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Old 07-30-2012, 04:22 PM   #1
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Montana or Zumo 665

Sadly enough, I suspect much like bikes, the easy answer is "get both"

Love XM, have it in every vehicle. Have a unit that doesn't get much use (I got it for my wife, she doesn't use it much), so could transfer that subscription and not be out much,

Have Sena10 headsets. Using ipods now.

Need to be able to find addresses without fumbling for my blackberry

Would like to use it on the KTM and the Ducati.

KTM sees a lot of dirt, but even a compass would be a vast improvement over my current navigation of guessing and riding until I find something familiar.

XM traffic and weather, worth it? I do like to avoid storms if possible. Very happy with google maps traffic, not happy with fumbling for the blackberry and hoping for a signal.

XD-3 helmet and short/no windscreens so phone conversations are limited, but would like to see who is calling without (you guessed it) fumblling for my black berry.

Labelled forest roads would likely be enough, although I would use the topo features of the Montana while hiking.

I am torn, any regrets on either unit or reasons beside the obvious functionality to pick one or the other.
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:30 PM   #2
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Not sure why you are "torn" in your decision making. All you talked about were the features that the zumo 665 offer you. You have stated nothing that would suggest that the Montana is a device that you would find useful.

Either of these units support additional maps - including Topo's. If you are an occasional user of Tracks, the zumo will do fine.

As for asking your last question, that's like asking what Oil is the best oil.
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I suspect I am too much of a Gps newb . My last was a legend which I like the bread crumb feature. We do a lot of mtn biking hiking and four wheeling and rely on maps and guessing so I'm just way behind. I don't want to spend 800 and find I bought it for 100 worth ofxm and missed the boat in everything else.

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So, if these other activities are more important than Bluetooth features and MP3, the versatility of the Montana might suit you better than the zumo.

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Old 07-31-2012, 11:46 AM   #5
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I have a Zumo 550 and a Montana. I don't bluetooth to the zumo anymore. I just connect straight to the phone and have all my music on it. I just look at the screen of the gps for directions. If you can do without XM radio and have a smart phone you can store your music on then the Montana will cover more of what you want to do.
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:47 AM   #6
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So on a similar topic, is anyone familiar with a standalone XM radio conducive to motorcycling? I haven't seen any thing water proof or really compact.


The Montana definitely seems like it would be the way to go for dirt biking and exploring.
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:55 AM   #7
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as long as you have cell phone reception why not upgrade phone that has the xm app and stream xm from phone? thats what I do and it works prety well. only adds $3 dolalrs a month to plan.

however, some channels do not work on the online app. Fox news for one.
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Work blackberry so I am very limited.
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