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post #1 of 13 Old 01-23-2014, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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What will I need in order to pre route my trips and have it guide me?

I have a pretty nice megellan and a water proof case. But this will not allow me to set routes.

I want to be able to bring up a map on my PC, draw out a route and then have my GPS tell me turn for turn how to do it.


Can I buy software and re-flash my current GPS?

Is there an Iphone app that can do this?

Will I need to buy a specific type of GPS?

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I use a Garmin. I can create maps with MapQuest and send them directly to the GPS when connected via USB or I can use Garmins Basecamp software (it's less than good).

Most GPS units wont do full route mapping as they are limited to only so many waypoints per route.

I tried using a cell phone, but most of the time I need GPS guidance, Im not in cell range, so using a cell phone is pointless for me.

I may be switching to the Garmin Montana (but probably won't because my current one works so well and does all I need it to), several of my riding buddies use it and they swear by it. I'm currently using a Zumo 450.

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I use a Garmin. I can create maps with MapQuest and send them directly to the GPS when connected via USB or I can use Garmins Basecamp software (it's less than good).

Most GPS units wont do full route mapping as they are limited to only so many waypoints per route.

I tried using a cell phone, but most of the time I need GPS guidance, Im not in cell range, so using a cell phone is pointless for me.

I may be switching to the Garmin Montana (but probably won't because my current one works so well and does all I need it to), several of my riding buddies use it and they swear by it. I'm currently using a Zumo 450.


Thank you.

How can I do the mapquest thing with my GPS? Does it have to be an expensive GPS to do this type of stuff?

I have a few different hobbies and I don't like the idea of pouring a bunch of money into a GPS when I already have a few of them.

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Unfortunately the Mapquest feature is Garmin specific as far as I know and it only displays when my Garmin is connected.

you should be able to pick up a used one for couple three hundred bucks or a new Montana for $450-ish.

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I like the GPS, Garmin in particular, and I use the built in mapping to guide me. I have the paper Auto Club maps for the big picture and route planning. For me the POI's are more important than premapping. Besides I'm a failure at that sort of thing, too technical.
I've learned that GPS will lead you very astray if you give them a chance.
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I tried using a cell phone, but most of the time I need GPS guidance, Im not in cell range, so using a cell phone is pointless for me.
Most cell phones, well certainly Apple IPhone do not need to have network connection for the GPS to work. I use an IPhone with a Navionics App as a stand by navigator for delivering boats. Works happily all over the world, with nary a sliver of network connection.

There are a number of apps that can do the job, some use maps that have to be downloaded when in cell range, some don't and there are a number of sites for sharing routes in GPX or KML format.
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I also use a Garmin Zumo 350ML. I like *most* of the features in terms of mapping, setting waypoints, tracks, routes, etc. The importance of setting waypoints, is YOU choose your route. If you leave it up to the GPS, you have a choice of fastest route to destination, or shortest route... period. Not necessarily the *best* route for a motorcycling (although the new Zumo 390 will guide you to the "twistiest" route).

For any kind of flexibility and comprehensive featues in mapping you're looking at >$250 USD. Used is an option, but factor in the cost of updating the internal maps when/if you buy used.

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Most cell phones, well certainly Apple IPhone do not need to have network connection for the GPS to work. I use an IPhone with a Navionics App as a stand by navigator for delivering boats. Works happily all over the world, with nary a sliver of network connection.

There are a number of apps that can do the job, some use maps that have to be downloaded when in cell range, some don't and there are a number of sites for sharing routes in GPX or KML format.
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Call it what you will but I have no intention of sinking more than a hundred bucks into another GPS. Guess I will have to let time bring the cheap ones up to spec with my needs. Till then I'll have my current GPS and I'll just zoom out if I get too lost.

If you guys know where I can get a cheap one that can do a route or if there is software available to update my current GPS let me know.

My next $300 is going towards a power commander. I may not know where I'm going, but I bet I get the faster.

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Most cell phones, well certainly Apple IPhone do not need to have network connection for the GPS to work. I use an IPhone with a Navionics App as a stand by navigator for delivering boats. Works happily all over the world, with nary a sliver of network connection.

There are a number of apps that can do the job, some use maps that have to be downloaded when in cell range, some don't and there are a number of sites for sharing routes in GPX or KML format.
Do you happen to know the name of any of these apps?

Spent 20 years driving boats in the USCG. When the ipad first came out we were on an ATON cruise. Found that the freaking app was more accurate than our very expensive GPS.

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