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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-21-2017, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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Things you might not want to know:

I tried HTP and found it to be as useless as the 2008 Honda GPS.

Planning a trip takes a long time and therefore should have a minimum of 'surprises,' some of which are impossible to avoid.

I had the best experiences with the following:
1. Create trip with Google Maps to get an overview.
2. Conduct a virtual drive-through in Google Maps.
2. Transfer trip into Google Desktop Maps.
3. Export as kml file.
4. Import into Base Camp.
5. Convert from kml to gpx.
6. Transfer to GPS.
For me, Google has by far the best maps. I find them always to be 'up to snuff.'

This is why I think we are throwing our money away by paying for external GPS units like those mounted on motorcycles nowadays.

The GarminV GPS on beemers is about as good as I ever seen and my GoogleMap works much better and finds ALL addresses I put in there in spite if they are in the boondocks. Everytime Garmin could not find an address for me, Bam, GoogleMaps on the cell...perfect.

A cell phone is much easier and more effective to use as a guide source for touring.

No one appears to have mastered the user friendly features on Google map in order to put them on a router program. My guess? Google has the money to pay the top notch coders...the kind of money no one else has.

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This is why I think we are throwing our money away by paying for external GPS units like those mounted on motorcycles nowadays.



The GarminV GPS on beemers is about as good as I ever seen and my GoogleMap works much better and finds ALL addresses I put in there in spite if they are in the boondocks. Everytime Garmin could not find an address for me, Bam, GoogleMaps on the cell...perfect.



A cell phone is much easier and more effective to use as a guide source for touring.



No one appears to have mastered the user friendly features on Google map in order to put them on a router program. My guess? Google has the money to pay the top notch coders...the kind of money no one else has.


I think the future will be that your car/vehicle display will just be a larger link to your phone. Already there is car play that does some things. I would welcome that day.

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The problem with the phone option is when you don't have service or the phone dies. I have riden in many areas with no cell service, my last trip to Labrador is just one example. I have others if needed. Also on a trip a few years ago my cell died. Had to depend on pay phones to call home for the last three days of my trip. Try finding a pay phone that works nowadays. On both of those trips my hand held and my 2006 gl1800 gps systems worked just fine. The built-in and hand helds have their problems too but between the two and having the most current maps I been able to get where I wanted.

There is no perfect solution it just comes down to what works for you.


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Redundancy. I'll say it again, redundancy.
There are free map apps that allow you to download the maps to your smart phone. All you need to have them route you is your phones satellite service, cell service is not required. Even if you don't have the satellite GPS service, you have a very detailed road atlas in your phone. At least until your phone goes dead. Should I say it again? Redundancy. Heck, I am even willing to stop and let my wife ask for directions.

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