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    GPS Suggestions

    Looking to do a handlebar mounted GPS of some sort. Looking for suggestions on models and mounts. Would love to mark and save places I find of interest, plus would help me from getting lost at times.


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    Garmin 78 - if you have good eyes. It's a handheld so the screen is small but it's built for the water. I'd give you a link but I'm not to good via this damn phone. When you do get your unit, feel free to visit my site in my sig and get all the trails you want.

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    I have a Garmin Oregon 450. Look at the Oregon or the slightly larger Montana handhelds from Garmin. Mount it with a RAM mount and its all good to go.



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    Does the Oregon 450 or Montana allow for water charts?

    Quote Originally Posted by BryanP View Post
    I have a Garmin Oregon 450. Look at the Oregon or the slightly larger Montana handhelds from Garmin. Mount it with a RAM mount and its all good to go.



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    I went "larger" and got the Garmin 640. However, I find it just as difficult to read and the touch screen doesn't work so well with gloves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by River Hill View Post
    Does the Oregon 450 or Montana allow for water charts?

    Quote Originally Posted by BryanP View Post
    I have a Garmin Oregon 450. Look at the Oregon or the slightly larger Montana handhelds from Garmin. Mount it with a RAM mount and its all good to go.




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    Yes they have a SD card slot in them to put maps in. I have the inland lakes map from Garmin. Pretty much covers anything I will ever need.

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    I second the 78...it's marine (floats), handheld, and will run a couple of days straight on 2 AA batteries but also comes with a power cord to hard wire it although I've never bothered. I bought a RAM mount for the handle bars and it was actually too close so I mounted to the side of the dash like River Hill did. Perfect distance for reading and out of the way. Also easy snaps in and out if you want to grab but the buttons are easy to use with it in the mount. I have no complaints.


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    Might want to consider a Depth/Fish Finder GPS combo.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sea-Donkey View Post
    I second the 78...it's marine (floats), handheld, and will run a couple of days straight on 2 AA batteries but also comes with a power cord to hard wire it although I've never bothered. I bought a RAM mount for the handle bars and it was actually too close so I mounted to the side of the dash like River Hill did. Perfect distance for reading and out of the way. Also easy snaps in and out if you want to grab but the buttons are easy to use with it in the mount. I have no complaints.



    I've had the GPSMap78 and GPSMap78SC. In general I like the units, but had to upgrade the maps on both for them to be usable.

    If you're only riding coastal US, the GPSMap78SC is great, as it has detailed coastal maps - but NOTHING inland.

    The GPSMap78 has BASIC maps, but no where near detailed enough.

    I was able to find additional maps at various GPS forums out there...

    I also use a RAM suction cup mount, but now also keep it tethered to my PFD, as my suction cup failed and the entire setup sank.

    The GPS floats, but not when attached to the mount...

    Keep a watch out on eBay; there are some good deals every now and then.

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    Not sure what is funnier...that you thought the suction cup would hold or that you thought it would float with a RAM mount attached.

    And yes. Maps must be added if you want any water detail. US Inland Lakes on micro SD card works well with 78.

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