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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 2006, 8:05 pm Thread Starter
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Bought the Garmin 2730

Just did the deed. $942.90 shipped. Got it on Ebay. This will be my first GPS for street nav. I'll post my thoughts after I've had it for a short while. I plan on putting it in the car at first so as to learn quicker.

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post #2 of 42 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 2006, 8:56 pm
 
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Woohoo, Pete! Congrats.
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Pete,

Do post up all of your thoughts....this is defintely on my very short list of desirable units!

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It looks like the 2730 has an internal hard drive. Unless it has been improved, the hard drive set-up is not good for a MC application. The vibrations of the bike have caused earlier units (I believe it is the 2620) to become unusable. The older 2610 uses flash card memory which does not have this inherent problem. That said, the features of the 2730 are impressive as is the 3D mapping - very cool as compared to the old display. I hope Garmin fixed the earlier hard drive problem so this unit is able to work on a bike. Let us know how it goes.
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Thumbs down Vibration

I have a 2610 and road vibration has caused the card to come loose, ever so slightly, twice. This resulted in the unit not functioning. I had to pull over and reseat the card on those occassions.

Now if vibration can cause that to happen on a 2610, I wonder what the units with harddrives are going through. Too high a risk for me to consider a GPS with a harddrive.

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It looks like the 2730 has an internal hard drive. Unless it has been improved, the hard drive set-up is not good for a MC application. The vibrations of the bike have caused earlier units (I believe it is the 2620) to become unusable. The older 2610 uses flash card memory which does not have this inherent problem. That said, the features of the 2730 are impressive as is the 3D mapping - very cool as compared to the old display. I hope Garmin fixed the earlier hard drive problem so this unit is able to work on a bike. Let us know how it goes.
From the Garmin Web Site :Highly-detailed maps featuring nearly six million points of interest (POIs) throughout the U. S., Canada, and Puerto Rico (destinations like hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and attractions) come pre-loaded on the unitís solid-state memory. If a driver strays off-course, the StreetPilot 2730 automatically recalculates a new route.

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That is great news! Should work better than both the internal hard drive and the flash card memory (I have not experienced Mudbug's problem, but it would piss me off if that ever happened). FYI - The best prices on Garmin GPS that I have been able to find is at www.GPSCity.com - it says the 2730 will be available January 20th.
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You guys scared me! I just got off the phone with a tech from Garmin. "The 2730 is a solid state, no moving parts, memory card that is not removable"

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Yep, the 2620 was the only hard drive unit in the series...BIG mistake with that one!

The 2720 & 2730 are solid state. See this thread for more details on the 2730.

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You guys scared me! I just got off the phone with a tech from Garmin. "The 2730 is a solid state, no moving parts, memory card that is not removable"
Pete,

The RAM mount setup will eliminate almost all vibration. The rubber mounting on both ends solves that problem. In 8000+ miles I've had no problems with my 2610 and vibration.

P.S. PM'd you the parts information.

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