Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Antioch Florida
Many moon ago I had a Nuvi 500 with Garmin’s City Navigator Maps for my Tundra. The one issue that I see among the Nuvi 1000 Series Models (similar to my old 500) is that none support tracking. You can load a track (.gpx), but the devices will automatically convert the track points to waypoints and convert the track to a route. Tracks are a necessary and important feature for dual sport riding and any trail activities…e.g. bicycling, hiking, boating. If you’re going to use it for navigating highways and waypoints (e.g. gas stations, camping grounds, etc etc) only then it’ll be okay…assuming you can still load map updates. My 500 started refusing map updates a long time ago.
Garmin offers a free online navigation service called BaseCamp. You’ll want to download it. Essentially, you’ll find that building your routes (and/or tracks) on line is much easier than on the device itself. If you can record your routes via waypoints then you can load them into BaseCamp and save them; as well as modify them if you want. You can transfer from BaseCamp to Garmin Adventures and share your travels. I need to tell you that BaseCamp is not the easiest or most intuitive navigation to learn but once you get it down, it’s all you’ll ever use. The equivalent TomTom software (I use a Tom Tom Rider in my car) if you wind up with one of those is called Tyre-to-Travel, but you can connect your Garmin into Tyre. It’s just not really set up for it.
On screen size, keep in mind that the Ram offers different length perches for their mounts. The longer the perch, the higher the device is going to sit to make it easier to see. I have my 2.5 inch screen Garmin Handled GPSMAP 64ST mounted in a Ram Cradle on the highest perch they make and get by pretty well.
Anyway, good luck. In my opinion a day will come when GPS Devices and Smart Phone Technologies will converge. Just ain’t there for the “active adventurer.” A couple years back Garmin and Delorme merged and I know they’re working on some models, plus they currently have a Garmin/Delorme model that converges GPS and SPOT. I actually just cancelled my SPOT subscription as it's just getting too expensive, but I intend to move into something to replace that capability soon.