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May 24th, 2005, 08:22 AM   #1
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Using GPS?

I was just wondering what GPS systems were being used out there on the bergs. My dad is using a Garmin 276 for street riding and says it's great. I would not mind getting one but I wanted to see what info I can find fist because I would use it for both street and dirt. I am leaning toward the 276 but am concerned with the durability I guess. Also, if any one has input on the topo software that would be helpful. I know that Risky1 had posted info about the DeLorme topo usa, but I have found that Garmin has topo programs too, any experience with it?

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May 24th, 2005, 08:47 AM   #2
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I have a garmin etrex vista. Not as big and fancy as a 276 that is for sure but it has saved my butt in the desert a couple of times.....
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May 24th, 2005, 09:16 AM   #3
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I have heard great things about the III+ (now discontinued, but still on eBay) or the V because they can lay horizontally across the bar, which protects it in case of shock.

I have a tiny Geko in my camelpak just "to save my butt". I am thinking about keeping it as backup GPS and getting a more serious unit to put on the hand guard for navigation.

What do you recommend as far as system to hold the unit? It seems that Touratech makes some great mounts which also limit the vibrations (batteries hate that).

http://www.touratech-usa.com/shop/searc ... GPS_Mounts
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May 24th, 2005, 10:34 AM   #4
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I use a garmin v with a tourtech mount hard wired with the V mod done by tourtech and find it to be durable and has enough memory for me. The roads and rec software is not all that great for N Nevada but it will do. The software is better for Ca and other states and around the Vegas area. No complaints but still haven't learned how to use all the functions. I have used it to follow some one else's track log and it works great and found my way home a few times when I got turned around.
BTW I crash often
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May 24th, 2005, 11:04 AM   #5
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I use the Garmin 276 in Baja with great success. Sorry about the photo quality. I fabbed my own rubber isolating mounts. It's never given me a problem. I also added a thin plate of glass over the display, attached with silicone. This allows me to wipe the dust off without scratching the display:




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May 24th, 2005, 01:32 PM   #6
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Hi,
Im an using the Garmin III+ on my FE400E. I have mounted it with the touretech mount and have it powered direct fron the bike, no need for batteries..

Its a real usefull tool. I totaly recomend it. I also use it for hiking.

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May 24th, 2005, 02:33 PM   #7
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Powercell what are those two things at the front of your bike behind the gps?
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May 24th, 2005, 02:38 PM   #8
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Those are the ballasts for the HID lighting... ya' shoulda' known!
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May 24th, 2005, 05:08 PM   #9
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May 24th, 2005, 05:32 PM   #10
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Yea, it can seem that way. Really depends on where and how you ride. The dual HID's are big, but only add 5.5 lbs. to the bike. At an effective 500-watts, that's the best lighting value going... assuming you're moving fast enough to need 'em. If you're a woods or trail rider, a simple 55-watt halogen and an etrex will do ya' just fine.







I run a single HID Tecate most nights. But when I ride solo at night, specially in Mexico, the big lights and quality GPS are indespensible. One missed corner and your night's gonna start to suck, big-time.

The 276 in pretty light and compact for what it offers. The display is clear enough to read quickly at speed, both day and night. The controls are pretty easy to manipulate, even at night.


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