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post #1 of 22 Old 02-16-2018, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Hey,

New to the forums, I bought a 2016 VStrom DL 1000 GT a couple of months ago and am based in Central QLD. Im mostly a road rider, but QLD is full of of road tracks, and they are begining to look inviting.

So I was wondering what GPS units riders use?

Im thinking something that can be capable with routes for the highways and byways, but has the ability to use tracks, make tracks on the fly etc.

Suggestions?
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post #2 of 22 Old 02-16-2018, 05:19 PM
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Welcome to the forum!

Now you started what will be a hot debate of smart-phone vs GPS, just watch it unfold.

My GPS is a Garmin Zumo 590. Expensive but a bit more tolerable bought factory re-furbished.

It can do both routes that you make on the PC or on the fly. It ALSO can display tacks at the same time as routing you along your route. Useful if you are concerned about the routing calculation the unit does and if it follows where you wanted to go (the track you loaded).

There will be many other options to do what you want, I am sure, lets wait and see

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If you search the "techy" section, you'll see multiple threads about GPS units, and GPS Vs Phone. Some of the threads go on for pages, so there's lots of info already there to digest. And since the same guys usually respond to every thread about GPS units, whatever they covered there already is pretty much the same stuff that'll get rehashed here. I'm not trying to sound like a dick, but if you look for those threads you'll be able to read them in their entirety, rather than waiting for responses to dribble in.
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Establish a budget first. That may greatly limit the spectrum.
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I have a regular car gps right now (i think 4.5 inches), only downside is i need to place it in a waterproof holder when it rains. Been two years now, only thing it misses is bluetooth or fm transmission for the directions, but i paid 30$ for it. sooo.

I waited a bit for the specs to get better, and think i'm ready to pull the trigger on an ebay/gearbest ipx68 motorcycle gps unit. Basically, those things are like waterproof android or windows tablets for 1/4th othe price of a zumo.

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I love my Zumo's

If you add the topographic maps you can go anywhere it thinks there is a track.

A Zumo is not a cheap solution but it is a easy one.
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I'm with Rolex on this. I find it hard to ride without my Zumo now. Older 350LM model. Topo maps maps are really a must once you leave the main roads. Only problem with buying a second hand Zumo is that the free lifetime map updates only apply to the original purchaser.

Mate of mine was using his phone as a GPS on his 690R and twice the lens fell out of his phone camera. Definitely not recommended for off-road use.
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I have a Zumo 665, a TomTom Rider, and a very recent Chinese clone GPS (5" FOD Sports). They all work just fine for my Ozark riding. Strangely, the clone maps are a bit more accurate than the Zumo (especially for speeds). I realize the map suppliers are independent orgs.

The clone is also a tablet so you can run whatever GPS software (or other applications with Google Play on it) you want for Android if you don't like theirs. You can use a variety of Topo or other maps as well. It has great graphics and you can customize a lot. Same resolution as the 590. The only negative I found is the Bluetooth is a bit finicky. It is waterproof and brighter than a phone.

Garmin's Base-camp is probably at the bottom of the user friendly route planning list but with some initial help on here and then a lot of self-training I got pretty good at it now. I also use Tyre which is a better IMO.

The clone was obviously a fraction of the price of the other two. (20% or so) I wouldn't consider it probably if I was going Long Way Round but for my second adv bike I like it better than the TomTom.

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I've been using the less expensive automotive Garmin GPS in an a Ram Aqua box. Even the cheap-os will give remarkable detail in the Calif desert for the known dirt tracks.
They may do the same for your area, with any luck.

"recent Chinese clone GPS"

Zow, didn't know they were available. With refurbed Garmins available, why bother with a knock off?
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I got the higher end one with better graphics (480x800 like the 590) and more RAM for $125. Even the refurbs are 3-4x more with less resolution like my 660 or a 390. Garmin are outrageously priced. What is a new 590? $700-800? Refurbs $350-500 depending on model.

Also, the tablet can do a lot more stuff being Android. I put in a 64GB MicroSD and probably have 20 applications on it. I have other also GPS apps with downloaded maps. You can watch movies. I guess one Zumo is enough for me.

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I've been using the less expensive automotive Garmin GPS in an a Ram Aqua box. Even the cheap-os will give remarkable detail in the Calif desert for the known dirt tracks.
They may do the same for your area, with any luck.

"recent Chinese clone GPS"

Zow, didn't know they were available. With refurbed Garmins available, why bother with a knock off?
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