Our philosophy and objectives
We strongly believe in updating GPS maps and sharing it with members of the public. We do this as a hobby. We do not look forward to any monetary reward. Our own satisfaction plus appreciation from satisfied users are ample reward for us.
I also believe strongly in a community which treats everyone especially newbies nicely. Everyone is supposed to have fun with their gadgets and hobbies. So there is no point being hostile to those who are less familiar with online forums and forum etiquette. MFM values its active and contributing members more than its maps.
However, let me introduce myself first here, I believe it is an opportunity to do so anyway.
I'm an admin for a local malaysian motocycle community, just like MFM here, and we too believe in serving the community for free. Currently it is the largest motorcyle commnuity forum based website with members of over 34,000. We are totally non-profit orientated website and its all about hobby and passion.
Why I m here? Aha,..
I do bike tours. And thats what I do best. Ive been doing it for 10 years and organised rides and tours for free. Members will have a guided bike tours for free, No fees , no catch its just free. I used to rely on hard copy maps and now I;ve them on the back of my hands ;D, relatively speaking lah. But at certain times and occasions I do make blunders, like locating the nearest petrol station or the hotel we are supposed to stay. And with 20 bikesdtrailing behind me, the situation may sometimes seems messy.
Someone told me its high time I be using a GPS now. It never strike my mind before, but I ve seen some friend have them in their cars and it fascinate me how easy it was to use such gadget.
But, I m totally lost with such hi-tech gadget, and have make few studies on the internet. The more I read, I get more confused. There are garmins, papago, altina etc etc. And new terms keep popping up, making my transiton into GPS delay and more delay.
The papago z820 at rm830 locally seems ok, but I was told it has no Thailand and the indochina's map. Only Malaysia, Singaprore and Brunei. Is that true? I m sure it should be available. I do trips to Thailand and the indochina as well. If papago dont have those maps, than I m only left with choice from Garmin. The nuvi 255w is within the same price I believe.
But I have seen the maps of papago unit is very nice. It has landscapes like plantations etc etc, unlike the Garmins,.. just plain background beside the roads. But its a shame the papago gps dont have Thailand/indochina.
Please help to ease my decisions, as I m leaving for another 18days trip to the chinese border on 17 december. And I would like to have one GPS before the trip comences. My budget is around rm800
Thank you in advance.