Tires and GPS questions ...
Posted June 02, 2005 - 12:02 PM
I want one! Damn near got lost last year in a maze of logging roads ...
Questions: How does the device have these maps in it? Do they cover the whole planet? Are the maps downloaded from the satelite or in the software of the unit?
Is there a monthly fee to use GPS?
Which GPS should I buy for my WR450? How much are they? Do they mount securely?
Also ... how many miles are you all getting out of your stock tires? I have 900 miles on mine and the shop wants to sell me another rear tire although it looks like plenty of meat left to me.
Posted June 02, 2005 - 12:31 PM
1) tracking units cheap, show where you have been but not highways, but more than sufficient to allow you to get 'unlost'. Like the Garmin Etrex. At $US150 new they are well worth it. I used to own one. Also being cheap, if it gets trashed in a big crash, it's no big deal. But it would have to be a big crash, they are tuff little units.
2) Mapping units. I now have a Garmin Legend C. Colour screen, has maps in it to street level detail. You pay extra for the maps. About 5 times the price of option one, but very good.
There are various handlebar mounts avaliable.
Posted June 02, 2005 - 12:35 PM
You can hardwire the thing direct to your bikes 12v.
The advice you have already is good.
Decide what you want to spend and wether you need mapping.
I use a Garmin 60c and a touratech mount. Cost $600 in total.
Posted June 02, 2005 - 01:39 PM
Posted June 02, 2005 - 05:13 PM
The better GPS units have basemaps built in, but usually if you want topo detail or detailed city street info, you have to buy additional software like Garmin Map Source.
I love my GPS. I leave it on when I ride, and when I get home, I download the track to my topo software on my computer and make maps of trails where I've ridden.
Posted June 02, 2005 - 07:22 PM
I have the Map Source and TOPO brand software. The TOPO (National Geographic) is my favorite as far as using on my computer to download my rides and view them on the PC, but the Garmin Map Source is the only one that will upload topo and road/trail info to a Garmin unit.
I've bought a lot of stuff from TVNAV.com with great prices and service.
I had a Vista, but never used the compass or altimeter so I traded sideways to the color Legend C.
Posted June 02, 2005 - 11:08 PM
jam some soft foam in the battery compartment to stop the batteries from moving. I am just in the process of fitting a rectifier/capacitor to my 426 to run a 12v adapter
I tried mounting my eTrex Legend C on my bars and it would shut off when the motor was at high revs. Have you had this problem?
Posted June 03, 2005 - 03:39 AM
Took the 12v AC from the horn wire and got the earth from an unused odo wire. Fed that into a 35amp bridge rectifier which is bolted to the top tripple clamp. Then placed a 470uF cap across the rectifiers output to smooth the DC and soldered the wires onto a cigerette lighter adapter for my gps.
Posted June 03, 2005 - 05:39 AM
Posted June 03, 2005 - 09:04 PM