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Old 01-03-2015, 05:32 PM   #1
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Need a GPS, but which Garmin?

Ok, I know what GPS is and what it does, but what I'm finding difficult is trying to choose a GPS unit for my motorcycle. I already have an XM radio setup on my bike, so having that as a feature isn't necessary. I've been all over the Garmin web site, but that just makes it more confusing. I ride a BMW GS, but I'm usually on pavement or improved dirt roads. I live in lower NYS, and there just isn't any real off road riding available in my area.

What I need to know from those who have been using Garmin for a while is, am I saving any money by getting the Montana or Oregon units with a map bundle and City Navigator NA, or do I go the Zumo 590 with the unlimited maps? I don't have any idea on how much GPS users spend on map and data bundles, or how often they need to be updated. Am I being penny wise and pound foolish?
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Old 01-04-2015, 04:55 AM   #2
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why don you just use your smart phone?
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Old 01-07-2015, 10:27 AM   #3
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If youre not planning on doing any offroading, check out a Nuvi.. Theyre cheap and come with lifetime maps, bright screen and easy to use on the fly. Easy to find fuel and food with as well. Budget friendly at under $100 plus another $30 or so for a ram mount to position it where you want it.
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Old 01-07-2015, 12:31 PM   #4
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why don you just use your smart phone?
In part because I don't have or want one. The Nuvi is nice, but it's not weather proof. The quest continues....
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Old 01-26-2015, 05:20 PM   #6
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I have been using a Dakota 20 with good results the last 3 years.
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Old 02-03-2015, 09:49 AM   #7
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In part because I don't have or want one. The Nuvi is nice, but it's not weather proof. The quest continues....
Nuvi 500 is waterproof.
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Old 02-03-2015, 10:06 AM   #8
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Just purchased a Garmin 56LM. It costs $130.00 and is more GPS than I need. 1000 waypoints, track logging, trip meter etc. It can be used with the screen horizontally or vertically. Has a slot for an SD card and uses all of Garmin's maps as well as OSM maps. I am done with Tomtoms.

My collection of maps used on my Garmin 62S will be used on this 56LM. and the lifteime maps for the 56LM can be used on the 62S. Win win.

Waterproofing doesn't support the $500 pice difference between a bike and car GPS. A 5 ziplock bag will solve your problem. ;-)

Or condom if you are hardcore.

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Old 02-03-2015, 10:10 AM   #9
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Thanks all for the info, appreciate your assistance.
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Old 02-03-2015, 10:34 AM   #10
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Etrex

I have a Garmin ETrex. It's waterproof. It's all I used to navigate the TAT and back. SD card compatible. I've downloaded city street navigator and it works well for finding anything (gas, hotels, etc.) It's affordable, easy to use and easy to see in the sunlight. It's about the size of a cell phone, so it's easy to stuff it in a pocket when you are off the bike. It runs on AA batteries or a USB port.
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Old 02-04-2015, 03:06 PM   #11
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Talking An excellent Garmin GPS for bikes!

I highly recommend the Garmin zumo 660LM which is the one they make that is for motorcycles. It has a really nice handlebar mount and it works incredibly well! You have many choices you can make on how it works. I set it to keep the map display North up and show my bike icon moving on the map in the direction I'm going.

When you turn it on it is ready to navigate in less than 15 seconds. Other nice things on the display are settings that I use to show the speed zone sign and a speedo that shows the speed you're going. You can also pick the option to have it show the names of the roads you are crossing as you go through the intersections. I also chose to have it display the map with a high data level which looks terrific!

It also comes with lifetime map updates included. That is a truly nice addition since it will save you money over the years.
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Old 02-19-2015, 04:32 PM   #12
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Ditto on the zip lock bag , its the route I decided to go . Played with all the various map programs listed that are Android compatible , pretty much a pain to use unless I upgrade my phone (currently using a Moto G ) . Bought a inexpensive Garmin at BestBuy and went from there .
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Old 02-19-2015, 04:52 PM   #13
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Waterproofing doesn't support the $500 pice difference between a bike and car GPS. A 5 ziplock bag will solve your problem. ;-)

Or condom if you are hardcore.
I use a simple and cheap but very nice garmin 765T. Does everything under the sun. Used a Baggie over it when it down poured from central Florida to N. Tennessee. 100% waterproof and still rolling strong3 years later
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:07 PM   #14
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Just bought a new Garmin 56 for $120.00

It offer lanscape and portrait orientation. Does all the usual calculations, offers Trip 1 and trip 2 etc. And I can use it with OSM maps. I don'T see the need to pay more. I also have a Garmin 62S and use it too.

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