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post #1 of 3 Old Jul 27th, 2009, 8:58 am Thread Starter
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Might be a dumb question?

Ok so I'm not unexperienced by any means with GPS, having used them in aviation before I used them on land.

I have an original BMW Navigator I on my '02 K12LTE and while slow to route is still serves its puprpose well. But when I turn the unit on, I get greeted with a screen that lists the installed maps which are the southeaster US. I bought the bike used and so far all of our travels are in the SE so no big deal. Now the question. If I leave those areas would I still have basic mapping and use of the GPS? I mean like cities, interstate and major state highways? I can live with it not giving me in residential subdivisions.

While MUCH newer, my wife's TomTom has the U.S. in it. My Lowrance portable aviation unit even has roads & highways for the U.S. in aviation mode and gets more detailed when you switch to land and it's not much newer than than the Nav I.


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post #2 of 3 Old Sep 22nd, 2009, 12:26 pm
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Re: Might be a dumb question?

I can answer this! (I know you posted this some time ago, but I don't lurk on this forum too often; I could be on this website ALL DAY if I don't limit myself!)

The short answer is NO. Sure there are maps that you can see, however they are not usable for routes / directions. I once (just for kicks) removed the maps from my GPS, popped in an address and went for a ride. While traveling under a highway bridge, the GPS wanted me to turn left onto the interstate (ie, up the embankment!); the on-ramp was a few miles down the road.

If you leave the area that you have maps for, you would need to upload new maps to your GPS unit using Garmin Mapsource. I have the same BMW Motorcycles Navigator and need do the same thing. It takes some time to transfer (read: hours) so don't be in a rush!

If you're taking a long trip, the secret is know which maps you're going to NEED and make sure those maps are in your unit. For example, when I went to MOA National in TN, My GPS would not hold ALL the maps for the entire trip. Since I was taking slab all the way to DC (and I know how to get there), I only included maps west of DC through TN in my GPS. I turned on my GPS in DC and loaded my route to take me the rest of the way. If you still need more, bring your laptop with you and upload maps nightly.

Alternatively, you can purchase a larger data card that you can pop into your GPS that will allow you to store more maps than you currently can.



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Re: Might be a dumb question?

Time for a new one, my friend.............

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