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Offline Virtualnorm

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GPS and touring question
« on: January 25, 2018, 03:05:22 pm »
Morning folks,
I have been pondering a GPS for my C14.  I do a few long distance events over the year and up till now i have relied on my iPhone.  Problem is i want to be able to sit at my computer and Map out a route, then go.  The iPhone has limitations to the amount of stops you can take etc.. 

Any iPhone app recommendations that allow me to just sit in front of my PC and make a route or am i stuck with using a GPS? 


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Re: GPS and touring question
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2018, 04:50:41 pm »
I have tried using my iPhone for motorcycle navigation and I have always had trouble with it (it is not waterproof, and if it is in a waterproof case it can overheat). The new iPhone boasting it's resistance to water might be a game changer however. There is a Garmin App called "Garmin U.S.A." and "Garmin N. America". The app works very similar to a Garmin GPS. I have never tried to create custom routes using it as this is my back up option. I will try and let you know.
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Re: GPS and touring question
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2018, 06:27:50 pm »
I haven't tried it yet since it requires a paid / subscription fee for the mobile app (iOS and Google), but it does have the feature of mapping out your ride on your desktop computer first, then navigating your route from your phone. App and site is called RideWithGPS.com

My buddies and lots of events use it for bicycle rides, but I've also used it for motorcycle mapping too and it does have a dropdown selection for motorcycles. Maybe in the next few weeks if/when the rain clears up here in the rainy PacNW I'll give it a go and provide feedback.
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Re: GPS and touring question
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2018, 10:45:09 pm »
I have a RAM mount and just use my iPhone.  Google Maps is better than any handheld GPS that I've tried.  If you have an iPhone 7 or newer then they're water-resistant, to boot.
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Re: GPS and touring question
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2018, 02:58:10 am »
 My wife got me a Zumo for Christmas :great:
I love it. Always there, can use with any gloves on, and I can program routes on the computer, then copy them to the GPS.
I bought a locking adapter that works pretty well, and looks good also, so it's fairly secure on the bike. I only take it off when going to be away from the bike for an extended time.

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Re: GPS and touring question
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2018, 03:11:18 am »
My wife got me a Zumo for Christmas :great:
I love it. Always there, can use with any gloves on, and I can program routes on the computer, then copy them to the GPS.
I bought a locking adapter that works pretty well, and looks good also, so it's fairly secure on the bike. I only take it off when going to be away from the bike for an extended time.

My zumo is always there too....in a Touratech locking mount Mitch hooked me up with in Johnson City and still going strong.... Life is good.

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Re: GPS and touring question
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2018, 11:19:39 am »
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Re: GPS and touring question
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2018, 12:54:56 pm »
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Re: GPS and touring question
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2018, 04:00:26 pm »
I've been building my routes on Garmin BaseCamp and dropping gdb files on a Nuvi 1690 for the past 6 years.  I'm pretty happy with it as it uses the old "Routes" app which seems to work well for motorcycling. However, it can be quirky at times; there are many idiosyncrasies that I've overcome with experience and I do have the occasional issue in which the files don't load onto the device.  I can find them cheap on Ebay, so I have a couple as backups.  I recently bought a Nuvi 2597, so I'm going to experiment with that one on the bike.
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Re: GPS and touring question
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2018, 05:04:53 pm »
A satellite GPS will work better in areas with limited or no cell data coverage. I have used hand held and automotive Garmin units for years on my motorcycles.
Garmin BaseCamp takes a little getting used to, but you can make custom routes that will go where you want to not where the auto route sends you. I have not tried the Zumo line with curvy road routing yet. The auto ones are much cheaper and I can put a zip-lock bag over it in heavy rain.

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Re: GPS and touring question
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2018, 08:22:05 pm »
When I use to ride, I would use the Zumo 660 LM. My route planning is done on my PC with MyRoute-app. https://www.myrouteapp.com/en/info
To me, this was a winning combination.
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Re: GPS and touring question
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2018, 06:01:43 pm »
When I use to ride, I would use the Zumo 660 LM. My route planning is done on my PC with MyRoute-app. https://www.myrouteapp.com/en/info
To me, this was a winning combination.

Used to ride? what happened Nicole?  :??:
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Re: GPS and touring question
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2018, 07:06:27 pm »
If you go with a Garmin GPS possibly others here is a website I found the other day that can convert your google map to a file for downloading to your GPS
5 min how to you tube videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nE0aiFE60xY] [url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nE0aiFE60xY[/url]
where to convert url to gpx http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/] [url]http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/[/url]
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Re: GPS and touring question
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2018, 07:04:10 pm »
I am unsure this is true with this converter but most ones I have used to convert google map to gpx only pass the start and end points and not the exact path that you see on the screen.  Once loaded to the gps it will recalculate the path based on the setting in the unit.
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