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post #1 of 45 Old 05-12-2013, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Best GPS under $300 for motorcycles

First of all, I searched for information in this forum on the subject and didn't find the threads. Maybe my search skills are weak, but I tried. Anyhow . . .

I'm looking for a motorcycle-suitable GPS that can be easily moved between my 2012 650 VStrom, my truck, and my person. So, as a motorcycle GPS, it should be easily operable with gloved hands and waterproof (OK; maybe I can buy a waterproof container for it). Ideally it will have free updates of maps, etc. I don't care that much about traffic reporting, but that would be nice.

As the GPS in my truck, I want a system that can loaded with maps showing off-road areas. I hunt, birds and beasts, and sometimes find myself off-road or on 2-tracks looking for game. Being able to load onto the GPS maps showing these areas is important.

Finally, and in line with the truck-related interests, I find myself hiking with gun in hand, looking for deer, antelope, or pheasants. Having a GPS that will allow me to 'tag' noteworthy locations (i.e., a creek bottom filled with heavy cover and chock-full of pheasants), as well as find my way back to my truck.

Can you help me to identify a GPS that is adaptive to these interests and under $300? All recommendations will be appreciated.


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post #2 of 45 Old 05-12-2013, 03:47 PM
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You aren't going to find a motorcycle super friendly GPS with those features in that price range, not that I can find.

Consider something like this

Garmin 1390LMT Nuvi GPS - 4.3 Touch Screen Display, Free Lifetime Traffic, Voice Prompts, Bluetooth, Lane Assist, ecoRoute, North American Maps (Refurbished) at

Has what you want with lifetime maps and is under $100. On the bike put it in a box or put a baggie over it. They have even better options in the same store as they rotate in and out. I can buy 5 of these for ONE motorcycle friendly model that doesn't have as good an option list.

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post #3 of 45 Old 05-12-2013, 04:10 PM
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Ram makes an Aqua Box that water proofs your standard GPS. Still easy to use through the flexible face.
I got a 2455 for less than $200 with lifetime maps and traffic alerts. The Ram box is about 40 bucks. I had an old radar mounting clamp I put on the handle bars to mount the Ram Box.

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post #4 of 45 Old 05-12-2013, 04:44 PM
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I would look at the Garmin Oregon or Montana series with the Street maps add-on. Then you will have great off road and camping/hunting features as well as turn by turn street directions. Combine with a Ram brand mount and you'll be set.

You are asking a lot from a GPS as they have become specialized. Generally they are oriented towards street navigation or off road and trail. Getting one to do both will involve some compromise and expense.

Good luck and let us know what you decide on.

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post #5 of 45 Old 05-13-2013, 01:14 PM
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Personally I use my old TomTom that I loaded up with rider software, it's decent enough. The maps are insanely out of date but it'll help me find my way home in a pinch.
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post #6 of 45 Old 05-13-2013, 03:50 PM
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You can buy a refurbished Garmin 60csx for under $300. That checks all of your boxes. I have one that has been through hell and never mises a beat. Just my opinion but I would hesitate to buy a gps for a bike if it was not waterproof.
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post #7 of 45 Old 05-13-2013, 05:03 PM
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Not bad for $199, lotta value IMO:

Garmin Oregon 450

It's tough to suggest something that's good for car, bike, and handheld for hunting, etc.....something like this, or the above mentioned, is pretty safe.
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post #8 of 45 Old 05-13-2013, 05:09 PM
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I thinik it is ok to use a smartphone with google map installed as a GPS device for motorcycle.
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post #9 of 45 Old 05-13-2013, 08:05 PM
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There is a free GPS software for smartphone, and free map to download.Tryed it and it work well.
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post #10 of 45 Old 05-13-2013, 09:50 PM
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Smartphones on motorcycles are lame, crappy GPS, mostly don't support off- line use, so sucking data everywhere you go, little to no custom routing options, and why subject your important and expensive smartphone to the elements, including sun, and constant vibration.....just dumb.

When you crash your bike, and your phone is in a million pieces, , good luck calling for help. Phone should be tucked away on your person, so when you need it, I mean really need it, it's got a good chance of being in 1pc.

Dedicated GPS units are SO cheap, and effective, there's really no reason to use a phone for this application.

A cheap Garmin Nuvi or TomTom for under $100 will kick almost any smartphone's ass in most navigation features anyway.

My experience....most people who use smartphones to navigate on their bikes, rarely go anywhere that they actually need
any navigation functionality, it's just a toy. For car use, I would say why not, but on a motorcycle, I'd suggest why bother.
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