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What GPS to buy?

Discussion in 'GPS Stuff' started by motohoude, Apr 1, 2019.

  1. motohoude

    motohoude ODSC-ADV Member

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    New to GPS on my dirt bike, what do you recommend as an affordable unit that is rugged, inexpensive, pluggable into 12 volts and accepts import of GPX files (track files)? Plus can be mounted on the handlebar cross bar?
    Thanks!
  2. michel mondou

    michel mondou ODSC President

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    Garmins are the choice for most riders. Club members get a 10% discount at GPS Central. Get the best unit your budget will allow; something you can load topographic maps into as a minimum.
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    Frank510 ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Twoinsane ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I have a garmin 64s that I like. Works well for me.
    Only one I've had so I can't compare.
  5. motohoude

    motohoude ODSC-ADV Member

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    Got a Garmin 78s....should do the trick. Now for some topo files for Ontario, any idea where to get at reasonable price?
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    taylorericjohn ODSC-OFTR Member

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    My vote would be for backroads map books. Not the cheapest but pretty darn good!
    Xhumeka and wrightonalan like this.
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    Markus77 ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I just bought the Backroad GPS Maps for Ontario to go with the Garmin 64s - the maps have a lot of trails on them, it was expensive at $150 but worth it I think:)
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    sfd678 ODSC-ADV Member

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    Has anyone used a Garmin Oregon 600...its a little older but was wondering if anyone had any experience with one for trail riding? Thanks
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    Phil ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I have the oregon 600, about 4 years with it.

    Have Back roads map book loaded and find it works well for trail riding as the mapset shows ofsc, atv, pedestrian,road allowances etc. However you are unable to route down these trails . To create a route that is followable you must first create a track in basecamp and then convert it to a route before loading.

    Some have reported that the mini usb port is vulnerable to vibration and water intrusion but i have not had this problem at all.

    I still use the oregon for sailing and cycling but it has been superceded with a Zumo 395 on the road bike.


    Hope this helps.



    Phik
  10. sfd678

    sfd678 ODSC-ADV Member

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    Thanks for the info.