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Old 03-06-2013, 08:44 PM   #2236
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I noticed half the group has GPS. Any recommendations. I like the Montana but it is pricey. Too many other farkeles to purchase. I thought i could use my iPhone 4G, but the navigation software and internal GPS is horrible. I tried the garmin 62 series but found the screen too small to navigate. Spent more time zooming in then riding and eventually the battery went dead.
I have the 60CSx and a Zumo 665. The 665 is pricey, but it is nice having a big enough screen to see where you are going. There are no issues using the touch screen with gloves, in fact, it works better with gloves on and it is a lot faster than the 60/276/376/478 units.

For the most part, you really don't need a GPS in Death Valley. You'll be OK if half the group has them.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:56 PM   #2237
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Hey Joel..

I have been dreading sending this message. I have to abort the rally. I'm about to start a big project for work and it's going to conflict with the rally dates. I'm self employed and have always been able to juggle work around riding but not this time and I have to take the work if it's offered.

Brian is still going to make it though. He will have to represent Colorado on his own...

Ride hard and take chances... FYYFF
norm sorry to hear you have conflict. i know, you've been planning on this one right after we met in silverton. well, work is just as important. it pays for the sport and toys.

see you in colorado or next year here in dv.



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awesome todd. thank you.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:59 PM   #2238
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In DV, a Harrison map is a great substitute for a GPS. Since all riding within the park is done on existing roads, it's hard to get lost with a good map.
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:49 PM   #2239
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G2 Tower Rd?

Hello,

Looking at G2 Tower Rd. that goes from Ridgecrest, N, past China Lake Weapons Station then to 190.
Anybody ride that one? If so what was it like?

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Old 03-07-2013, 06:13 AM   #2240
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Hello,

Looking at G2 Tower Rd. that goes from Ridgecrest, N, past China Lake Weapons Station then to 190.
Anybody ride that one? If so what was it like?

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I'm pretty sure you can't ride straight through the military base without special clearance

If you give it a try anyhow, be sure to take a camera and let us know how it goes

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Old 03-07-2013, 06:18 AM   #2241
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That road is deep inside the base.

Take the power line roads that parallel the 395 to Olancha. or the roads going to the Pinnacles, Trona for fuel, then the escape route north into Ballarat area.

I assume you're trying to ride in on dirt to PSR
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:51 AM   #2242
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I noticed half the group has GPS. Any recommendations. I like the Montana but it is pricey. Too many other farkeles to purchase. I thought i could use my iPhone 4G, but the navigation software and internal GPS is horrible. I tried the garmin 62 series but found the screen too small to navigate. Spent more time zooming in then riding and eventually the battery went dead.



While I love using my Montana I understand it's an investment… For DV purposes and riding without needing to load GPX tracks the Garmin USA iPhone App is great if you want to save cash and still have a fully functional GPS unit that doesn't need any network to function, assuming you already have your bike setup with a mount and power for the iPhone. The Garmin app does leave a track of where you've been, has onboard Maps that will have all the roads you would ride around DV and is only $40. It's the same as the Garmin Nuvi series without the additional unit. With the high-res iPhone screen I never had issues with using it for rides I didn't need to follow tracks on.

Good luck!





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Old 03-07-2013, 07:33 AM   #2243
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ORUX maps on an Android

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While I love using my Montana I understand it's an investment… For DV purposes and riding without needing to load GPX tracks the Garmin USA iPhone App is great if you want to save cash and still have a fully functional GPS unit that doesn't need any network to function, assuming you already have your bike setup with a mount and power for the iPhone. The Garmin app does leave a track of where you've been, has onboard Maps that will have all the roads you would ride around DV and is only $40. It's the same as the Garmin Nuvi series without the additional unit. With the high-res iPhone screen I never had issues with using it for rides I didn't need to follow tracks on.

Good luck!
Thanks for the suggestion. So it is a good map supplement, giving you breadcrumbs, but doesnt sound like it loads .gpx files and works with waypoints. I was trolling around the internet yesterday and stumbled upon this. https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...oruxmaps&hl=en

It is a google android mapping software and the reviews are quite good 7,000 5 stars, 1,300 4 stars and a small majority 1-3. Just taking a glance at it, it can load Garmin maps and use OSM maps. So I would need to plunk down some money on an android device or a iPod/iphone. My understanding is there is a GPS module in most devices, so you don't need an actual phone.
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:59 AM   #2244
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I runs very basic GPS. It's an old Magellan Meridian (got my first. In 2003). It tracks me and you can load waypoints up. The map sucks and the screen is small but it's simple and pretty stout. I also got an extra cheap on eBay so if I destroy it I won't cry too much.

Here it is in all its modern wonder.


This is my trusty one but I just got a Meridian Gold and a Platinum, these are better as they save track history in non-volatile memory, the regular does not so unplanned power outages lose track history (it saves when you do a commanded power off though).
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:33 AM   #2245
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G2 Tower Rd?

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That road is deep inside the base.

Take the power line roads that parallel the 395 to Olancha. or the roads going to the Pinnacles, Trona for fuel, then the escape route north into Ballarat area.

I assume you're trying to ride in on dirt to PSR
Hello,

Thanks spafxer and rider914 for your responses.


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Old 03-07-2013, 09:33 AM   #2246
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Making someone happy on the waiting list...

We have to forgo the fun and activities and are giving up our slots :-(.

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Old 03-07-2013, 10:10 AM   #2247
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Regarding gps and maps, checkout the android app store for dualsportmaps.com phone app. For $20 you get maps, and access to tracks. Give yourself a few hours to get familiar with it. I'm not sure is it's available for iphone or not.

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Old 03-07-2013, 11:06 AM   #2248
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If you just want tracks, there are a few free apps for the iPhone and Android (I have used GPS Tracker on Android, it is free) that will log your coordinates similar to how a true GPS unit would. This will create a "bread crumb" trail that you can then load up to your computer when you get home to plot out in Google Earth or Maps. It stores the tracks in your phone, so you don't need service. Not a navigational tool, just a cool feature so you can see where you have been.
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:36 AM   #2249
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i still use an old indian scout
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:26 PM   #2250
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We have to forgo the fun and activities and are giving up our slots :-(.

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sorry oliver and diane you could not make it. we are looking forward to show nice riding areas for riders from out of state. hope one day i will make it to your riding areas in new mexico.

we'll have a ride report afterwards for all of us to enjoy.
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