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  1. XLADV

    Press Relase: All-New TomTom RIDER

    AMSTERDAM - January 15, 2015 - (Motor Sports Newswire) - TomTom (TOM2) today launches the all-new TomTom RIDER, designed to make every motorcycle ride more exciting. For the first time, bikers can choose the level of twists and turns they want to ride to create their own adrenaline-filled adventure. Introducing the all-new TomTom RIDER, designed to make every motorcycle ride more exciting. For the first time, bikers can choose the level of twists and turns they want to ride to create their own adrenaline-filled adventure. The all-new TomTom RIDER helps bikers discover and explore new routes. Simply select an area to ride on the map and TomTom RIDER will suggest the most exciting round-trip. Bikers can build excitement before setting out by creating and sharing touring adventures with friends and uploading direct to their TomTom RIDER. “We believe that every ride is a chance for adventure,” said Corinne Vigreux, co-founder and managing director, TomTom Consumer. “So we have designed TomTom RIDER to give bikers more ways to create and discover exciting routes. From the freedom of cruising the open road, to the thrill of leaning into the tightest curve on the highest peak, with RIDER, bikers can create and ride their own perfect adventure.” The stylish, yet rugged TomTom RIDER has been completely redesigned for life on the road. An innovative rotating mount allows bikers to switch to portrait view to see more of the bends ahead. It has a glove-friendly, interactive screen to make it easy to find and explore new places. Bluetooth® enabled audio instructions delivered to the headset or helmet, give bikers more freedom to just enjoy the ride. TomTom RIDER includes features that are designed specifically for bikers: Winding Roads: Find the most exciting winding roads and avoid the boring straights. Hilly Roads: Stay at sea level or climb the highest peaks. Round-trip Planning: Simply select where you want to ride and TomTom Rider will find the most exciting route. Portrait View: Simple rotate to portrait view to see more of the bends ahead. PC Route Planning: Pre-plan a touring adventure before leaving home. Route Sharing: Share a route with other bikers before setting off or after you return home. Lifetime TomTom Traffic: Ride with real-time traffic information for the lifetime of the device. Audio Instructions via Bluetooth: Keep your eyes on the road with audio instructions delivered through your headset. Track Support: Upload tracks (GPX format) and your TomTom Rider will show you the way. Hands-free Calling: Call hands-free while you ride. Weather-proof Design: As weather ready as you are. Glove-friendly Screen: Use your TomTom Rider even while wearing gloves. Sunlight Visibility: Make use of different colour options for different times of day. Trip Recording: Record your trip and relive the adventure any time. Trip Statistics: See how far, how fast and for how long you have ridden. Fully Interactive Screen: Pinch, zoom and swipe to interact with the map. TomTom RIDER will be available from April 2015. See www.tomtom.com/new-rider-400
  2. Eric Hall

    COBDR with GS Riders of GoAZ BMW

    I was lucky enough to be invited to do the COBDR (Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route) with the crew from GS Riders of GoAZBMW. They are THE best adventure riding group I have ever seen. They are just very well organized, skilled, motivated and give riders feedback on these trips so that everyone becomes a better rider each time they go out. Their leaders seem to be Jason Houle, who they call "the captain," and Mick Williamson, but many of them are active in ride planning, support, ride leading, etc... like Jason's wife Wendi, Mick's wife Michelle, Ryan Frazier (Team USA GS Trophy '12), Jason Apelquist, Kyle Moore, Janus Lund, Bill Cress, etc... Jason does a lot of these events with RawHyde so the group gets the benefit of his professional experience there. If you ever get the chance to ride with them TAKE IT! I grew up in Arizona and I still go out there a few times/year to see family in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. I was back in Dec '12 and was invited to go on a ride with them up Cherry Creek road, which is part of day 3 on the AZBDR, so it was nice to have some familiarity with that section. At least there was no snow when we rode the AZBDR in May...
  3. Daddy No Fun

    KTM 1290 Super Adventure (2015)

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    Saying that I am in love with this bike would be an understatement. Out of all the motorcycles I have owned throughout the years, the 1290 SA has been my favorite. Modifications: Rottweiler Stage 3 Intake Kit Blackdog Skid Plate Cyclops LED Headlights Cyclops LED Lightbar Mosko Moto Backcountry Bags Blackdog Oil Cooler Guard Rottweiler Stage 2 SAS and Canister Delete Rottweiler CRG Mirros Rox Risers Sagent Custom Seats SW Motech Rear Master Cylinder Guard
  4. A few months back my family and I scheduled a trip to Portland, Oregon to see my wife's dad who was turning 95. Frank is one of the remaining WWII vets who saw battle in Europe, including the Battle at Anzio. Frank Watts holding sand from Iwo Jima Beach. The sand was personally collected by his grandson who was in the Marines at the time. He gave it to Frank for his birthday last month (7/26), thanking him for inspiring him to serve his country. Awesome moment! We love you Frank! As luck would have it, my best friend (Steve Claus) also had to be in Portland for his father's 73rd birthday. We've known each other for over 35 years and have logged many, many off-road miles together. However, for the last 5 years, we've not lived in the same state, so we don't get to ride together. Wait! Once we take care of family stuff, this is an opportunity to ride! I called Steve and told him that we needed to rent some bikes. Of course, he was all in (as always). I did some googlin' and zero'd in on a rental company in Portland that looked like they'd be able to hook us up with a couple of ADV bikes. I soon discovered that even with 60 days notice, everyone was booked out! I guess staging in Portland and riding to Alaska is on the bucket list of just a few, and it was killing my riding plans! I dialed my butt off and found one bike, but not a pair, or dates/times that would not work. I was getting discouraged! Then, a name popped into my head; someone that I came across in running ThumperTalk.com: Uwe Deimer, the owner of AdMo Tours! Duh, why didn't I think of him first? I'm old, so it happens... Long story short, Uwe was also booked up, but he took the time to broker out a deal with a vendor in Klickitat Washington named Cascade Back Road Adventures & Rentals. I got to know the owner (Coit Stone) a bit, learning that he's a passionate off-road guy that started the business not all that long ago, so that he could live close to his mother with health issues. Not a big outfit, but he did everything promised and the two BMW F800GS machines he brought were well outfitted, maintained, and ran flawlessly. Good job Coit! We'll do business with you again in a heartbeat! Oh, and Coit delivered the bikes 100 miles each way to us just outside of Portland, Oregon for a reasonable fee, so don't hesitate to contact him if you stage in Portland. He'll make it happen. At Love's Truck Stop in Troutdale Oregon w/ Steve Claus, where we staged from. So, where'd we go? That's where Rever comes in... As luck would have it, the day we rode was the hottest all week, with temps reaching the mid 90s in some places. Being from central Florida, a welcomed retreat from the summer heat/humidity. Steve, being from high elevation and dry Colorado, didn't necessarily agree! One problem that I have in gathering content for ride reports is that I'm having so much fun riding, I don't take as many pictures as I probably should. So, I'm sure that this report simply won't do the ride scenery full justice. But, I suppose that's probably the case with most rides. Crown Point was our first stop of the day. Unusually calm winds and very, very clear. Pic is looking to the east. Steve Claus and yours truly. Pic is looking to the west, towards Portland, OR. From Crown Point to the last on-ramp to I-84 there are several beautiful waterfalls, some of which you have to hike to to see. We were out to ride, so we only took pics from the road... Steve Claus @ Latourell Falls Bryan Bosch @ Multnomah Falls Sorry, didn't notate the name of these falls. Just a couple of miles east of Multnomah falls. PS - Don't park in the dirt anywhere along the Columbia River Scenic Highway. Ranger Rick almost lit us up with some federal tickets for this "stunt"! Smooth operator Claus silver tongued our way out of it. Getting closer to Lost Lake on the NE side of Mt. Hood (Steve Claus) Lost Lake, Oregon Interesting fact! Lost Lake drains itself every year! Steve testing out some non ADA compliant wonky-ass steps Da money shot! - Lost Lake, Oregon w/ Mt. Hood in the background Solera Brewery in Parkdale, Oregon for some food, relaxation, and cold beer! Ok, no beers. They sure sounded good given the hot day, but not a good mix with motorcycles. Service was a bit slow, but we were in no hurry, food was excellent, and I really like to frequent local establishments vs. chain stores. Walk out the back of the place and there are tables overlooking a fruit tree orchard w/ Mt. Hood in the backdrop. Great setting! Timberline Lodge Ski Resort - Mt. Hood Oregon (looking south towards Mt. Jefferson) Lodge look familiar? I didn't take any pics going down the mountain b/c I had my Go Pro running. But, I later learned that they suck at filming with dead batteries. Where's the face-palm emoji? Before I forget, a big thanks to the folks at Sena for hooking us up with a pair of SMH10 bluetooth headsets. I've known how awesome they are, for whatever reason, I've never taken the plunge. Old habits I suppose. My ride with Steve really took on a whole new dimension by being able to talk and laugh during the whole ride. Don't get me wrong, it would have been fun regardless, but the Sena communicators seriously added to the whole experience. Don't wait to get some like I did. I've been missing out! We finished up the long day with a dip in the Sandy River. Water was coooooooold for this now Florida boy, but after getting used to it, it felt refreshing. Great way to end an awesome day with my best friend! But, now I'm itchin' something awful for the next adventure! It's never enough, is it? Steve, what's next? COBDR is in your backyard my friend. Or, maybe the Tennessee mountains?
  5. Strega

    GPS Apps (Offline Mobile GPS)

    A list of some popular GPS Apps for Offline Mobile devices Riding Social: http://www.ridingsocial.com/ Osmand: http://www.osmand.net/ ( ) Gaia GPS: https://www.gaiagps.com/gallery/ BackCountry Navigator: http://www.backcountrynavigator.com/ Every Trail: http://www.everytrail.com/ Ride with GPS: http://www.ridewithgps.com/ MotionX: http://gps.motionx.com/ Dual Sport Maps: (Currently Unavailable and based on the Open Source Osmand APP) http://www.dualsportmaps.com/ Other handy APP's: (Android) DigiHUD Pro Speedometer GPS Fix (Helps acquire GPS Fix faster) Useful Knots Ultimate Survival Manual First Aid - American Red Cross
  6. Eric Hall

    IDBDR July/Aug 2015

    Just got done with the IDBDR the other day and making my way back home. I will be posting a ride report shortly. Overall, it was a great trip. It is long, dusty and not as difficult as other BDR's like CO or AZ. The project 990 bike did very well. I did have three flats but had I been running heavy duty tubes, that most likely would not have happened. It was great to finally meet Nate in person as well as ride with Mats again (we did COBDR together two years ago).
  7. 1 review

    The Quad Lock® Bike Mount Kit for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and Universal Fit Kits are the lightest and strongest Bike Mounts on the market. Everything you need to secure your smart phone to your bike or motorbike is included in the kit. Never worry about where to put your phone when going on your trip ever again. Have your phone safely secured to your bike, visible and within easy access
  8. Eric Hall

    Garmin Rino 655t

    0 reviews

    With a 5 W FRS/GMRS radio, 2.6" glove-friendly color touchscreen GPS with preloaded TOPO 100K maps, barometric altimeter, 3-axis electronic compass, NOAA weather radio and 5-megapixel camera, Rino 655t is a jack-of-all-trades. Rino series from Garmin Pinpoint Your Position With its high-sensitivity GPS receiver and quad helix antenna, Rino 655t quickly finds your position and maintains it – even in heavy cover. Plus, a built-in barometric altimeter and 3-axis compass make it easy to get your bearings without the need to hold it level. See Your Surroundings Rino minisite The device comes preloaded with TOPO 100K maps, which includes coverage of the full U.S. Adding more maps is easy with Garmin's wide array of detailed topographic, marine and road maps. With its microSD™ card slot, Rino 655t lets you load TOPO U.S. 24K maps and hit the trail or plug in BlueChart® g2 preloaded cards for a great day on the water. The device also supports BirdsEye Satellite Imagery (subscription required), that lets you download satellite images to your device and integrate them with your maps. In addition, Rino 655t is compatible with Custom Maps, free software that transforms paper and electronic maps into downloadable maps for your device. Find Your Friends Rino 655t’s unique Position Reporting capability lets you send your exact location to other Rino users so they can see it on their map page. Plus, improved audio performance means it’s easy to communicate with any other conventional FRS/GMRS radio in the area. It can be useful in an emergency, or just a handy way to keep tabs on your hunting party, hiking partner, family or friends. Stay in Touch With plenty of transmit power, Rino 655t also lets you send unit-to-unit text messages to other Rino users in your area – it's ideal for loud or windy conditions, or just when you don't want to disturb the wildlife. It also lets you share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other compatible Garmin handheld devices. Document Your Journey With Rino 655t’s built-in 5-megapixel autofocus camera, you'll be able to capture the highlights of your outings. Each photo is automatically geotagged with the location of where it was taken, allowing you – or those you share your photos with – to easily navigate back to that spot in the future. View Weather Watches and Warnings For added safety, Rino 655t features a built-in NOAA weather radio that can help you avoid hazardous weather. The radio supports Specific Area Message Encoding, which allows you to see National Weather Service warnings and watches displayed county-by-county on the map screen. Plan Your Next Trip Take charge of your next adventure with BaseCamp™, software that lets you view and organize maps, waypoints, routes, and tracks. This free trip-planning software even allows you to create Garmin Adventures that you can share with friends, family or fellow explorers. BaseCamp displays topographic map data in 2-D or 3-D on your computer screen, including contour lines and elevation profiles. It also can transfer an unlimited amount of satellite images to your device when paired with a BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription. Turn Your Computer Into a Base Station The all-new BaseStation lets you turn your laptop (loaded with BaseCamp) into a field command center for tracking multiple Rino units. View real-time GPS information on the larger display of your computer with Rino serving as a router/antenna. And because it’s Garmin GPS-based, safer, more effective search and rescue operations are in your control, even where Internet and cell phone service isn’t.
  9. Nate J.

    Garmin Montana 600

    2 reviews

    Big, Tough Outdoor GPS That Goes Anywhere 4" dual-orientation, glove-friendly touchscreen display 3-axis compass with barometric altimeter Uses rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack or AA batteries Take it hiking. Take it hunting. Take it on the water. Montana 600 features a bold 4" color touchscreen dual orientation display and supports multiple mapping options such as BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, BlueChart® g2 andTOPO U.S. 24K. Montana has key features for the outdoors such as a 3-axis tilt-compensated compass and barometric altimeter. Buy the auto mount and a City Navigator NT® map to get spoken turn-by-turn driving directions. See the Big View Montana 600 features a 4" sunlight-readable touchscreen display that offers crystal clear enhanced colors and displays high-resolution images. Its easy-to-use interface means you’ll spend more time enjoying the outdoors and less time searching for information. Both durable and water resistant, Montana 600 is built to withstand the elements. Bumps, dust, dirt, humidity and water are no match for this rugged navigator. Go Anywhere With an array of compatible mounts, Montana is designed for use on ATVs, in boats, as a handheld or in your car. Use the auto mount with City Navigator maps for spoken, turn-by-turn driving directions, or the rugged mount for your motorcycle or ATV. Go Everywhere Adding more maps to Montana is easy. Load TOPO U.S. 24K maps and hit the trail, plug in BlueChart® g2 preloaded cards for a great day on the water, or load City Navigator map data for turn-by-turn driving directions. Add satellite images to your maps with BirdsEye Satellite Imagery (subscription required). Or, transform paper maps into files you can download to your Montana with Custom Maps. Share Wirelessly With Montana 600 you can share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other compatible Garmin GPS users. So now your friends also can enjoy your favorite hike or cache — simply press “send” to transfer your information to similar units, and let the games begin. Keep Your Fix With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver and HotFix® satellite prediction, Montana 600 locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. The advantage is clear — whether you’re in deep woods or just near tall buildings and trees, you can count on Montana 600 to help you find your way when you need it the most. Navigate with Ease Montana 600 has a built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass, which shows your heading even when you’re standing still, without holding it level. Its barometric altimeter tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude, and you even can use it to plot barometric pressure over time, which can help you keep an eye on changing weather conditions. Double Your Power Montana 600 features a one-of-a-kind dual battery system. You’ll have the option of using the rechargeable lithium-ion pack or traditional AA batteries — whichever suits your needs better. Find Fun Montana 600 supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocaches and details straight to it. By going paperless, you're not only helping the environment but also improving efficiency. Montana 600 stores and displays key information, including location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions, which means no more manually entering coordinates and paper print outs. Simply upload the GPX file to your device and start hunting for caches. Plan Your Next Trip Take charge of your next adventure with BaseCamp™, software that lets you view and organize maps, waypoints, routes, and tracks. This free trip-planning software even allows you to create Garmin Adventures that you can share with friends, family or fellow explorers. BaseCamp displays topographic map data in 2-D or 3-D on your computer screen, including contour lines and elevation profiles. It also can transfer an unlimited amount of satellite images to your device when paired with a BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription.
  10. Eric Hall

    SPOT 2 Satellite GPS Messenger

    1 review

    Advanced GPS GPS aquisition light Custom message button Enhanced antenna performance Dedicated tracking button Improved tracking performance Safety covers over S.O.S. and Help buttons Replaceable button covers Illuminated buttons Message sent indicator light Includes armband case Recyclable packaging More Info... SOS: Emergency assistance request sent with your GPS location to GEOS every 5 minutes until batteries die or until cancelled Help/SPOT Assist: Request help from friends and family every 5 minutes for 1 hour. Up to 10 contacts - phone & email Check In: Lets contacts know where you are and that you're okay. Attempts to send three messages to help ensure successful transmission. Up to 10 contacts - phone and email. Contacts will receive only 1 message. Custom Message: Creates custom non-urgent message to send to friends and family Track Progress: Acquires your GPS location every 10 minutes for 24 hours. Sends each location one time. Previous 2 track points sent with current track point helping ensure consistent recording of movements. Emergency Response Center: GEOS is operational 7 days/week, 365 days a year, operating out of Houston, TX (2 addl. backup locations) History Review: Review all Check In, Track Alert SOS, and Help locations via findmespot.com using Google maps for up to 30 days. Shared Page: You can share messages and locations with others via a personal shared page or SPOT adventures account. Live data viewing up to 7 days, data storage up to 30 days. Can have up to 10 shared pages. Button Covers: Prevent accidental activation of SOS or Help features GPS Signal Indicator: Visual LED status of GPS signal acquired Message Sent Indicator: Visual L
  11. Eric Hall

    Garmin inReach Explorer+

    2 reviews

    Handheld Satellite Communicators with GPS Navigation 100% global Iridium satellite coverage enables 2-way text messaging from anywhere (satellite subscription required) Trigger an interactive SOS to the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center Track and share your location with family and friends Pair with mobile devices¹ using the free Earthmate® app for access to downloadable maps², U.S. NOAA charts, color aerial imagery and more inReach Explorer+ device adds preloaded DeLorme® TOPO maps with onscreen GPS routing plus built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer You may venture off the grid, but you’re never out of reach – as long as you’re carrying an inReach SE+ or inReach Explorer+. These handheld satellite communicators are designed for the outdoor enthusiast who wants to roam farther and experience more – without compromising their loved ones‘ peace of mind. From backcountry experiences to international adventures, inReach provides communication, location sharing, navigation and critical SOS functions for anyone who loves getting away from it all, on land, water or in the skies. Explore Anywhere. Communicate Everywhere. Using the worldwide coverage of the Iridium satellite network, these go-anywhere portable devices let you exchange text messages with any cell phone number or email address anywhere – while using GPS to track and share your journey’s progress. You can also post to social media or even communicate inReach-to-inReach in the field. In case of an at-risk situation, you can also use inReach to trigger an SOS to the 24/7 monitoring center, text back and forth about the nature of your emergency, and receive confirmation when help is on the way. No Cell Tower? No Phone Service? No Problem. inReach SE+ and Explorer+ give you all the tools to stay totally connected. You don’t have to worry about being within range of a cell tower – or encountering spotty coverage in fringe zones or blackout areas. Your inReach communicator works anywhere and everywhere – so you’re never out of range, never out of reach. Track and Share Your Whereabouts Turn on the tracking function of your inReach SE+ or Explorer+ communicator, and let family and friends follow your progress on their computers or mobile devices, using the web-based MapShare® portal. The inReach device will send waypoints at preselected time intervals, so followers can track your whereabouts online. You can also invite your crew back home to use MapShare to ping your inReach unit and see your GPS location, track your movements and exchange messages during your trip. You can even embed your MapShare page on a blog, website or social media. Pair with Your Mobile Device For even more capability and convenience, the free Earthmate® app syncs your inReach handheld via Bluetooth® with your compatible Apple® or Android™ device¹ so you can access unlimited maps, aerial imagery and U.S. NOAA charts. Plus, Earthmate allows you to conveniently use all of the inReach features on your paired mobile device. For easier messaging, you can also sync your inReach device with your phone’s contact list to reach anyone, anywhere – with fewer keystrokes. Get Weather Wherever The optional inReach weather forecast service provides detailed updates directly to your inReach device, compatible smartphone or tablet paired with the Earthmate app, so you’ll know what conditions to expect en route. Basic and premium weather packages are offered. And you can request weather forecasts for your current location or any other waypoint or destination on your itinerary. Who Will Answer Your SOS? GEOS Will. GEOS is the world leader in emergency response solutions and monitoring. They’ve supported rescues in more than 140 countries, saving many lives in the process. And they’re standing by 24/7/365 to respond to your SOS, track your device and notify the proper contacts and emergency responders in your area. Then, while help is on the way, GEOS will continue to text back and forth with you, providing updates and critical information until your situation is resolved. Which inReach Is Right for You? As satellite communicators, both the inReach SE+ and Explorer+ offer identical messaging capabilities. However, it’s on the GPS navigation side that their differences become apparent. While inReach SE+ uses GPS to provide basic grid navigation and allow you to drop waypoints, mark key locations, track your progress, and follow a breadcrumb trail back to base – the inReach Explorer+ goes a step beyond, providing full-fledged GPS on-map guidance with preloaded TOPO mapping and waypoint routings viewable directly on the unit. Plus, a built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer are included with Explorer+ to help you get and maintain accurate bearings anywhere on or off the beaten path. Affordable, Flexible Satellite Airtime Plans To access the Iridium network and communicate with your inReach SE+ or Explorer+ device, an active satellite subscription is required. Depending on your usage level, you can opt for an annual contract package or flexible month-to-month airtime plan. Unlimited Cloud Storage and Trip Planning are Included Every inReach device comes with free access to a cloud-powered portal to plan your trips with routes and waypoints, create preset messages and quick texts, sync and manage your device settings, update your firmware, download additional TOPO maps, link your social media accounts, store all your location tracking data and much more. Built for the Rugged Backcountry Tough, durable, impact resistant and water-rated to IPX7, the inReach SE+ and Explorer+ handhelds are built to keep you up and running – no matter what the elements throw at you. An internal, rechargeable lithium battery comes standard on both units so you can count on long battery life in every mode of operation (up to 100 hours at 10-minute tracking mode (default); up to 75 hours at 10-minute tracking with 1-second logging; up to 30 days at the 30-minute interval power save mode; and up to 3 years when powered off). Recharge via the standard microUSB power cable or optional in-vehicle 12 V charger.
  12. Strega

    GPS Devices

    There are lots of devices out there, and here are a few that are popular in the DS and ADV riding communities. I put this list together based on the # of GPS devices I've seen come through the lines working the GPS table at Dual-Sport and ADV bike events like the Anza Borrego Desert Dash, Big Bear Run, LA/Barstow/Vegas, etc. By popularity: Garmin 60CSx Garmin Montana 650t Garmin 76Csx Garmin 62St Garmin 78Sc Garmin Rhino (2way radio and buddy tracking) 60 series has been discontinued but you can still find them on Amazon and Ebay for about $200. These seem to be about the best units unless you want more real estate, then the Montana is the goto. There are also other ways to run a GPS device on your motorcycle, using a mobile device and an APP. There is another thread up for those types of apps. Personally, I use both the Garmin 60CSx and a 7" Panasonic Tough Tablet running the DualSportMaps.com APP and the Riding Social App. This pic doesn't show the Garmin mounted to a ball on the top clamp, but you get the idea.
  13. Eric Hall

    IDBDR July/Aug 2015

    Let's use this thread to plan/discuss our IDBDR trip. After the ride we can post pics, video, etc... in a separate ride report thread. Cost is $130 for the 8 day trip and does not include food, gas, lodging, etc... You get me as your leader to lead the group, plan, logistics, etc... I have only charged for leading rides twice before. I prefer doing it for free but funds are low and I still want to do this and be able to offset my cost a bit. Besides, protocol says you should buy your ride leader lunch or dinner, so at $16.25/day that's all we're talking about really. I have led about 150 rides as leader of the Beyond Starbucks Meetup group and have done two BDR's. I learned a lot on how to plan a ride from Jason Houle and Mick Williamson of the AZ crew. They won't be joining us and we won't have a chase vehicle, but we'll be fine on our own. The AZBDR taught me the value of having a leader who can follow gps as well as the wisdom of simply planning the ride and riding the plan. You just don't want stuff going sideways You will receive an IDBDR map and sticker, as well as a Beyond Starbucks and XLADV sticker. FYI, this group is for those who would rate their off road skills as intermediate or better. Plan is to meet in Jarbidge, NV Monday, Jul 27 and start the next morning. We finish on the 4th at the Canadian border. In: Nate J Cyndy K Mats R Eric L Rodney Franco Erick John C (maybe)
  14. MikeyB

    BMW R1200 GS Adventure LC (2014)

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    I love my BMW GS Adv. 'Nuff said. Best fun on two wheels since I had a sport bike. If anything my first thought when I bought it, as I rode away from the dealer, was "So THIS is what I'm missing out on."... Life is just different. And now my ZX10r sits in the garage, a proper race queen, having served me reliably for 27,000 miles... My GSA is not only my daily commute but my escape as well.
  15. MikeyB

    BMW Motorrad Navigator V

    2 reviews

    The Navigator V was Co-developed by BMW and Garmin International and is an exclusive BMW Motorrad product that does not have a Garmin consumer equivalent that can be used on motorcycles factory equipped with GPS preparation or with the Motorrad exclusive Advance Cradle. BMW Motorrad has taken trip planning to another level with the Navigator V. Featuring a new larger and brighter 5" TFT Display (800 x 480 pixels and 65,000 colors) than the previous generation Navigator IV, the premium-class, Bluetooth-capable GPS navigation system is a reliable guide both on and off-road, whether traveling by motorcycle or automobile. (NOTE: Does not include a bike-specific mounting bracket which is sold separately.) BMW is pleased to announce the Navigator V! Following on the popularity of the NAV IV, the most widely used Motorrad Navigator ever, BMW Motorrad now offers the new Navigator V. Co-developed by BMW and Garmin International, the Navigator V is an exclusive BMW Motorrad product that will not have a Garmin consumer equivalent capable of being used with motorcycles factory equipped with GPS preparation or the Motorrad exclusive Advance Cradle. The Navigator V has many improvements in features and rider convenience over the previous Navigator IV. Overview -Bigger, brighter 5" display (with same external housing dimensions as NAV IV) with improved readability in direct sunlight. -The integrated storage capacity has been doubled compared to NAV IV (8 GB instead 4 GB). -Improved route planning and navigation logic. -Pre-loaded lifetime (LMU) maps for North America. -Pre-loaded North America BMW Dealer Data base. -Optional Garmin Smartphone Link for traffic information in real time, latest weather en-route and more. -A2DP Stereo Bluetooth technology for hands free telephony, turn-by-turn directions and built in media (MP3) player. -Identical attachment mechanism to NAV IV fits in the existing mount of the 2014-on K1600 series (please choose to add the 2014 instrument cover for earlier machines below, and careful with the satellite radio antenna when removing the original panel (thanks Stephen!)). -3.5 mm jack plug (for headphone connection) and MCX socket (for connecting external antenna). -Compatible with Smartphone Link app via Google Play Store (Android) or iOS App Store (Apple) Contents: -BMW Motorrad Navigator V, including integrated lithiumion battery pack -Free North America map updates for life (up to 4 times per year) -Micro-USB cable -Practical carry bag -Screwdriver -Quick start guide, multilingual -Detailed operating instructions as PDF file on the unit -Garmin ISPI brochure (Important Safety and Product Information) BMW Original Parts PDF Brochure
  16. PS-RagE

    Garmin Zumo 660

    1 review

    Designed By Bikers For Bikers Featuring a bright 4.3” (10.92 cm) touchscreen color display, the zūmo 660 puts all the information you need in an easy-to-read format as you travel down the road. The zūmo 660 also has a glove-friendly intuitive interface that makes entering information as easy as shifting gears. In addition, the wide sunlight-readable display makes for easy navigation — whether you’re riding during a bright day or a moonless night. And with a water-resistant (IPX7) case that prevents fuel sprays and UV rays, the zūmo 660 was built for life on the road. Go Your Own Way Pick your path and hit the streets. The zūmo 660 is ready to go right out of the box. It’s preloaded with City Navigator® NT street maps and millions of points of interest (POIs) that include motels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs and more. In addition, the zūmo 660 offers 3-D building view and Lane Assist with junction view to show you more of your surroundings and make sure you'll always know the right lane at the right time. The zūmo 660 also comes standard with a digital fuel gauge so you can keep track of how many miles you have left before it’s time to get gas. Keep In Touch The zūmo 660 features Bluetooth® wireless technology so you can stay in touch while you're on the move. With it, you’re free to safely talk on your phone without having to remove your gloves or helmet. Simply connect your zūmo 660 to your Bluetooth-enabled headset or helmet and then pair with your cellphone to make and receive calls on the go. You also can call POIs through the zūmo’s Bluetooth interface — perfect for last-minute change of plans or a quick pit stop for food and fuel. And with spoken street names functionality, the zūmo 660 also will transmit voice prompts to your headset for wireless and worry-free navigation. Stay Entertained Have a long ride planned? The zūmo 660 is your all-in-one entertainment center. Featuring an on-board MP3 player and advanced Bluetooth A2DP technology, you'll enjoy crisp and clean stereo sound with your compatible headset. The motorcycle mount also comes standard with a headphone jack so you can connect to your headphones or helmet headset and microphone. It’s also loaded with a picture viewer for taking friends and family on the road, and it supports audiobooks to help break up the miles when you’re in for the long haul. Plan and Share Your Rides Found the perfect backroad to share with your riding buddies? Or perhaps you’re planning a cross-country trip and looking to avoid as much interstate as possible. With the zūmo 660’s powerful trip planning tools, you can create your custom routes via computer and then transfer your saved route directly to your zūmo. And when you’ve returned home, you can review your rides in Google™ Earth. In addition, microSD™ card expansion makes it easy for sharing routes and adding storage. You also can visit Garmin Connect™ – our online community of routes and riders. It’s a great resource for finding new rides and planning trips. Move Between Modes Just because your bike’s parked doesn’t mean your day is done. The zūmo 660 also pulls double duty as an in-car navigator when you’re on four wheels instead of two. In addition to the included motorcycle mount, the zūmo 660 also includes a carrying case, vehicle mount and power cable. It’s like having two full-featured navigators for the price of one.
  17. brian.havoc1

    Garmin Montana 650t

    1 review

    Manufacturer Description Take it hiking. Take it hunting. Take it on the water. Montana 650t features a bold 4 in. color touchscreen dual orientation display and TOPO U.S. 100K maps, supports multiple mapping options like BirdsEye™ Satellite Imagery and it has a 5 megapixel camera to boot. Montana has key features for the outdoors such as a 3-axis tilt-compensated compass and barometric altimeter. Buy the auto mount and a City Navigator NT® map, and it'll give you spoken turn-by-turn driving directions. It's big. It's versatile. It's tough. It earned the name Montana - the ultimate in touchscreen toughness. See the Big View Montana 650t features a vast 4 in., sunlight-readable touchscreen display that offers crystal clear enhanced colors and displays high-resolution images. It's easy-to-use interface means you'll spend more time enjoying the outdoors and less time searching for information. Both durable and waterproof, Montana 650t is built to withstand the elements. Bumps, dust, dirt, humidity and water are no match for this rugged navigator. No matter the setting – on the boat, in the RV or on an ATV – Montana is right at home. Take Geotagged Pictures Capture locations and memories with Montana 650t's 5 megapixel digital camera. Each photo is geotagged automatically with the location of where it was taken, allowing you to navigate back to that exact spot in the future. Snap and view pictures in landscape or portrait orientation. To keep track of your photos and show their location on a map, simply connect Montana 650t via USB and use Garmin's free BaseCamp software. For more storage, insert a microSD™ card; you can even view pictures from other devices on microSD with Montana's picture viewer. Go Anywhere With an array of compatible mounts, Montana 650t is designed for use on ATV's, in boats, as a handheld or in your car as a personal navigator. Use the auto mount with City Navigator maps for spoken, Go Everywhere Adding more maps is easy with Garmin's wide array of detailed topographic, marine and road maps. With its microSD™ card slot, Montana 650t lets you load TOPO U.S. 24K maps and hit the trail, plug in BlueChart® g2 preloaded cards for a great day on the water or City Navigator map data for turn-by-turn routing on roads (see maps tab for compatible maps). Montana 650t also supports BirdsEye™ Satellite Imagery (subscription required), that lets you download satellite images to your device and integrate them with your maps. In addition, Montana is compatible with Custom Maps, free software that transforms paper and electronic maps into downloadable maps for your device. Share Wirelessly With Montana 650t you can share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other compatible Garmin GPS users. So now your friends also can enjoy your favorite hike or cache – simply press "send" to transfer your information to similar units, and let the games begin. Keep Your Fix With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver and HotFix® satellite prediction, Montana 650t locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. The advantage is clear — whether you're in deep woods or just near tall buildings and trees, you can count on Montana 650t to help you find your way when you need it the most. Navigate with Ease Montana 650t has a built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass, which shows your heading even when you're standing still, without holding it level. Its barometric altimeter tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude, and you even can use it to plot barometric pressure over time, which can help you keep an eye on changing weather conditions. Double Your Power Montana 650t features a one-of-a-kind dual battery system. You'll have the option of using the rechargeable lithium-ion pack or traditional AA alkaline batteries – whichever suits your needs better. Find Fun Montana 650t supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocaches and details straight to your unit. Visit OpenCaching.com to start your geocaching adventure. By going paperless, you're not only helping the environment but also improving efficiency. Montana 650t stores and displays key information, including location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions, which means no more manually entering coordinates and paper print outs! Simply upload the GPX file to your unit and start hunting for caches. Features and Tips Here is a list of Montana 650t features , along with a few user tips. Automatic routing (turn by turn routing on roads): yes (with optional mapping for detailed roads) Electronic compass: yes (tilt-compensated, 3-axis) Touchscreen: yes Barometric altimeter: yes Camera: yes (5 megapixel with autofocus; automatic geo-tagging) Geocaching-friendly: yes (paperless) Custom maps compatible: yes Photo navigation (navigate to geotagged photos): yes Outdoor GPS games: no Hunt/fish calendar: yes Sun and moon information: yes Tide tables: yes Area calculation: yes Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest): yes Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units): yes Picture viewer: yes Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data): yes Physical & Performance: Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 2.9" x 5.7" x 1.4" (7.48 x 14.42 x 3.64 cm) Display size, WxH: 2"W x 3.5"H (5.06 x 8.93 cm); 4" diag (10.2 cm) Display resolution, WxH: 272 x 480 pixels Display type: bright, transflective 65k color TFT, dual-orientation touchscreen; sunlight readable Weight: 10.2 oz (289 g) with included lithium-ion battery pack; 11.7 oz (333 g) with 3 AA batteries (not included) Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion (included) or 3 AA batteries (not included); NiMH or Lithium recommended Battery life: up to 16 hours (lithium-ion); up to 22 hours (AA batteries) Waterproof: yes (IPX7) Floats: no High-sensitivity receiver: yes Interface: high-speed USB and NMEA 0183 compatible Maps & Memory: Basemap: yes Ability to add maps: yes Built-in memory: 3.5 GB Accepts data cards: microSD™ card (not included) Waypoints/favorites/locations: 4000 Routes: 200 Track log: 10,000 points, 200 saved tracks
  18. Eric Hall

    Traxplorer

    Traxplorer is a Google app I've found that seems to be pretty cool. It's easy to view tracks you've created elsewhere but maybe want a better map layer than you bought with your GPS unit. You can also view the tracks you created on your smartphone using Google's My Tracks app. And then of course you can also view the Google maps formats of KML and KMZ. I'm still figuring it all out. It seems to like gpx but not gdb formats.
  19. Tomek S

    OsmAnd + Maps & Navigation

    1 review

    OsmAnd+ (OSM Automated Navigation Directions) is a map and navigation application with access to the free, worldwide, and high-quality OpenStreetMap (OSM) data. All map data can be stored on your device's memory card for offline use. Via your device's GPS, OsmAnd offers routing, with optical and voice guidance, for car, bike, and pedestrian. All the main functionalities work both online and offline (no internet needed).OsmAnd+ is the paid application version. By buying it you support the project, fund the development of new features, and receive the latest updates. Some of the main features: Navigation • Works online (fast) or offline (no roaming charges when you are abroad) • Turn-by-turn voice guidance (recorded and synthesized voices) • Optional lane guidance, street name display, and estimated time of arrival • Supports intermediate points on your itinerary • Automatic re-routing whenever you deviate from the route • Search for places by address, by type (e.g.: restaurant, hotel, gas station, museum), or by geographical coordinates Map Viewing • Display your position and orientation on the map • Optionally align the map according to compass or your direction of motion • Save your most important places as Favorites • Display POIs (point of interests) around you • Can display specialized online tile maps • Can display satellite view (from Bing) • Can display different overlays like touring/navigation GPX tracks and additional maps with customizable transparency • Optionally display place names in English, local, or phonetic spelling Use OpenStreetMap and Wikipedia Data • High quality information from the best collaborative projects of the world • Global maps from OpenStreetMap, available per country or region • Wikipedia POIs, great for sightseeing • Unlimited free download, directly from the app • Always up-to-date maps (updated at least once a month) • Compact offline vector maps • Select between complete map data and just road network (Example: All of Japan is 700 MB, or 200 MB for the road network only) • Also supports online or cached tile maps Safety Features • Optional automated day/night view switching • Optional speed limit display, with reminder if you exceed it • Optional speed-dependent map zooming • Share your location so that your friends can find you Bicycle and Pedestrian Features • The maps include foot, hiking, and bike paths, great for outdoor activities • Special routing and display modes for bike and pedestrian • Optional public transport stops (bus, tram, train) including line names • Optional trip recording to local GPX file or online service • Optional speed and altitude display • Display of contour lines and hill-shading (via additional plugin) Directly Contribute to OpenStreetMap • Report map bugs • Upload GPX tracks to OSM directly from the app • Add POIs and directly upload them to OSM (or later if offline) • Optional trip recording also in background mode (while device is in sleep mode) OsmAnd is open source and actively being developed. Everyone can contribute to the application by reporting bugs, improving translations, or coding new features. The project is in a lively state of continuous improvement by all these forms of developer and user interaction. The project progress also relies on financial contributions to fund the development, coding, and testing of new functionalities. Approximate map coverage and quality: • Western Europe: **** • Eastern Europe: *** • Russia: *** • North America: *** • South America: ** • Asia: ** • Japan & Korea: *** • Middle East: ** • Africa: ** • Antarctica: * Most countries around the globe available as map downloads! From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe,from Australia to the USA. Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, UK, Spain, ...
  20. Eric Hall

    Butler Maps BDR Series

    0 reviews

    If you are looking for an off road adventure suitable for large Adventure bikes, ride a Backcountry Discovery Route. These maps highlight the official BDR route including fuel stops & camping locations. Includes all of the current BDR maps for Washington, Utah, Arizona and Colorado and a FREE Wolfman carrying case The Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) is a community based effort dedicated to establishing and preserving off-highway routes for adventure motorcycle and dual-sport travel. Recent projects include the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route and the Utah Backcountry Discovery Route.
  21. Eric Hall

    Garmin 60 CSx

    1 review

    The GPSMAP 60CSx adds several performance-enhancing features to the popular 60-series products, including a removable microSD™ card, high-sensitivity GPS receiver, barometric altimeter and electronic compass. Pinpoint Your Location — and Direction With the GPSMAP 60CSx, you can find your way in almost any conditions: High-sensitivity GPS receiver gives you improved satellite reception even in heavy tree cover or deep canyons Barometric altimeter provides extremely accurate elevation data Electronic compass can determine your heading and direction, even when you're standing still IPX7 waterproof case can withstand an accidental dunk in the water and still perform Large, color TFT display makes viewing the screen easy, day or night Built-in Americas autoroute basemap, including highways, exits and automatic, turn-by-turn directions Add More Detail The 60CSx comes with a blank 64 MB microSD card, so you can store extra maps from optional MapSource® mapping software. Just connect to your computer with the USB cable, and you can load map data or transfer routes and waypoints. You even can purchase microSD cards that are preloaded with MapSource maps, which means you don't have to connect to your computer. The microSD card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment, so you never have to worry about water getting inside. GPSMAP 60CSx: Put the great outdoors in the palm of your hand
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