Posted February 09, 2004 - 09:58 AM
Also on the techie side if anyone knows of a unit which will work well with AutoCad and some sort of mapping software, any information on this would be appreciated.
thanks in advance for any information.
Posted February 09, 2004 - 10:16 AM
Too many choices here for sure. For map making get a GPS with huge tracklog memory capacity. That leaves only the Garmin Etrek Vista or GPSMAP76. Both units will record 10,000 tracklog points.
As for map making with Autocad data tranfer capability things get sketchy.
I assume you're talking about full tilt GIS in ESRI format.
I know of only one 3rd party GPS software supporting ESRI shape files for import and export. That's OziExplorer. There maybe more out there but this what I've been using.
Consider the low tech approach and publish in Garmin Mapsource format. For a good example check out this link.
Web page for Sneakers
Posted February 09, 2004 - 12:59 PM
Posted February 09, 2004 - 05:19 PM
the battery is the ONLY way to go!
Surface-mount technology makes these things very
durable against vibration. They're waterproof
and dust proof...I simply hose mine off after the
ride and call it good.
On a side note, most of the screens can get scratched
when you wipe off the dust to view the image. I use clear,
packing tape on the screen and it peels right off after
the ride. The screen stays clean and scratch free.
Posted February 09, 2004 - 05:28 PM
Posted February 09, 2004 - 06:21 PM
Posted February 09, 2004 - 06:26 PM
Just my 2 cents
Posted February 09, 2004 - 10:08 PM
You can make maps using tracklogs, as I did not found any other way.
1. tracklogs are not 3D
2. Not 100% water resistant
It is a little bigger than Garmin etrex vista, but it has bigger display and it has much better batery life...
Posted February 10, 2004 - 03:47 AM
On my VFR streetbike (very little vibration) I simply use a RAM mount with the two AA batteries and a little bit of diaelectric grease on the terminals to prevent the "sparking" which can shut the GPS off.
I too have found the big WR creates too much vibration at high RPM's and as a result have purchased cycoactive's external battery pack which is designed to take two C batteries - and provide way longer battery life. I've got the GPS mounted on the handlebar (using a second RAM ball mount) and have the batteries in a small cycoactive number plate pouch. The pouch is also perfect for carrying a power bar and first aid supplies!
Overall the set up works great.
Posted February 10, 2004 - 04:18 AM
Posted February 10, 2004 - 06:35 AM
Posted February 10, 2004 - 11:46 AM
Use the brown wire that comes from the ignition button. Sitting on the bike looking forward from the top, it's the 2nd white plug left of the odometer behind the headlight. I know that this applies to the 03 WR450F. 04 WR450F but probably the same. Just be sure to use the proper size fuse inline with the positive wire.