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Discussion in 'GPS Stuff' started by hverbakel, Mar 1, 2015.

  1. hverbakel

    hverbakel ODSC-OFTR Member

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    If I was buying a new Garmin GPS to work both on my Suzuki and my street bikes, which one would work the best in terms of latest technology, and all out ease of use?
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    marc guindon Limited User

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    Probably something newer out now but the Garmin 60cx is bullet proof and was favoured for years, easy to swap tracks from other riders.
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    brucedwilson ODSC Executive

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    I use a 62 on my road (VStrom) and dirtier (DRZ400) rides. Keeping it simple works best.

    Bruce
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    alon ODSC-OFTR Member

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    It really depends on what you want to get out of your GPS and how well your eyes work (depending on age, etc.). If you want turn by turn directions via bluetooth and you have an in-helmet bluetooth solution, your best bet is probably a Garmin Zumo series of GPS. They are quite pricey when new and even offer features such as tire pressure monitoring if gadgets are what you're into. What you do want to consider regardless of features is something that is rugged enough for use on a bike and preferably something fairly waterproof. The other thing to consider is whether or not you want a unit that is "glove friendly" with screen buttons versus a unit that has physical buttons. As for brands, I think most people would recommend Garmin regardless of the format and style of the unit you choose - more maps that you can share, etc with the user community. I wanted a waterproof, large screen GPS unit that has bluetooth for voice turn by turn but I didn't want to spend nearly $1000 so I shopped for something used. I ended up buying a Garmin Zumo 550 (several years old but really rugged and reliable) - it's got a large screen, a combination of hard physical buttons as well as screen "soft buttons" that are activated on a glove-friendly screen, came with two mounts, etc. I found it on Kijiji so search any of the following depending on the features and size you want:

    Garmin 60 or 62 series - handheld, compact, rugged, reliable - a staple device that everyone likes - no touch screen so everything is controlled by hard buttons
    Garmin Zumo - look for Zumo 550 (or 450 if you like that but don't need the bluetooth), Garmin 660, 665, 220, 350, 590 - the sky is the limit here...choose wisely and don't get caught up in gimmicky features that you are likely to never use
    Garmin Oregon series - best bag for the buck is going to be the Oregon 450T (now discontinued but very good, very reliable and can be found used on Kijiji or refurbished on www.gpscity.ca)
    Garmin Montana (600, 650, 650T) - bigger, bad-ass version of the Oregon - bigger screen, very quick, very solid but some find it a bit bulky for using as a hiking / geocaching unit due to its size and weight

    I hope this helps...
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    hverbakel ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Great info guys, but let me rephrase the question. I have a unique opportunity to get any gps that Garmin currently offers. Price is no consideration. Ideally the unit will be used for motorcycle riding, street and trails. and I do need reading glasses from time to time. Should I get the top of the line 665 LM or the 590 LM? any thoughts?
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    alon ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Well...if price is no concern, get the 590 which is there top of the line unit.
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    hverbakel ODSC-OFTR Member

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    and why the 590 instead of the 665?
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    alon ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Newer, bigger and brighter display, more features. Don't be confused by their nomenclature - 665 is not higher than the 590. The 665 is simply an updated 660...
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    grahamm Ride Organizer

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    590LM the newest, top of the line one does tracking! This is what I was told by the sales guy at Radio World, On line at I could see that feature. For off road Tracking is a total bonus. As far as I know that is the first Nuvi that provides this cross over to off road features if it's true.

    If you are serious about off road I would go Montana 600 if the 590 does not do tracking. Montana works great for both, cradles are ~40 each, I mount one on each bike and use the Montana for everything from GPS rallies to exploration on the 800.