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Do any of you have the new Garmin 2370 or TomTom Rider GPS units?

Could you post the positives and negatives of what model you own? Also, any other rider reports would be helpful.

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Garmin Nuvi

At the CES 2006 (consumer electronics show) we stopped at each and every navigation vendor and looked at all their goods. In a nut shell they all do the exact same thing and for the most part they all use the Navtech maps or something very similar. The major differences are in packaging, form factor, and the user interface.

I think (sharyn jump in) that the Garmin Nuvi won on all points.



Packaging - it's self contained, no wasted real estate. Screen size is good, not great, but it will not crowd your cockpit either. You have to make room for the XM radio and iPod you know?

Form Factor: Everything is done with soft keys (programmed in to the screen) so you have big buttons that work with gloves on. Some units have buttons on the side, the top and just about everywhere. This is a real negative when determining how and where to mount it.

User interface - I think it's the best out there. We were able to do the things we do (our Car has navigation) normally with zero instruction and with one finger. Things are where you expect and the logic was pretty close to our natural way of thinking. That's huge in my book. Another thing is that the buttons are far apart so it's hard to mistakenly hit a button. On some units they had buttons that were .5 inch squares directly next to each other and the escape key was among them. That's poor planning.

it's $850 too. That's relatively moderate.

http://www.garmin.com/nuvi
 

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I've got a Garmin 276C - big color screen, easy to use, only hassle is that I can't tell it to send me to my endpoint by the "longest and twistiest route possible".

But if I need to find an address and get there - it's fantastic. I'll be mounting it on my BMW (along with a Sirius radio) for a trip this summer.
 

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I've checked out the other brands, and been disappointed. I really like the Garmin models, I've got an older 76S that I really like, excellent large screen and very programmable. My husband has a 60C and really likes it as well, but I find that I can't get the same level of detail at my prefered zoom level with it.

Consider that you might want to use the unit for something other than autorouting. I play a game called Geocaching (http://www.geocaching.com/) and find that a model that can be used as a handheld unit is the way to go. I use a nice little Ram mount that allows me to get it off the bike quickly for a run in to find the cache.

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Many of the non-Garmin models don't have a full map, i.e. every little street. And worse they don't let you load one either. That's why I got a Quest. Plus, it has no problems even when my CD player is skipping over rough roads.
 

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I saw on EBAY Tom-Toms for motorcycles. Looks like a nice unit and can be used for your car too.
 

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I like the simple smallness of the Garmin V. I dont use the features except north and the nearest main road. The small screen is great for me too by not taking up the space on the 4s.

I have been saved many times by the GPS. After a group ride and then dinner, it grew dark and some of us rode seemingly endlessly to get to a route home. Well, I stopped and saw the route home on the GPS. We 'thought' we were heading in the right direction, but we were going the opposite way.

This is my second Garmin. The first was the III.

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Buckelew said:
I've got a Garmin 276C - big color screen, easy to use, only hassle is that I can't tell it to send me to my endpoint by the "longest and twistiest route possible".

But if I need to find an address and get there - it's fantastic. I'll be mounting it on my BMW (along with a Sirius radio) for a trip this summer.
The Sirius radio? Is that for Howard Stearn Buck? Darn, I didn't know you were a fan.
 

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This summer I bought my first Garmin - a 2710 with full memory so it has all (western) European maps loaded to the finest detail. Tried on a number of trips so far and it's great. Both in route planning as well as autorouting mode. I've connected it to my intercom and get all the instructions verbally so you don't even have to look at the screen if you don't have the time (especially worthwhile in the single carriageway twisties here in the mountains) - a very good safety feature therefore.
I decided to go for the Garmin in view of the map details and the route planning possibilities. So far it has not disappointed me once so I'll be happy to recommend it!
 

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Garmin part number: 010-00567-00

Suggested Retail Price:
$1076.91 U.S.D. (for domestic US market only)

Expected Availability:
Fourth Quarter
ummm....at that price???....I think it'll sell as well as the Tom Tom Rider has....
 

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I recently purchased a Garmin Quest for use in my car and on both motorcycles.

With two motorcycle specific mounts, I can pop it out of the car mount and slap it on either bike.

The benefits to the Quest are small size, full color screen, waterproof, auto routing. Some might consider the small screen size a drawback, but I haven't had a problem seeing the information in the car or on the bikes.

At $350, I thought it well worth it. You do have to load the maps on it, so it doesn't have the capacity of some of the hard drive units, but as far as I can tell it is unaffected by the vibrations on the bikes.
 

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Tedduc said:
I recently purchased a Garmin Quest for use in my car and on both motorcycles.

With two motorcycle specific mounts, I can pop it out of the car mount and slap it on either bike.

The benefits to the Quest are small size, full color screen, waterproof, auto routing. Some might consider the small screen size a drawback, but I haven't had a problem seeing the information in the car or on the bikes.

At $350, I thought it well worth it. You do have to load the maps on it, so it doesn't have the capacity of some of the hard drive units, but as far as I can tell it is unaffected by the vibrations on the bikes.
Yep, been using a Quest I for almost 2 years now and I love it! As you mention, some might think the screen is small, but I've had absolutely no issues with it. I think it's the perfect size for motorcycle use.

For those that don't like the idea of loading maps into the Quest I, there is the Quest II; an identical unit but it's preloaded with the whole of the USA (and a few other places) and STILL has the RAM to upload more! By the way, here in the West, I can load all the data for 4 States into the Quest I! That's plenty enough for most trips. :D

I really like the look of the Zumo though! I'll have to get one in my hands to see just how big it is. It's definitely bigger than the Quest and a lot more expensive, but I might consider switching to it.
 

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About loading maps - I think this is an advantage - I've got the Garmin 76s and the choice of several maps to load in. The Canada Enhanced basemap has the most backroads on it, so its the map I prefer, but it has minimal data for the cities. When we need to go to Montreal or Toronto, we load in the CitySelect maps and can see every little street.

I'm sure there are comparable maps available for the US.

I think it would be good to research what detail you get with the different maps, take in your favourite road map and see if you can find out if the kind of roads you like are included in the data. No point in having maps that only show you the major roads!

Also, see what zoom level the various roads show up on - for my 76S I can run at the 5km zoom level and still see all the backroads (with detail set to maximum), but in my husband's 60C you only see these roads at the 3km zoom level.

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anyone have more pics of how you've mounted your gps to your ST (or similar)? i've got a Meridian, and see several options on cycle gear for mounts, but would love to see the options applied before changing out my cheesy velcro for a nicer mount.
 

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+1 for the Lowrence iWay 500c!!!

Waterproof, BIG display -easy to see at a glance, MP3 player built in, ***headphone jack!!!*** ..to hear your directions when you can't afford to take your eyes off the road...

I paid something like $580 at Abes of Maine a couple of months ago!

It ROCKS!
 
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