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I have been a cacher for a long time .I have a meridian that is 10 years old. Any suggestions for a new one to mount on a bike?
 

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I use an eTrex Vista Hcx. I like it. It has the brightest back light of any I've seen. It is small and light weight. Has colors. Was rated as #1 by Dirt Bike mag a few years ago. Others prefer others.
 

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I have the same Garmin unit as trailscout and it fine for what I use a gps for. Downside to this unit for me is I have to build all my routes in advance on the computer and then load them into the unit. This is true for both off-road and on road. I should also mention I use a topo map and not a city navigator type map. I have not tried to load a city/road map into the unit, but I believe it may have the capability to auto route if this was loaded.

Another downside for me is the size of the screen. I think it's too small.

If I had the money I would get one of the larger screen models (Oregon, Montana). Some riders even use 2 gps's, one like the eTrex and another one like you would use in your car. I have one for the car, but have never tried using it for off-road trails and forest service roads.
 

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How much do you want to spend? Ive seen the oregon 450 for around $150 and if you want high dollar stuff look at the montana and the new monterra. I would get one that uses AA batteries and has a 12v plug so you can run it off the bikes power. Im using a smartphone for gps and i take maps. There are apps that you can preload maps on your phone so when your not in cell service you will still have your maps. Most phones have gps in them. Motion x for iphone is a good one. Dualsport maps for android "its down at the moment but is being fixed" there are other apps that work also. Go to advrider click on forums and check out all the gps info you could want.
 

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Garmin 78!! BEST EVER!!

Not really, but I do enjoy it. I'm glad I went with physical buttons over the touchscreens that I was looking at. I've got mine hard-wired for both my bikes using the Garmin 4-pin connector, but take AA batteries just in case. They'll run for 12-15 hrs on a set of batteries which is nice.
 

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I have owned in the past both the Garmin Rino 120 and the much better 530 HXi. Both worked great on my ATV and I loved the radio feature I think they called peer location. You call your buddy and your position shows up on his screen and he calls you back and his position appears on your screen. Makes find each other in deep woods much easier and works way better out on flat land or water.

Older now and I simply can't use any of these tiny hand held units on a moving machine because I can't see the screens unless looking through the bottom of my glasses.

Don't over look some of the marine chart plotter unit. If you can figure out a decent mount for a much larger unit then the issue of tiny screens might be solved. I have a Hummingbird 788 Ci fish finder/chart plotter and the screen is about 5" X 5". It can work in a car as just a GPS or on the boat as both and it will accept any maps you load in it, street or topo or lakes and rivers. The marine units are both water proof and made to be durable while crashing around through rough waves and nasty weather. Most of these gadgets work pretty much the same where features are concerned. You can track your route while under way or plot it on your computer and then turn around and follow it back to your start point. The units that accept both topo maps and street maps cost a bit more and you might have to buy the various maps for your area but they are sweet when you can drag them from car to bike to atv and to your boat. If they fit in your pocket chances are us old farts won't like them.

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My first was an Etrex Legend H I bought off Craigslist. It took a while to figure out how to use it and I am still limited but the more I use it the better I am getting. I mounted it to the handlebar of the TW and so far it has withstood the vibration. It is black and white and easy to see in the bright sun. If you watch my videos you will see it.

I decided to upgrade and bought a new Oregon 450t. Big screen, touch screen, nice colors in a dark area but in bright sun the Etrex is easier to see. I had it about 3 months and it crapped out. I sent it back to Garmin and they sent me a used looking refurbished one. It works but does hiccup once in a while. I am not pleased with it but I am through arguing. I will grin and bear it.

I have 3 other Garmins I picked up really cheap off ebay and they work OK. Go figure. Buy a brand new one and have troubles and buy 3 older ones for a song and they work fine. I really wish I hadn't bought the Oregon 450t.
 

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If money was no issue, LOL, I'd get one with a really large screen and the capability of taking pictures and logging the waypoint of the picture on the track automatically. But, sigh, money IS an issue.
 

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Montana if you can afford it! Fantastic screen...I can actually read it at speed in rough terrain.

Steep learning curve though for those coming from older units. Worth the education process, IMO. I would never go back.
 

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My old Motorola Droid X with Otterbox case and Ram Mount works great. I rooted the phone, removed all unneeded software, installed offline mapping software as well as a few other survival/expedition essentials, and hardwired a charging cable to the battery. Its rugged, I can take pics/video, use it as a flashlight, and even watch movies on it if camping. :)

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I'm with Iceman. My iPhone has stand alone gps capability. It's more portable than most gps units, and serves more than one purpose. If it we're a phone that required a network signal, then I would pass, but the iPhone has built in gps, so it's my top choice.
 

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Yes the iphone has gps but if your out of cell coverage area you will need preloaded maps. Here is the mount I use.


ive about had it with trying to post pics on here. It used to be easy from a phone, now its a pain. Why does the little box you put the url in always jump to the bottom right corner of the screen where you cant get to it?
 

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Yes the iphone has gps but if your out of cell coverage area you will need preloaded maps. Here is the mount I use.


ive about had it with trying to post pics on here. It used to be easy from a phone, now its a pain. Why does the little box you put the url in always jump to the bottom right corner of the screen where you cant get to it?
Most of the topo maps I've seen are pretty cheap. There's one for the whole US or Canada for $30 bucks. I just need the storage space.

I use the photobucket app, and copy the direct link. Paste on the photo button and presto.
 

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I use a Hunting GPS Maps SD card in my eTrex. Hunting GPS Maps - Public/Private Land Ownership names for your GPS Knowing property ownership is mandatory for a lot of stuff I do. If this would be of interest now or in the future, the GPS selected should be compatible with Hunting GPS's requirements.

I've used them for a few years and they continue to expand their capabilities. They now have an app for both Android and iPhone and an overlay for Google Earth.

They have a lot more trails shown on them than Mapsource but Mapsource does occasionally have one they don't show.

One of my favorite recreational activities is locating old unused pack trails and opening them up. I create a lot of tracks from Google Earth and download into my GPS and the property ownership keeps me off private property.

I continue to use Garmin's Mapsource which is no longer available because I'm used to it and Basecamp seems clunky to me. I do a lot of pre and post ride track work on the computer.

Just throwing this into the mix for further confusion.......................:)
 

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This is not a recommendation, I don't know enough about any of them to recommend one. I have a Delorme Earthmate PN-20 that does what I want it to do very well, and it came with topo maps of the USA and all the programing, I like it.
 

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FWIW, Garmin has a new camera/GPS unit that looks pretty cool.
Virb Action Camera | Garmin
I see pros and cons to having a combined unit as opposed to 2 individual units. If you are in the market for a GPS and a camera, this could be a good option. Image quality is said to be superior to GoPro and you can stamp the footage with GPS data, among other cool features. Not sure how the GPS functions stack up to a dedicated unit.
 

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Garmin products seem to be the most popular and supported within the moto crowd. Every dualsport event I've attended (where gps tracks were given out) had Garmin support.

I did the gps uploads for support teams at a race in Baja this fall (Baja Rally) and Garmin was the most popular brand. I personally run a Garmin 76cx which I got from West Marine a few years ago for under $200. I believe it has now been replaced with the Garmin 78 which has a bit more color in the screen but is similar to the 76cx.

Check ebay for used ones. I rub mine hardwired to the battery and use a ram mount holder to secure it to the handle bars. Both the hardwire and mount are sold at gpscity.com

GPS is great fun once you get the hang of it!
 
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