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How to load the Garmin track files onto your GPS

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To transfer tracks to your GPS a Garmin program is required, depending on your GPS model the program is called either Garmin Mapsource or Garmin Basecamp. If you don’t have this you will need to get hold of a copy from somewhere.

Download Garmin Mapsource from Garmin.com
Download Garmin Basecamp from Garmin.com

Download the files for the tracks you want from the site. Depending on the capabilities of your particular GPS model your GPS may accept tracks with 50 navigation points per track, or up to 250 points per track. You will need to do your own research on your GPS model to ascertain this. On each track page you are interested in click the ‘Download a 50 point GPX trackfile’ or ‘Download a 250 point GPX trackfile’ link as required and a popup window will appear asking where you want to save the file on your computer. Save the file to your computer in a location that you can easily access.

Once thats done you need to ensure your GPS is attached to your computer via USB cable and start the Mapsource or Basecamp program, whichever you have for your GPS. In Mapsource or Basecamp open the GPS file(s) you want to transfer, once open there should be a menu option at the top of the screen to transfer them to your GPS.

If you have the Garmin Mapsource software this video gives you a quick walk through.

If you have the Garmin Basecamp software this video gives you a quick walk through

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  • #1789
    Eddieb
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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    To transfer tracks to your GPS a Garmin program is required, depending on your GPS model the program is called either Garmin Mapsource or Garmin Basec[See the full post at: How to load the Garmin track files onto your GPS]

    #19772
    dudz996
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    • Bike: Ducati Hypermotard 1100S
    • Rank: 50cc Rider

    I have an old etrex vista . lost my base software disc, and only have an android pad to download software. Anyone have an android version of the base software please ?

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    Eddieb
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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    Hey @dudz996 scroll up and check out the page above, there are 2 links to download the software from the Garmin website..

    #36144
    Lawrence Lewis
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    • Bike: Yamaha MT07 Tracer
    • Rank: 80cc Rider

    Hi Riders,

    I got myself a Garmin Zumo XT because Google Maps is only really good at doing navigation from point A to point B. The Garmin does a fairly good job with its Motorcycle and Curvy Road option but it still hasn’t hit the nail on the head for me. As a device it has integrated well with my Samsung Smartphone and Bluetooth Sena Headset in my Helmet, the Zumo Screen works well with gloves and its super bright in the sun.

    I have now loaded Garmin Basecamp, that works well if you want to build your own route, you can create a precise route along every dirt road you can find and send it to the Zumo ready to go. Creating that Route is a bit clumsy and slow, you have to pick along the road with your mouse and it slowly creates the route.

    My mate doesn’t have a Zumo so I was hoping I could export the GPX file so he could import it into Google Maps and use his smartphone. Two problems that I would appreciate your solution to.

    1) How can you get a GPS into Google Maps on your phone (just need to know the import process).
    2) How do you stop Google Maps recalculating the route you have created or keeping your route as the master route so if you have diverted off the route it just gets you back onto that route, it doesn’t recalculate the entire route to your destination point.

    I am running an Android phone.

    Cheers,
    Lawrence.

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