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Old 09-29-2013, 09:36 PM   #1
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Off-road GPS recommendations pls

Anybody have any exp with some dirt bike GPS units? After getting lost and back tracking for an hour or two (finally found the right way) I feel the need to get a GPS. Ive been looking at the trailtech voyager since I dont have any speedo. It can serve as both....any suggestions?
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:37 PM   #2
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Anybody have any exp with some dirt bike GPS units? After getting lost and back tracking for an hour or two (finally found the right way) I feel the need to get a GPS. Ive been looking at the trailtech voyager since I dont have any speedo. It can serve as both....any suggestions?
I use the sun and shadow system....
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I use the sun and shadow system....
how about when ur in the forest on a trail and everything looks the same?

Note to self-dont follow Jimrad in an off road trail...
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:50 PM   #4
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how about when ur in the forest on a trail and everything looks the same?

Note to self-dont follow Jimrad in an off road trail...
BTW!! i can hardly wait to join you guys on your rides...

I ask "the fox" for directions in the jungle...Just dont know what it says...

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Anything water proof.

I use the Garmin 62s, mainly because I got a good deal on it.
choose a Garmin you can afford and roll with it, although, leave $75 for maps.
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Any ruggedized handheld should work well, I've had a Garmin 60csx for years & it's somehow held up through some spectacular getoffs. As thumper mentioned set aside some cash for basemap software; It can get expensive, especially if you ride in a lot of different places
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Dan has one he doesn't use. Just buy it from him. Lol.
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Dan has one he doesn't use. Just buy it from him. Lol.
I could pay for him to learn how to use it possibly

Nah I want one too...Dan aint always gonna be available to go out there....I really want to do some longer trails but dont want to get lost in the process...
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I guess a simple map might be too complicated.
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Please tell me how you would find yourself on a map while lost deep in the woods while a massive thunder storm is poring down on you?
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Please tell me how you would find yourself on a map while lost deep in the woods while a massive thunder storm is poring down on you?
I don't know how a massive thunderstorm is going to pore down on me, but I'll assume for a second that you're not retarded and that you meant pouring.
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I have a Zumo 550 but I don't think it would work in the middle of the woods cause it's based on streets (I think)

We got lost Saturday as well but it wasn't pouring (yet).
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Please tell me how you would find yourself on a map while lost deep in the woods while a massive thunder storm is poring down on you?
This but pouring instead .....

Dont get me wrong it was a blast and a relief to be soaked but started getting after jumping the same log 6 times back tracking.
Thanks to Chris who found the right path....Im looking at some Garmins now...the voyager doesnt seem like its a big hit among trail riders from what Ive read...
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Dan has one he doesn't use. Just buy it from him. Lol.
I'm so breaking up with you after that comment.

I'm going to figure that thing out one day. I will buy those maps if they will show the trails. I need to do a little research. I think truckin thumpers showed the trails. I have the cable to hook it up to a computer, I just don't have the knowledge to actually make it work.
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back in the day when I'd go somewhere alone and get lost, i bought a bushnell backtrack. i never got lost again.

it doesn't show a course...in fact, there is no map. Just an arrow and a distance away from a known point.

I swear it was about $50.
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Just in case you actually want the maps. I know they're really difficult to use.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Byfr...it?usp=sharing

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I could understand a group, unfamiliar with these trails, getting lost in the SHNF with the above maps.
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To feed the birds? When da are u and dave coming out?!!
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I'm so breaking up with you after that comment.

I'm going to figure that thing out one day. I will buy those maps if they will show the trails. I need to do a little research. I think truckin thumpers showed the trails. I have the cable to hook it up to a computer, I just don't have the knowledge to actually make it work.
Mine does NOT show the trails, BUT on a few sites, there may be some files that do. GPS File exchange or some site has all kinds of free maps to download.

My 62s saves tracks, and I can do a track back route if need be.

Paper maps get pretty beat up riding like we do back there, so not really great to have.

I have tracks from when i have been out there before, I just follow them.

Garmin is probably the best out there, TomTom....not even. I am not sure on Trailtech's Voyager, at that price, I would just assume stay with Garmin.

Delorme has a pretty damned good unit too, the PN series. I have never owned one, but played with one.

Birdseye (sat imagery) is available on both Garmin and Delorme.



ETA:
I have been an avid promoter for any GPS while out exploring the unknown for MANY years.
No more following your roost tracks, no riding the same trail to get back to where you came.
drop a waypoint at the start, and then let the GPS help you make it back.

I have somewhere in the nature of 100,000 miles of GPX files going back..........hummmmm.... 8-10 years.....from all over the country.
I can justify the money I have spent of GPSs with that alone

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