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post #1 of 7 Old May 30th, 2008, 8:42 am Thread Starter
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Rookie GPS question

Although I don't not own a GPS (Not until the budget is cleared by my SO), I have a rudimentary knowledge of how they work and from reading the posts I understand the basics. So here's my question, "Is it possible to enter waypoints while riding?" My basic riding style is to follow the front wheel until I hit "Bingo" and then work my way back home. As a result, I've found some great roads, but then forget how I actually got there. It would be nice to enter points while riding and then create the route when I get home, upload this to the home computer or store it for future rides. Is this possible to do? And, is it possible on all makes and models?

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I have a Garmin 2610. I forget which button it is but you press and hold it and it will created a way point. You then have to enter a name, or the GPS will just assign a number to it. You can edit it when you get home.

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Magellan waterproof Crossover, $300. I am not sure of setting way points, but I do not think that will work.

I set the computer to a destination in unfamiliar territory. Turned right around, set back to home, and it went a completely different way than how we got there.

No expert by any means, but it has worked well for what little we know of using it, and the cost. Factory cheapo mount happened to have worked very well on the Stingray too. 3M sticky taped the round disc supplied to the ray, the suction cup has not let loose. I do have it tied to the tank bag, just in case. Only had this mount on for about 150 miles, but very impressed so far.
It also positioned the GPS back further, so it is easier to see the instrument cluster.

The first one I made, one of the plastic joints cracked after a couple of weeks. But, it was made from some junk lying around for some years.

Been using the GPS for about 6 months in the car, and was not intended for the bike. Needed a sunshade, made for about $4. Hard to hear voice commands. Many other posts on GPS info. If no other reason, I like knowing exactly how fast I am going. Seems to be way too many posts on people being stopped for revenue collection.
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I'm sure the answer is yes for any GPS. It's a pretty basic function. But, maybe not.

On my trip back from Flagstaff, I intended to reverse the route I had followed on the way there, but there wasn't a reverse route option on the Zumo (that sucks). So instead I replotted the waypoints (the Zumo calls them "via" points) manually and rerouted it. You do this on the Zumo by tapping the screen where you want the waypoint.

The routing algorithm can be funny. I was trying to plot a route off the interstate through Oatman, AZ on Oatman Hwy, a very slow road. I had a waypoint on Oatman, and put one on the highway to it, but the routing would constantly take me down the Oatman Hwy, have me turn around, go back to the interstate, take a later exit, and get to Oatman on the better roads. To convince it I really wanted to go all the way through to Oatman on Oatman Hwy, I had to keep adding more waypoints along the stretch. Eventually, it got the idea.

So, it can be a pain, but it can be done.

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Most of them allow you to record a track so you have a record of where you went.

The part I love is "route Home" and ETA. I do what you do but I do a route home and then watch the ETA when it hits 4:30, and that is when I want to be home, I just start following the route. I always get home on time.

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Many of us are using the Zumo and it is a great GPS.

It automatically records your track and you can download that to your computer after the ride to see it. Not only the track on the map, but you can profile the elevation too.

Bob is right about adding waypoints using the tap screen method, but his problem is classically a result of not zooming far enough to tell where the finger tap is going. The zumo may give you unintended u-turns if you put the waypoint on the wrong side of the road.

i suggest you visit the Zumo Forums and poke around. No charge.:
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Bob is right about adding waypoints using the tap screen method, but his problem is classically a result of not zooming far enough to tell where the finger tap is going. The zumo may give you unintended u-turns if you put the waypoint on the wrong side of the road.
Hmm, I don't believe that was the problem this time, although I did have that happen. Now I think I know why. Thanks.

I think the issue here was that the Oatman Hwy is so slow compared to taking Hwy 95 and probably Boundary Cone road, that the fastest route (which is the default route on the Zumo) was to go to that new waypoint, turn around and head back to the interstate, and come into Oatman from the other side using 95. It was a bit of an abnormal situation because there is one fast road into Oatman, and one very slow, twisty road. Once I added enough points to take me far enough toward Oatman that it became faster to continue on rather than turn around, it routed through to Oatman. It was just surprising how far I had to go before it actually became the fastest route.

The Zumo doesn't seem to have a "scenic" option for routing, but it's probably pretty subjective to rate roads based on scenery.

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