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post #1 of 1 Old 10-19-2014, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Question Upgrade from Garmin Quest....Nuvo just doesn't seem as good

My first GPS for the bike was a Garmin Quest, it was monochrome, waterproof, unlit display, but it is small and the battery lasts a long time. I use Mapsource with it to lay out routes, track, etc. and it did everything I needed and got me through a lot of great rides.

It is really a decent unit for the purpose....but the small screen is really not good for navigating while moving and even when stopped, so I would really like to move up to a larger screen. I have aux power on one of my bikes, so backlighting is a reality. My Strom came with a Nuvo55lm. I like the color and backlighting but frankly, I just don't find the functionality to be up to the Quest.

Am I missing something?

What level of Garmin do I need that interfaces well with a full function navigation software (I don't really prefer all this kluging folks do with Google maps and copying files on to the Nuvo through some back door approach.

Do the newer Garmin units do the whole deal like the older Quests, with a real navigation software package to support it (I guess that's called Basecamp now?), with waypoints, routes on the fly, etc.

And it would be nice if it worked without backlighting also, i.e. transreflective display capable (although I guess I could wire up aux power on all my bikes easy enough).

I have researched this site and Garmin's but just don't have a clear understanding of the updated nav-GPS systems Garmin provides to replace the Quest series.

Looking forward to recommendations.

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