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11-10-2019 12:29 PM
AdvArt I have the 395. The maps it comes with has some of the major forest service roads. At least for the parts of Colorado I ride. I will be getting the Topos as there are many more old mining roads that aren't on there but are on the Topo. This is based on downloading the Topos on my Garmin Montana.

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Ok its been a few years since this post started and right now the Garmin 395 and 595 are both on sale for a few more days at Touratech_USA.

Does anybody know how either one of these GPS units does at showing US Forestry roads and other dirt roads???

I live in the east coast mountains near to the Mid-Atlantic Backroad Discovery route and just like to explore.

Seems the windy road feature picking up Forestry and dirt roads would be nice. Has anything new come out in the last few years also.
11-10-2019 09:12 AM
ORVdaveVA Ok its been a few years since this post started and right now the Garmin 395 and 595 are both on sale for a few more days at Touratech_USA.

Does anybody know how either one of these GPS units does at showing US Forestry roads and other dirt roads???

I live in the east coast mountains near to the Mid-Atlantic Backroad Discovery route and just like to explore.

Seems the windy road feature picking up Forestry and dirt roads would be nice. Has anything new come out in the last few years also.
06-01-2017 04:19 PM
michaelnel I have a Zumo 590 that I used on my BMW R1200GS. Never did like it. The "daylight readable" screen is a joke. I still have it since selling the BMW, but I opted for my Montana 610 on the AT instead, and am much happier with it. It as way easier to read in the bright sun. What good is a GPS if you can't read it?
06-01-2017 03:35 AM
mike5100
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I used my iPhone 7 with a Ram X-mount over the memorial day weekend (logging almost 1500 miles). I didn't have any issues with it getting loose or moving. I used the super short mount and connected to the center of my handlebars.

I might eventually get a $100 "car" garmin for navigating on the road. Seems more economical to buy 5 of these than one Zumo (thats if the $100 gps dies).
Its a long time ago that I bought my Garmin Zumo 220, but there were two huge problems with 'car' Garmins at that time. They were not waterproof and they were too dim. Things may have changed but that's what you paid the extra for with the Zumos
Mike
05-31-2017 08:04 PM
Derek Dust I use Avenza on an ipad mini if I'm going out of cell phone range. I find the ipad mini screen a good size for my eyesight. They are good topo maps at 1:25,000 with tracking features etc, but obviously you have to load the appropriate maps onto your device before you leave. You also load it onto your iphone as backup if you want.
05-31-2017 07:41 PM
kaptainkatsu I used my iPhone 7 with a Ram X-mount over the memorial day weekend (logging almost 1500 miles). I didn't have any issues with it getting loose or moving. I used the super short mount and connected to the center of my handlebars.

I might eventually get a $100 "car" garmin for navigating on the road. Seems more economical to buy 5 of these than one Zumo (thats if the $100 gps dies).
05-31-2017 03:38 PM
socaladam
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Hi, I live in Costa Rica, then regular GPS maps are not as good as Waze.
I was thinking to use something more modular, like an Android small tablet with some rugged case. Easy to detach and store and posible to use for many other things as Android OS provides. What do you think about this:
1. Kindle 7" ($50) (Doesn't work, it doesn't have real GPS :/ )
2. SUPCASE [Heavy Duty] for Kindle 7" o Meritcase (waterproof) ($30)
3. RAM Magnetic Power plate III ($16), it comes with metal plate with adhesive for kindle case.
4. RAM 2.5" round plate ($7.50)
4. RAM short double socket arm ($14)
5. RAM Rail base for 0.5" to 1" (fits on windshield bar) ($15)

To detach you just twist the tablet and free the strong magnet, you can take it with you or in my case, with any other magnetic holder, put it in the car too.

Is fall down or somebody steal the tablet, it's a $50 devices, not your very expen$ive cell phone.
Still a bargain compared with some GPS, but you have any application available for Android including Google Maps, Waze even Tom-tom application if you want.

What do you think?

Look into a Kindle Fire HD or nexus 7. Both can be had for about $100.

Kindle Fire HD has waterproof cases available - https://www.amazon.com/Waterproof-Ki.../dp/B00DQZRZ72

Nexus 7 or other tablets you'll have to search for a good waterproof case.

Next, look into the Batzen screen adjuster with GPS mount.

Then you'll probably need to fabricate or modify some kind of universal mount and adapt it to the batzen and fire HD.

https://www.amazon.com/Universal-Dur...45D7J89X6R1NRW


Just some ideas for you
05-29-2017 04:28 AM
mike5100 Does anyone know of an iphone holder like the Ram X-grip that will bolt straight to the flat clamp made by Hornig that fits on the 13mm bar. Iphone 7 seems to be waterproof enough for what we want, and an X-grip would allow the phone to be used with the protective impact case I have bought for normal use.
This is the Hornig thing (the item on the right)
05-29-2017 02:02 AM
ablock The current "top-of-the-line" Garmin for motorcycles is the Zumo 595, which gets terrible reviews. I see a lot of people with BMW Motorrad Navigators (also made by Garmin, perhaps to better specs?), but don't see any comments by owners. I'd very much like to read reviews of the Navigator V or VI. Thanks!
05-03-2017 10:29 PM
black99S I've had a Garmin Montana for 3-years with BackRoad Mapbooks http://www.backroadmapbooks.com
All the gravel roads (routable) and lots of dual & single track at your fingertips.
Advantage - DualSport rides where route is available in .gpx format. load the map and enjoy the ride.

I'm just getting parts to mount my Garmin on the AT now. Gadget guy writes "Installation of Garmin Montana 600 on Honda 2017 Africa Twin can be completed via:
"Base Plate II", P# ABP00002-0000 for $79.68, or P# ABP00002-0101 for $86.03. Base Plate can be purchased here: http://gpsforless.stores.yahoo.net/baseplatei.html
Installation is completed on the accessory crossbar above the instruments.
Base Plate II offers horizontal and vertical screw hole mounting pattern for installation of Montana 600 in portrait and landscape orientation."
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