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After installing the Garmin power/audio cable I got a break in the
weather and tried the 2610 on the bike. On four different occassions
I would get a beep in the headset and the GPS would go into the
panning mode. This has never happened while in my pickup, only
on the bike. Is it possible the sun could act as the remote and
cause this? Has anyone else experinced this?

Harold
 

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2610 behavior

I wondered much the same thing today, after riding 75 miles or so through the Ozark hills. I was wondering if it was vibration causing the touch screen to think that it was being handled, or if it was something (El Sol) triggering the IR port. Will have to keep that in mind as I take out on more rides over the coming weeks. Might want to tape over the remote sensor...
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Same here, my 2610 keeps jumping into the panning mode also.
I hope someone can figure out what is causing this, cuz its driving me NUTS!!!
 

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Has anyone had time or checked with garmin about this problem, I cant figure out what is causing this......
 

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I just contacted Garmin and spoke with a guy named Larry.
Larry was very helpful along with his supervisor.
They stated wind can cause the unit to go into the panning
Mode and think this may be the cause. These units are also
Mounted on the BMW bike, placed further back into the windshield
And they have not had any reported problems. Garmin had requested
This site information and has read this thread (2610 mystery). They have
Also requested a digital photo of the placement of the 2610. I am in the
Process of sending them a photo, if your having problems with your unit
Jumping into the panning mode also, a photo would be helpful and you can
Email it to me or just place it on the board. Thanks David
 

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David,
I don't have a photo available at this time, but the 2610 is
located on the left handlebar with a RAM mount. BTW, I did a
test with it Sunday with the eye taped over, it worked perfect.
Will be heading to Daytona Thursday, I'll run the tape on it,
should be a good test.
Another reason I think it's the remote, I get a beep before
it goes to panning. When the touch screen is used, it's more
like a "thunk". I'll let you know how it does in Florida.

Harold
 

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I thought about this after I signed off. The third time the 2610
went into the panning mode I was sitting at a traffic light, no wind.
Hope this info will be helpful in correcting the problem.

Harold
 

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Thanks, this info does help

I will keep passing on this info to Gramin, they have this web site and may be reading it them selfs.

As soon as i hear something I will pass it on......David
 

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If Garmin wants to send me a test unit, I'll be glad to give this problem my expert evaluation!. :wink:

Sorry guys, not trying to make light of your problem... I just couldn't resist.
 

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2610

When Garmin failed to put a motorcycle adapter kit on the market after announcing it, that made a silent statement that there is some incompatibility with the 2610 and motorcycles. I asume what ever it is will be corrected, but at this point, it does not look like Garmin is encouraging the use of their 2610 on bikes.

You may have found the problem they knew was there.
 

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Garmin 276

I think the new Garmin 276 is going to turn out to be a better unit for use on a bike. It is going to have a larger screen that is viewable in direct sunlight, is waterproof, and runs on batteries. It also will do auto-routing. If they kept all the other good features that the GPS176 has (like fast screen redraw times), then it will surely be a winner. Once I get my hands on one, I'll let you all know how it works out. From what I can see, this is going to be the ideal GPS for motorcycles.
 

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I currently own 4-5 different Garmin units, including a 176C. The 176C I have is the sorriest Garmin unit I have ever owned,virtually un readable outside daylight, I too am waiting to see if the 276C corrected this problem, otherwise the 276C looks like a winner
 

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I have the 176 (black&white version). I have previously owned the GPSIII, GPSIII+, Emap (still have it), and GPSV.

The 176 is by far the best of the bunch. I really like the large screen and features like track logging and system voltage and changable data fields/format. Many of the features in the 176 that I use the most are not in the Streetpilot models. The grey scale screen is easily viewable in any type of light and the backlight is awesome.

The only thing the 176 didn't do that I wish it did, was auto-routing. The 276 corrects this issue, and adds viewable color.
 

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Yes Fred I know what you are talking about an in retrospect I should have bought the greyscale instead of apying an extra 100.00 for the color, the color is totally useless in the sunlight take my word for it. I am glad to see that you are back on the board for I have used your remedies an fixes in the past with great success(Saddlrbag latches for one
 

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Fred, where the 276 looks interesting is the fact it will move to a boat and work quite nicely as well as on the bike, accepting both Blue Chart Cards as well as empty data cards, I thought their auto kit for this unit was a litte pricey, an additional 350.00 to the original cost.But I can not wait to see one up close as the only complaint I had with the color 176 was its unreadability outside. This unit may very well replace two units.
 

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Perhaps a shock absorbing pad mount could help. Still waiting for my bike adapter kit to wire up. Hope the issue if minor, bought the 2560 $$$$. Planned on mounting like the bulter cup on sheetmetal bracket.
 

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During bike week I not only got to test my 2610, but got to test one
for a buddy also. As long as I had the eye taped over it worked fine.
If the tape is removed eventually it would go into the pan mode.
Put my buddies on my bike and rode most of the day with no problem.
While inching down Main street about 3:15 pm it beeped, and went
into the pan mode. It's easy enough to deal with the problem by
tapeing over the eye, but I have to much mony in it to have to do
this. I'll try to get in touch with Garmin this week, I'm sure they will
find a fix for the problem.

Harold
 
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