GPS on DRZ400s

I'm considering purchasing a GPS for the DRZ and would like some input from others using them on rough terrain. I already have a Garmin 2610 that I use on my Tiger and in my truck. I'm afraid to put that one on the DRZ, because of possible damage. I'm looking for a unit that will handle some abuse, have enough memory to download forest roads, and also be portable.

I use a Garmin Gpsmap 76 hard wired to bike. Works great for DS rides.

I use the Garmin Rhino 130 in a Ram mount. Very durable unit, they make a 120 & 110

if you don't need the larger memory and a few other bells & whistles.

Its a 5 mile radio and GPS in one, you can also send tracks and postion to other Rhinos

if anyone else in your group uses one. The screen isn't the biggest out there, but its durable.

Garmin 76cs hardwired into bike on Ram mount with Mapsource topo map. Color screen, large enough that it's easy to read, known for its durability, and the larger antenna gives better readings in the woods. It's a bit larger than the smaller models, but sturdy, better reception, and nice screen. With the mapsource topo it shows all the regular roads plus forest roads, 4wheel drive roads, etc.

I use the Garmin GPS-V with RAM mount, hardwired. Great for DS rides.

A few months ago I upgraded from an old Garmin GPS II to a Garmap GPS 60C. The GPS II still works, and I still use it when I expect things to get a little rough. I upgraded because I wanted a mapping GPS and I needed more memory to store long Dual Sport routes. I use a RAM mount for both units and have had no difficulties. The bike is hard wired, one plug fits both units.

I use a garmin gps V. It's awesome! You can press the buttons easily with gloves on.

60CS with Mapsource Topo USA. Great addition to the bike. Of course, I didn't stick it on yesterday & got lost. I also have the CLarke tank and that's why.

I had a 2610 and sold it because it couldn't play nor record tracks.

I've had the 60C and later the 60CS, but I'm now hooked on the Quest, which fits in nicely in my DRZ cockpit. The reception is great, compared to the 60-series, where I would end up with 7 or 8 tracks on one trip.

To be honest, I now use an external antenna on my rear fender, where it has a much wider view towards the sky.

The 60-series has two major bugs, one in routing on the street (it doesn't support 'via-points' and routes from Mapsource will allmost allways be recalculated on your device, resulting in a different route compared to what you planned.

In following tracks the 60-series also contains one nasty bug.

The Quest supports tracks in a very user friendly way, although this is not stated in the brochures and the manual;-)

The Quest also has more memory: 256 MB on board.

Take care,

Noppy

I'm runnin' an old Magellan 315 on a home-made mount connected with a Battery Tender, Jr. pig-tail. Tough as hell. Has worked for 3 years now and it's been dumped several times. Gives me speed, heading, altitude, etc. Not fancy but works and has brought me "home" several times from some "big" country. :naughty:

I have been using a Garmin Legand C for about 11 months now with no problems,

mounting is by a Garmin handlebar mount. I have not bothered with wiring a power supply as the battery life is very good, about 4 full day trips, depending on the use of the back light. It is also waterproof, but probably not if outside power is used.

It has 24 Megs of memory which is good for about a one hundred mile radius.

Hope this helps. Cheers Neil.

I've got a Magellan "MAP 330" sitting here, but don't have any software that has any maps that are worth a shit..

ROSSWhat programs work with it? What maps or topos is it capable of?

I'm about to get a mount and wire it to the battery also.. BUT - I need some better maps - the stock ones are almost useless..

I use the Garmin GPS-V with RAM mount, hardwired. Great for DS rides.

GPS 60CS with a RAM mount. Hardwired to DRZ's 12v system. Use it on the long dual sport rides and it holds up great. Not as much memory as the 76 but better size/shape for portable use.

I've got a Magellan "MAP 330" sitting here, but don't have any software that has any maps that are worth a shit..

ROSSWhat programs work with it? What maps or topos is it capable of?

I'm about to get a mount and wire it to the battery also.. BUT - I need some better maps - the stock ones are almost useless..

The 300 series Magellans are just about obsolete. In fact, I'm not sure they make them anymore. They had a pretty basic program from Magellan that I never bought to connect to a PC. They'll store 500 way-points and were state-of-the-art 10 years ago. Aw, technology! "Course the unit itself was an award so I didn't put out any $ for it at all. Do a "Google" and use Magellan 300 series. You may come up with something...Good luck... :naughty:

Garmin V, hardened by cycoactive, hardwired with a tourtech mount. Also screen saver to cover the lens. 4000 miles and no problems

That Magellan 330 is a POS!!! I went to their webpage to update the firmware, and now the thing wont turn on - Got a RMA# and have to send it to Oklahoma to get fixed.. They suck.. Sucks that I borrowed it, and now I have to fix it!!

So - The Garmin V is the best - Right?

The V is really good but I wouldn't say its the best. For what I do with it, somewhat local dual sporting & adventuring its no problem. But its only got 19mb of ram.. you can't load a whole lot into it, but for what its worth I got my section of southern california loaded into it, including parts of Los Angeles. Its very durable and waterproof as well. The horizantal orientation looks speedo like too :naughty: You can find these units for real cheap on ebay if you keep an eye open. I got mine for a little over $200. However, if you have the $$ I would recommend checking out the newer models that have more memory.

I got the Rhino 120 hard wired. The screens a little small but other than that it is a great unit. I use it in my mountain bike pack and in the car sometimes.

Now I just have to remember to put it back on the DRZ when I'm through so I stop forgetting it!! :naughty:

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