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Mr. Impulse

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Location : Morgantown, WV
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PostSubject: GPS HELP   January 26th 2013, 9:27 am

Looking to buy a GPS and thought I knew what I wanted...Now I am real confused. I looked at several and thought for the money,
I would just buy a cheap nuvi 500 as it seemed to do the trick. upon
reading more about it...maybe not. Here is what I want to do ... Pleae
help if you have experience it first hand, or are 100% sure.
I want to ride new trails I have not been on before, and be able to:
1. Follow the trail back, if it dead ends and or i get lost! the 500
says it leaves a bread crumb trail, and takes 30 points from it and
makes a route for you to get back... not sure I want that, I want my
exact trai.
2. I also want to be able to save the route, at the end of the trail,
and next time or nest year be able to ride the exact route by pulling it
up. Not one it makes out of 30 of the points again.
3. Be able to save several points of interest along the way.
4. Dont ever see me preloading pre made maps, the places I ride
normally dont have them, and dont care about highway use at all.

If you have a model that will do all this, chime in. I will get one. Way
to many articles of folks saying the nuvi does, and doesn't when I
google it so that tells me, I need to keep looking! I want it simple,
and on the fly or I wont use it. Help..
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CommAndrew

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PostSubject: Re: GPS HELP   January 26th 2013, 11:57 am

I've used the garmin 62st in the past. It does all you are asking about. It also got the group home from the infamous Ricky Lilly Sofia ride. I sold the 62 and now use the garmin Montana 650T. It is the best. You can get dash mounts that charge it. It has a touch screen. Very nice
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PostSubject: Re: GPS HELP   January 26th 2013, 1:00 pm

CommAndrew wrote:
I've used the garmin 62st in the past. It does all you are asking about. It also got the group home from the infamous Ricky Lilly Sofia ride. I sold the 62 and now use the garmin Montana 650T. It is the best. You can get dash mounts that charge it. It has a touch screen. Very nice

I will check it out. I assume its waterproof? Any idea how many trails you can save once you ride it, and tell it to save it?
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PostSubject: Re: GPS HELP   January 26th 2013, 1:16 pm

CommAndrew wrote:
I've used the garmin 62st in the past. It does all you are asking about. It also got the group home from the infamous Ricky Lilly Sofia ride. I sold the 62 and now use the garmin Montana 650T. It is the best. You can get dash mounts that charge it. It has a touch screen. Very nice

I checked out the montana 650 T, it looks pretty nice. Around 600-640. Cant really tell what all it does, but sounds like you can ride a trail, save it and ride it again later? Ride a trail, dead end, and back track, and be on a trail and have a topo view of where you are in relation to camp that you marked. If you say it will do all that, it may be the one for me.
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PostSubject: Re: GPS HELP   January 26th 2013, 1:27 pm

It keeps a continuous log of where you've been. You can also download the maps to your computer. Here's an exaple.

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Bobby D

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PostSubject: Re: GPS HELP   January 26th 2013, 1:48 pm

Don't use a GPS
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PostSubject: Re: GPS HELP   January 26th 2013, 2:22 pm

That looks pretty sweet. Bobby, my plan is to get you to take me on some adventures, mark em, then when you cant go......Guess who can!
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PostSubject: Re: GPS HELP   January 26th 2013, 6:28 pm

Mr. Impulse wrote:
That looks pretty sweet. Bobby, my plan is to get you to take me on some adventures, mark em, then when you cant go......Guess who can!


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PostSubject: Re: GPS HELP   January 28th 2013, 11:48 pm

Rally confused now. Montana 650 Looks good. Found some will let you save multiple trails and mark them all different colors so they dont overlap each other. Seems cool. Anything else I would not have thougt of that we would do with them or want it to do?
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PostSubject: Re: GPS HELP   January 29th 2013, 12:06 am

You can do that with the Montana too
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PostSubject: Re: GPS HELP   January 29th 2013, 12:13 am

CommAndrew wrote:
You can do that with the Montana too

So far that seems to be the one to get. Just wondering if the new lawrence and polaris mount are worth the money? Wasn't planning to spend 600-1000 on a GPs, but looks like thats what a good one is. hhmmmm stage two controller/cams.....GPS.... LOL tough call!
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PostSubject: Re: GPS HELP   January 29th 2013, 9:32 am

MR IMPULSE........Bobby D can always go

He has the best job in the world i think.

Man if i could ride like he gets too , I would be a happy man.

lol!
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PostSubject: Re: GPS HELP   January 29th 2013, 10:57 am

killlerskunk wrote:
MR IMPULSE........Bobby D can always go

He has the best job in the world i think.

Man if i could ride like he gets too , I would be a happy man.

lol!

I gotta start hooking up with you all more. I have my own realestate office, so I set my own hours and can go most anytime too. He took my nephew and I on an allday ride a couple years ago from the Ashland resort, and it was a blast, even though it was during a monsoon, and 28 degrees! GPS would have been great that day, so I could duplicate it now. I'll grab one as soon as I am convinced I found the best one for what we do. Lets ride!
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PostSubject: Re: GPS HELP   January 29th 2013, 11:28 am

I have a older Garmin 62 series which is great for hiking but the small screen is tough to see when riding. But it is pretty much a "bullet proof" GPS unit.

I then got the Garmin Montana 650T. Its great, bigger screen, much easier to see. It has the Garmin "birdseye" feature which is real satellite images of the terrain. You can also take pictures of landmarks with it that are linked to lat/long on the map. I have not played with the picture functions yet. You can generate multiple tracks with unique colors.

I bought the 2012 Commander dash panel for my 2011 Commander and it mounts perfect.
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PostSubject: Re: GPS HELP   January 29th 2013, 11:33 am

ruauman2 wrote:
I have a older Garmin 62 series which is great for hiking but the small screen is tough to see when riding. But it is pretty much a "bullet proof" GPS unit.

I then got the Garmin Montana 650T. Its great, bigger screen, much easier to see. It has the Garmin "birdseye" feature which is real satellite images of the terrain. You can also take pictures of landmarks with it that are linked to lat/long on the map. I have not played with the picture functions yet. You can generate multiple tracks with unique colors.

I bought the 2012 Commander dash panel for my 2011 Commander and it mounts perfect.

I have had nothing but good reviews form the guys using that 650 T. May be the way to go. Was going to start looking for mounts. Lots of guys use the ram mounts and put them above the wheel, overhead, etc. Are you saying somone makes vehicle specific mount for the dashes, or just yours? I could easily just use a ram mount and hook it to my V bar in windshield, or over head to the top roll bar, which would keep it shaded a little more.
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PostSubject: Re: GPS HELP   January 29th 2013, 12:10 pm

Mr. Impulse wrote:
Are you saying somone makes vehicle specific mount for the dashes, or just yours?

No, just for the Commander. The 2011 model didn't have an option for the GPS. The 2012 Commander does have the GPS option which uses a new redesigned center dash panel. Its just a matter of replacing the center piece of the dash from the 2011 to the 2012 part.

Also the "birdseye" images are via a subscription service. I don't recall the price right now but its not too bad.

I also bought the external antenna but don't use it. You may want to hold off on that unless you have reception issues, which is unlikely.
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PostSubject: Re: GPS HELP   January 29th 2013, 7:12 pm

I agree with everyone regarding the Montana, it IMO is by far the best GPS that Garmin makes. I bought the 600 not the 650T. The 650 has the built in camera, the 650T come with camera and Garmins 100K Topo map. I and most everyone I know use the free state Topo's you can get from here. GPSFileDepot

Most people consider these maps much much more accurate than Garmin 100K map that comes with the 650T. Garmin does sell a 24K Topo that is routable for $90. Routable means it will follow a route and give you voice instructions.

As was said the NUVI's are nice but will not do what you want to do, they will store tracks but they have no track manager for you to select them and bring them back up.
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PostSubject: Re: GPS HELP   January 30th 2013, 12:57 am

BobT wrote:
I agree with everyone regarding the Montana, it IMO is by far the best GPS that Garmin makes. I bought the 600 not the 650T. The 650 has the built in camera, the 650T come with camera and Garmins 100K Topo map. I and most everyone I know use the free state Topo's you can get from here. GPSFileDepot

Most people consider these maps much much more accurate than Garmin 100K map that comes with the 650T. Garmin does sell a 24K Topo that is routable for $90. Routable means it will follow a route and give you voice instructions.

As was said the NUVI's are nice but will not do what you want to do, they will store tracks but they have no track manager for you to select them and bring them back up.

Great info. the more we chat, the more you guys keep giving. Thanks again. So far its a 650T gonna hold off and give my self one more week of digging for info, then grab one.
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