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    Need Help with Trip Planning software

    I am in need of help. I have a "Garmin Motorrad Navigator V" and I want to find a software that will allow me to plan a trip on my computer and then download it to my Garmin. I was told that mapsource may be the way to go. Any info on that would be highly appreciated.

    Also, is this the best way to post or shall I post on a different page?
    Thank you

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    not so retired henzilla's Avatar
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    Welcome to the Forum

    Check this out...think BaseCamp is more common now

    http://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread....utorial-Videos
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    Steve beat me to the BaseCamp thread......Here is a Best of Forum that has lots of GPS info- http://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread....he-Best-of-GPS
    This May be more of a Gear area question but no worries, one of us will move it for you if needed.
    There are a lot of Members with great GPS advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by henzilla View Post
    Welcome to the Forum

    Check this out...think BaseCamp is more common now

    http://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread....utorial-Videos
    Thank you, I appreciate the info.
    Walter K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    Steve beat me to the BaseCamp thread......Here is a Best of Forum that has lots of GPS info- http://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread....he-Best-of-GPS
    This May be more of a Gear area question but no worries, one of us will move it for you if needed.
    There are a lot of Members with great GPS advice.
    Gary
    Thank you as well.

    Walter K.

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    BaseCamp is a very powerful program that will allow you to do a ton of things. Unfortunately, for me, it seems to not be as intuitive as would be ideal. I've used it, done the videos, and read plenty on it but typically, have difficulty every-time I go back to try and use it and have been away from it for over a month or two.

    For "quick-n-dirty" routing on your computer, you can also do your route in Google Maps, and then using ITN Converter, export it to a GPX file for your Garmin.
    http://www.benichou-software.com/ind...emid=2&lang=en
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    For planning a trip I think Furkot is the best thing going.

    http://furkot.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by txtinman View Post
    For planning a trip I think Furkot is the best thing going.

    http://furkot.com
    Furkot is great for planning trips. I haven't figured out a quick and easy way to export the planned route from it to my Garmin 2370 though.
    Last edited by mikegalbicka; 05-05-2016 at 07:40 PM.

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    I don't think mapsource works with the Nav V. I tried it with mine and it doesn't see it.
    If you want full integration, ie use curvy roads, road type and feature avoidance, you need to learn basecamp. It's not the most intuitive software...
    Itnconverter (benichou software) is fine but limited and sometimes you get funny results.
    I've heard good things of Turkot and also Tyre.
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    I use Furkot also. Much easier to change. I export to my computer as a Garmin file, then import to basecamp to send to Nav IV. BTW, when you export from Furkot, increase the "points per route" so as to show the path on the roads otherwise its as the crow flies between the points.
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    I use a map.

    "Software" is in my head.

    I have a tent & sleeping bag.

    With an infallibel sic sense of direction

    time permitting, I will get "lost" on purpose.

    When I stop, I can get "updated" with local knowledge.

    Most of the roads I want to travel, have been on maps for years.

    Most of the the best rides were when diverted from my intended route.

    It is why I ride. (Dirt & Pavement)

    Bill

    I like the new stuff, (got it/do not use it much on rides) it's just that I go back to when a compass, chronometer, sextant, & H.O.102 were used to find position.
    Last edited by tanker4me; 04-28-2016 at 06:12 PM.

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    A few Basecamp Tips

    I've heard from so many how frustrating Basecamp can be. Here a few tips that work for me and make it less frustrating and more helpful.

    1. The toughest thing in Basecamp is making it do the route that 'you want to go.' To do that you might need to enter in "shaping waypoints." Shaping waypoints are waypoints that are inserted just to force Basecamp to create the route you want to do. You can edit them to "don't alert on arrival." Obsessive compulsive folks won't like these because they add more 'dots' to the route, but after a while you'll forget about them and insert them a lot more. Sometimes I've had to enter many shaping waypoints very close together just to get my route to work. There is one town nearby but Garmin and Basecamp must have a dislike for it. No matter what I do it will not let me route through this town. Instead it will route me way around it. I was forced to enter about 10 waypoints almost one right next to another to get it to route me through this town. Garmin just doesn't like it.
    2. I've also found that I do not use Basecamp's start and finish feature to plan a route for me. Rather I work my way adding waypoints - both real waypoints and shaping waypoints until I hit my destination.
    3. Too keep from having waypoints from being a "point-of-interest" versus an intersection, zoom in and mark your point. If you are zoomed out and mark a waypoint it often attaches it to a business or some other point of interest that you are not interested in.
    4. Another issue when you are 'zoomed out' is that sometimes your waypoint is set on the opposite side of the street causing Basecamp to make a long distance detour. Again, zoom in to mark your waypoint.
    5. Adding waypoints to your route - appending a segment to your route. Add a point of interest to the list (not the map) after your last waypoint. You may have to use the mouse and drag the appended section to go the way you want. Start with short distances instead of half-way or greater. Basecamp will insert "shaping waypoints" into your route.
    6. Make sure your GPS unit and Basecamp are configured similarly for trip preferences (shortest distance, fastest route, etc.) and avoidances. If you GPS is configured to avoid Interstates but Basecamp isn't, as soon as you download your route it will be converted and re-routed.
    7. If it is off-road or gravel, use another tool. The map set for Basecamp is limited.
    8. Upgrade your maps and Basecamp software as needed with the Garmin updater tool.
    9. If Basecamp starts routing you through "weird way out of the way routes" no matter what you do, just quit the application and re-start it to reset it's internal logic.

    I've tried Furkot, Google Maps and many others. They all work similarly for me. Basecamp works the best with my Garmin Nav IV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanColes View Post
    BaseCamp is a very powerful program that will allow you to do a ton of things. Unfortunately, for me, it seems to not be as intuitive as would be ideal. I've used it, done the videos, and read plenty on it but typically, have difficulty every-time I go back to try and use it and have been away from it for over a month or two.

    For "quick-n-dirty" routing on your computer, you can also do your route in Google Maps, and then using ITN Converter, export it to a GPX file for your Garmin.
    http://www.benichou-software.com/ind...emid=2&lang=en
    Thank you

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    nakwakto00

    EXCELLENT presentation; thank you!

    You would think that someone would have produced a product by now that would really work well for planning motorcycle trips of various flavors. I use a 15 year old program on my laptop that is great for planning car or bike travel with ease. I generate hard copy of route details to use along the way. Google Maps works quite well on my mobile for simple Point A to Point B routes with excellent blue tooth earpiece directions. Not so good for an extended route with desired waypoints included (on the mobile app; though the rumor is that capability is being added 'soon').

    One of our lives' minor annoyances

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    Wkuen, I've been working base camp a while now. It is counterintuitive but if you run into obstacles pm me and I'll do what I can to help. I'm kind of a geek. Not Norwood level of geekiness but I have aspirations.
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