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Old 01-21-2013, 12:29 PM   #1
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New bike, need a new GPS

Just got a brand new CRF250L. Before I go get myself lost in some forest, I want to get a GPS.

Never bought a GPS before...don't really know what to look for. Only things I really care about are a good ability to get satellites and accurate maps so it's still useful when I'm on dirt road XYZ. On a limited budget. Again, really just looking for something super reliable without bells and whistles.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Oh, and something that can be mounted on the handlebars of course
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:56 PM   #2
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Just got a brand new CRF250L. Before I go get myself lost in some forest, I want to get a GPS.

Never bought a GPS before...don't really know what to look for. Only things I really care about are a good ability to get satellites and accurate maps so it's still useful when I'm on dirt road XYZ. On a limited budget. Again, really just looking for something super reliable without bells and whistles.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Oh, and something that can be mounted on the handlebars of course
The best budget gps you can get right now is the Garmin 78 from West Marine for $200.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:43 PM   #3
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The best budget gps you can get right now is the Garmin 78 from West Marine for $200.
+1, just remember you will want maps ($ or open-source) and a mount, RAM is good and low buck.

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Old 01-22-2013, 05:16 AM   #4
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OP, what features do you require? For example, do you need turn-by-turn directions?
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:30 AM   #5
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Before I go get myself lost in some forest, I want to get a GPS.

Never bought a GPS before...don't really know what to look for. Only things I really care about are a good ability to get satellites and accurate maps so it's still useful when I'm on dirt road XYZ.
Any hand held will do what you want for a GPS. E-Trex/60/76/62/78

HOWEVER There are no maps that you are looking for.

All Forests in he US have done Travel Management to determine which existing routes are open to motorized travel. None of the map makers have imported this data into their maps.

Having said that, the very old Garmin Roads & Rec map set does show most routes in the forest but you have no idea where Wilderness Area are adn which trails that show on the map are open.
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:27 AM   #6
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I really don't need any features, just a map view of where I am. Altitude would be nice if possible.

@Countdown, you're saying that no forest routes are in GPS maps?
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:14 PM   #7
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I really don't need any features, just a map view of where I am. Altitude would be nice if possible.

@Countdown, you're saying that no forest routes are in GPS maps?
Most hand held GPS does not come with maps, you buy maps and then load them into GPS.

R & R and Topo has most routes but you don't know if they are legal.

City Nav will not show any trails.

People use GPS for navagating planned Tracks not as a map. If that is what you want, just get paper map form Froest service.
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I might just do that...thanks for the advice.
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@Countdown, you're saying that no forest routes are in GPS maps?
NO, he is not saying that.
City Navigator has many Forest Service roads on it and many other dirt roads, just not all. All the roads on City Navigator are routable.
City Navigator is a good road map
If I am off the map, say on a road not on the map, I can still navigate by direction. I have a target I want to get too and my GPS unit will point the way I need to go to get to my target.
Also my GPS does Tracks, so if I am off the map I can always follow my track back out too. On some units, you can draw your own Tracks on your computer at home, downloaded into the GPS and have it to follow.
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Old 01-22-2013, 03:05 PM   #10
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Well, he saved me a bundle anyway.

Found these USFS maps:
http://fsgeodata.fs.fed.us/rastergat...&gridSrc=35118

Covers my area directly east of Bakersfield. Just need to print em out and laminate em.
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If I am off the map, say on a road not on the map, I can still navigate by direction. I have a target I want to get too and my GPS unit will point the way I need to go to get to my target.
The OP never said anything about Navagating, he is just trail riding around the forest. He is not going on a planed ride. He is thinking maps, and thinks a GPS will show him a neat map with a "you are here" arrow like we see on giant PC screen.

The problem is that as all we users know, a small screen hand held is useless as a map. If you zoom in so you can see the road you are on, you can't see anything else. If you zoom out so you can see what's around, you can't see the roads.
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It sure would be nice if all of the USFS would get in line with the Black Hills NF. The Black Hills has the MVUM's in a garmin format that can be loaded to most garmin's with a few mouse clicks.

http://prdp2fs.ess.usda.gov/wps/port...3&position=Not Yet Determined.Html&ttype=detail&pname=Black Hills National Forest- Maps
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It sure would be nice if all of the USFS would get in line with the Black Hills NF. The Black Hills has the MVUM's in a garmin format that can be loaded to most garmin's with a few mouse clicks.
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The OP never said anything about Navagating, he is just trail riding around the forest. He is not going on a planed ride. He is thinking maps, and thinks a GPS will show him a neat map with a "you are here" arrow like we see on giant PC screen..
Yes, I know and I understand completely the type of riding he is contemplating. I did it myself for years on a dirt bike. Then you could legally ride on any trail or dirt road and I was never bothered on the paved roads. Roamed and explored the El DoradoNational Forest and would get myself so lost. Boy, it was fun but it would have been wonderful having my GPS then.
As fun as those rides were my GPS would have enhanced them
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Why would this be a bad thing?
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