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Looking for a GPS unit

In the next month or so I'm looking at purchasing a GPS unit primarily for the bike. I was curious as to which units you guys use and what mounts as well. One thing I would like to try and look for is something that I can mount and unmount relatively easy for when I go to the track this year. So far I'm looking pretty closely at the newer Garmin zumo 550 as it seems to be built rather rugged to take a beating and a pretty bright display.

http://www.garmin.com/products/zumo/#

So what do you guys recommend?
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I am looking at the Zumo 550 and the Tom Tom Rider. I think I am going to wait for the Zumo 450 to come out. I want to see the pricing. It should ship by April.

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(edit: ^^^^ yea the 550 with a good deal it seems is about 700$ from different vendors so I imagine the 450 will be around 500$ hopefully if you can get a deal on it.)

Ah I must have missed it Cheyenne, I only saw a few for cheap gps units but no real quick reviews of any.
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You just missed smokin deals on the Garmin 2610...they have been discontinued, most likely because it doesn't have a MP3 player nor a XM radio. But you can find them reconditioned on ebay for @ $300. Just map sure you get version 8.0 software...and get a 2 gb cf card...that way you can load all of North America on the card. I have been very happy with my unit...a number of riders on the board have the 2610....I use it on the bike and in the car.

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You just missed smokin deals on the Garmin 2610...they have been discontinued, most likely because it doesn't have a MP3 player nor a XM radio. But you can find them reconditioned on ebay for @ $300. Just map sure you get version 8.0 software...and get a 2 gb cf card...that way you can load all of North America on the card. I have been very happy with my unit...a number of riders on the board have the 2610....I use it on the bike and in the car.

the deal is back on - today from edgeGps - $275

I have 2 now, both 2610, will be selling one - it has no remote, V6 Mapsource - will let go for $200 OBO
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the deal is back on - today from edgeGps - $275

I have 2 now, both 2610, will be selling one - it has no remote, V6 Mapsource - will let go for $200 OBO

Whole shit! great deal!

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Another deal on a Garmin Streetpilot:
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I bought my wife this one http://shop4.outpost.com/product/499...H:MAIN_RSLT_PGfor Christmas and it works great. Plenty of hacks and upgrades available for it to here. http://www.hugginsnet.com/ilovemymio/

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I have the 2610 hardwired with a ram mount on the HD. It works great and tucks away nice beneath my wind visor. I also have a mount for the truck and use it everyday.

Check out Costco...that's where I bought mine last year. Nice part is, you can return it or upgrade at anytime with their return policy.
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I swear by this one....

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Do you have a smartphone? You can run the software on your cell for cheap with a GPS receiver via bluetooth. Then you can get a mount and a bluetooth earpiece and voila you are ready to go with turn by turn instructions.
I use my Nokia 6682 this way with Route 66 and you can even get traffic information if you need.
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just an FYI, Get Garmin, one of the best for easy software and Very good with finding addresses.

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btw, i like the nuvi 550 for bikes

small easy to mount, power, etc. battery, etc. etc.

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Carefull with units with internal battery, road vibrations cause carbon like deposits on the terminals....then presto magic, the unit will not power up. If this happens remove the internal battery clean contacts, use a pencil eraser or very fine emery cloth, re-install internal battery and allow it to charge up before you operating the unit again....the only problem with untis with internal batteries. I prefer just hardwiring to the bike.

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+1 on the Garmin brand and +1 on caution with using battery operated units on the bike.
i deal with a variety of gps types/mfgs and have to say that Garmin is by far the best value. i own a streetpilot3 and consider that to be the best mc/automotive accessory i've purchased (not counting my riding gear for the bike). Garmin's tech support guys are topnotch and have always been very helpful the few times i've had issues with the gps unit and/or the Mapquest software.
i'm looking to replace the unti in the next year or so and will most likely go for the zumo.
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