As you are requesting . . .I have a Garmin Zumo 550 and use Mapsource on my computer where I make all the details of my trips . . .then transfer them to my Zumo.
When I turn on my Zumo the plans are shown as "routes"
Works like a charm.
If you are on a very long ride I suggest breakin the trips into sections in case the "route" should become defective for some eason
I have a Zumo 450, but my next GPS is likely to be the Delorme Earthmate PN40-SE , Delorme also has other lower cost Earthmate units, Lowance also makes units that would be more suitable for a bike, I think TomTom does as well
I just bought a Garmin Nuvi 500. I use mapquest.com (as it's free) to plan my routes and import them. I used Google's Chrome browser as when I tried Firefox and Explorer it would hang up. Don't ask how many hours it took to figure this all out...lol. If you just enter a start and end point for your trip that's all it will load into your gps. If you want a custom route you must enter each point along your route as a location and then all those points will be loaded in. Once your route is complete press send>select to gps> enter a name for your route>select your gps>send. Once the route is loaded to your gps you have to go to tools>my data>import route from file>select the route you want>import. The route will now be loaded into your Custom Routes.
Yes, it is a GPS. I have one for my car, along with a Zumo 550 and 665.
It also doesn't come with the Mapquest maps, or a MC mount, nor as mentioned is it waterproof, etc. The map is over $100 in the US. It is pre-loaded on the GPS but you need the disk to load on your computer.
OP, if you are looking at Garmin units, you need one that can save routes: for example the Nuvi 765T can save 10, the Zumos 20. It is also beneficial if they can "Auto sort multiple destinations (provides most direct route):" so that you can create a route "on the fly" by selecting map points. Only a couple of the models are waterproof. It's helpful if it has an external speaker jack, and an MP3 player is nice-to-have.
Most of the lowest-cost Nuvis can't import routes, and can only support a route with an end point and one via point.
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