the eTrex Legend H being the bargain. It’s downside is that it has a monochrome display.
At the high end is the eTrex Legend HCx. It’s plus is that it has auto-routing capability, and the down side is that it has no compass. Also no barometric altimeter, but you can usually get that from a GPS data screen.
In the middle, the eTrex Summit HC has a compass and altimiter.
What I wound up buying, though, was a Garmin Nuvi 750, ‘cuz I got a smoking hot deal on it, my wife and daughter have Nuvis and we like them. If you go the Nuvi route, you need to get at least the 7xx series to be able to upload routes, which for me is really important. It also does auto routing and has frou-frou stuff like picture display and an MP3 player. The down side to it is that it has touch screen buttons which may be cumbersome with gloves on, and whether or not it will be rugged enough for motorcycle use remains to be seen (that’s what warranties are for).
Whatever route you go, check to see that RAM makes a mount for the unit you get. A RAM mount for a unit, complete, usually runs about $35. Ram is the way to go – don’t ever think of using whatever the manufacturer provides for amount – your GPS will wind up on the side of the road somewhere.
Last edited by Tom Schmitz; 11-04-2009 at 12:23 PM.