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Old 06-10-2012, 07:55 PM   #3961
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removed the gpsmap 478 (with its locking touratech mount and associated ram paraphernalia) and wired up the montana 600 to the good old fuzeblock.

I decided to forgo a tt and ram combo and instead mounted the garmin rm directly to the crossbars of my '01 r1150gs. It seems to work like a charm. Went on a short test ride and the unit is easy to see, easy to reach and easy to use.

In case anyone wants to do the same thing, i bought a bicycle inner tube for five bucks, cut several strips off of it and glued each strip to the back of the rm where it would contact the crossbar and to the inside of each of the u-clamps that would secure the rm to the crossbar.

The thin pieces of rubber provide isolation and some limited play yet the unit is solid when using the touchscreen. I can wiggle the unit slightly when i grab it but it doesn't vibrate, doesn't slip or move and the angle is great even in direct sunlight.

For those who wish the simplest install (other than putting the thing in a tankbag) this is probably it. The rubber inner tube seems to be the trick.

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Old 06-10-2012, 08:01 PM   #3962
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Put the GOOP tube in the sun before use and it becomes a lot easier (lower viscosity) to drizzle less of it in the correct wanted spots. With glue sometimes (like most times) less is more.
Good idea... I've been re-reading the process as described by HodakaGuy. Just might do it myself.

But today my gps started going weird, like the invisible man was making selections on the screen and not letting me back out of his choices.

The gps had been sitting in the hot sun and I think that had something to do with it. Looked like heat in the display caused issues. If those problems continue, then I'll send the 650 back before the warranty expires.
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:06 PM   #3963
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Have you seen anything like this that fits the Montana ?

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Old 06-10-2012, 08:21 PM   #3964
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Have you seen anything like this that fits the Montana ?

Make one!
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:42 PM   #3965
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Make one!
My bike is in a complete tear down and rebuild process. One of the items to do is I am making a Carbon Finer Dash panel. The sun shade may be incorporated. I love toying with carbon. I will post pics here once completed, in a month or so.
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:47 PM   #3966
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My bike is in a complete tear down and rebuild process. One of the items to do is I am making a Carbon Finer Dash panel. The sun shade may be incorporated. I love toying with carbon. I will post pics here once completed, in a month or so.
Please do! I know myself and many others will be interested!
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:52 PM   #3967
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Was too lazy. I'll try later this week.
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:42 AM   #3968
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Just returned from a 2 day trip (rain, snow, and sleet we had it all) with 2 montana's in our group, both units failed on day 1 with auto shutdown, loss of SD drive and unsupported battery error . We were riding a lot of single track trails so conditions were extreme for electronic devices.

On the evening of day 1 we inspected both units and turns out the foam earplug insert was not present. We somehow both forgot to put this back into our units.

On day 2, with foam inserted added and more extreme rocky trails, no failures. Just wanted to drive home securing the battery is a must do mod for this generation of Montana.


Hodakaguy, nice write up !!! Looking forward to reading your ride report this week. Remote sections of NV is one of my favorite places to ride....
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:16 AM   #3969
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Just returned from a 2 day trip (rain, snow, and sleet we had it all) with 2 montana's in our group, both units failed on day 1 with auto shutdown, loss of SD drive and unsupported battery error . We were riding a lot of single track trails so conditions were extreme for electronic devices.
Recently had the same - unsupported battery error, repeated shutdowns & restarts.

Am currently awaiting a replacement unit from Garmin . Since my unit is less than one month old, I made sure they are replacing with a new unit and not a refurb. Only real downside is that once I get the new unit, I will have to call support to make sure my map products are unlocked for the new unit.
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:22 AM   #3970
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Recently had the same - unsupported battery error, repeated shutdowns & restarts.

Am currently awaiting a replacement unit from Garmin . Since my unit is less than one month old, I made sure they are replacing with a new unit and not a refurb. Only real downside is that once I get the new unit, I will have to call support to make sure my map products are unlocked for the new unit.
Will a new unit fix the problem? I thought it was a well known issue with all Montanas and that the only fix was to add a foamy earplug or some other mechanism to support the battery in the device?
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:51 AM   #3971
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Will a new unit fix the problem? I thought it was a well known issue with all Montanas and that the only fix was to add a foamy earplug or some other mechanism to support the battery in the device?
It's very unlikely a new unit will cure the problem unless Garmin starts adding an earplug (or the equivalent) under the battery cover.
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:34 AM   #3972
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Just to drive home the point, warranty replacement or newly purchased units will NOT fix the problem mentioned above. This is a design issue in all mfg Montana's to date, which requires the discussed easy workaround.
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:47 AM   #3973
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How long ?

What is the warranty / return period when buying a new Montana ?
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:54 AM   #3974
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one year, garmin link

After one year, Garmin has the $170 out-of-warranty replacement program
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:34 AM   #3975
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Taking any bets on this?
Sure - one foam (slightly used) earplug
Just returned for a 600 mile road test and the Montana worked great - Not like the last time when it seemed like the Montana had a mind of it's own But that was before EmmB reminded my about the earplug. Next week I'll do a off-road test but I believe the ear plug solved the constant reboot/nomaps/freeze problems.

So, EmmB looks like I own you one of these



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