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Touring 411 Stop into this area for all things touring related. Get all the info. you need
on how to prepare for long rides and tours. Whether you're a true iron butt
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Old 10-17-2007, 03:28 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by jgmann67 View Post
That Zumo looks awesome, but $1K??? Ouch
That's why I said ignore the MSRP. You can get it for hundreds less on the net. If you are seriously looking take some time and do some surfing on different sites. Price is all over the place, and a good deal can be had.
Some people are a lot like Slinkys.
Not really good for anything, but bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs.

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Old 10-17-2007, 03:36 PM   #12
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I also use the Tom Tom, and used it recently on my trip from the UK to Germany. It worked great. I also extended my battery life by turning the unit off between turns; I was able to get the thing to last 8+ hours that way. By the way, since I didn't have any handlebar mounts, I used the windshield suction attachment and stuck it to my tachometer. It never moved at all.
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Old 10-17-2007, 03:41 PM   #13
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I sure want one for the car....
This "Phat Chick" rides her own!!!
BTW, I think they may have been correct. It does appear that BLACK is indeed the FASTEST color. R.O.R...R.I.P.M

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Old 10-28-2007, 09:42 AM   #14
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Back from the dead... I might pick up one of the Zumo 450's. No bluetooth, XM or speech to text. I think I can live with that...

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Old 07-30-2008, 12:12 PM   #15
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I use a Delorme Earthmate PN-20 mounted with a Ram mount. The nice thing about the PN20 is it can be hand held its waterproof does marine,Topos street atlas plus it has Sat photos like google earth. It blows Garmin out of the water because I have one of them two now that just sits in the drawer.
You get softare with it so You can use your PC to program waypoints trips whatever into it. http://shop.delorme.com/OA_HTML/DELi...minisite=10020
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Old 07-30-2008, 12:25 PM   #16
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Magellan 3210; inexpensive and does enough to get you where you need to plus some.

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Old 07-31-2008, 08:07 PM   #17
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I'm actually kinda anti-gps. I used to have one and used it all the time, then it broke. I haven't replaced it after 2 years. There are handy and useful but I stare at computer screens all day and the gps is just another thing to take my eyes off the ride. I think Colin Fletcher (grandfather of modern backpacking) likened using gps to taking a television along (I'm paraphrasing here).

I took all the maps I need with when I flew to FLA to pick up my bike and ride it home. I changed the path en route and found I was missing Indiana. When I figured this out I wish I had a gps, badly. Then I went into "paper map and dead-reackoning mode" and figured out a solution. A little bit of the unknown made that leg the most fun and I got back on my maps with no problem. Also made a ferry crossing of the Ohio I might have avoided just because I've never done one on a bike. Very cool after I releaxed!

I'm the same way with a music player to a degree. I find that with foam ear plugs in and an open road in front of me is my little head-shrinker's couch. I call it "helmet time". However, when I'm far from home and my body and spirit are breaking I put on some Judas Priest or Fight. It's my secret weapon
Wherever you turn, wherever you go, if you get it wrong the least you can know: there's miles and miles to put it back together.
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Old 07-31-2008, 08:30 PM   #18
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Default Garmin Nuvi

I have a Garmin Nuvi 360 I use it in the car and on the bike, it works great. You can pick one up on ebay for 200.00, and it has a mp3 player built in. The Ram adapter for the bike cost another 30.00, and uses rubber pivots for any vibration. I'm very happy with it. I have used it on its own battery for 6 hours.
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:23 PM   #19
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I have a TomTom one (v. 3) that I am going to be using this weekend. Haven't tried it yet, but I'll post again after my trip. I'm planning on wiring it right in, so I don't have to worry about battery. It didn't come with a bike mount, so unless I think of something better in the next couple of days, I'll just use the suction cup.
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Old 08-01-2008, 12:58 PM   #20
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GARMIN NUVI 200. So far so good. I used a mount that came with my brothers' zumo. It mounts to the brake reservoir. Was on sale for $149.00.
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