January 19, 2023 at 1:55 pm #1768
I was just wondering what ya’ll were using for your offroad GPS navigation?
I personally use OnX (the offroad version) which differentiates between single track and 50″ trails, in conjunction with Avenza maps, which shows some of the smaller rabbit trails OnX misses. They both typically suit me just fine. I can download offline maps for both, and OnX shows me exactly when I have strayed into private property, which is helpful for my adventurous spirit.
Anyone have a mapping source they are particularly fond of?
Beta 430RRS 2017January 19, 2023 at 2:27 pm #1769Dave GModerator
I use Locus maps. I generally get tracks from someone or make my own. I use Delorme Topo 9 and Google Earth to make tracks.January 19, 2023 at 2:27 pm #1770RandyParticipant
Hello Luke. For me, simple is better. Already knowing how to use google maps, i create my route, waypoints, etc in that app and export as a gpx file to my Garmin Explorer account. Once imported there my Garmin device syncs up with the tracks stored in the cloud. Garmin has a their own app, called Basecamp, but for me I haven’t taken the time to learn that well enough to use and it seems a bit complex. The shortcoming of Google maps is that the ‘up ahead’ feature of Garmin doesn’t work.
KTM 1290 SAR / KLR 650 ADV / WR 450F / KTM XCF-W 350January 19, 2023 at 2:46 pm #1772
Randy, I didn’t know you could create a route in Google maps. Then again, I’ve never tried. I thought for some reason Garmin had their own proprietary mapping format. Is there a good reason to buy a Garmin device as opposed to just a cellphone?
Dave, I’ve never heard of locus, I’ll have to check that out.
Beta 430RRS 2017January 19, 2023 at 5:25 pm #1777raceu2Participant
I use and have been using a Garmin 600. Much more rugged than a cell phone, batteries last longer, works with any gloves, you can use it without stopping and you can see it in direct sunlight. Maps with trails are easy to come by. Phones are ok I’ve tried most of the apps they work good its the device they are on that’s weak and fragile. I always keep going back to my Garmin had it for years. It’s road with me all over the Americas on the handle bars and still working. They both have their pros and cons. The phone is a back up. I think it’s more of a personal preference.January 24, 2023 at 12:54 pm #1785Kurt138Moderator
I am going to have a look at OnX. I usually start with OpenStreetMap or OpenTopoMap to make a track and then check it against Google Maps or National Geographic maps for sanity. Those tools don’t show where a track crosses into private property very well though. For example a couple of years ago I created a track through the Pine Nuts, but the apps I used did not show that the track crossed tribal land. We had to turn back when we reached a locked gate with a warning sign. A tribe member was there and said their private land was visible on the “HunterX” app, which I could not find. Maybe he meant OnX.
Rides: KLR650, KX250January 24, 2023 at 3:42 pm #1788January 31, 2023 at 6:23 pm #1796
I have the hunt version of OnX as well. I find the OnX offroad version to be more helpful. Most hunters already know what the regulations are, and cdfw has an interactive map for free to give you a baseline.
Kurt, are you going to be repairing your dualsport, or is that a done deal. I’m looking for some riding/fishing/backpacking buddies for the upcoming season. I’ve been going alone for a couple years, and after a recent crash, I’ve decided that going with someone would be a much better option.
Beta 430RRS 2017February 1, 2023 at 4:00 pm #1800Kurt138Moderator
Hey Luke, I am planning to get a mid-size adventure bike this year, so I hope to get out there with you. I’ve decided to move on from my KLX and will just part it out.
At least my KX is almost ready, so that will be my pure offroad bike. I am looking at a T7 or perhaps one of those exotic new fuel-injected KLRs for the adventure bike.
My plan is that all this will happen when I finish some landscaping work on my house, then sell my Chevy work truck. That will give me some extra cash for the adventure bike. Ideally I’d have it in time to go to Mexico with Dave and Wayne, but I probably won’t be done with the Chevy until after that…so sometime this summer.
BTW, crashing sucks…ain’t nobody got time for that, ha.
Rides: KLR650, KX250
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