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Old 12-17-2012, 08:41 AM   #6256
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After reading MANY pages I'm wondering...

If you had it to do over again, would you buy the Montana?

I have several (7 or 8) Garmins From the GPS III to the ZUMO 665 and all have been good tools. I just went to the ATV dark side and really don't need all the features of the ZUMO 665 on a Quad. I tried using my 276C but that's way to big to keep in one place, I can't keep in from turning and twisting on the Ram/Touratech mount.

Would a Montana be the answer I'm looking for?

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Old 12-17-2012, 08:44 AM   #6257
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If you had it to do over again, would you buy the Montana?
Yes.

I want/need a GPS that will do good road navigation, but that also has excellent support for off-road tracks.

My prior unit was a 60cx. The two issues I have with it are speed (it's slow) and readability of the small screen, especially in sunlight.

The Montana has everything I need, and I have not found any Achilles' heel yet.
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:46 AM   #6258
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After reading MANY pages I'm wondering...

If you had it to do over again, would you buy the Montana?
Yes, certainly. It's an awesome device - the best there is right now and probably for some time, IMHO.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:21 AM   #6259
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After reading MANY pages I'm wondering...

If you had it to do over again, would you buy the Montana?

I have several (7 or 8) Garmins From the GPS III to the ZUMO 665 and all have been good tools. I just went to the ATV dark side and really don't need all the features of the ZUMO 665 on a Quad. I tried using my 276C but that's way to big to keep in one place, I can't keep in from turning and twisting on the Ram/Touratech mount.

Would a Montana be the answer I'm looking for?

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Aren't the Montana and the 276C about the same size?
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:29 AM   #6260
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Yes I'd buy it again. This is my first gps and I held off for over a year after it was released, partially to let the bugs get sorted out but also because I felt my iphone worked fine for mapping. I've really enjoyed the Montana and having a map in front of me is much better than digging the iphone out of my pocket all the time. It's really changed the way I ride.

On gpscity.com there are pics of a user with the larger RAM ball mounts, the 1.5". I went with this and it's rock solid. No movement and it doesn't take a lot of pressure to lock it down. I'd suggest you try this RAM mount first since it may be all you need. If you decide to grab a Montana you'll already have everything but the amps mount.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:58 AM   #6261
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Aren't the Montana and the 276C about the same size?
Montana = 10.2 OZ (+ 4 0r 5 OZ for the AMPS mount)
276 C = 24 OZ (with Touratech mount)

That and the fact the 276C is WAY out from the RAM arm socket gives that 24 Oz a lot of leverage.

EDIT: to give you and idea of how much that 276c moves around the max speed was 326 MPH... I was going faster than I thought!
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:10 AM   #6262
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Looking for a mount for a Montana. Preferably a shockproof / waterproof type of thing, that mounts kinda 'dakar' style; or better put - right over my front number plate, not on a ram mount off to the side. I remember a company out of Florida I think that made billet mounts that attached to the top clamp and looked kinda cool, putting the GPS right above the stock speedo on a KTM 530. Does anybody remember the name of the company, or another company making a similar product? I've seen the ones from touratech / enduro engineering. They look cool, but I have not really seen too many of them actually mounted on a dual sport bike, especially one with a steering stabilizer, etc.

Any help? Pics would be great
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:21 PM   #6263
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i'm leaning towards buying a Montana.

i'm skeptical.

i have a 76csx and a 276c. if i get a Montana, the 276 is going up for sale, but i need to know the Montana is tits.

i will always have my 76 for back up.
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:56 PM   #6264
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i'm leaning towards buying a Montana.

i'm skeptical.

i have a 76csx and a 276c. if i get a Montana, the 276 is going up for sale, but i need to know the Montana is tits.

i will always have my 76 for back up.

Maybe we can get a two for one deal

Which one are you getting?

I don't need the camera, so I was just going to get the base model. Other than the camera and the preloaded software, that is the only difference right?
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:57 PM   #6265
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Maybe we can get a two for one deal

Which one are you getting?

I don't need the camera, so I was just going to get the base model. Other than the camera and the preloaded software, that is the only difference right?
600 is all you need.

there should be a group buy on ADV.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:05 PM   #6266
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:33 PM   #6267
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Maybe we can get a two for one deal

Which one are you getting?

I don't need the camera, so I was just going to get the base model. Other than the camera and the preloaded software, that is the only difference right?
No, the 650T has more memory.

Comparison chart here:

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/compare....eProduct=75226
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:10 PM   #6268
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No, the 650T has more memory.

Comparison chart here:

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/compare....eProduct=75226

$150 more for 0.5 gb. and i already have a TOPO 100K disc. and i definitely don't need a camera on my GPS.


get a larger microSD card.
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:06 PM   #6269
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$150 more for 0.5 gb. and i already have a TOPO 100K disc. and i definitely don't need a camera on my GPS.


get a larger microSD card.
It's not 0.5 gig more. It's more like 4 gig more, but the Topo maps take up most of the space.

And for $40 more for the camera model, it doesn't make sense to cheap out. It takes decent geotagged pictures which are waypoints you can navigate back to, and share wirelessly to others with similar modern Garmin units like the Oregon, Dakota, 62/78 etc. And the camera's waterproof too, so to me that's a bargain.
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:36 PM   #6270
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After reading MANY pages I'm wondering...

If you had it to do over again, would you buy the Montana?
Yes.

Some reasons why I like the Montana:
1. Support for tracks, in addition to routes. With tracks, you have no more worries about the GPSr unexpectedly recalculating your routes.
2. Configurable. With Profiles and Shortcuts, you can customize the display and set up functions that you use the most.
3. Battery. You can use the Garmin battery pack and when the power runs out, you can insert three AA batteries and get more use.
4. Built-in camera (on the Montana 650). It's an inexpensive add-on. No more worries if you go for a ride and forget your DSLR.
5. Fast boot-up (compared to the Zumo 550 I previously used).
6. Multiple map sets. You can keep CNNA, OSM, Topo maps, all available and switch to whatever map set you need at the time.
7. Garmin Rugged Mount. It is a great mount, and not very expensive.

My Montana gave me a few problems when I first purchased it (a few of which were probably user-created problems) and when I ran a Beta firmware version during an extended trip (something to be expected when running Beta software). Lately, it has been stable and reliable.

You have a knowledgeable Montana community here who are always willing to answer your questions.

The Montana is a great GPSr. Just be sure to do your homework so you can be certain it will suit your needs.
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