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post #1 of 26 Old 11-10-2010, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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A CHEAP GPS for the Wee?

I'm trying to get a cheap GPS for my wee. It needs to have turn-by-turn directions and I'd prefer something waterproof and mounts well, but the only "need" is directions. I've been thinking about getting a used Garms GPS V, but have concerns that memory isn't large enough to hold many maps at all. Anyone have any recommendations or trying to sell one themselves? I also have a TomTom already I've been thinking about getting a bracket for, but I'd rather have a separate GPS for the bike with a mount included. Thanks a lot!

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post #2 of 26 Old 11-10-2010, 11:00 AM
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Look at the Garmin Nuvi 500 or 550 (same unit with different maps pre-loaded). They cost around $250. I have the 550 and it works great, plus it's waterproof.

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Look at the Garmin Nuvi 500 or 550 (same unit with different maps pre-loaded). They cost around $250. I have the 550 and it works great, plus it's waterproof.
+1. The 500 has served me well and with an 8hr battery life you don't even need to hardwire it.

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+1 It also has topographical maps as well. Not easy to work with gloves on and no QWERTY keyboard layout. Doesn't support headphones either. It is a small 3.5" display and not one of the widescreen models.

Despite all that it is a great little GPS. Don't submerge it but no issues in the rain. Fits easily in a pocket but thicker than newer models. Also has been extremely reliable for me not like some of my other Nuvis which would spontaneously reboot or take 10 minutes to boot up.
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I picked up a garmin street pilot 2720 on ebay for $100, another $45 for the motorcycle locking mount, it will do topo maps, and waterproof IPV7. it also holds all north American maps. Any 27xx or 28xx series will work, stay away from the 26xx street pilot series, there aren't any more maps for it since 2009.

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I'd suggest buying an inexpensive Garmin Nuvi and either a waterproof case, or use a ziplock.

Do you want a headphone connection? MP3 player? Topo maps?

The 2xxx series don't have the high sensitivity receiver, internal battery, and may not have the latest maps. The Nuvi 500/550 doesn't have a headphone jack or MP3 player but does have topo maps (500).

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I hope this question isn't too ignorant: What's the best way to mount a GPS on a 'Strom?
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post #8 of 26 Old 11-10-2010, 10:27 PM
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I hope this question isn't too ignorant: What's the best way to mount a GPS on a 'Strom?
Depends on the unit. Some have motorcycle mounts available, some not. The simplest approach is usually a u-bolt mount to the handlebars and wiring the harness to the battery. If it's a motorcycle unit, I prefer to mount it as close as possible to your line of sight.

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I hope this question isn't too ignorant: What's the best way to mount a GPS on a 'Strom?
I'd suggest the 'Strombone' mount

https://www.stromtrooper.com/group-bu...-ram-ball.html


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post #10 of 26 Old 11-10-2010, 10:36 PM
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Sure, or you could buy a piece of 1" rectangular aluminum tubing for a couple dollars.


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