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post #1 of 54 Old 01-20-2010, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Whats the best GPS?

I know we can all go fishing with this can of worms, but is the Garman Zumo 550 or 600 really worth the money? I am also a pilot and rely on the Garman 496 GPS up in the sky and is worth every penny. But on a bike I just dont see the $600 - $800 for one. The overlay on google maps looks like a cool deal.
I just wondered what everyone was running and if they liked them? Kinda looking for the best bang for the buck.

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post #2 of 54 Old 01-20-2010, 09:45 PM
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I'm running an old school Garmin 2610... I have the same mount and wiring on all the bikes and just switch it to the bike I'm riding that day. What used to be a $600 GPS is now a discontinued model that can be found new for $100.. It doesn't have a few of the features of newwer models, and it doesn't run off a battery, but it's waterproof, WAAS enabled, and CHEAP!!!

When this one dies, I'll replace it with another..
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post #3 of 54 Old 01-20-2010, 11:29 PM
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I'm running the Garmin 2820 and three 2720's. The 2820 is bluetooth wireless that works with my chatterbox xbi2.

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I'm using the "free" application on my Verizon (RIMM) Storm 2. I've also got a bushnell for hiking onix2000, works pretty good when there are no roads or cellular coverage (for the Storm).

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I use the sun and stars. I get lost a lot.




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post #6 of 54 Old 01-21-2010, 08:36 PM
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I use the sun and stars. I get lost a lot.
Sounds like my good friend and Indian Guide, Double A... I let him lead last fall.. We did 20 mile circle, almost. I think he's part homing pigeon.
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What's the fun if you don't ever get lost?




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post #8 of 54 Old 01-22-2010, 12:43 AM
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I consider a GPS to be a personal choice which makes it hard to tell anyone what the best one is for them. Plus, my opinions are based on 2 year old research, things may have improved since. I bought a MIO C520 for many reasons. My biggest decisions were the refresh speed, touchscreen and widescreen. A lot of devices are slow as hell with their screen refreshes which would drive me nuts. So Every time you pan the screen you have that hesitation. Not with the Mio, it's instant, no hesitation at all. The Garmin Nuvi line was the only other GPS line that compared speed wise. TomTom, Magellan, and all other Garmin lines were slow and annoying. The MIO is a newer company in Europe, so it lacks some of the refinement Garmin has developed over the years. The MIO can play mp3's and videos also. My main reason for a GPS was simply to know my location, not necessarily for route calculations, but I've relied on it more and more and it hasn't let me down. Although it's routing can seem odd at times (Some of that refinement I mentioned). All the companies have newer lines now, so I would need to refresh my research in order to recommend anything current. My best suggestion is to get hands on with as many as you can at the local stores. You'll find out real quick which ones are crap and then narrow down the remaining for further examination and then eliminate the options 1 by 1 until you find your perfect match.
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Garmin zumo 550 here.

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post #10 of 54 Old 01-22-2010, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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I use the sun and stars. I get lost a lot.
Thats a good one.
I dont know that I have ever gotten lost before, I may not know where I am all the time.
I have been reading a lot about others travels and they give some GPS way points of interest. Not really looking for a GPS for full time travel but would be a great guide to some of these spots. Read some stuff from big dog adventures and he has some neat water mills around the area. Some are way off the beaten path. He doesnt give directions just lat and long. Some great KLR riding.
Thanks for all the great advise from everyone.

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