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  1. kayak_shack

    kayak_shack Limited User

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    Hey folks,

    I may finally have the $$ to get a GPS and want to get colour and have been advised to look at the Garmin 60CS. There is a $50 US rebate on it right now so the price is about $470 after rebate & before taxes. Planning to get eh MapSOurce Topo Canada as well ($110).

    I plan to use it mostly for mapping trails on my KLR as wel as some hiking, fishing etc. COmparisons to the Magellan Meridian GOld may be helpful?? ANy opinions on these or other colour GPS units are welcomed. I hope to buy within the next few weeks.

    Josh
    PS I knwo I need a RAM mount, SD cards, cables etc too so feel free to add any of those required details if you have 'em in your brain too. :lol:
  2. John M

    John M Limited User

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    If Garmin would only ad expandible memory, the 60c would be perfect. The Magellan Meridian has SD card expandible to 64mg, but the new Magellan Explorist has memory limited only by the size of the SD card you purchase. Even so, with the Meridian, you can load different area maps into different cards and just change as needed. With the Garmin you need your computer to load new map info. Depends how far you're travelling and what detail maps you'll be using as to what memory you'll need.

    Garmin screen resolution is much better that the Meridian, and you may want to see in person before making a decision.

    As it is, I have a Meridian Gold for the DRZ and now a Garmin Street Pilot for the V-Strom. Would be much happier if there was one unit that suited both.
  3. Brian Helliwell

    Brian Helliwell ODSC Executive

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    John,

    The Meridians will take SD cards bigger than 64mb. I have 128mb card in mine and have read people have been putting in much bigger cards.
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    There is a $50 US rebate on it right now so the price is about $470 after rebate & before taxes. Planning to get eh MapSOurce Topo Canada as well ($110).
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    For that kind of money you may want to look at a refurbished Steet Pilot III instead.

    Try GPSCentral

    Bobb
  5. bkowal

    bkowal ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I took the Garmin 60CS up a couple weeks ago around Kinmount. This was the first time I used it on the bike. The screen is excellent, it finds the satelites fast, BUT my unit was defective. Any pressure or stress on the front of the unit would cause it shut down, the result being that it wouldn't work on the bike while riding :( so I ended up using my beat up eTrex instead. The new Garmin user interface is OK, but not as easy as the eTrex requiring more button clicks to do the same tasks.
  6. John M

    John M Limited User

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    Brian, I also have a 128 card in my Meridian. The issue is that the Mapsend software only allows 4 segments of 16mb, or 64mb total to be loaded. I was also told that the unit would only read 64mb, but that could be misinformation.
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    I was going to try my new Street Pilot III on the DRZ, but after mounting it on the bars, it just looks too big and vulnerable for any kind of get-off. For easy going dual-sporting and back roads, I think it would be fine, but I don't think I would be using it on any more challenging rides. I tend to crash at least once per ride :?
  8. Brian Helliwell

    Brian Helliwell ODSC Executive

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    Hi John

    With a card reader you can increase the segment size, I believe to what ever size you want. There is a Meridian group on Yahoo that would have all the information on this.
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    Also check out the Garmin GPSMap 76C. It has 115 mb memory that will hold a lot of map info. Its about $50 more than the Garmin 60C. I just got one with the Topo Canada maps and after loading it with most of the sections of roaded Ontario it took 55 mb of memory so there was lots left. The Garmin mount works well on the cross bar of my KLR650 and I got another mount for use in my pickup truck.

    Richard Korpela
    A15 KLR650
    Chapleau, ON
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    I have a 60C and a Map60 as a backup. I use mine daily and in very extreme conditions. I find the 60C and CS are the best all around for the buck. They're tough, compact and fairly waterproof.
    I also have an Etrex Legend and the 60C is light years ahead with it's auto routing.
    Since I bought mine, 4 people in my office have bought a 60C or CS and a friend just ordered a CS today. I doubt if you'll find better prices than GPS Central. I regularly see units on Ebay sell for more than their regular prices.
    If you power the unit with batteries and mount it on your bike, vibration can cause the batteries to lose contact and shut down. Wrapping a bit of electrical tape around the batteries and a bit of dielectric grease on the terminals will cure the problem.
    I power mine from my bike and sled through the AC adapter. I recently bought a touratech mount and run it on my sled. I've added a heating element since the screen freezes below -20, which is most of the time up here.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/frostbight/GPS/GPS-Heat-2.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/frostbight/GPS/Waterfall.jpg
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    John Baxter Limited User

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    Well Mr. Frostbite, cool (sorry, warm) idea for your GPS!
  12. MountainMax

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    Hey guys, I have the Garmin also, anyone have a good way to mount thise righ on the WR450? i have a mount in my truck and on my snowmobile, but need one for my bike that's on the way.
  13. John M

    John M Limited User

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    I have used the 60C for a couple of years in my car, boat, bike and, most recently, on a sled (used it on a plane a couple of times too). It has worked flawlessly in all conditions. It needs to be hard wired on the bike due to the vibrations but that is fairly easy.

    The auto routing is great and the screen is easy to view in most conditions. From what I hear the 60Cx is a better version of good product with the ability to expand the memory although more $$.