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post #1 of 4 Old 04-30-2009, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
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Costco has a Garmin Nuvi 780 on sale $250

My Accord has a GPS and my new Wee needs something. I'm from the Midwest, transplanted to the DC area 3+ years ago and I'm perpetually lost without maps or GPS. Maryland doesnít have a frigging straight road or E/W or N/S road anywhere in it. I know little about portable GPS units and even less about what specifics would be good on a bike. Iíve done some searching on this site, but is there a beginners FAQ for riders anywhere? I really donít want to spend a fortune on a GPS, Costco has the Nuvi for $250. It has a 4.3Ē screen which seems like a good thing, I know itís not water proof but neither am I and I donít ride in the rain.

I know there are lots of posts of what people have, but any thoughts on minimum features or this unit in particular would be appreciated. Sale runs through 5/3/09

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post #2 of 4 Old 04-30-2009, 05:12 PM
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Hunt around here a bit more. There are are a lot of people that have made Nuvis and the like work.
The main problems seem to be how to mount it to the bike, and then power it. GPS units that are designed for cars come with niether accessories.That means spending time and $ on rigging a mount up, and probably installing a lighter style socket somewhere.

I recently bought a Nuvi from Costco, (on sale), for my wife to use in the car. I forget the model, but it was no doubt on sale because Garmin was discontinuing it. Very basic compared to the Zumo, but I did some checking on line and the reviews for that particular model seemed pretty good. It did come with power cable for the car and a windshield mount, but no software for making "routes" included, nor a cable so that you could easily download updates via computer. Of course you can buy the cable separately, but that starts to negate the savings from the sale price.

Garmin generally make good units and I think any of them should work well enough. What you might miss are things like being able to use the unit while wearing gloves. You are willing to work with something that isn't waterproof, so no issue there. There is always the question of durability, given the vibrations on the bike, but so many people use Nuvi models without problems that maybe that isn't such a big issue either.

I see on the Garmin site that the 780 is also discontinued. It doesn't really matter as long as it works and you keep the maps current. Check that cable is included, or if not, that you can get it somewhere easily. Otherwise you may find it impossible to ever update the maps, or say, load the maps for the U.K. in there next time you decide to rent a car and find your way from London to Middle Wallop.

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post #3 of 4 Old 04-30-2009, 08:14 PM
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I had a Nuvi (for my car) for almost 2 yrs now and got my Wee last fall. I didn't want to get into bike specific GPS units due to cost as I alreay had a basic GPS.
So I got myself a RAM mount with an aquabox to put the GPS in. Already had the 12V outlet.
It all works pretty well, but If I didn't have a GPS first and was starting out, I would go the Zumo line.
In your case, 250 for the GPS, another 60+ for the mount and an outlet. Your not far off a Zumo, which you could still use in your car.


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post #4 of 4 Old 04-30-2009, 08:31 PM
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$235 at Amazon

Not to rain on anybody's parade but the same thing at Amazon is $235.

Shipping may be adeal breaker tho'.

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