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Old 08-14-2013, 03:46 PM   #1
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GPS's

I'd figure you ADV type would be the experts on GPS's.
Finding interesting back roads, ram hunting etc.
I have maps on my phone but the boss would probably prefer it was not attached to my handlebars.

I know Garmin are the best, but if I did best I would not be riding around on a 35 year old BMW....

I see some on TM for under $250, any experience with them?

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/List...x?id=624575395
http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/moto...-625322115.htm


The pain for me is I have to wear reading glasses....

This one seems to have some useful functions.
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:35 PM   #2
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Maps is what make the difference Most GPS manufacturers have there own maps that they will kindly let you purchase for a "small" fee . Usually works out cheaper to buy a new GPS.
NZOpen do free Garmin maps with monthly updates (reasonably accurate).
Type of use also dictates type of GPS system. Off road? on road? recording tracks etc
Confused and bewildered?
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:26 AM   #3
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Maps is what make the difference Most GPS manufacturers have there own maps that they will kindly let you purchase for a "small" fee . Usually works out cheaper to buy a new GPS.
NZOpen do free Garmin maps with monthly updates (reasonably accurate).
Type of use also dictates type of GPS system. Off road? on road? recording tracks etc
Confused and bewildered?
My job here is done
Yeah, I'm confused, like looking for anything on the net.

So a Garmin would be perfect...they are $600 plus
I Google the Peaklife and get a lot of " you need to do this to get the maps, I use Tomtom etc....but hey $230...leaves a lot for beer.
I'm a road sort of guy with a bit of gravel....but hey if I can have all my 60's 70's 80's tunes, a camera, videos, pubs with craft beers on tap...why not.
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Old 02-27-2014, 11:51 AM   #4
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My entry level ADV bike arrived this week ( my wife said " Its a BMW with dirt bike tyres..") and should be road legal tomorrow, looking at finding some gravel.....
In an ideal world I'd spring 7 hundy for a Garman, I know its " all in the maps" what should I ask about this one on TM.
http://www.trademe.co.nz/electronics...-699901596.htm
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Old 02-27-2014, 12:58 PM   #5
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My entry level ADV bike arrived this week ( my wife said " Its a BMW with dirt bike tyres..") and should be road legal tomorrow, looking at finding some gravel.....
In an ideal world I'd spring 7 hundy for a Garman, I know its " all in the maps" what should I ask about this one on TM.
http://www.trademe.co.nz/electronics...-699901596.htm
DONT BUY IT!
They are a piece of shit....how do I know? well I have one that I'm trying to organize a refund for.
Totally misleading advertising as they are so not fit for purpose.
Just a kids toy really with one to many zeros on the price tag.
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Old 02-27-2014, 02:40 PM   #6
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DONT BUY IT!
They are a piece of shit....how do I know? well I have one that I'm trying to organize a refund for.
Totally misleading advertising as they are so not fit for purpose.
Just a kids toy really with one to many zeros on the price tag.
Thanks for the heads up and good luck with refund.

After lots of research I get the impression that you either pay $700+ for a Garmin Zumo 660 that you will be very happy with or 1/2 that for a WINCE powered Chinese one that you will regret buying.

Recently I bought a Schuberth S3 flip front helmet, was way more than I usually spend but its awesome, not one think I don't like.
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Old 02-27-2014, 03:26 PM   #7
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For a long time I used this



Cut up AA maps & made a roll sheet . A mate & I would go off exploring just following what looked like interesting roads on the map.
Way too low tech I guess.
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Old 02-27-2014, 05:41 PM   #8
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Wow I thought you Triumph owners used:

I led team of lost Commando riders thru the uncharted back blocks of Napier last weekend using my phone GPS......
Did you keep your sammies under the map?
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:33 PM   #9
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probably cheapest bang for buck is an android device with a screen youre happy with on your handlebars with one of the topo maps you can get in google play for free, like this one

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...aps.free&hl=en

if all you want to know is if theres a road somewhere, and where it goes, something like that would do it.

i have memory map and map app (both islands) on my apple stuff.
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:30 PM   #10
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I have a Garmin Zumo 550 and if you want to put in a destination and follow a purple line or create a route and follow that then they are good. BUT, for general exploring they are useless as if you zoom out to get a bigger picture of where you are, all of the smaller roads dissapear. (and they are usually the ones I am on. )
I have seen some posts of people using things like Ipad minis and these may work better to give a bigger overall picture of things. I dont know 8if there is good map apps for them in NZ. Austrailia has their OZ Explorer maps which seem good.
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:34 PM   #11
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I've got a Garmin Etrex 20 which I got for just over $200 from Trig Instruments here in Welly. The mount is a bicycle one zip tied to the handlebars. Runs 2xAA batteries. Does the same functions as the 62s but is smaller.

Also have a GPS on my (work) iPhone for finding my way around cities. . Used a Lifeproof water & dust proof case (work supplied $89), with a Lifeproof handlebar mount (I had to buy that one). Only issue with phones as GPS is that it chews the batteries. I don't have it running out of town. But I've just been allowed to look at GPS apps, so we should be good to go with using that more now too.
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:10 PM   #12
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i use a garmin 60csx . Good, bit small screen size but adaptable to take tramping, MTBing etc. pretty robust - for more hardcore adv than road riding i'd concede.
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Old 04-27-2014, 03:01 AM   #13
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I use a Galaxy S4.
I used to have a Uniden GPS but I couldn't update it, the phone is better because it is able to run a bunch of different GPS apps.
I like Mapfactor Navigator because it lets me download the open source maps at home with my WiFi and then I can use it wherever without using up mobile data.

Another good option to consider is a 10" tablet in the clear pocket of a tank bag - it is one way to have a really good sized map.
I'm talking about a tank bag like this: http://www.eurobike.co.nz/products/9...5_lt_tank.aspx
You can actually use the touch screen through the clear pastic, very handy.
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Old 05-10-2014, 02:02 AM   #14
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I had an early etrex, but got a 62csx for birthday a year ago.
My mate has recently bought a garmin colorado. Which in essence is a g62, but with a touch screen. That makes it more compact. IMO its really the next generation compared to tge 62 with its physical buttons. Daves colorado also has a built in camera which is nice feature.
The main advantage Of these units is that they can handle both on and offroad nav.

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Old 05-10-2014, 03:09 AM   #15
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GP what

I have a front wheel. I follow it everywhere. It always gets me there. Sometimes takes a little longer than should but always good fun.

For backup I carry AA maps.
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