Garmin Montana 600

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Oz and Kiwi Land' started by Moyston, Jan 10, 2015.

  1. Moyston

    Moyston oh oo too fast!

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    I know there is a thread on this and I've read it but its mostly a Worldwide comments and its over 756 pages so far...

    Was wondering for some advice.

    I just picked up a new Montana 600, and at the moment its being charged. It came with no sd card , so its just basic. So for people who know this, what would be the first thing to do as in what map program to get or update or topo map ? Etc. Just learning all about it.

    Best program to get to create rides and download as know there are a few out there...it does say use map source or basecamp....pointers and direction much appreciated.

    thanks
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  2. TBR

    TBR One Life ~ Live It...

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  3. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm

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    If you read the thread, you wouldn't be asking these questions. The thread is big but it has all the info you need.
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  4. AusStealth

    AusStealth Bohican

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    What's this? A visit from Homeland Security???
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  5. Moyston

    Moyston oh oo too fast!

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    mate. I wanted an Aussie content answer. Im also reading all of it, but some of the pages go off on a tangent as you guys do...its no point in starting at page 1 in 2011 to find out in the last few pages , its best to do this or that...if u don't want to help, don't comment...
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  6. Oldfatbeerman

    Oldfatbeerman Enroute to a PUB

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    Get the Aussie topo and streets map on SD card , garmin genuine product ........ and you will not look back . I have seen them as low as $25 on ebay , can't be sure they are genuine ( ebay is full of shonky fly by nighters ) though .

    I have had a 650T for about 15 months now , great bit of kit . Basecamp routing is a bit hit and miss but the tracks feature in base camp is good once you learn the ropes . Play with it , learn how to use it and how to plan your own trips and you'll be set .

    https://www.ja-gps.com.au/Garmin/garmin-topo-australia-nz-sd/
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  7. Moyston

    Moyston oh oo too fast!

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    thanks, that's what I needed to know...cheers...been sitting here for few hours just loading and unloading old maps I had...thanks
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  8. Rider 101

    Rider 101 Highly paid idiot

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    For mapping on my laptop I use Memory Maps. They are a bit pricey but have all the topos scanned in. Drawback is you have to buy state by state. I find them great for creating a track then loading to Montana 650.

    Having said that I would like to look at the latest OzTopo.

    As for maps on the GPS I have the Garmin topos loaded for Oz when I purchased it.



    Oh, and the mods will move this shortly!
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  9. dnrobertson

    dnrobertson Big Bike, Slow Rider

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    From my point of view (Using a Garmin Zumo 590).

    1. Have Garmin CN maps, Garmin Topo maps and Shonky maps on the 590 and Basecamp on the PC..
    2. Have also purchased OziExplorer Program and Hema Map set for the PC.

    I prefer using Oziexplorer for trip planning. I don't use routes, always use tracks. Hema do a better job (IMHO) of keeping the data up to date, although you shouldn't rely on any current maps to be 100% accurate. Oziexplorer can talk directly to the Garmins to download tracks/waypoints etc.

    Last outback trip, I found the Garmin CN maps had all the outback roads/tracks we were using on them.
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  10. neilaction

    neilaction Slightly Less Adventurous

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    HTF did you find this thread? :D
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  11. Beer'o'clock Baz

    Beer'o'clock Baz Long timer

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    Make sure you check on your device that the track has been loaded before your journey, basecamp is a bit funny at times I use it in conjunction with mapsource and I save my tracks in both just in case. My 650T is great but it does comes with garmin idiosyncrasies.
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  12. UncleGra

    UncleGra Road Grime

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    ....:gerg....sorry...cant help meself..

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  13. XRman

    XRman Long timer

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    That is called a back up system. works fine until it rains or the clips fail. I use it a lot.
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  14. bigborett

    bigborett Long timer

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    Moyston, I believe there is another Garmin Montana thread that has been condensed and just has how to's in it, without all the bullshit.

    Your right that thread you are talking about is huge, to find what you want in there will take all the time that you could have been riding with.

    The thread I am talking about probably won't have Aussie specific stuff, but lots of info on how to.
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  15. bigborett

    bigborett Long timer

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    bigborett Long timer

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    Just lashed out and bought a 650t from Johnny Appleseed.
    Looked at options, time, wanted it, I've got it now.:D
    Toppo V5 with it. Trying to look at working out base camp now.

    I'm not a tech guru, but not an idiot either.:rofl

    We can go through this together.
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  17. Moyston

    Moyston oh oo too fast!

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    XRman has helped. Ordered the v5 topo so arrives tomorrow...so that will help as well...

    will go and read the threads on it..thanks mate
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  18. Moyston

    Moyston oh oo too fast!

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    hand in hand? :freaky
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  19. bigborett

    bigborett Long timer

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    How have you gone with it.
    Seems a great little unit, base camp is easy to use and transfer.
    How did you mount it. I have gone of the bars for the moment, may change it. But at the moment it is better protected in a smash and closer to my ageing eyes:1drink. The common mounting position the 1190 is up near the screen and it doesn't take much for that to cop a hit if you go down, where I have it I would have to endo for it to be damaged, not as secure(theft wise) though. But cheaper.
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  20. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    I run garmin city navigator and NZ open street maps.The open street maps are very good.I took a while to try them but now i wish i had tried them earlier.If you have basecamp on the computer you can download the aussie open street map and have a look.They will be more up to date and sometimes have more detail than city navigator.In ausse there may be some areas the maps arent as good as CN.Worth a look they are FREE
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