ACT ADV Riders Thread...Discover the ACT and surrounds

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Oz Nutter, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. BergDonk

    BergDonk Old Enough to Know Better

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    I think that's what I tried to say :beer

    The DVD means it can be installed on the HDD though, so a bit quicker to load and a port isn't tied up. Not a biggie though. And of course the backup on a USB stick can also be cloned for another backup, and another if necessary, maybe even another, and still work just like the original. Not that I'm advocating piracy though :wink:
  2. Hoots

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    Well, you were the one who told me how to do it ... :nod

    Baza: check out Johnny Appleseed for all GPS - their prices are pretty much the same as eBay, and they've been around for a long time - the Montana is out in front, and you pay for that - I use it so much I thought it was worthwhile - but I've only ever had that little eTrex 30 till now and that did the job fine (just harder to see).
  3. BergDonk

    BergDonk Old Enough to Know Better

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    I have only had a couple of GPS's for adventuring, and for me, the Montana with Aus Topo is the biz. Large colour screen so easy to read for old eyes without specs, heaps of memory, excellent mounting systems available, aka Rugged Mount. And especially that when you zoom out you lose almost no detail, so when you are trying to figure out what went wrong, its as easy as can be to sort. With many units, as you zoom out, the detail goes and its no real help.

    I got the 600 as the camera doesn't interest me. One on the DR and one on the Tenere so easy as to swap over. Also got a car windscreen mount which has a speaker in so it can be used in the car with 'Karen' offering guidance when routing. Yes routing, not r....ing :wink:

    Probably a bit big and vulnerable for enduro use, and exxy to replace, but great for ADV.
  4. Jdeks

    Jdeks Accepting and supportive of everyones feelings.

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    Yep, I use the Montana as well. Have been for years.

    IMHO, best GPS suited to ADVing on the market. The cradle mount uses contacts to provide power so the vibes won't kill it. Got a nice big screen and works great with gloves. Also as rugged as hell. I've managed to kill one, but the amount of punishment it took was fairly impressive.


    I've bought two now and went eBay both times and got the cheaper than JohnnyAppleseed. However, they're still a good store and will back you up.

    Garmin's maps are fairly good. Their pricing policy, however, is bullshit. Most retail GPS mapping is, if you ask me. Charge someone $400 for a unit that's essentially non-functional, unless you buy their software for another $200, every year, and get a mapset thats obsolete on release anyway? NOPE.

    There's a lot of free mapping stuff out there. Shonkymaps for the scrub, OpenStreetMaps for the towns (and it's often more up to date than Garmin stuff BTW).

    I run lots of different mapsets.... Baza, if you get a Montana, PM me before you buy any maps for it.
  5. JD

    JD Been here awhile

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    For old eyes :D

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/BIFOCAL-...ndise&var=&hash=item3cd71657bc#ht_4158wt_1255

    Losing detail when you zoom out seems to be more to do with the map than the unit, as I find that some maps ignore the zoom level settings and just display road names when they feel like it :hmmmmm
  6. havafati

    havafati Yassdafarian

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    I got the garmin OzTopo maps v4 off fleabag for 30 dollars. Came an SD card which I'll cloned on to a mini SD for the unit and the main card stays in the computer SD slot for base camp. :thumb
    Fati
  7. Hoots

    Hoots Long timer

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    I've never used OzTopo (v5) - only Garmin Topo Australia/NZ (v4)

    http://www.oztopo.com.au/

    https://buy.garmin.com/en-AU/AU/prod83071.html

    I don't know how the two compare for detail / useability ... ?

    Exactly the same price ...

    OzTopo claim to restrict copying the mSD card, which would be a shame - but Fati seems to have defeated it ...

    Thoughts ... ?
  8. havafati

    havafati Yassdafarian

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    Sorry I meant garmin topo Aus/NZ v4

    I'm forever getting the names mixed up.

    Does the job for me anyway.

    Cheers
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  9. Hoots

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    I agree - I reckon Garmin Topo is great - I don't think you need to be too bound up about having the latest versions - honestly can't see the difference between 3 and 4 ...

    Be interested to know if OzTopo is supposed to be better in any way ...
  10. JD

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    I'll show you the difference some time, Oztopo V5 is pretty good.

    Don't know about copying Oztopo to another card, but I had no problems putting Garmin City Nav and Topo maps onto the Oztopo card and running all three.
  11. stuser

    stuser Putt putt putt

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    Gah I see that someone is selling some tyres that I would love to buy, but they are in Perth....

    now I have family over there to collect them, but does anyone have any ideas on how to get them over here cheap / free....??? :ear
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    One tyre wrapped in cling wrap, so as not to dirty Ms Australia Post's hands, 15 bucks to Sydney from Yass. That's just an example but Aust Post will do em.
    Cheers
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  13. BergDonk

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    I understand KTM has a truck or more enroute at least once a week. How well do you get on with CMC?
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    stuser Putt putt putt

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    thanks... $15 sydney to yass = what from perth though, shudder to think....

    and no I haven't done much business with CMC, preferring to either support the "small guys" or do it myself... thanks for the idea though :)
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    stuser Putt putt putt

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    interesting idea... but given I have not bought a single thing from them, what's in it for them....
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    Goodwill. They can only say no, and maybe if you have a good look at their site, you might find something to negotiate packaging them with.
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    stuser Putt putt putt

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    I did and I def could, but am strapped for cashoolie at the mo....

    They do sell quite a lot of nice stuff....
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    I'd just take a tyre into the post office, and ask them to weight it and give you a quote for postage to Perth - it'll be the same in reverse ...
  20. Micl

    Micl Been here awhile

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    I used a garmin 600 for years with the garmin maps but find it too hard to see nowadays. It's also really hard to plan anything as you can't get both big picture of area and detail of trails. I planned on my PC and downloaded but when I hit something like a locked gate it was really hard to work out an alternative route.

    The garmin died and I have switched to my iPad in a rugged griffin case running Hema maps. It works great has all the Hema and 1:25000 maps and is easy to plan and use in the field. The big 10 inch display works great. It also connects to my sena for music and gives me internet search etc when in towns with phone coverage.

    Overall much easier to use and way more versatile. Only real issue is I take it off if really pissing down but can live with that...