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post #1 of 27 Old 09-06-2016, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Which GPS?

I'm about to set off on a long ride up to Nth Qld (Australia) on my new 650DLA. 'anyone advise me on what's a good GPS to get?
Please speak slowly in monosyllables - technical stuff isn't my forte and I've never used a GPS though I once saw my girlfriend doing something with one in her Yaris.
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Garmin 390LM.....
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Smart phone with Co-pilot or some dedicated GPX Apps. - plot your route on Furkot.

You'll need a USB power out whatever you get and will want a 2.1 amp USB socket.
I've just been using the high power pocket size lithium batteries to power the phone out of my tank bag.- they are so useful to carry.



There are lots around but I use the Micro-start XP3

X-mount for the phone

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Any system you go with will take some practice to get the most out of it so be prepared to learn some stuff.

I love my Zumo 390 with the curvy roads feature it can add another level to a ride.

Torpedo7 have the Tomtom rider at $500 ?, I have never used one but it has the curvy roads feature I love.
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Curvy road feature? who Knew.
Unfortunately the less expensive car oriented models don't offer a fun factor like that!
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I've had and used many GPS units over the years including my phone.
I really like my new Zumo 590LM which is a larger version of the 390 mentioned - it is assuredly ruggedized and constructed expressly for motorcycles.
Automotive units are cheaper but they will eventually fail from exposure and vibration. But, they *are* cheaper than the Zumos if you can find refurbished units.
New I'd say spend the extra for a Zumo since it will outlast the auto units.
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Curvy road feature? who Knew.
Unfortunately the less expensive car oriented models don't offer a fun factor like that!
Indeed - and it works as advertised.
The newer models have an "adventure routing" (I think that's what they call it. Similar but more advanced.

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I tried the dedicated phone as a GPS, works pretty darn good but still not overall as good IMHO. It is nice that you can have multiple GPS programs to switch back and forth with, but not being able to use my gloves on the touchscreen is a royal pain in the ass for me, and unless you get a Samsung you won't have a water resistant phone.
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Garmin Montana 600, with SD card topo maps of the area I plan on riding. I always have my Samsung with backcountry mapper as a back up. Backcountry mapper you can download maps of the area you are riding, so if there isn't a cell signal, you will still have maps. I never had a problem with the Garmin. I have the powered mount.

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You did ask....

I have been using a Garman Nuvi 2555 for the last 3 years now, in a 'Aqua Box' on the bike. Free map updates and no issues so far.
My unit shows / finds a lot of things that the TomTom & others that I ride with don't show.
Also will find GPS off road locations remembering the route you previously traveled to get there & back.
I find it a tremendous value for the money.
If you have the 'pocket' Big B's suggestion is excellent and more bike oriented
I would have bought one of those but did not have the extra $200.oo at the time I purchased mine..:beatnik:

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