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post #41 of 65 Old 11-27-2018, 03:45 PM
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I just looked at the Garmin site, it would cost me $500+ to get the maps i needed for my last trip, no thanks, might be fine for people that don't leave north america, and you still have to pay for updates? crazy
You should look into OpenSource maps for your Garmin, Pepe. I've never personally done it, but you can download free OpenSource maps of South America, Europe, etc and install them on a Garmin GPS device in place of the proprietary Garmin maps. Just make a google search of something like "load opensource map onto Garmin GPS", and you'll get a bunch of results. Here's a link I found right off the bat:

https://www.cyclingabout.com/free-ma...ur-garmin-gps/
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Did you pick a GPS from this? LOL
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You should look into OpenSource maps for your Garmin, Pepe. I've never personally done it, but you can download free OpenSource maps of South America, Europe, etc and install them on a Garmin GPS device in place of the proprietary Garmin maps. Just make a google search of something like "load opensource map onto Garmin GPS", and you'll get a bunch of results. Here's a link I found right off the bat:

https://www.cyclingabout.com/free-ma...ur-garmin-gps/
Thanks, i don't have a Garmin, i'm the cheap KLR type and have an old S3 with maps.me, i was just looking at the Garmin site to see if i was missing something,,still can't see why I'd want a GPS unit with all the smart phones, kind of like looking for an 8 track player to install on the bike for tunes,,, thanks for the info, hope someone with a Garmin can use it

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I just looked at the Garmin site, it would cost me $500+ to get the maps i needed for my last trip, no thanks, might be fine for people that don't leave north america, and you still have to pay for updates? crazy
Doesn't help you any (unless you move) but I think most of the current Garmin GPS offerings in North America include Lifetime Maps.They would say "LM" in the model name. Ie "Garmin Zumo 595 LM"

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Thanks, i don't have a Garmin, i'm the cheap KLR type and have an old S3 with maps.me, i was just looking at the Garmin site to see if i was missing something,,still can't see why I'd want a GPS unit with all the smart phones, kind of like looking for an 8 track player to install on the bike for tunes,,, thanks for the info, hope someone with a Garmin can use it
For (aholes like me ) the reason I use the GPS is that it works in all conditions I have encountered.

In hot up to 38c/100f this year on my Zumo 590, up to 52c/126f on my previous Zumo.

In cold down to -18c / 0f on my bike (this year) down to -30c/-22f in my car (while sitting overnight in colder temperatures last year or the year before.)

In absolutely frog-strangling torrential pouring rain with completely soaked gloves.

When covered with snow.

When riding in salt brined roads with the spray covering everything.

In freezing rain.

It integrates Traffic and warns me of delays ahead and offers to re-route. Not a separate app but integrated into the route.

It gives me weather for anywhere I go. It can display radar so I know of rain or snow coming. It warns me of any excessive conditions and also can show me snow covered roads ahead.


Yes Cell phones can do most of the software features but are not setup for use while riding and don't work well with motorcycle gloves, especially when the gloves are wet. They are getting better all the time and certainly can be very cost effective (I have the phone ready as a backup.) For me the cost of the Motorcycle GPS is well worth it and it seems most people I know that ride a lot feel much the same way but certainly a smartphone can be a good inexpensive alternative for many others.

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I have certainly learnt that one out the hard way.

How reliable is the X-mount? Looking at photos of them I am weary that they hold the phone reliably enough, particularly if after I get into a situation where I need the phone to call for help.
We have sold dozens of the X-mounts where I work. Never heard of a problem.
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Has anyone tried Beeline? Mine hasn't arrived yet, but it looks like a cheap and super simple option that will work anywhere.

It's not letting me share a link , but search Google for Beeline Moto.
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I use a weather-resistant Garmin on a ball-style bar-mount. Usually run it on battery, but it can be wired for bike-power. Less than $200 all-in.

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These days my Samsung Galaxy S9+, Garmin Zumo, and Chinese Fodsports GPS are all IPX7 weather/waterproof rated. There is no need to go with anything that isn't these days at any budget above about $50.

With the Ram X-mounts you can stretch the rubber across two of the posts and make a crude slingshot. Then you can rocket that iPhone away for a nice Android Samsung Galaxy upgrade. lol
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It would depend on the type of riding you do I guess but there is no way in hell I would have my only means of contact with the outside world mounted on my handlebars.

My phone or a phone will always be with me.

I have been in one situation where there is no way a phone on the handlebars would have survived and another where if I was traveling a few KPH faster the bike and I would have been separated forever so I like to keep my phone on my person, there is no guarantee of service or that the phone will survive but it has a better chance of me being able to use it if needed.
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