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Old 04-04-2014, 07:00 PM   #10681
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People who paid for the camera option will find a justification for spending the extra, those that didn't won't
I wasn't even planning to get the camera model but my wife talked me into it, and I'm glad she did. I'm not justifying having spent more - I'm just describing the uses I've made of it.

Just recently I thought I'd save a hundred bucks and get the basic Garmin Virb camera without gps, and regretted it many times since the purchase. Fortunately the store took it back and I bought the higher priced camera.

To each his own.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:02 PM   #10682
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Ditto this.

And for me,

It was cheaper, when on sale (at REI), with camera than without.

Other option is two cameras are better than one. For when you crash and land on the jacket pocket with camera within. Oops, when with one you may then have none.

So for me it is two waterproof cameras, being GPS and Olympus Stylus TG2. Olympus in tank bag, which is easier to acces, than jacket, when on bike.
Oh, yeah... REI sells them. And I have $63 dollars in REI dividends to spend. Hmmmm....
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:52 PM   #10683
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Oh, yeah... REI sells them. And I have $63 dollars in REI dividends to spend. Hmmmm....
can't use your REI dividend on devices that have GPS
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Old 04-06-2014, 09:35 AM   #10684
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you can use your rei dividend to purchase any product.

the rub is you can't use the annual 20% one item discount on GPS units

"RESTRICTIONS & CONDITIONS: Discounts not valid on hard-shell boats, stand up paddleboards, any item with GPS technology, activity trackers, personal locator beacons, avalanche airbag products, skis, ski boots or ski bindings; snowboards, snowboard boots or snowboard bindings."
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Old 04-06-2014, 10:44 AM   #10685
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The 20% off offer expires soon: April 13. dvwalker quoted the restrictions.

If it's this year's dividend it's good until Jan 3, 2016, or about 21 months.

But about that Montana:

When connected to power that comes on with the ignition, my old nuvi would start, the warning screen would time-out, the main menu would time-out, and it would eventually display the map in nav mode without me having to push a single button.

Is there any way to make the Montana show the map instead of the main menu? Yes, I want to avoid reaching nearly a foot from my grip to touch the main menu a single time -- my laziness is boundless. With the nuvi I can just start the bike and ride away and whenever I look at the screen it will already show the map.
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Old 04-06-2014, 02:11 PM   #10686
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Garmin Lifetime Maps

Last year, I was given a Garmin Lifetime Maps gift card and when I tried to link it to my Montana, I was unable. The folks in here had similar experiences and when I called Garmin, they admitted that it wouldn't work with the Montana and they sent me a DVD version of the maps free of charge.

Today, while updating my other GPSs, I saw the Lifetime Maps card still listed on my MyGarmin page, and tried to link it to the Montana out of curiosity, and to my surprise it worked. So, they appear to have fixed whatever problem existed.
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:59 PM   #10687
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...... So, they appear to have fixed whatever problem existed.
GARMIN FIXED A PROBLEM!???!??! Praise the Lord!
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Old 04-06-2014, 06:09 PM   #10688
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Is there any way to make the Montana show the map instead of the main menu?
Not that I've found, and I did look (albeit several firmware versions previously). There's a reason beyond laziness, too, to want this feature: if, for whatever reason, the Montana stops accepting input, you can still see the map and whatever route you've already started.

When I broke my first Montana (due to a combination of my failure to properly install it in the mount and Garmin's failure to design a mount that made doing so painfully obvious), it wouldn't accept any touch input but was otherwise functional. If it had come back to the map screen by default when powered back on, I may have at least been able to grab the tag I was after.

(Yes, I am now both more careful about fully seating the Montana and in the habit of using a lanyard).
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:47 AM   #10689
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Last year, I was given a Garmin Lifetime Maps gift card and when I tried to link it to my Montana, I was unable. The folks in here had similar experiences and when I called Garmin, they admitted that it wouldn't work with the Montana and they sent me a DVD version of the maps free of charge.

Today, while updating my other GPSs, I saw the Lifetime Maps card still listed on my MyGarmin page, and tried to link it to the Montana out of curiosity, and to my surprise it worked. So, they appear to have fixed whatever problem existed.
I run lifetime maps on my Montana, too, and it works ok.

On the camera, I run my Montana on the AMPS mount on the left handlebar, and I keep it angled such that it takes a nice forward looking shot with a small amount of the windshield edge in the right part of the picture. I have found this fun to take shots of the road (or whatever) ahead while riding.
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:12 PM   #10690
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A n00by question, what's the best bike to GPS power source for the 650 on a ram mount ? Thanks , Chip...
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:25 PM   #10691
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A n00by question, what's the best bike to GPS power source for the 650 on a ram mount ? Thanks , Chip...
The Garmin Rugged Mount, connected via SAE plug to a Battery Tender cable. Don't bother getting the RAM cradle for the Montana. It's not worth getting if you plan to power the gps off the bike. You'll be stuck using mini USB.

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Old 04-09-2014, 06:24 PM   #10692
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This is a mighty fine setup. I have it on 2 bikes. The SAE connector is very nice for convenience.

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The Garmin Rugged Mount, connected via SAE plug to a Battery Tender cable. Don't bother getting the RAM cradle for the Montana. It's not worth getting if you plan to power the gps off the bike. You'll be stuck using mini USB.

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Old 04-09-2014, 06:32 PM   #10693
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I don't have any reason to move my rugged mount, so I have it wired to a fuzeblock with switched power. This way when I stop, it asks me if I want to keep the unit on and then runs off battery power for a few minutes when I stop to get gas. I always take it off the mount and bring it with me if I'm ever away from the bike.
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:18 AM   #10694
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I don't have any reason to move my rugged mount, so I have it wired to a fuzeblock with switched power. This way when I stop, it asks me if I want to keep the unit on and then runs off battery power for a few minutes when I stop to get gas. I always take it off the mount and bring it with me if I'm ever away from the bike.

Rugged mounts are cheep. I put one on each bike.
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:28 AM   #10695
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Rugged mounts are cheep. I put one on each bike.
I also had a mount on each bike but when I sold one of my bikes, I didn't have to go digging into it to take the Rugged Mount off. And when I borrowed a bike, I was able to put the Rugged Mount on that one quite easily. So each way has advantages.

But at $30 a mount, there's no reason not to have one on each bike.
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