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post #1 of 52 Old 03-06-2018, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question what is your GPS recommendation

without a GPS you better park your VStrom in the garage.
Ever since I am riding with the group and they are equipped with GPS, we explore the places that you would never imagine, the reason is you find a road , it is remote and no signs, now, you can start the road and never know when and where it ends up ,or exactly know the end place , restaurants , Gas stations ,Motels and so ..........
having sed that I am not planning to spend $1200 on Motorcycle GPS, there are good range of $150 to $500 motorcycle capable waterproof, touch screen ,with trip planners.
This question was not updated for very long time, and I believe there are a lot of new devices more advanced and less expensive since this was last updated.
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I have liked my Garmin Zumo 590. I'm only selling because I just don't use it that much anymore.

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Over the years I traveled all over the west with nothing but a paper map before GPS. Now I go high tech. With a refurbished Garmin 50lm that I paid $60,00 for on sale 2 yrs. ago and a paper map, they take me down the road..

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I have liked my Garmin Zumo 590. I'm only selling because I just don't use it that much anymore.
ZUMOS ARE VERY ADVANCED. GOOD CHOICE. where is your ad?
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ZUMOS ARE VERY ADVANCED. GOOD CHOICE. where is your ad?
Lol, yes.

https://www.stromtrooper.com/sale/403...90-extras.html

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Call me cheap but I took my son's old Samsung S4 phone (without SIM) and threw in 32GB microSD card. I installed Google Maps and downloaded c**p load of offline maps (10Gb in total). Planning to buy water resistant motorcycle mount (http://a.co/hLDfWv6) and that's about it ...

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As smartphone apps become better and better, the days of the standalone GPS are numbered (IMO). I still use an old TomTom920 mostly because I am used to it and know how to operate it to its fullest. However, I am starting to play with the Tyre peoples smartphone app and it seems to be working pretty well. Doing most everything that a standalone GPS (eg. Zumo) can do. Upside is not very expensive. Downside, is that it runs on a smartphone and this you have potential waterproof/vibrations issues but those are solvable for not a lot of money.


NOTE: you DO NOT need an internet connection or cell service to operate.

There are Apple and Android versions.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...app.navigation

It works well with the Tyre program and MyRoute app for creating/storing/sharing routes.

I am finding it very good and starting to use it more and more.

I strongly suggest you check it out.

I have use Tyre and MyRoute for several years and find them very easy to use. Once I started using them, I literally threw BaseCamp and Mapsource away.

Another smartphone app is Osmand. It works very well but the user interface is not very intuitive.

The issues I have with standalones:
- high initial cost
- high cost of maps and updating.
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I got the Ram Aqua box and run a 2455 Garmin. Seems fine with lifetime maps and traffic.
Hundred dollah wonder.
That HDE is really affordable. Might be a great idea. It only took a couple drops of water to kill a non waterproof GPS.

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I tried the phone thing.....not for me, I love my Garmin Zumo 390LM.

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I was talking about this with a mountaineering friend. We both believe that next generation hand held and motorcycle gps systems from Garmin will have to include in reach capabilities just to remain relevant. In reach and tpms would make a gps attractive but the price is ridiculous. Make it waterproof and sell it for 400us. Not 1000.

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