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post #1 of 35 Old 08-02-2010, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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I searched acouple of the forums here but found mp topics on GPS's which I thought weird. Anyways, the only experiance i've had with a gps was with the one in a car i rented so my knowledge base is pretty small. But what I'm looking for is something geared more towards dirtroad and old logging road type stuff.
I'm not interested in color screen or a 'talking' unit, though it would be a bonus to have if i wanted to use it in the car on vacations. Are there maps available for the type of off-pavement terrain I enjoy and how much extra are the maps?

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post #2 of 35 Old 08-02-2010, 03:15 PM
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I have the same question. Begun the search, but it looks like a motorcycle specific garmin will set you back $500-900. THere has to be other options.

I have an old Garmin Rhino (GPS/ 2way Radio) that I currently use. It was designed for hiking, but it works ok on my bike. The map set I have with it is topograpghy and only has basic road info.

For my car I have the Garmin 265WT and really like it. Bought it at costco for $200 and it came with the maps. I would like to use it on the motorcycle, but it isnt waterproof.


What does everyone else use? would like to find something that is:
-easy to use with the computer to set up routes at home
- Waterproof
- larger screen (even with my car mounted garmin, its a pain scrolling around to find roads)

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post #3 of 35 Old 08-02-2010, 03:39 PM
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Garmin 2610.. It's old school and has been discontinued for a few years, but it's waterproof, and has been the choice of the motorcycle long distance crowd for years.. Used to be $700, but now can be found new on eBay for less than $100..

I've got 2 of em'.. One for now, and one for when the current one dies.. I switch them back and forth between the bikes.. All have the same power cable and cradle on the bikes. I just click it into place and plug it in..




As far as off road maps, if it's been mapped, it's on the GPS.. If it's not mapped, it wont' be on anybody's map.

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post #4 of 35 Old 08-02-2010, 03:56 PM
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I use a Lowrance xp that has been discontinued .it is water proof ,mp3,topographical,street and water capable,it works fantastic.and around $100.00

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I searched acouple of the forums here but found mp topics on GPS's which I thought weird. Anyways, the only experiance i've had with a gps was with the one in a car i rented so my knowledge base is pretty small. But what I'm looking for is something geared more towards dirtroad and old logging road type stuff.
I'm not interested in color screen or a 'talking' unit, though it would be a bonus to have if i wanted to use it in the car on vacations. Are there maps available for the type of off-pavement terrain I enjoy and how much extra are the maps?

thanks


Here's a great source for motorcycle GPS info...

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post #6 of 35 Old 08-02-2010, 06:41 PM
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Tincanman here in Port Townsend, I'll find out for you, but a friend of mine has a standard GPS on his V-Strom 1000 and its a small case, lined with foam for vibration and the case is waterproof. I have the 255W from Costco and thlinking of getting that case.
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post #7 of 35 Old 08-04-2010, 02:46 PM
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I'm a big fan of the Garmin 60CSX. Easy to use, handy, theres plenty of mounting options and its relatively small... Bought several...
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post #8 of 35 Old 08-09-2010, 07:05 AM
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+1 on the Garmin 2610. It is a good unit. Can get a motorcycle mount for it as well. No MP3, but it's waterproof.

Stay away for the 2620. It has a hard drive that will not like the bumps on the trails much.
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post #9 of 35 Old 08-09-2010, 11:09 AM
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Recently purchased a Garmin Nuvi 500 after reading numerous positive reviews. Still learning how to use it. It is motorcycle oriented and can be had for approx $200.
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post #10 of 35 Old 08-10-2010, 09:13 PM
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Garmin Map76 CSX, it is shockproof, waterproof, has a SD card and you can leave "breadcrumbs" to get you back out when you get lost!

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