I would like KLR owners' opinions on GPS units with routes.
I have a GPS and it works fine. It's a nuvi 1300LM and it has somewhere between 15,000 to 20,000 motorcycle miles including gravel and ATV-trail miles. It's not waterproof, but I stopped using plastic bags and have only this hood/spray shield:
It shows me where I am on the map and I use both NAVTEC maps and the OSM maps which have more of the trails and logging roads in this area.
NOW I would like to follow routes that other people have ridden. Stringing together several dirt roads takes a good bit of work and guesswork and there are routes of up to 500 points that are mainly dirt. The easy answer is Garmin Montana which accepts pre-defined routes and performs automatic routing for road trips. And it's waterproof and has a better power connector. Oregon is another and is cheaper, but doesn't perform automatic routing on the road.
BUT I am not spending that much on a GPS that perpetuates a significant problem that I have with Garmin routing. When I set the avoidances for "no highways" the blasted thing won't show the way through a town on a 4-lane to get to the good stuff on the other side. (But if I allow highways it bypasses even the good stuff.) An example of this is riding on delightful VT9/NY7 then popping through Albany on I89 and I90 then getting off on delightful NY30. Similar situation with Akron but the 2-lane roads around Akron are far worse and the freeway is simple. I don't know of a Garmin that will cooperate since what I prefer changes depending on the situation but the unit's preferences remain set (and buried under several screen presses).
This is the single question that nudged me to register here at KLRfourm. What GPS supports routes but at a price that I can overlook inflexible route finding?