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Old 07-28-2011, 11:49 AM   #16
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Cool, now backup your Profile data so you don't have to recreate them on the new Montana. Just copy the folder over and your done.

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Old 08-24-2011, 08:39 AM   #17
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I can't believe this thread isn't bigger. I'm considering buying a Montana, and I was looking for more real-world info, which is so abundant on this site.
I guess I'll keep checking back.
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:50 AM   #18
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There is another more comprehensive thread:
New Garmin Montana
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=688775

It would be nice if they were merged...

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Old 08-24-2011, 10:30 AM   #19
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Oh, thanks. I'm an idiot.
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Old 08-31-2011, 12:45 PM   #20
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I haven't been able to find a picture of the backside of the montana - how is it hard wired? Mini usb like the 62 or 4 pin like the 60.

You guys that don't have it hardwired does the screen stay on on thumper dirtbikes? When I first got my 62 I thoght it was better than the 60 but not anymore. The unit only stays on a few minutes now on battery power. When it was new it could last 45 minutes on a vibrating thumper. Worse with the 62 is that it doesn't have the 4 pin the 60 has...
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Old 08-31-2011, 12:53 PM   #21
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You'll find the info in this thread where most of the Montana discussion takes place.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=688775

But, not to be rude, the Montana requires a "mount" which you must purchase separate. The Garmin AMPS Rugged Mount for the Montana uses pin/pad contacts on the side of the Montana. No plugs.

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Old 08-31-2011, 04:09 PM   #22
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When I first got my 62 I thoght it was better than the 60 but not anymore. The unit only stays on a few minutes now on battery power. When it was new it could last 45 minutes on a vibrating thumper. Worse with the 62 is that it doesn't have the 4 pin the 60 has...
Well published, should have bought a 78, it has 4 pin.
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You guys that don't have it hardwired does the screen stay on on thumper dirtbikes? When I first got my 62 I thoght it was better than the 60 but not anymore. The unit only stays on a few minutes now on battery power. When it was new it could last 45 minutes on a vibrating thumper. Worse with the 62 is that it doesn't have the 4 pin the 60 has...

have you contacted Garmin ??? a few minutes


the reason I ordered a 62 (not here yet) is the claimed battery life.


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Old 08-31-2011, 07:19 PM   #24
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The Garmin AMPS Rugged Mount for the Montana uses pin/pad contacts on the side of the Montana. No plugs,
Though you could power it via the mini usb connector if you felt like it. Poor choice, mind you, but it is an option.
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:55 PM   #25
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Though you could power it via the mini usb connector if you felt like it. Poor choice, mind you, but it is an option.
Yes, technically, it's an option - if you keep the unit out of the weather. But, as you imply, it's a somewhat fragile connection in light of what we use the device for. The Oregon customers have tried to use the USB port for external power - with marginal success.

If one doesn't want to purchase the Rugged Mount and therefore not power the unit, they could aways purchase the RAM Cradle for the Montana. With the amazing battery life of this unit, it is certainly a viable option for mounting.
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I can't believe this thread isn't bigger. I'm considering buying a Montana, and I was looking for more real-world info, which is so abundant on this site.
I guess I'll keep checking back.
There's another thread about it here somewhere.
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Look six posts up. . .
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Old 09-01-2011, 04:34 PM   #28
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have you contacted Garmin ??? a few minutes


the reason I ordered a 62 (not here yet) is the claimed battery life.


PB
PB its not the batteries draining. I have a 690 enduro and a KLX 250 both of which vibrate alot compared to a twin. The vibrations make the unit shut down and its because of a loose battery connection. The 62 has a much tighter battery compartment than the 60 I had assumed for the reason of keeping the batteries connected with vibrations. A cheap fix on the old 60 was to put electrical tape under the battery compartment lid which then held the batteries in tighter.
My battery compartment is still tight now on the 62 but the screen only lasts a few minutes. However if I take the unit off and put it in jacket pocket it works fine.
It's got me into quite a bit of trouble though before I realize how cheap/crappy it was. I ride some pretty deserted, massive jungles and had depended on my tracks to get out which of course weren't there.
It's a fine unit for hiking or putting in your car though; I imagine guys with smoother engines do better with it as well.
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PB its not the batteries draining. I have a 690 enduro and a KLX 250 both of which vibrate alot compared to a twin. The vibrations make the unit shut down and its because of a loose battery connection. The 62 has a much tighter battery compartment than the 60 I had assumed for the reason of keeping the batteries connected with vibrations. A cheap fix on the old 60 was to put electrical tape under the battery compartment lid which then held the batteries in tighter.
My battery compartment is still tight now on the 62 but the screen only lasts a few minutes. However if I take the unit off and put it in jacket pocket it works fine.
It's got me into quite a bit of trouble though before I realize how cheap/crappy it was. I ride some pretty deserted, massive jungles and had depended on my tracks to get out which of course weren't there.
It's a fine unit for hiking or putting in your car though; I imagine guys with smoother engines do better with it as well.
ok I understand now ..... can you dampen the mount any ????


I still think thats bizarre that it disconects .... is this a known problem ???


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ok I understand now ..... can you dampen the mount any ????


I still think thats bizarre that it disconects .... is this a known problem ???
Just FYI: it's never happened to me on my Suzuki DR650 or F800GS BMW in a year of running...
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