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post #1 of 31 Old 02-04-2013, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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Question GPS Routes on a Budget?

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?

Thanks.

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ADVrider has a very good GPS forum that may be able to answer your questions.

http://advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=37

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Welcome to the site first off....
I like you have used the automotive GPS units and loved them. But I found that the 1490 that I used wouldn't take the vibration and the power plug died in the end. I did manage to fix it well enough to hot glue it in place and now use it where it's supposed to be used......in the cage....lol.
I have since switched to the NUVI 265 if I recall correctly as it's the cheapest motorcycle friendly unit that is available. I also wanted to do routes and this unit is supposed to be capable with some GPS knowledge of how to get around the maze of inputs....I have no idea how to get it to do it and have tried to no avail. Now it's strictly just a simple waterproof unit that won't die a slow death on the KLR.
Yes I know I'm not ansewering your specific question, but to get what you are asking for I think you will be pointed towards the Zumo range which isn't inexpensive.
Again, I'm not anywhere near compitant in figuring these magic boxes out so this is just my way of solving the issue for myself.

Hope it helps somewhat.......

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The Nuvi 265 is a discontinued product. It was not a motorcycle friendly unit, did not support uploading of routes, and was not waterproof.

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Sorry you are correct my mistake....that was the first one I bought....I now have the Garmin Nuvi 550....sorry my mistake.....this is the cheapest bike friendly waterproof one I could find.

I see it's gone up a fair bit since I bought it. I bought mine on the boxing day sales event. last year.

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ADVrider has a very good GPS forum that may be able to answer your questions.
I have read extensively on the ADV GPS subforum and have responded many times with my experiences. Recent discussions always end with a spam from a GPS vendor and recommendations to spend more. I continue to read and post in ADV which is useful for many things. I understand why you would recommend that GPS subforum.

I specifically wanted opinions from a KLR forum. I am willing to spend money for improved function -- I wear Shoei, Aerostich, and Sidi. I am not willing to spend for "the best" if that does not return more value.

willys, I have looked at listings for the waterproof nuvi 500 and 550. The 200-point route is a limitation that I could work around, but it's not a selling point. I am glad that you suggested it and it is my new #1 favorite. I'm not quite sure it adds $280 of utility over what I use now.

I hope I haven't stomped all over your willingness to help.

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When I was looking I was seriously interested in the montana, but at the price I soon thought about it. It was the top dog at the time and I'm not sure if it still is or not. It's also way more GPS than I would use or know how to use.

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I just thought I'd add a screenshot of some of the tracks from 2012 from the program Prune which runs on Linux systems (as well as MS). My dad's health led me to ride to Ohio often last year. You can see that the tracks are incomplete since I just turn off the GPS occasionally.
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WOW!!
Looks like you know every route possible to your destination.....excellent.....Hope your dad is in better health.

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I just thought I'd add a screenshot of some of the tracks from 2012 from the program Prune which runs on Linux systems (as well as MS)...

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I use Ubuntu and have a Garmin GPS. Do you have any suggestions to make them play nice? I had to boot up a Windows machine to load maps through Garmin's Basecamp. I've read that Basecamp doesn't work under Wine so haven't tried it. I've tried to use GPSbabel but don't really understand it.
Don't know what Prune is, can you load maps with it?

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