|11-23-2005, 11:14 AM||#16|
On tHe RoAd
Joined: Jul 2005
Location: New Zealand
Garmin 276C, the only way to go.
I mounted mine with the Tour a Tech lockable mount, $168, and loaded the GPS with the 256meg card..... oooooo.... a sweet reliable unit. Shake rattle and roll and it keeps on working.
Software is regularly updated, service response is fast and intelligent.
Expensive - but I think you get what you pay for.
Outside of the US, Canada and Europe the maps are indicative only.
|11-23-2005, 05:20 PM||#17|
I can pass this guy.
Joined: Feb 2005
Location: Cypress, Texas.
I just got a Garmin Quest. Smallish color screen, but very usable. It also came with rechargable batteries and the "bitchin' Betty" voice guidance thingie. I love it all to heck! It also slips easily into a pocket. No cards, but it has about 120 meg of onboard memory.
The Quest has been discontinued and replaced with the Quest II. Come loaded with all the maps straight from the factory. Very pricey though. See if GPSCiity still has the Quest. $414 with ram motorcycle mount!
Searching for the lost Xanadu.
The generation that would change the world is still looking for the car keys.
|11-23-2005, 09:31 PM||#18|
Joined: Oct 2005
Location: SW Florida
I sprung for the garmin 376 (extra bucks but may use that weather later and will use the xm sooner as I have xm in my truck and like it).
Screen good in sun etc. I've got the 256meg card and loaded City Select maps of Florida, Georgia, N & S Carolina whcih came up to about 230meg as I recall. Reading up on maps that give good trail road info with maybe topo info. When I figure out what maps to use, should be able to fit a few areas of interest on the card too.
Of course, it's easy to change the map set when doing different rides. Not likely to need all the states I've loaded for one ride. (this dang work thing keeps interfering with my fun thing )
|11-24-2005, 01:51 PM||#19|
Joined: Apr 2005
Location: NE Tejas, close to Ozarks
Look at this setup for bike/gps
Not a pic yet but can later. After years of using Delorme products ie, Street Atlas, etc with gps attached in my car I have become spoiled. IMO a screen smaller than 6 inches is too small to read safely while driving, OR riding. I tried the Garmin thing, still have one and ok for geocaching, hunting, etc. However, what I finally did was to purchase a tablet pc 8.4 in. screen, mount it with aluminum shopmade holder, foam rubber, bump pads, ram mounts. Mount on a place wheres you can see it easily without looking down too much. Mine is in line with the highway behind my windscreen.
It's important to have ViewAnywhere screen. And the tablets have soft mounted hard drives. If trail riding forget this approach as the pc can't take it.
The neat thing is hooking up to my autocom and I'm able to use voice commands to zoom,pan, route, save, etc without taking my hands of the handlebars. You can even customize commands to do many other things.
But I suppose the ability to view surrounding roads, intersections, poi's, as I zoom in and out with the bigger screen is the big difference. Zooming out does not loose the smaller roads in Street Atlas as it does in many Garmin, Magellan, etc , as you zoom out.
Bottom line: you get a big picture, similar to a map, on a big screen, which makes riding much safer and more fun and less frustrating than with a tiny screen.
Since it is a PC it is possible to load other software too such as logging notes, geocaching, info on poi's. Even load topo, satelite views, etc.
The bonderies are limitless.
Go to delorme.com and take a look at the screen shots.
I can post pics of my installation when it is finalized if anyone would like to see. Will probably cost a bit more with a tablet pc but it's night and day when riding down the road, dodging others, bridge rails, etc. Have fun and be safe.
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