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    Per several above I have cut atlas pgs & state maps for my "common states" & I like: www.motorcycleroads.us to facilitate choosing MC routes of interest as it often has not only the routes but comments too. Then the GPS goes along (to keep me from pulling a "PG") I do it too as I'm guilty of looking around too much in towns.
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    Well my GPS maps are from 2008 and more than once I have just about thrown the thing into the ditch in anger.
    I remind myself that I bought the thing and that I chose not to upgrade the maps because I'm too cheap.
    Then I pull over, turn the thing off, and get out the paper map.

    First of all I bought a Garmin eTrex - a handheld thing with a postage-stamp sized screen.
    You can load routable maps into it and it will do turn-by-turn navigation.
    I thought this would replace all my paper maps.
    I found a RAM mount holder for it - so I was in business or so I thought.

    • Real hard to see the tiny screen on the move.
    • Real hard to mess with the tiny controls with gloves on.
    • Maps go out of date quicker than you might think.
    • Route planning is difficult, especially with a group.
    • It is slow to recalculate when you screw up.
    • It does not speak. It beeps. And not very loudly.
    • If you use it to plan a route, and you didn't get within 10 ft of a waypoint, it will want you to go back to it.


    Here's the thing: the eTrex is really a handheld device, suitable for walking or bicycling.
    It will run 20 hours on two AA batteries. It just isn't suited to motorcycle use.

    So in my case, I carry paper maps.
    I try to plan a route and memorize turn points.
    The GPS is relegated to "unlosting" duty.

    The moral of the story is that IF you are going to buy a GPS, get one made for motorcycles.
    Buy the latest map upgrades as they become available.
    But hang on to your paper maps.

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    Here's a photo of a friend's GPS - since it always assumes the lake is full, his bike is in the middle of the lake...
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    Must be this guys excuse!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott.lambert View Post
    • Real hard to see the tiny screen on the move.
    • Real hard to mess with the tiny controls with gloves on.
    • Maps go out of date quicker than you might think.
    • Route planning is difficult, especially with a group.
    • It is slow to recalculate when you screw up.
    • If you use it to plan a route, and you didn't get within 10 ft of a waypoint, it will want you to go back to it.
    ..................
    The moral of the story is that IF you are going to buy a GPS, get one made for motorcycles.
    Buy the latest map upgrades as they become available.
    But hang on to your paper maps.
    That is why I love my old reliable Garmin 478, Life time maps, screen bright enough to see in full sun with sunglasses on, can operate with gloves, and all the other issues are non issues with it.

    I have played with Zumos and do not like them, harder to read, and most of all you cannot get the road detail when zoomed out like the 276C/478's offer. The old Garmins are like a moving DeLorme Atlas-Gazetteer showing every road, trail and cow path, and I can zoom out to about a 10X7 mile view and retain them. The Zumo's loose the small roads when zoomed out to about a 2x2 mile view. It makes finding roads much more difficult.

    My GPS has found me hundreds of great back roads on the fly. I go to NC and show the locals great little twisty roads they did not know existed!
    2010 F800GS Full Ohlins package, '04 R1100S Replika
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    Maritime Alps and Vosges 2012
    Tuscany and Central Italy 2010

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