Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Equipment, Travel > Navigation - Maps, Compass, GPS

Navigation - Maps, Compass, GPS How to find your way - traditional map, compass and road signs, or GPS and more
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

World-wide topographic maps for your Android Smartphone

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 26 Sep 2010
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: nw england
Posts: 355
which GPS ???

which is the best/easyest GPS to use ? i was thinking of somthing like a ZUMO 550 or similar .i like the big display.it will be used all over the world. i am a bit of a caveman so needs to be easy to use .strong and if possible cheep.anybody got any tips ?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 26 Sep 2010
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Witney, Oxfordshire
Posts: 380
Best and easiest don't really go together. There are plenty of threads on here about GPS, so try a search.

Personally I like the Garmin 60CSx. Small screen, but a huge range of options and very accurate, even in weak signal places. Also very tough.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 27 Sep 2010
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: UK
Posts: 367
Whichever you get make sure it has a "high sensitivity" receiver which I would think all new stuff does. Older (and cheaper) ones may not. The difference between my current (new chipset) and previous (old chipset) Garmins was huge. The new one will get a signal fix and keep it where you'd be wandering around pointing the old one to the sky and hoping, built up areas with high rise was really annoying, the old one losing signal just before the most complex junctions so you would always get lost!

On a bike you really want turn by turn voice directions if you are going to try to follow what it wants in a town that you have a map for.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 9 Oct 2010
colebatch's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: London / Moscow
Posts: 1,740
Dave,

there is zero point you getting a 550 ... get a 500 instead. They are about 100 quid cheaper and the ONLY differences is the 550 comes with traffic info receivers (which as far as I know only work in the USA) and you also get a car mounting with the 550 set.

I doubt you give a toss about US traffic, so unless you want to pay 100 quid for a car mount, then you are better off getting a 500.

They are very tough and rugged. I have been suitably impressed.

You can get them here for £235 ... They dont market the 500 anymore (they want people to spend the big bux on the 550) so its a clearance item

garmin zumo 550,garmin 550,zumo 550,satnav

PS ... if you want a cheap one, I may be selling my 500, to get a 660.
__________________
__________________________________________________ ________________
"Do NOT go wherever the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail"



Sibirsky Extreme - Adventure Motorcycling Guide to Siberia and Mongolia - on Facebook

Click here for Sibirsky Extreme Trail DVD Trailer

Last edited by colebatch; 18 Oct 2010 at 16:05.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10 Oct 2010
Contributing Member
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Calgary
Posts: 9
I have a Zumo 550, but in retrospect, I would have been happy with the 500. I've had it for going on 5 years now, and it's worked flawlessly until this year when the touchscreen failed. It was a gradual process, it gave me trouble on the way out to Nakusp 2010, but failed completely about a month later.

I just finished fixing it (and writing up a how-to, posted on the HUBB) with a new LCD/Digitizer assembly, and it's as good as new.

If I did have to get another GPS, I'd for sure get another Zumo 550/500. It's rugged, easy to use, connects easily to my Starcom and plays music!

ian
__________________
Ian Stephens
2009 FJR1300 Black
2008 VStrom DL1000 Silver/Black
Nakusp 2010,2011
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10 Oct 2010
Endurodude's Avatar
To the road less travelled . . .
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Peterborough, UK
Posts: 317
I've also got a 550, and it's been invaluable - worked everywhere I've been! I bought the European maps version, but there's loads of extras to download afterwards. Although maps / signs are fine for most of the journey, GPS is excellent in town / city centres. It's also very useful if you need fuel in a hurry! I've never used the points-of-interest function yet, but I can see that that could be useful, too.

It's a VERY easy device to use, even with gloves on, and mine's always works fine. I've coupled mine with a bluetooth headset (a pain you don't get one with it!), so voice prompts are easily followed.

The battery life on mine's only about 4-5 hours, but I've had it hardwired onto the bike's battery, and it's excellent.

Find one at a good price, and it's a great bit of kit.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11 Oct 2010
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Germany
Posts: 138
Thumbs up for the Zumo 550 as well. Never had a problem. As far as I can make out the problems that folks have reported were "user errors", i.e. not knowing how to use the thing.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11 Oct 2010
Dodger's Avatar
Large Golden Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: BC, Canada
Posts: 1,098
If you don't want music or bluetooth ,have a look at the Nuvi 550 .
Very similar to the Zumo but without the added bells and whistles .
__________________
Blessed are the cracked, for they let in the light. - Spike Milligan
"When you come to a fork in the road ,take it ! When you come to a spoon in the road ,take that also ."
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11 Oct 2010
PocketHead's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Sucre, Bolivia
Posts: 556
Is anyone using that new Spot integrated Delorme?
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11 Oct 2010
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Switzerland
Posts: 222
hello,

I'm in the search of something as well. Would need it for a trip next year in russia-mongolia-khasakstan-easterh europe....

I got a recommendation for the Gamin 60CSx but I don't like the navigation which I find a bit difficult..

Does anyone has some experience with the Garmin Dakota 20 or the Oregon 350? Both can be used with AA rechargeable batteries (what I want) and have a good autonomie (+15 hours). They have touchscreen and are waterproof.

For both of them Touratech provides a support for the bike.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 11 Oct 2010
chris's Avatar
Probably out riding
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: God's Own County
Posts: 2,296
Quote:
Originally Posted by dave ett View Post
Best and easiest don't really go together. There are plenty of threads on here about GPS, so try a search.

Personally I like the Garmin 60CSx. Small screen, but a huge range of options and very accurate, even in weak signal places. Also very tough.
+1, touch wood, for the 60csx. Somebody else said it was difficult to use. IMHO, once you get your head round it, it's a super piece of kit.

cheers
C
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 12 Oct 2010
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: North Lakes - UK
Posts: 168
[quote=colebatch;308471]Dave,

there is zero point you getting a 550 ... get a 500 instead. They are about 100 quid cheaper and the ONLY differences is the 550 comes with traffic info receivers (which as far as I know only work in the USA) and you also get a car mounting with the 550 set.[quote]

There are some region difference here I think, in the UK the 550 comes with the car mount and Eurpoean mapping, and I understand that the 500 is just UK mapping. Of course, you can always buy mapping after.

I have had a 550 for about 4 years now and to be honest the only thing that comes close to it for 'GPS-Greatness' was a Lowrance unit I had on my boat!

For ease of use and user friendly-ness the TomTom is (IMO) better, but the Garmin is a faster, more acurate and has better features, and once you get used to driving the unit the advantage TomTom has disappears.

Then again, the best GPS/chartplotter in the world is useless if you can't work it!

Think about the features you want, and have a look around. Bike meets are a great place to find out about just-about-anything you need to know.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 15 Oct 2010
colebatch's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: London / Moscow
Posts: 1,740
Quote:
Originally Posted by GasUp View Post
Of course, you can always buy mapping after.
"Buy" mapping? Dave is from Liverpool

but right you are. The 500 came standard with UK and Ireland mapping in this part of the world. - but I 'think' the clearance item I linked in above has full European maps included.

And he can always get global free maps from the Open Streetmap site.
__________________
__________________________________________________ ________________
"Do NOT go wherever the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail"



Sibirsky Extreme - Adventure Motorcycling Guide to Siberia and Mongolia - on Facebook

Click here for Sibirsky Extreme Trail DVD Trailer

Last edited by colebatch; 18 Oct 2010 at 16:04.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 25 Jan 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: London
Posts: 284
I've been looking at the 220. It's a bit neater. Also my brother dropped his 550 onto a carpet and it broke, never to work again so I've been a bit put off. I like the size/shape of the 660 but it seem filled with useless crap I'll never use and don't want. I'm a bit of a GPS virgin so educate me... Do I want this?
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 25 Jan 2011
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Witney, Oxfordshire
Posts: 380
What are you hoping it'll do for you?
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 
 
 

NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!


HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.



Scottoiler automatic chain oilers. The most important accessory for your next motorcycle adventure!


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 20:32.