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Old 09-05-2006, 04:35 PM   #41
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Guess I should just starting leading your rides.
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Old 09-05-2006, 04:36 PM   #42
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Guess I should just starting leading your rides.
In your car?


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Old 09-05-2006, 05:49 PM   #43
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I'll lead some rides for you if you want, and yes it'll be in my car. Try and keep up. I, like you also wanted to have a GPS on the bike. So I did it. I programmed the route in and all that and headed out. It is fine and dandy but sometimes on a sportbike, you tend to be faster than the GPS and you can miss a turn. So then you have to turn around to get back on the route. The best thing to do is to memorize the roads. Know your routes. Unless of course you are riding somewhere like Arkansas and you don't know the roads.

You should keep a map on hand but make a directions sheet and follow that. I find it much easier. Like Left on FM2351, Right on Hwy35 etc. Color the text for the left and right in different colors. So that you can know what it is without looking at it completely. If you know you need to take a left at some road and you can just remember to look for that road on your travels.

But out of all seriousness, I will lead a ride for you if you wish.
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I don't always plan routes into mine, but I like to know that if I go wandering, I can always point it back home and not rely on my trail of breadcrumbs.

Oh, and I've always got a paper map in the tank bag as backup. You never know when you will have a GPS malfunction and you don't want to get stuck out in BFE.
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Old 09-05-2006, 09:41 PM   #45
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I see some of the roads are not even listed on the printed maps..
I went to 3 diffrent stores today and not one of the maps I saw had come of the CRoads that I know we need to take :(
Any suggestions on maps or websites to print these from with ALL roads
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Old 09-05-2006, 09:47 PM   #46
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If you don't see the roads on a printed map then there is a good chance it will not be on the GPS map, either, since there's but less than a hanful of front-line cartography sources. The nice thing about the GPS is, however, is - depending on the model - you should actually be able to add the road.

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I've got a Garmin 2730 and I really enjoy it.

http://www.garmin.com/products/sp2730/

I have the power cable hard wired into the headlight wire so it is on when the bike is on and vice/versa. It does not have the vibration issues some GPS's do and comes with XM capability though you have to buy a special aentenna for that. There are seveal companies that make mounts for it.
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That's the model I would like and I have an XM subscription. I think you should trade with me straight up for my 2620.
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Ha, Even swap
Let me know if that works out for you two
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I've got a Garmin 2730 and I really enjoy it.

http://www.garmin.com/products/sp2730/

I have the power cable hard wired into the headlight wire so it is on when the bike is on and vice/versa. It does not have the vibration issues some GPS's do and comes with XM capability though you have to buy a special aentenna for that. There are seveal companies that make mounts for it.
That's awesome dude. I'm thinking about updating my GPS (2610) to the Garmin 2820. It has all the bells and whistles of the 2730 with addition bluetooth capability. Which means that you can actually accept incoming and make out going calls from your GPS to your ear piece using the bluetooth technology.

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The small county roads are on my Garmin GPS maps. But you are right about the maps. You can get some maps from the counties where the roads reside. Look for county appraisal districts for the counties in question online and they usually have the maps. If not, you can go straight to the appraisal district office and get them there.
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You guys need a memory upgrade if you are having that much trouble with roads and getting lost around this area. :laughing6
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You guys need a memory upgrade if you are having that much trouble with roads and getting lost around this area. :laughing6
How much for a 1mb?
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You guys need a memory upgrade if you are having that much trouble with roads and getting lost around this area. :laughing6


I guess if you always run the same road over and over and over that may be so, some of us like a little variety!
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I guess if you always run the same road over and over and over that may be so, some of us like a little variety!
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Memory isn't a bad thing to have either
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I use a Garmin 2620 but I use it in the car since I don't have a bike. The unit itself is very rugged and it is resistant from weather such as rain. The touch screen is supposed to be glove friendly. From what I've been reading you'll want a unit that uses memory cards such as compact flash because it will withstand vibrations from a bike better than the microdrive counterpart. And also the RAM mount has received a lot of praised for the Garmin unit.
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well I finaly found a nice detailed map.
The only problem is IT'S HUGE

I got it from Academy.
It's called "The Roads Of Texas"
It as all the Country roads, passovers, Freeways, Highways, Byways etc...

VERY NICE

I'll try this before the GPS
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It's called "The Roads Of Texas"
That's a good one. When I planned rides (pre-GPS) I would photocopy the pages and tape them together, size it down enough to fit sections in the map pocket, then highlight the roads.

You'll start collecting the "good routes" and just keep them somewhere for future rides.
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^ HHAHAHAHAHA
I just did the same thing

Photocopied the Map, shrunk it down. Highlighted the roads and wrote the route on another page
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