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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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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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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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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...

ADV - Layin' down tracks
 

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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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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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+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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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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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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I use a Garmin GPSMAP60CSx on my dual purpose and a Nuvi 750 on the street bike.
The GPSMAP60CSx has an old Garmin map set loaded into it.( U.S. Recreational Lakes )It has many old roads here in N.H. Some shown have been abandoned for many years.
My disc is the "East V5" for this part of the U.S.
It covers as far West as Minnesota down to part of Texas.

Kind of hard to see screen except if the sun is shining directly on screen or on a cloudy day. On sunny days with sun not directly on screen you can't see it very well.

When I can, I'll get a Nuvi 550. The maps cover most of Nothern America. Not sure how detailed it is as far as showing old roads.
 

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Larry-like to help you out re the map detail. Unfortunately this is my first GPS; have nothing to compare it to. Did have a chance to do some rural gravel roads yesterday that showed up.
 

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I just sold my Zumo 450, I want to try something newer and figured I'd move the 450 out before it wasn't worth anything.

So far the Zumo 660 is in the running and I like the look of the TomTom.

For the life of me I can't tell if the TomTom does MP3s by reading thru the spec sheet on them. Anybody know for sure?

Must haves:

MP3 player.
Touch screen.
Left hand controls if it has buttons at all.
Waterproof.


Anything new that I'm missing?
 

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check out the Delorme site. Definitely geared toward logging roads and trails. They have a new on with the SPOT device built in. Downloadable/programmable maps, super ruggged & waterproof.
 

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garmin 60 csx

is what I've been using in east texas. the bike mount I bought separately didn't fit the handle bar so I cut two different sizes of radiator hose to use as spacers between the mount and the bar. so far so good.
 

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I Have a Zumo 660, works great in all conditions. I have only experanced one problem, coming thru the border when it was 106deg out, it did a thermo shut down when I was sitting in traffic. It worked flwlessly on my 6500 mile trip other wise.
Joe
 

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I Have a Zumo 660, works great in all conditions. I have only experanced one problem, coming thru the border when it was 106deg out, it did a thermo shut down when I was sitting in traffic. It worked flwlessly on my 6500 mile trip other wise.
Joe

It's at the top of the list so far. I'm still looking around before I plunk down the cash.
 
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