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I have no idea what type of gps i need, mainly something that i can use if i get lost on un named track's ie forestry roads, idealy showing OS maps and not needing a phone signal.

 

The main use i have for my ttr is travelling the forestry roads round me, there is hundreds of miles of them, atleast a dozen lochs i know of, water dams, and lots more to see, i plan on some wild camping this year and im worried if i go in and for example take a left at a fork right at the next and so on i will lose my orientation and need to find my way out



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Not sure what your price range is, but something similar to a Garmin Montana?

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The cheapest option is probably a Road Angel 7000 set up to run Memory Map. They seem to go for very little money these days and are a great introduction to using a GPS on your bike loaded with OS mapping.

Even better is to also run Memory Map on your laptop/PC so that you can plan routes on your PC/laptop and transfer them to the Road Angel  and, after a ride, you can transfer the tracklog from the RA back to your PC and see where you have been etc biggrin

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I use a Montana, not the easiest gismo to use at first and Garmin Basecamp is hard till you work it out but a fantastic bit of kit.

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Garmin tends to be quite expensive, especially if you want proper os maps rather than the Garmin topo series, which are less accurate in terms of rights of way designations. As Brian suggests, a second hand Road Angel is a good option. Alternatively, buy a cheap Android smartphone, making sure it has gps (or use what you've got if you have one) and install a free app like Viewranger or Mytrails. I have a Motorola Defy+ which has a quite small screen, but there's plenty of others larger. They operate without the need for a simcard, although in my experience, initial location finding at switch-on is faster with a simcard. After that there's no discernable difference in speed of location update and as fast as a dedicated gps. OS maps are then available for online purchase either as individual "tiles" or complete district or country sets. Viewranger tends to overcomplicate itself by trying to be part of the in-crowd on-line community thing with the ability to, for eg, live-update your twitbook feed with your location, should anyone else give a damn which muddy ditch you're up to your neck in on any given Sunday! Mytrails is simpler/more basic.
The disadvantage of smartphones over dedicated gps is battery life. My Moto will go 5-6 hours with Viewranger running continuously and recording track, but I have a 12v usb socket for charging when necessary, and there are larger capacity aftermarket batteries available online.
Second hand Garmins already loaded with os maps appear on your favorite auction site occasionally, as do Road Angels. Shop around and cost up the various options.
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I won a Road Angel Navigator 7000 on Ebay for £24, is it a easy process putting memory map on?

Also if you have one, how have you mounted it to the bike?

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www.ebay.co.uk/itm/350845501817%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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