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I'd be very weary of any gps device which requires a girl in her undies on the screen to sell....

New GPS on sale on ebay all seem to have that facility - but the second hand Garmin I purchased didn't come with it, and nor does my inherited, ancient Tom Tom. True life never seems to follow art
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What is it about a girl in her undies that makes you "weary"?
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I'd be very weary of any gps device which requires a girl in her undies on the screen to sell....
Funny that's what was selling it to me
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I will just repeat what I said before, they are fine if you like mucking around with software. If you want to turn on and go, buy a Garmin or Tom Tom. But I'm guessing that if you want to put "off road" maps or maps supplied by someone other than Garmin or Tom Tom you will need to be computer literate.
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Peakview ordered an en route ... I'll post up when have chance to play with it and try it out !!
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I'm using one at present. And it has managed to get me to Romania this week.
Matt is correct, they usually come with Igo8, I did also try Igo Primo 1.2. But in the end left Igo8 on.
All I can say is, it depends on what you want from your navigation. If your sticking to the tarmac then your fine, I dont go off road, so I cant advise on that.
These gadgets are cheap PNA's running windows CE5/6. The software is supplied as a fully working trial version. You will be able to update the maps using certain sites. If you know what I mean!!
The display is ok, not fantastic in bright sunlight. I cant say that I have tried it in the rain yet so have no proof of the waterproof ability.
If your happy to spend time setting up the software and re-skinning to get it working how you want, go for it.
A lot of the TRF boys use old Road Angel navigators running Memory Map OS maps. They run windows CE.

So these might make a great/cheap green-laning tool now that the RA is getting difficult to find.

I wouldn't expect anything so cheap to work well in bright sunlight though. You'll have to make up a shade of some kind.
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It's here ...

... arrrived and been charging it pre use .. first "feature" while on the charger for about 6 hours just kept showing charging on the display. Unplugged it, showed 100% charged - bit concerned that this could lead to the charging circuit having a problem ..

Came with no software installed .. I currently have iGo 8, IGo Primo and CoPilot as my options to try out .. think I'm going for the Primo first.

More updates to follow ..
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A have a problem with bike specific GPS doobies, mostly because the manufacturers are taking us for mugs and pricing the GPS to an absolute insulting amount for making it basically waterproof-ish.

There are some very good GPS cases out there to mount to your bike, and this frees up the choice for what unit to fit.

Unless you are going full on Paris-Dakar offroad mode, do you really need to have a GPS that has been tested to withstand a 30,000m drop from orbit into a an empty pool full of angry monkeys wearing hobnail boots.. all doing riverdance?

I fitted a cheap as chips Car sat-nav to my bike for my Aussie trip ( lots of offroad ) and it was accurate and reliable, having longitude/latitude/compass for the map reading side of things.....it was mounted inside a clear sandwhich box, held onto some foam by two tie wraps.
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HUMMMMM - sorry Andrew but: aside from debating the value of various gps's and their respective mounts- I do have to question your picture above!

Riding a bike off road with an axe across the front and its sharp blade facing the rider... REALLY cannot be a good idea.
(and yes, I carry a wildlife hatchet and carving tools but they are a) sheathed and b) in my bags behind me!
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Good point.

I was however, hunting teenage tourists.
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Great value ...

Installed the iGo 8 software with UK maps took it out on some local roads .. and all seems good so far !!

At £125 all in, including shipping from China and a bit of import tax it seems far better value than Garmin / TomTom bike specific satnavs ..
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Glad to hear that Matt. Hope it works well.
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Glad to hear that Matt. Hope it works well.
Here, here, it's always good to get feedback. If you can update later about using the software (e.g. does this igo s/w accept OSM?) then that would be really interesting to me!
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A have a problem with bike specific GPS doobies, mostly because the manufacturers are taking us for mugs and pricing the GPS to an absolute insulting amount for making it basically waterproof-ish.

There are some very good GPS cases out there to mount to your bike, and this frees up the choice for what unit to fit.

Unless you are going full on Paris-Dakar offroad mode, do you really need to have a GPS that has been tested to withstand a 30,000m drop from orbit into a an empty pool full of angry monkeys wearing hobnail boots.. all doing riverdance?

I fitted a cheap as chips Car sat-nav to my bike for my Aussie trip ( lots of offroad ) and it was accurate and reliable, having longitude/latitude/compass for the map reading side of things.....it was mounted inside a clear sandwhich box, held onto some foam by two tie wraps.
How did the sandwich box perform for the touch screen functionality? I have looked at a load of the bags that are on sale for "non-waterproof" GPS and the polypropylene tupperware box is a great idea.
Did you run a power cable through the back, or is it running on batteries?

(Yea, a sharp axe with a hammerhead on the back face is one of the best tools available to mankind )
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Here, here, it's always good to get feedback. If you can update later about using the software (e.g. does this igo s/w accept OSM?) then that would be really interesting to me!
From what I can see iGo won't work with OSm maps .. but this Navigator Free | mapFactor, s.r.o. will and will run on the device, I'm going to load it onto spare SD card and give it a go !
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