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post #1 of 32 Old 04-12-2010, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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good budget GPS

im looking for a good GPS I could use on my Wee. Forgive me if there is already a thread.......but it is technology we're talking about, and I didn't find anything searching by titles.

The problem I have with my 5 year old one, is the inability to edit routes for back roads like you would on google maps.

I would ideally like one for <$200.

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post #2 of 32 Old 04-12-2010, 01:01 PM
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My wife and I both use Garmin Nuvis. In Canada, they're about $120 new, + a little more $ for the bike mount kit. Not made for bikes, but they work just fine. Mine is mounted under the windshield (a fine job by the original owner), so stays dry when riding (ziplock cover for when parked in the rain).

I find neat looking places on Google Satellite / Map, and using the Google / Garmin plugin, I send locations into the GPS, then ride to them.

We move them from our bikes to our cars.

I can't justify paying $600 or more for a motorcycle-built GPS.

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post #3 of 32 Old 04-12-2010, 01:17 PM
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Yesterday in the sunday paper K-mart had one for $79. I don't remember what the brand was, but price wise they don't get much cheaper. You still would need a mount, and I'm sure it isn't waterproof, but for less than $100 you could be set up. Most of the cheaper units don't have as many features as the better ones, but it is just a matter of finding one that you like. My wife got me a tomtom rider 2 for christmas. I think she paid $300 from amazon. I love it. Waterproof, and it came with ram mounts. I just checked amazon, and now they are over $600. I don't know how she got mine so cheap. It is not a refurbished unit either. I guess they are cheaper in the off-season.

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The nuvi 500/550 series is my next gps. Waterproof (IPX7) The 500 has topo maps as well as road maps (US only). I've seen it in the $250 range, in Canada, so it should be cheaper south of the border.

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+1 for the Garmin Nuvi 500/550.

It's rated for motorcycle use and its waterproof. It can also be used for hiking (although it's kind of big for that).

The 500 has US Roads and Topo maps, the 550 has US and Canada Roads maps preloaded.

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The Nuvi 500/550 looks like it would meet your basic needs. It doesn't have a lot of fancy bells and whistles like an MP3 player or Bluetooth compatability, but it does allow for 500 waypoints and 10 routes. And it's waterproof. If it had been available here at a more reasonable price when I bought my 250 last year I would have gotten it instead. Personally, unless you need the topo maps for hiking and such (I question how long battery life would be without a power supply, though), I'd go for the 550 and get the included maps for Canada - assuming you have any intention of coming up here. Buying maps after the fact can cost a significant percentage of the price of the unit itself.

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The problem I have with my 5 year old one, is the inability to edit routes for back roads like you would on google maps.

I would ideally like one for <$200.

Thanks everyone.
This is the same problem I have with mine. I'm trying to find a database of sorts that shows which GPS will take waypoints.

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post #8 of 32 Old 04-12-2010, 08:10 PM
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I use a nuvi 205 on ram mount, total cost was maybe 120$ with the GPS+Mount.

Only complaint I have is its hard to put it in a position where you can see it in the sunlight, I need to fashion some kind of sun lip for the top of it.
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Found this review site, but doesn't say anything about planning routes.

http://www.gpsmagazine.com/reviews.php

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Go with the gamin 500/550. I would not bother with the Zumo they are nice but still too $$. If you need Bluetooth get a 3.5 mm adapter for Bluetooth (look at Amazon)
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