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Guys, I'm new to the GPS world and looking for some advice and clarification. I have kind of settled on the Garmin Quest, but I'm confused about the differences between the Quest and Quest 2.

I have just been to GPScity.com, and they have a "Quest with RAM motorcycle mount" for 399.95, a "Quest" for 364.95, and a "Quest 2" for 554.95. I did their online comparison between the two units, and it appears to me the only difference between them is that the Quest 2 doesn't have to have a PC to be programmed. Is that right?

Actually, I'm thinking about not mounting the GPS unit on my bike at all, and just putting it in the map pocket of my tank bag so I can see it thru the transparent plastic. Won't that work? Or maybe velcro it to the outside of the tank bag on the top.
 

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The Quest 2 comes preloaded with the City Select North America maps.
That is the entire U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

The Quest has 115 megabyte internal memory for downloading street level maps to it.

So you need to use a computer to download the maps to the Quest whereas the Quest 2 has the entire U.S. pre-loaded.
The Quest 2 also accepts customized points of interest
Everything else is the same on the two units.

I just ordered a Quest 2 last week, due at my house on Friday.
I can't wait to start playing with it.
 

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I used to keep my GPS in my tank under the map plastic. It really doesn't work all that well for 2 reasons:
A) You have to look further down, taking your eyes off the road longer
B) It makes it impossible to use any of the buttons on it

I have a Garmin eTrex and I used pop rivets to mount the holder on the outside of the bag at the front. So, its not mounted to the bike but still in a position where I don't have to take my eyes completely off the road.

I'll attached a pic shortly.

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rasbutan said:
I used pop rivets to mount the holder on the outside of the bag at the front. So, its not mounted to the bike but still in a position where I don't have to take my eyes completely off the road
I like that. I may do the same or similar. Thanks for the responses, guys.
 

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....Actually, I'm thinking about not mounting the GPS unit on my bike at all, and just putting it in the map pocket of my tank bag so I can see it thru the transparent plastic. Won't that work? Or maybe velcro it to the outside of the tank bag on the top.
I did the "under-the-plastic" thing for a while until the unit started acting up in the summer heat. The microprocessor in them gets warm. If I recall, it used to shut down randomly or the battery in it died off a bit too soon. This was on an eMap which was the forerunner to the eTrex series. I ended up taking the Garmin swivel mount and putting it on top the tank bag. It comes off their mount pretty quick.

The Quest 2 is a nice unit. If you get Garmin's motorcycle mount, you will have the voice narration option. Just plug in your phones and the lady inside the unit will talk to you. Don't even need to look at the unit itself. 'Course if you put her "under plastic" and no mount (mount has the earphone jack and electronics in it), she'll shut up and maybe get heat stroke. No Garmin mount and you lose that Quest 2 feature.
 

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Well, that was certainly an interesting and enlightening thread. Thanks Peter. I have not purchased a GPS yet, and I think your experiences have changed my mind on what I want.
 
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