For all of you that have been asking us what GPS units to buy, we used a Garmin Emap for both books and OziExplorer Software to interface our GPS data with Vicmap Government Maps.
It's discontinued now but the Emap was perfect for the job with
of the built in antenna which does not work very well if you want to carry the unit in a back pack as we did. This was remedied by fitting an external antenna to the unit and attaching it to my helmet which worked very well.
The only other area that it was lacking was that it only had a 2048 point memory. As you travel along a GPS units constantly picks up signals from satellites that it has locked onto. From the information gathered from these satellites it calculates position, height etc. Each time it has to record a bit of information this is called a "Track Point". The straighter and flatter the line you travel, the less points you use, the more windy and undulating your course, the more points you use. As you can imagine, enduro riding uses a lot of points. We found that the Emap was good for about 80km - 90km before it started to run out of memory. For us this was not a problem because we would simply download our data back at camp when we re-fuelled. However this is no longer a problem as the base model Garmin units now all have 10,000 point memories.
At Roost Industries Motorcycle Accessories (our online store), we have a good range of Garmin products and are the biggest "know it alls" when it comes to using GPS units with trail bikes. We've been doing this GPS mapping thing for years now and there's not many situations we haven't come across or questions we can't answer. So if you're stuck on a problem or simply want some good advise on what GPS unit to buy, feel free to contact us or click here to visit the site and check out our range of GPS units as well as other selected motorcycle products.
OziExplorer is the software we used to help us build our maps and it's
for viewing maps, planning routes, loops etc and interfacing with your GPS unit. If you want to know more about OziExplorer trial versions are available at www.oziexplorer.com.
Weekend Warriors II OziExplorer format GPS track Files
Click on the image below to download the Zip file that contains all of Weekend Warriors II's recommended loops for GPS. These files were created using OziExplorer software and are only able to be uploaded into a GPS unit after they have FIRST been loaded from this Zip file into OziExplorer.