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kantuckid 11-20-2012 03:25 PM

Mexico BiciMaps comments?
 
I've been reading about these on www.mexicomike.com (fun place to read some Mexico ideas) where he has a time limited deal to get them for $75 rather than the regular ~ $99 & they come directly from Bicimapas . He says they are much better than the Garmin version. I wasn't real impressed with the Garmin Mexico version when riding with Muleboy that had it on his Zumo in 2009 . I have 550 Zumo to which I would have to load it from my PC after buying the program. I currently use the Guia Rojo atlas to plan & solve route issues & a Rough Guide fold map in my tank bag for on the road use.
Comments, experience with the GPS version from Bicimapas?

kantuckid 11-20-2012 03:26 PM

Mexico BiciMaps comments?
 
I've been reading about these on www.mexicomike.com (fun place to read some Mexico ideas) where he has a time limited deal to get them for $75 rather than the regular ~ $99 & they come directly from Bicimapas . He says they are much better than the Garmin version. I wasn't real impressed with the Garmin Mexico version when riding with Muleboy that had it on his Zumo in 2009 . I have 550 Zumo to which I would have to load it from my PC after buying the program. I currently use the Guia Rojo atlas to plan & solve route issues & a Rough Guide fold map in my tank bag for on the road use.
Comments, experience with the GPS version from Bicimapas?

WilderRider 11-20-2012 04:56 PM

I have the 2011 version. I like it fine, but it depends on what you want.
Pluses
The roads of Baja were pretty good.
It routes pretty well, which I like.

The minuses
It is missing some big sections of Chihuahua.
The POI are lacking. If you want to use it to find as hotel, you will be constantly frustrated. Might be OK for finding Pemex stations, though.

I am using the Central America version too. Actually right now, as I am in Panama. It is a little better than the Mexico even.

muddyrabbit 11-21-2012 04:17 AM

I've used Bicimapas 3 times, it always does the most important job of getting me where I want to go without getting lost. I agree they can be lacking for stuff like finding a hotel, but I prefer to roll into a town without much of a plan and find a place to stay when i get there.

Throttlemeister 11-21-2012 08:16 AM

I ran the older Bici maps in 2010 when I went through and thought they where pretty darn good then and blew the POS garmin maps out of the water. I've read they have made many improvements since that version I ran so they should only be better now. When I get back to Mexico without a doubt I will be using the newest Bici maps, they are worth the money to me:deal

eakins 11-21-2012 01:43 PM

i use them and they work awesome. they are routable which was key for me.
E32 can have some more remote area details but is not routable.

Misery Goat 11-22-2012 11:19 AM

Of all the gps maps I used on my almost 2 year trip of Latin America the BiciMaps are the best.

kantuckid 11-23-2012 05:21 AM

So, can a computer idiot load it from computer to Zumo 550 w/o failure? Also,is their any issue as to the amount of gb room on my Zumo?

muddyrabbit 11-23-2012 01:41 PM

I'm a computer idiot and have managed to do it 3 times. As long as you have Garmin Mapsource on the computer and follow the instructions you should be fine.

rcroese 11-30-2012 10:43 AM

I used the updated Bicimapas (2013 v. 8.0) on a recent rip to northern and central Mexico. The routing and routability are quite good and the newly added topographical information is very nice. The POIs, as mentioned by someone else, are very scarce, especially for hotels, where you need them most. For some reason, while you are in a fairly large city, like Zacatecas, the POIs that show up are for hotels a thousand km away.

The latest version of Bicimapas combines Mexico and Central America (and I thought Venezuela, but I can't find it on the maps), which is nice because the two of them separately were quite pricy. The owner of Bicimapas is quite responsive by e-mail or phone (located in Mexico) and once you have the proper code for a properly owned routable GPS, the download and installation are seamless.

kantuckid 11-30-2012 03:31 PM

Thanks to all for the comments, I bought the download but don't have a card to load them yet. If I have trouble or just helpful comments I'll post again, MX,GT & Belize here I come...


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