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Old 12-31-2010, 10:27 PM   #16
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I'm looking for a similar GPS. I have posted here months before but before I pulled the trigger I became ill. I'm in the process of getting ready to head south till my fingers thaw then head west till I get there. I'm getting a better idea of what I think I want in GPS and would really appriciate some input. Here is a few things I think I would like:

*Plugged in direct to battery
*Handlebar Ram mount
*show topography, show restaraunts
*I think turn by turn voice instructions would be a plus for me, easy to use is a plus
*$200-$650 give or take?
*Id like to use my PC & software to map out a route to download. Id like to be able to download other peoples routes to follow. Id like to be able to go into the woods and follow the same trail back out of the woods.
*Water Proof, rugged for off road riding
*I lean towards Garmin
*I think I would prefer to buy new, Im preparing to head out on a trip ASAP to the great southwest USA.
*A must is the ability to ride off the beaten path, back roads, trails, once I get to where Im going I like to stay off highway, so I dont want re-routed to the next highway
*12 channel parallel receiver system: Needed for best reception in difficult terrain and tree cover. (copy & paste)
*I will use this GPS on 2 bikes, both with hacks, KLR650 & Suzuki Bandit 1200S as well as my truck.
*Will be used for local trips around the county as well as around the U.S.
Hope I'm not breaking any "wich GPS is for me" rules
I was in a car accident 5-6-09 and I need a GPS to get from place to place, from home to town etc... So I think one that talks to me would be a huge plus as I tend to space out often. I know I should use the search button but with this freckin head injury it is confusing to do so. A big screen is also a plus, with color.
Thanks for any help.
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:33 AM   #17
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Location: Oklahoma
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Question have 276C, what maps for adv riding?

Good to see the 276C is considered a good unit for off roading. What Are the specific map sets I should add for adv touring? I've used mine on the roads over the years but will be getting my first adv bike this spring and assume that my map source maps wont be helping me much when off road. Suggestions?
'14 500 EXC, '06 R1 LE, '13 FJR, '12 XTZ12, '09 T Max
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Old 02-25-2011, 07:49 AM   #18
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I am also wishing Garmin would come up with a real replacement for the 276c.
I will soon need a good gps for adv motorcycle use and from what I can tell there is nothing currently that is really suited for it. If I could find a used or refurbed 276c I may go that way, but I am not going to pay piles of money for one. Also It looks like it has at least one downside of its own... Garmin only map cards?? Hopefully they come out with something soon, otherwise I may have to just deal with a 62st or the Oregon 450t. At least I could use it for backpacking if they come out with something better for the bike later. sigh....
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:11 AM   #19
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No real substitute for a 276c in my book, but found the aera500, to be up to par. Same form factor as the Zumo 660/65, Customizable data fields in map view and in nav-computer modes (within aircraft mode) and a run-of-the-mill nuvi in automotive mode. Can use the garmin zumo 660 moto mount, and it has a 5hz update rate (as opposed to the typical 1hz update rate for automotive/motorcycle units). One big drawback of the aera for me, is that it doesnt have an odometer readout in airplane mode.
Hope that helps.

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Old 03-03-2011, 07:33 AM   #20
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The 478 is the perfect subsitute to a 276. I use both and the 478 is mucho better IMHO. You just need to find a bunch of 512mb cards to load up the extra good stuff

These are the only GPS worth running besides the smaller 60 and 76 series that work alright if you can't find one of the big boys
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:36 AM   #21
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I know this is an older thread, but here is a pretty good comparison of the older 276 - 478
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