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post #1 of 16 Old 11-13-2008, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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GPS Decision

I am looking to put a GPS on the Vee. Should I just go with my Map60 or should I get one of the new fangled ones? Wondering about ease of install and being waterproofness stuff.
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post #2 of 16 Old 11-13-2008, 07:28 PM
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You should probably give an indication of what sort of use you want the GPS for.There is a big difference between navigating across a city or navigating through a forest on unmarked roads.
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Tough to beat the Garmin Zumo series for use on a bike.
If you want a 'dual purpose' then that may be something different.

Tough to beat the price for a Zumo 450 @ costco.com...

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Follow this thread for a good overview: https://www.stromtrooper.com/showthread.php?t=29377

My view is that you either go cheap, with a GPS that will cover the basics and get you where you want to go, or go whole hog and get a Zumo, a Tom Tom Rider, or a Garmin 2820 with bluetooth, all the sat radio features, programability and so on.

A middleground I recently discovered is the Lowrance XOG. It's waterproof, and is even shipped with a bicycle handlebar mount that will work fine on a motorcyle, for well under $200.

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I can vouch for the Rider2 from TomTom. I used it for over 33,000km this summer and it works great. Completely vibration/waterproof and lots of great features. It comes with a BT ScalaRider headset if you want voice instruction (I never bothered with it).

Although it doesnt play music and you cant look at pictures, that is not what I was looking for in a GPS.

It also comes with a RAM mount.

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I have been using a Garmin 60Cx with City Navigator v8 for the last few years. It works well, and I think think is one of the best general purpose GPS units out there. I use it on my bike, in my car, on my ultralight airplane, and used to use it for Geocaching. It works great with few negatives.

However, if I was to buy a new GPS today i would likely be a Zumo 550.

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I have been using a Garmin 60Cx with City Navigator v8 for the last few years. It works well, and I think think is one of the best general purpose GPS units out there. I use it on my bike, in my car, on my ultralight airplane, and used to use it for Geocaching. It works great with few negatives.

However, if I was to buy a new GPS today i would likely be a Zumo 550.

..Tom

Darn it Tom, I am soooo jealous that you can get both maps to stay in ur sig!!!

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Sorry I didn't put in more info. The Vee is going to be a pavement queen. I have a Garmin Map60 but the screen is a little small and am not sure which map set to get. Thanks for the link.
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I like the XOG but I don't see any bike mount listed in the "What's in the box" list. Wonder if Ram Mount makes one?

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I would like one that I can geocache, hunt, and ride with. And I want it cheap, mac compatible, and in color. Any suggestions (other than to dream on)?
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