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Old 01-27-2014, 02:12 PM   #1
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My SECOND Montana bite is

My second Montana just bit it. The rugged mount busted of the handle bars, fell down between the tank and the steering, held only by the power cable. I took a sharp turn and crack, squished the little booger. I thought it was a stick stuck in the steering - nope.

The first Montana died from a cracked screen, just a little too much beating from trail riding.

Of course the trails I ride on are some of the nastiest looking stuff we got to offer. The GPS just gets a shitkicking. Seems I am destined to pay $200 to Garmin repair for a refurb Montana each year.

Y'all think I gotta lighten up on the poor little baby? NA!
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Old 01-27-2014, 03:00 PM   #2
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Maybe a Touratech mount,once you get the Montana replaced?

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Old 01-27-2014, 04:59 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear about your lose. When you get your next GPS you might invest in a tether so that doesn't happen again.
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:58 PM   #4
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What he said!

A short tether would be my choice.

What does a broken Rugged Mount look like?
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:15 PM   #5
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What he said!

A short tether would be my choice.

What does a broken Rugged Mount look like?
X2! My Montana has not been out of the Rugged Mount in well over a year and has covered literally over a thousand miles on the handlebars of my Yamaha. We're not talking pavement riding either. Rocks and ruts and washboards; both the Montana and the Rugged Mount have held up superbly. So I'd love to see where/how the failure occurred.
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:19 PM   #6
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Yea, breaking the mount took some effort. What broke??
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:08 PM   #7
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You all missed it gang. The rugged mount is fine. The rugged mount bolted to the handlebars broke. It was tethered - by the power cable.

yuk yuk - I wasn't looking for advice - although I know you guys just cant resist. I just wanted to show of the smash.
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Old 01-30-2014, 02:56 AM   #8
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You all missed it gang. The rugged mount is fine. The rugged mount bolted to the handlebars broke. It was tethered - by the power cable.
I think it would still be helpful to see what broke. We all use similar mounting systems. And most people would not consider the power cable to be a tether. I'd rather have a proper tether that won't cause an electrical short if it and the gps get damaged.

Besides, who needs the mount tethered? It's the gps I want attached to the bike.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:13 AM   #9
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Yes...I'd like to see what actually broke, also.

Was it previously damaged in a fall? Did something hit it? Was it vibration related?

+1 Emmbeedee: Tether the GPS not the mount. I'm most concerned with the unit popping out of the mount on the trail.

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Old 01-31-2014, 02:54 PM   #10
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... The rugged mount is fine. The rugged mount bolted to the handlebars broke....
yup, i missed it. yuk yuk.
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Old 02-17-2014, 06:05 PM   #11
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Did the bolts fail?
Did the ball seperate from the flange?
...?

I think lots of us would like to know before it happens to US!

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Old 02-17-2014, 06:09 PM   #12
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Did the bolts fail?
Did the ball seperate from the flange?
...?

I think lots of us would like to know before it happens to US!
I get the feeling he's embarrassed and doesn't want to show the failure.
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:41 AM   #13
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Side-effect of this thread:

Working on one of the MCs I moved the RAM ball I use for the Montana. The new location needs a smaller-diameter bolt through the RAM ball. No prob right?

My tether goes to the wing-knob on the RAM arm. If that bolt breaks (unlikely) it would leave my Montana dangling from the power cord in spite of the tether.

I may look at other tether locations although the RAM wing-knob was really quick and seemingly secure.
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Old 02-23-2014, 12:11 PM   #14
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My SECOND Montana bite is

I don't use any part of the mounting system as a lanyard attachment point. I usually clip my lanyard's carabiner to the handlebar crossbar. Much more secure.


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Old 02-23-2014, 07:17 PM   #15
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Tether

I take no chances. A strap with quick release buckle ran through the Montana and around the handlebars. Now if I could just figure how to use the Montana...
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