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post #1 of 8 Old 10-04-2012, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Your take on a Delorme Earthmate GPS PN-60w

Does anyone have *hands-on* experience with this one on a motorcycle? Any preferred mounts, pwr source, etc.

I know the Garmin has more snazzy features, but I was looking for something I can also use off-road, off-bike, off-cell area (maybe getting the inReach addon) for when I go alone. The nautical features are also useful for me as I sail quite a bit.

For those who used it, any deal-breaker sort of problem?

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I had a 40. Hard to use. Go Garmin.

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PN-60w

I do not have the PN-60w but I have the PN-60 on my bike. I have it mounted on the left side of the handlebar with a RAM mount. When I use it on my KLR I power it via the DeLorme supplied cable, to a USB power port on that bike. That way I don't have to worry about battery life, etc, and I can set the screen backlighting to be always on. It's easier for me to see that way. I have not installed a USB port on my strom yet, but I will get to that this winter when I can't ride it.

I second tmcgee's comment that it is hard to use. It has great capabilities but I found the learning curve to be pretty steep. Not so much for the GPS itself but more so for the (mapping) software that came with it. There is a DeLorme forum where you can find great help regarding these units and the software.

I have no experience with the PN-60w so can't comment on that model's additional capabilities.

I would post a picture of it on my bike but I'm at work right now.

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I've been considering replacing my Zumo with Delorme software & receiver on a handheld computer. I like the idea of the availability of satellite imagery to supplement the maps



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I've been considering replacing my Zumo with Delorme software & receiver on a handheld computer. I like the idea of the availability of satellite imagery to supplement the maps
All you really need to do this is a smartphone. Google Earth is far easier and Bing Maps isn't bad either (and there are other choices). (Yeah, I know you can be in the boonies with no cell service where you work.) In the early GPS days, I ran with (laptop & rcvr) for a half dozen years using Street Atlas.

Before you go this route (so to speak), ride over to Yarmouth, ME and take a good look at what is involved to load sat maps. I kept the Delorme 40 for about a month and their sat maps are nothing special. The only thing they really do well is the map books. I think they completely missed the boat on the GPS market.

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tmcgee. I was using a smartphone and it would work perfectly well for evening/night rides when the temperatures are lower. I'm considering a rugged GPS now because my phones (got a personal iphone an a work blackerry) and they both overheated on the same day when I was taking a longer ride during the hot day. The damn things simply shut down after about 30mins on the handlebar.


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Go Garmin Montana. I have the Garmin Rugged wired motorcycle mount on both my bike and in my Tacoma. I'v had it out hiking and out on the ocean as well. It has Marine features most other GPS units don't have. It does lack bluetooth and music playback. But hands down best all around GPS unit for any one use.

You can also load satalite maps. I have topographic maps on there right now.
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The only experience I have with Delorme was when I tried out their version of Garmin's Mapquest software - I hated the Delorme interface - it sucked.

Perhaps they've improved it.....

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