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    478 weather

    +1 on the Garmin GPSMAP 478 with XM NEXRAD weather radar. Weather radar saved my bacon more than once working around intense storms on the plains. It is a bit big. I think it may have been discontinued.

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    My Zumo 550 went kittywampers, Garmin replaced it for $167.00 and transfered my "nuMaps liftime" to the new unit.
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    I run a Zumo 550 and GPSMAP 478. The 478 is a far cry from the 550 and has data displays that are not available on the Zumo, as well as NEXRAD.
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    For about $250 you can get a Garmin Nuvi 255. It has about the same size screen as the Zumos (at least the 220...).

    PROS: Inexpensive, bright screen, long life battery, IPX7 waterproof, vibration-resistant, easy transfer to cage.

    CONS: No bluetooth, no headphone jack.

    If you're looking for the absolute BEST GPS, this is not the unit. But if you want excellent performance, albeit without sound, this is an extremely cost-effective solution.

    BTW: Garmin has a free browser plug-in (Communicator) that allows Google and MapQuest routes to be downloaded to most Garmin GPS units. I rarely use MapSource anymore. Also, I am a fan of Microsoft Streets & Trips; the software is Garmin-compatable.
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    Thumbs up Good stuff so far...

    For only being up a day or so you guys are bringing up some good info.
    For those of you who have figured out a good way to do routing either from computer to GPS or the other way around, it would be good to here about that also.
    Thanks, Gary
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    Gary (et al) --

    I posted some skeletal information about downloading from MapQuest to Garmin in another thread. The process is conceptually similar for Google Maps. MS Streets & Trips has its own way of connecting to Garmin. If you search for "MapQuest" in the Gear forum, you may uncover more info as well. In any case, here are a few links to get you going:

    Downloading from MapQuest to Garmin

    How to:
    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showpost...16&postcount=6 (MS Windows XP OS-based, but easier process on an OSX Mac! )

    Additional info:
    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showpost...9&postcount=17
    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showpost...9&postcount=19

    Troubleshooting:
    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showpost...8&postcount=12
    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showpost...9&postcount=21

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    Very nice Theo, especially the screen shots. That kind of info really helps-to get an actual view of what a person should be seeing.
    For those of you watching, with a specific question, don't be shy. Any question asked by one is usually wondered about by many.
    There are some other areas we could explore for this thread like....
    Do you use it all the time, route a trip and stick to it?
    Do you use it just to find your way to a place you've never been?
    Do you just use it to find a quick route home after a fun day of riding?
    Do you find your motorcycle GPS works as well in your car-maybe better?
    Do you run your GPS through a unit like the Autocomm?
    How about the relationship with GPX and GPD.

    Let's have at it guys (and gals) Gary, old map and compass guy
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    My 2720 is doing a slow death, when I replace it I am going to get one of the 5" screen Garmin 1490T. The sale price for this can be found as low as $170. I can buy 4 of these for the price on one motorcycle specific Garmin 665. For less than $50 I can get the lockable and waterproff Ram AquaBox to put in. It will be very easy to hard wire it to the bike and still be able to move it to my truck when I want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by streetdoc View Post
    For less than $50 I can get the lockable and waterproff Ram AquaBox to put in. It will be very easy to hard wire it to the bike and still be able to move it to my truck when I want to.
    +1 on this. If I'm taking a trip I will keep a gps in the radio box. Otherwise I don't need something else to distract my attention. I am bad enough trying to program the gps in the truck. I'm sure others are quite adept at multi-tasking on the bike. I am not one of them, yet.

    That said, I am going to buying a Garmin soon. I had a first gen Tomtom and loved it. Quick to load, quick to replan if I missed a turn, etc. I "upgraded" to the xxl535T and this has got to be the biggest POS on the market. I have yet to be in any city that it didn't guide me in the wrong direction. It takes forever to load, and if I miss a turn, it replans the entire trip. By the time it reloads, I have passed the next turn, and it replans again, going into a continuous replanning loop until I pull over. I usually end up turning it off and navigating by "zen" navigation (that guy's going in my direction, let's follow him). Tomtom home is no help, as it hasn't ever recognized my device. I won't even carry it on the bike because I don't trust it. I use the old one, even though the maps are 2007.

    Back to the topic, I like non-specific units because of the price difference, and keep one stored until needed while on the bike.

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    Another very satisfied Zumo 550 owner.

    Didn't think I would ever join the ranks but a little over a year ago I got a bit twisted around on some back roads, delayed and arrived home just as it was really getting dark.
    I DO NOT ride in the dark here- too many moose.

    So last Christmas I indicated what I wanted and Cathy gave me the 550. I love this woman!

    Haven't gotten around to XM yet (this coming season) but I have a few hundred songs on the SD card for the boring highway miles.

    If I had to choose one GPS feature that is my favorite, it would be how it calculates (and recalculates if necessary) arrival time.

    The second would be how the Zumo keeps track of fuel remaining. When it gets down to where I have set it for low fuel, one touch will have it suggesting close by gas stations and how to get to the one I select (POI factory is great)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwrider88 View Post
    what's the BEST hands down, all around GPS?
    You did state "all around".

    In that case a Garmin 60 Cx or 60 CSx which has recently been replaced by a similar model.




    Quote Originally Posted by bmwrider88 View Post
    what makes it best or better?
    Whenever possible, I stay clear of devices that take proprietary batteries. Furthermore, I stay clear of devices that have built-in batteries that are not user replaceable.

    The 60 Cx runs on a pair of AA batteries for far more hours than any of the other units...in fact many times over. I use NiMH rechargeables. It can also be powered by USB or DC from 8 to 32V using a cigarette lighter output or hard wiring to a battery.

    Its compact, waterproof, takes microSD cards for maps and highly detailed track logging, it AutoRoutes, etc.

    It is why so many have chosen this unit for motorcycling. I use it in my car, on my motorcycle and while on foot in cities and out in the woods. I liked it so much, I bought a spare.
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    My Zumo 450 works great with the added 8GB SD card for my MP3 tunes. Zumo, Inno and radar wired into a MixIt2 amp with helmet speakers .
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    My super wonderful wife got me a Zumo 660 for Christmas, now I have to learn how to use it. So excited !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlobalRider View Post
    You did state "all around".

    In that case a Garmin 60 Cx or 60 CSx which has recently been replaced by a similar model.

    Whenever possible, I stay clear of devices that take proprietary batteries. Furthermore, I stay clear of devices that have built-in batteries that are not user replaceable.

    The 60 Cx runs on a pair of AA batteries for far more hours than any of the other units...in fact many times over. I use NiMH rechargeables. It can also be powered by USB or DC from 8 to 32V using a cigarette lighter output or hard wiring to a battery.
    maybe i have misconstrued your meaning here, so to clarify...
    do other Garmin models and/or other brands of GPS NOT use batteries that one may replace at will?
    also,
    do most GPS's use specialised batteries and not a typical type?

    this would, in my mind, make ALL the difference in selecting a GPS unit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwrider88 View Post
    maybe i have misconstrued your meaning here, so to clarify...
    do other Garmin models and/or other brands of GPS NOT use batteries that one may replace at will?
    also,
    do most GPS's use specialised batteries and not a typical type?

    this would, in my mind, make ALL the difference in selecting a GPS unit.
    My Garmin eMap and 60 Cx use 2 AA batteries. I've flow from Germany to Canada, changed flights in in the UK and still had plenty of battery life when I landed.

    The Garmin 376C and Zumo 660 uses a Garmin Li-Ion battery pack. And if you check the specs on these units on the Garmin site, battery life is up to 5 hours or less. Useless for my purposes.

    Other Garmin units use a built-in battery that is not user replaceable.

    Of course, if the unit it always plugged in when you re using it, then battery life is not an issue. I use mine on foot often.

    Go to the Garmin site, pick a model and check the specs...for example...

    Zumo 660 specs

    GPS Map 62S specs

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