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post #1 of 32 Old 10-21-2007, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Poor boys GPS??

I looking to get a SIMPLE gps for use in both my cage and on my bike.

I dont need ANY fancy functions i just need it to BE CHEAP. All id like is turn by turn directions (no voice commands or anything needed). Basically i want a Map program like google maps on my bike LOL. Battery operated is prefered.

I have always used conventional maps for my travels. But id like to rid myself of the bulky tank bag on my bike and simplify things a tad with the use of a gps.

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Check with your cellular carrier. Mine offers turn x turn directions as a program on your cell phone if you have their data plan. Only works with certain model of phones. Unfortunately it's not MY model!

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Check with your cellular carrier. Mine offers turn x turn directions as a program on your cell phone if you have their data plan. Only works with certain model of phones. Unfortunately it's not MY model!
Verizon offers this but (according to the lit) it will only work in their "extended service network" (or something close to that). The problem is if you don't have cell service, you won't have Nav. I tried it a few times on my Razr and found it to be less than usefull, more of a backup then primary.

Having said that (and to try to get back on topic) I would suggest looking into a refurbed unit from one of the online retailers (Edge GPS is the one I used). As with anything else, the more features and the newer it is, the more it will cost. I'd make a list of must have's (screen size, computer compatablity, etc) and a list of like-to-haves and start looking based on the must-have list.

One last bit of advice, if at all possible, put you hands on one and play with it. Do the menus make sense? Are the buttons usable with gloves (may or may-not be a must have)?

Be realistic in how you're going to use it, the features you "have" to have and you'll do fine.

When you get the list narrowed down, post back with what you're looking at and I'm sure you'll get all kinds of info.

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My cell phone is in dire needs of replacement anyways but id really rather not have an over complicated phone as in my experiance the more complicated phones seem to suffer in batt life and durability.

One of the GPS units i was looking at was the Garmin eTrex Vista HCx. Cheap enuff for my mechanics budget and looks pretty simple. But i cant figure out if it works the way id like. Just show me the damn road i am on and were to turn. It also looks small and easily mountable and runs on two AA batteries.

But i am not shure if its got maps on it at all or if you need to buy additional programs to install maps. I also don't know how one would set up their root on sutch a machine or if you need a computer to do so before hand witch i would personally find annoying.

Thax for the help guys. I never even used any GPS yet so im unshure what a lot of the options are LOL.

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Look into a Garmin Quest R (refurb), sometimes you can pick one up for a little over 100 bucks. They have a 20 hour battery as well as voice if you want it.

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I use TomTom for my TREO. It came with a windshield suction holder for the car. It does give voice turn by turn but not street names. I like it but the screen is a little small. It will work with both the Palm OS and MS so if you have a device like a T3 it would give you a bigger screen. I'm looking for software that I can use for geocaching or just simple plotting, but haven't had much luck
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I have a Mio C310X and love it. Its got a nice 3.5" touch screen that works with gloves and mounted it on my left handle bar. It works great! Its got MP3 player on it and OK maps. I really love the POI system and its great for finding food and gas on the road. You can get it for under 200$ and its a good GPS. Cant ask for much more.

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I looking to get a SIMPLE gps for use in both my cage and on my bike.

I dont need ANY fancy functions i just need it to BE CHEAP. //
Define cheap?

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If you can afford a Vista HCx then take a look at a refurbished Streetpilot 2610 from http://www.getfeetwet.com/garmin_streetpilot.aspx. You'll also be wanting the Garmin montorcycle mounting kit for it and either a RAM or SW-motech mount.

The Etrex Vista HCx comes with the "recreational" basemap, the Streetpilot series come with "City Navigator", which is what you want for turn-by-turn navigation on roads--for the Vista that will cost you another 130 bucks or so.
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I might add a second to the 2610. For less than $300 you can have the whole thing at your door, ready to go on your motorcycle. While $300 isn't cheap, you get a lot of GPS for that money.

I've been using various GPS units for a number of years, and I'm impressed with the 2610. This is an older, discontinued model, but I think as a new GPS user, you won't even notice.

The Quest mentioned above is a good choice, too. It's quite a bit smaller than the 2610 (Good or bad, depending on your perspective) and has an internal battery, so it can be used off the bike.

If you decide on something, let us know so we can direct you to all the parts necessary to get it set up and on your bike. Unfortunately, there's no 1-box GPS with everything included to set it up and get it on your bike ready to go.

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