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Which GPS should I purchase?

I currently have a tomtom(one) unsure if that can be mounted to my 1200lt or is it best just to purchase the right equipment for my bike? any suggestions?

I am just like most Men. when I get lost and dont know when to turn around, but some how I manage to hear the dinner bell ringing in the far distant..

any help would be greatly appreciated...!
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Re: Which GPS should I purchase?

Arthur , the most bang for the buck is the garmin streetpilot 2820. This is a recent diccontinued model from garmin. A current source for this product is at getfeetwet.com . Be sure to get the new bundle package with the satellite antenna included.

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Re: Which GPS should I purchase?

Question to be asked is how do you plan to use it? Today and in the future? If you just want to be able to get home (you are lost!) the simplest and cheapest will work. I've got an old tech StreetPilpot III and even though the processor is "now" very slow, it still does everything I need it to do. You can buy them today for next to nothing. If you are going to plan trips and need all of the bells and whistles, get the best you can afford.

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Re: Which GPS should I purchase?

I have a Zumo 450. Fantastic unit. MP3 player and has option for traffic alerts. Waterproof and set up for motorcycles. Very easy to operate even with gloves on. Search around and you can find great deals on them. The 2820 mentioned in the previous post is an excellent choice also.

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Re: Which GPS should I purchase?

I was looking at getting a new GPS from getfeetwet.com, i do not know the company has anyone had bad or good experiences with them,thanks in advance fore your help.

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Mike, The company if very reputable and would not be recommended here if they weren't. This is a very tough group and if a company wasn't reputable, they would not be referenced any post without a lot of noise from a lot of people.

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i kind of though that,thanks for the help.

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I currently have a tomtom(one) unsure if that can be mounted to my 1200lt or is it best just to purchase the right equipment for my bike? any suggestions?
I have a Tomtom one also. It is mounted on a BMR shelf with a Ram Mount. Works VERY well.

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Re: Which GPS should I purchase?

I did not need all the bells and whistles in a GPS so I went with the Garmin 2720. It is a great GPS. I use it on the LT and in my work truck. Here is an E-Bay listing with free shipping.

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Can routes and waypoints be downloaded to the 2720? It does not seem to have a data card that can be added or removed? Maybe this is done through a cable connected to a PC?

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I have a 2720 mounted on my LT. I created routes and downloaded them to the 2720. The only issues was I had to use mapquest because google would not work? Perhaps user error....

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Can routes and waypoints be downloaded to the 2720? It does not seem to have a data card that can be added or removed? Maybe this is done through a cable connected to a PC?
Dano.. Yes You just route on your PC in Mapsource then connect GPS to the computer and sent it to the GPS.

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Thanks Steve.

Seems to be worth $120.00. My StreetPilot is just way too slow when I miss a turn! By the time it recalculates, it's tooooooo late! Only way for it to work is for me to either stop or slow to a crawl.

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Thanks, will seek the ram mounts & BMR?? and use what I have for now...
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I currently use the Tom Tom during business trips, vacations, and for not too distant local trips. Its hasnot led me a stray yet.. will work with what I have. just need the mounting gear and power source...

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I was looking at getting a new GPS from getfeetwet.com, i do not know the company has anyone had bad or good experiences with them,thanks in advance fore your help.
Joe (Messenger13) recommended them; I think he had purchased at least one unit and sent lots of other people there. When I was trying to decide between a 2730, 2820 and a Zumo 550 I called getfeetwet and the rep was very patient and helpful. Their price was within a few bucks of the best prices I could find anywhere (some of those prices being from stores with less than stellar reputations on the 'net).

I ordered a Zumo 550 bundle with the XM radio antenna/receiver. When I called, I asked if I could get free shipping and they threw it in! It arrived promptly, etc.

Later on I wanted the steel plate trivet mount for the antenna (which has a magnetic base). It looked like that part was supposed to be included with the antenna so I called getfeetwet to ask about it. They sent me the plate right out, no charge.

I recommend them.
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I ordered the 2820 bundle from Getfeetwet.com and am very pleased. They were very helpful and truthful, got the GPS quick. I recommended them to some family and friends and 4 other folks ordered and had the same service and satisfaction.

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Thanks, will seek the ram mounts & BMR?? and use what I have for now...
the BMR is sold by one of our sponsors and REALLY helpful. CLICK HERE to see it and go to WHITEHORSE GEAR for Ram mounts. They were also easy and helpful. Here is one picture and I'll see if I can find or take a better one.
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