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post #1 of 22 Old 08-25-2007, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Best Bang for Buck!!!$$$

Whats the best gps out there that has all the long touring options incorportated??? I need POI function, and all that good shtuff for a 1 month ride next year. I know garmin has good shit, but I need model #'s so I don't have to do all the leg work myself. Please help this lazy computer newbie!!
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post #2 of 22 Old 08-25-2007, 10:36 PM
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I think the best bang for the buck right now is the refurbished 2610.

Edge gps has them for $195
http://www.edgegps.com/eCart/viewIte...?idProduct=263

They also have the 2610 new @ $235
http://www.edgegps.com/eCart/viewIte...?idProduct=473

Both come with a 1 year warranty
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post #3 of 22 Old 08-26-2007, 09:15 AM
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Also the Garmin Quest and Quest 2 are a good deal for the money. I've seen the Quest on ebay for under $100, and I just bought a brand new Quest 2 (has all the maps preloaded) for $310 shipped from a guy on ADV.

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I agree . . . the 2610 @ $195 is a good deal. I've had one for a couple of years and still like it.

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post #5 of 22 Old 08-26-2007, 10:11 AM
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Do maps come preloaded on the 2610 or do you have to load them with a computer?

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Can you add custom POI's on the 2610?

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The 2610 has a CF card slot for memory and requires that you load maps from your PC.
I have a 2GB CF card for mine and it has the entire mapsource data on it.
I got the latest/greatest CN2008 update for free when I registered the 2610 thru mygarmin.
If you buy a unit and it does not qualify for the upgrade to the latest maps remember that's a $75 value right there.

No the 2610 does not support custom POI's nor the custom POI alerts.

You have to step up to the 2720 for custom POI's.
With the 2720 you also get the maps preloaded.

Were talking bang for the buck, the 2720 will run you about $100 more than the 2610 and looses 2 features I really like.

1) Adjustable road preference settings (this is a real biggee for me)
2) Transparent tabs (more visible map) & zoom on the left side.

While the 2610 and 2720 dont have batteries they do have an AC power cord for using with them where an AC plug is available.

*edit: Even preloaded units, unless very new stock, will require that you plug them into your PC to upgrade to the latest map software that just recently was released.

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post #8 of 22 Old 08-27-2007, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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2610

Thanks for all the suggestions, I'm miles further from before.

Ogre, no custom POI's...does that mean I couldn't load KOA campground sites into the unit?? I'm thinking POI is important on a long trip in never before ventured territory. Gas, food, hospital, tow....anything under the sun that could happen in emergency that I need to find. I will also do research on the unit you have but I like personal reflection better than internet jargain.

Thanks again
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post #9 of 22 Old 08-28-2007, 10:06 AM
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Dont confuse custom POI's with regular POI's and waypoints.

The City Navigator map software is loaded with a bizillion (ok maybe 6 million :rolleyes regular POI's like lodging, campgrounds, restaurants, stores, bars, post offices ect... They are all on the 2610 when you load the maps.
Every Garmin GPS that can run City Nav will have these regular POI's once the maps are loaded.

Custom POI's are ones that folks have created and share for things like speed traps, specific motorcycle dealers, or their favorite restaurant chain. Some of these may already be in the regular POI data base.
On units that support these you can load thousands (maybe millions?) of these.
With speed traps the unit will alert you when you are near them.
Neat stuff, but not a necessity for me.

Waypoints are points that you define either by marking them as you travel or using the map (either on the unit or PC).
Pretty much every GPS makes waypoints, but the number can be limited to 500 or so that the unit can handle.
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Another Garmin 2610 user here - I love it. I bought a factory refurbished unit at www.getfeetwet.com at a good price ($200 complete with software) and had an excellent customer service experience.

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