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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old May 22nd, 2006, 5:22 pm Thread Starter
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I've read mixed reviews on the Garmin 2720, but have read good reviews on the 2620 in the past. Which one is the best for car and motorcycle? Whats the best way to mount a Garmin on an RS?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old May 23rd, 2006, 9:10 am
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Skip both and go with the 276c

Just my 2 bits but I just got a Garmin 276c for my 04 K. The 276c replaced a Garmin V. I also ordered a 512mb chip. I used a ram mount system to mount it to the bike. I got the whole thing at TVNAV.com. Good price and I am very happy with the unit. Does everything and then some that the V did. Check it out . I know this doesn't answer your specific question but I figured this might help.

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I've read mixed reviews on the Garmin 2720, but have read good reviews on the 2620 in the past. Which one is the best for car and motorcycle? Whats the best way to mount a Garmin on an RS?
I mount a Garmin 2610 using a Ram Ubolt [get larger U] with 1 inch ball from the left clipon. Also a 2 inch Ram arm that clamps onto the Ubolt and the Ram ball mount attached to the back of a Garmin cradle specifically for the 2610 [I like the way the Garmin cradle captures the plug end vs the Ram cradle].

3 mounting pieces from Ram. 1 mounting piece from Garmin.

This centers the unit nicely and the line of sight to the instruments and warning lights is preserved. I believe the 2610 and the 2720 are similar in size. It is somewhat out of your line of sight [if otherwise mounted higher] but I've not had a problem.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old May 23rd, 2006, 9:37 am
 
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I've read mixed reviews on the Garmin 2720, but have read good reviews on the 2620 in the past. Which one is the best for car and motorcycle? Whats the best way to mount a Garmin on an RS?
I'm pretty sure the 2620 is one of the few models that has an installed hard-drive which is susceptible to vibration and shock. Most motorcyclist avoid the 2620 for that reason. A 2610 is basically the same unit and with a 2 GIG flash memory card installed, you can load the entire US maps into the unit. My biggest complaint with the 2610 is that the screen is a little hard to read in direct sunlight.

I don't know much about 2720 other than what I've read. From what I hear they've changed the format a bit on the 2720 which has kind of dumbed down the interface.

I currently use the 60CS which I think is a fantastic unit. Only real shortfalls are the memory is limited to 56MB and the screen although very useable, crisp and clear in all conditions, is a little smaller than I'd prefer.

The 60CS really does everything I need in a GPS and in fact is more useable for more situations than the 26XX series (i.e. it does everything from bike to car to hiking, cycling, and marine use. In addition to all the normal GPS functions it has a barometric altimeter and true compass. It's easy to mount anywhere, it can run for hours on 2 AA batteries or from an external power source, it's highly water and weather resistant and even floats if dropped in water). However, I do like the larger "touch" screen of the 26XX series and the 2GIG of flash memory available. Despite it's very few shortcomings, my next GPS will most likely be a 2610 as the price comes down in the wake of so many new models coming out.
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I've read mixed reviews on the Garmin 2720, but have read good reviews on the 2620 in the past. Which one is the best for car and motorcycle? Whats the best way to mount a Garmin on an RS?
If you use the 2620, I would highly recommend a vibration absorbing mount as shown below in order to protect the micro hard disc (MHD) drive. I use a 2620 since I owned it before I bought the motorcycle, but if I had it to do from scratch, I'd go with a 2610 with a 2GB CF memory card that effectively functions like a vibration-resistant 2620.

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If you want the latest and greatest, the 2820 comes out next month!

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If you want the latest and greatest, the 2820 comes out next month!
And if you want to save hundreds of dollars and just need a GPS to be a GPS, the 2610 is available now.

I'm not trying to be a smart ass (maybe it just comes naturally).
Seriously, I'm just trying to point out that newer models keep coming out that cost more and more, but often they don't "do" much more or function much better than the previous and much less costly model of the same type.

It's all a personal choice of course. If you need a GPS that has built in XM, Traffic, Weather, Headline News, HBO, Pay Per View, On-Demand and a Vanity Mirror or if just having the latest (not necessarily the greatest) or newest gadget available is your thing, then by all means, pay no attention to my opinion.
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You'll find some comparisons here: http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/forumd...sprune=-1&f=51

along with some pix of y RAM mount: http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3125

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...then by all means, pay no attention to my opinion.
Whue,...this thread got quiet fast. Apparently I struck a cord with my last sentence.
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I use this mount from Gadget Guy on my 04 KGT. I just completed 1460 miles in AR and the mount/GPS worked flawlessly.

http://www.gadgetguy.net/PhotoGaller...stallation.htm

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