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    Exclamation Have the Forum folks considered opening a GPS forum

    a thread for GPS users?I just got my feet wet with a used Garmin and I'm sure there are many riders out there who have vast amount of knowlege to share with us GPS n00bs.
    They could post best/favorite rides,help with n00b questions,make recommendations from personal experiences,ect.
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    I would be interested to see why folks like them so much. I don't get it. Nothing against those who have them. I just don't know what the attraction is. I am a map guy. I like to look at maps. Stopping to refold my map is a break usually when I am ready.

    We used GPS in the Army. Had a practical application there. Getting to point A, B, C when not on any roads. So a backcountry application makes sense but having one while riding on the highway....DUNNO.

    I would be interested in everyones reasons.

    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belquar
    I would be interested to see why folks like them so much. I don't get it. Nothing against those who have them. I just don't know what the attraction is. I am a map guy. I like to look at maps. Stopping to refold my map is a break usually when I am ready.

    We used GPS in the Army. Had a practical application there. Getting to point A, B, C when not on any roads. So a backcountry application makes sense but having one while riding on the highway....DUNNO. I would be interested in everyones reasons.Brian
    Well! I finally bought one. It was a toy I just had to have. After all, Mommy, everyone else has one! I bought a refurbished Garmin Street Pilot II Delux from eBay. I'm having a lot of fun with it. Do I need it? Just as much as I need a motorcycle!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Belquar
    I would be interested to see why folks like them so much. I don't get it.
    1. I like having a map in my field of vision while riding. I can see where I am (and what's coming up) at various zoom levels (few feet to 120 miles) and don't have to stop to look at a map. (IMO it's unsafe to look down at a tankbag map for more than a couple seconds. That's not long enough to really comprehend it.)

    2. I like planning routes in advance. If I know I'm going from A to B I can experiment with various routes before leaving. I'll program the GPS with a route and follow it. I might also throw in a couple alternate routes. If the whim strikes to improvise, no problem you can still improvise. The advantage to letting the GPS guide you while underway is that you don't have to navigate very much. Just enjoy the scenery and let your mind do its other work. Not worrying about where do I have to turn next and how far til that turn comes up.

    3. It's nice having a list of interesting places at your fingertips. Example: a couple weeks back I was coming home from Gerlach. I was hungry, and in the mood for some teriyaki chicken. Pressed a few buttons and the machine guided me to the perfect restaurant just a few minutes off the highway. I would have never found that place otherwise, and would have ended up settling for whatever I could find.

    4. It's a fun little gadget.

    Paper maps still have a purpose. I still use them while planning trips, just to get an overall sense of an area. But I don't use them at all while underway. They stay folded in the tankbag for backup in case of GPS failure. I might look at them in a restaurant or hotel room.

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    I'll second Jerry's comments and add that I find having GPS helps a lot when traveling off the beaten path. I turn on the tracking feature when heading out on logging/forest service roads so I can keep track of where I am and how to get back out. I also load the good routes into my computer at home so I can go back or share.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwhite518
    1. I like having a map in my field of vision while riding. I can see where I am (and what's coming up) at various zoom levels (few feet to 120 miles) and don't have to stop to look at a map. (IMO it's unsafe to look down at a tankbag map for more than a couple seconds. That's not long enough to really comprehend it.)

    2. I like planning routes in advance. If I know I'm going from A to B I can experiment with various routes before leaving. I'll program the GPS with a route and follow it. I might also throw in a couple alternate routes. If the whim strikes to improvise, no problem you can still improvise. The advantage to letting the GPS guide you while underway is that you don't have to navigate very much. Just enjoy the scenery and let your mind do its other work. Not worrying about where do I have to turn next and how far til that turn comes up.

    3. It's nice having a list of interesting places at your fingertips. Example: a couple weeks back I was coming home from Gerlach. I was hungry, and in the mood for some teriyaki chicken. Pressed a few buttons and the machine guided me to the perfect restaurant just a few minutes off the highway. I would have never found that place otherwise, and would have ended up settling for whatever I could find.

    4. It's a fun little gadget.

    Paper maps still have a purpose. I still use them while planning trips, just to get an overall sense of an area. But I don't use them at all while underway. They stay folded in the tankbag for backup in case of GPS failure. I might look at them in a restaurant or hotel room.
    Thanks for your input Jerry. My GS actually had a hardwired antenna on it for a Garmin. It was all wired in with xm, radar detector, and PIAAs. Only thing I left on was the PIAA's. Big rats nest of wires and stuff in my garage. I can't really afford any of those particular items at this time in my life so I just took it all off. You points are all great ones. Maybe one day I will get one. For now, I will just have to let you folks with them do the exploring, post up your ride reports and then follow your trail at a later date.

    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belquar
    I would be interested to see why folks like them so much. I don't get it. Nothing against those who have them. I just don't know what the attraction is. I am a map guy. I like to look at maps. Stopping to refold my map is a break usually when I am ready.

    We used GPS in the Army. Had a practical application there. Getting to point A, B, C when not on any roads. So a backcountry application makes sense but having one while riding on the highway....DUNNO.

    I would be interested in everyones reasons.

    Brian
    I like to know where the food and gas is. I punched in "Subway" and the thing led me right to one. Also great for a quick check on exits including rest areas...
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    Although I don't have a bike-mounted GPS, I have used the DeLorme software and small GPS with my laptop in a car. I can see where the GPS would be useful, if not too distracting.

    But I must say that I believe that this entire thread more appropriately belongs in the section "Gear" rather than "Campfire".

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    I think it would be better to look at sites that are specific to the gear you want information about, like groundspeak for GPS.
    http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/
    Look under GPS units and software.

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    When I first moved to the Northern VA area - I had a Garmin 60CS. I was sooooo very thankful for it!!! The DC area is sooooo traffic heavy and very fast moving. Plus there are all kinds of one way streets and exits all over the place - it is very confusing for someone who grew up in mid-illinois where there is nothing but corn fields to ride around!!

    Recently I found a store online that had a Garmin 2610 for $375!! I couldn't pass it up - so I upgraded. This is even easier to use in the car because of the speaker system.

    I also agree with Jack - You can find out what restaurants are in the area and hotels. To me it's a lot better than a map.

    From what I've heard from different people - the map people LOVE their maps and the GPS people LOVE their GPS' - I think it's just what you are used to??

    Plus - one of my favorite features - the Waypoints - Sometimes - just out riding around and come up on a cool road or a beautiful view or someone's house - whatever the case may be - and then you just stop and enter that particular spot as a "WayPoint"!! Now you can find it again - anytime you want

    I love my new GPS!!!

    Hope you enjoy yours!!

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    Excellent idea

    Quote Originally Posted by widebmw
    I think it would be better to look at sites that are specific to the gear you want information about, like groundspeak for GPS.
    http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/
    Look under GPS units and software.
    But I would like a forum on OUR site for member's use and to share info among ourselves.That is an good site that I have visited several times but is primarily for geocaching.Their for sale area is good too but mostly for handhelds and topos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belquar
    I am a map guy. I like to look at maps. Brian
    IÔÇÖm a ÔÇ£map guyÔÇØ too. I love to look at them. I plan my trips with them. I have maps from every place IÔÇÖve been and almost every place I plan to go. But when IÔÇÖm ready to ride (or drive or go boating) I like to have my GPS handy. Here are some of my reasons for using a GPS:

    1. I can plan a route on the computer and transfer it to my GPS.
    2. I can plot waypoints and other points of interest and transfer them to my GPS.
    3. A GPS can tell me when I am going to arrive at my destination or when the next turn is coming up. I donÔÇÖt have to have that information but itÔÇÖs nice on a long trip.
    4. If my trip gets interrupted by a detour a GPS will get me back on my route.
    5. A GPS is great when the traffic is heavy and you are in unfamiliar territory.
    6. When the trip is over I have all kinds of interesting information ÔÇô trip time, average speed, stopped time, highest speed, etc.

    Sometimes ÔÇô especially on a motorcycle ÔÇô a GPS can get in the way. It can be a distraction ÔÇô just like a cell phone. But more often then not I find a GPS to be helpful.


    Yes, you can find GPS information other places but the information you find does not always deal with using them on motorcycles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belquar
    So a backcountry application makes sense but having one while riding on the highway....DUNNO.

    I would be interested in everyones reasons.

    Brian

    I have a TOM TOM which is not bad but it lacks some of the features I think I would like to see in a turn by turn GPS. I use mine when in the cage and when on the bike. I was taking a friend to the Atlanta airport the other week when I encoutered a traffic stoppage on the interstate which went on for miles. I simply told the GPS to take me to the airport by the shortest route and avoid the interstate... trust me I would have never found the route it took me on had I been using a map. I think I went on more back streets and country roads... but it got us there in record time and without traffic. I don't use mine much on the slab but use it a lot on back roads.

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    GPS is on my wish list

    this year. Reccomendations?
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    All right. Lets here some negative aspects about owning a GPS. You guys are making me want one.

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