Help with GPS purchase
Posted January 01, 2002 - 06:09 PM
Posted January 01, 2002 - 06:27 PM
I think once you learn how to use it, it would be invaluable. I know this isn't what you asked but Illinois is getting their butts kicked, my wife is in bed and I'm bored
Posted January 01, 2002 - 07:31 PM
It's got max speed, av. speed, all the usual things, plus it keeps a track of your progress that you can zoom in/out with, save tracks waypoints, and they say it's got 23hr battery life (2 x AA) though I've had it run out in 10 once.
Main thing it doesn't have is map a facility, your track is made on blank background... And it's just black & white not colour, but that doesn't really matter.
Weak point with the bar mount is it mounts via the battery cover, so after a couple of rough get-offs the cover clip actually broke, but replaced that under warranty and the second one seems stronger.
You'll always still need a map though
Posted January 01, 2002 - 07:37 PM
Posted January 02, 2002 - 08:56 AM
After trying many makes and models of GPS receivers and have come to the conclusion that the Garmin e-Trex Vista best suits my needs. It's small, accurate, rugged, has lots of memory, includes a electronic compass (no moving required), and is easy to use. Mine lives in a hard shell case made by Accucase that is designed for the e-Trex. It goes in the backpack out of harms way and is on all the time while riding. It still receives a strong signal in the case that is in the backpack.
The best part about this unit is the way it works with the optional MapSource software offered by Garmin. I have the "Roads & Recreation" and "Topo" versions and can upload various levels of map detail, as well as waypoints & tracks, right onto the e-Trex. (Don?t was your money on the Topo version, get Roads & Rec). The mapping software covers all of north America, and all fire roads as well as most trails are included. Pretty cool stuff. After gathering tracks (riding), you can download the tracks & waypoints onto your computer and see where you've been.
Regardless what receiver you choose, check out geocaching (link below). Bryan, TT's founder, turned my on to this. It is great fun for kids and it teaches them about GPS. I do it to polish my GPS skills & have become addicted. At first it sounds stupid, but you would be surprised at the fun to be had for the whole family.
e-Trex Vista: http://www.garmin.co...ucts/etrexVista
MapSource Software: http://www.garmin.co...urce/index.html
Posted January 02, 2002 - 09:03 AM
it for 12 years for the navy/Marines.
Any garmin or Trimble is
gonna work for you. find em in a store
and see what feels best for you.
Also there is a bunch of systems @
they are the ones who run our professional
conferences and have a bunch of stuff for
sale on their site. read up and then
you may find a better price elsewhere but lots
of info there.
Posted January 02, 2002 - 12:45 PM
Posted January 02, 2002 - 05:54 PM
Posted January 02, 2002 - 06:06 PM
I never ride my bike without it attached unless I'm on a motocross track.
The GPS is my odometer, speedometer and map.
The Garmin GPS II through GPS V are better suited for handle bar mounting than the E-Trex unit. The compass feature on the E-Trex is a nice. You have to decide which is more important to you.
The best web source for info on GPS is
A good sources for GPS and motorcycle info is
Cycoactive and A-Loop carry Garmin GPS products and will 'harden' a Garmin GPS for motorycycle use. This will help keep the guts from shaking apart.
If you plan a handlebar mounting the GPS be sure to get an external power cable. The Garmin GPS II through V series will shut itself off because engine vibration causes the batteries bounce off the contacts.
I got involved in GPS because of my impared sense of direction. This is a major handicap for dual sport riding and the GPS has saved me from spending a night in the woods more than once.
Posted January 02, 2002 - 06:48 PM
Your statement about the batteries loosing contact is accurate!! I just cut plastic straws in half and down the middle then stuff them into the GPS and that seems to fix it no problem. Hard wiring works too. And the Rechargable Nimh's don't hold a charge at all.. (IMHO)
See ya, Dan
-GPS hack (but I follow really good).