Garmin Montana

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by AugustFalcon, May 18, 2011.

  1. CSpringsRider

    CSpringsRider Been here awhile

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    I use the other mount option for the Montana, the RAM-HOL-GA46U, and a cigarette lighter power plug or BMW-style (DIN) power plug, depending on which motorcycle I am riding. Cheaper than buying and mounting an AMPS rugged mount on all the bikes. When I stop for a pit stop, I just secure the GPS in one of my side cases.
  2. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Yuck. I never use mini usb except to hook up to a computer. It's too fragile for regular use as a power source.

    If $35 to $40 for an Amps mount for each bike is a problem, then just move it from bike to bike.

    We had four Amps mounts, one on each bike. We're down to two bikes now so we have spares.


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  3. CSpringsRider

    CSpringsRider Been here awhile

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    Really appreciate your comment. I never thought about the fragility; have definitely noticed what a PITA it is to get the plug in and out. As a start, I'll buy an AMPS mount for the dual sport and run the Montana off the internal battery or rechargeables on the dirt bikes.
  4. guavadude

    guavadude Dirt Nap Enthusiast

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    You can also just put an SAE plug on the AMPS mount and move it between bikes if you have an SAE setup for a battery tender
  5. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Good point; or even a lighter to SAE, or a Powerlet to SAE. I still have both in my odds and sods drawer.
  6. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Washes hands before going to the bathroom

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    I just plugged it into the computer and it recorded the rest of the ride after the damage, I think the damage is just the screen.
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  7. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Like Monty Python's "The Death of Mary Queen of Scots":

    I think she's dead now.

    No I'm not!
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  8. seasider

    seasider Just a rider

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    "Its only a flesh wound"!!!!!!!:rofl
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  9. CSpringsRider

    CSpringsRider Been here awhile

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    Yep. That is my plan since I already have an SAE plug on the Tenere and one to install on the KTM and Beta. Stacking up those winter projects. :-)
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    trailer Rails Washes hands before going to the bathroom

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    :jack
  11. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    Sorry to reopen an old topic. But I am having trouble with this. When I hook the OTG cable to the Montana using a mini USB to male large USB I get different results depending on what Garmin interface I use.

    I haven't exhausted the list yet, but in Garmin Spanner, I get nothing. With MTP I get a very erratic connection. First I get the USB symbol screen but shortly get a message saying power was lost after a couple of cycles, the Montana shuts down completely.

    I am using a Kyocera phone. It is new, but the model is a couple of years old. I have it set to MTP protocol.

    I am able to hook a thumb drive to the phone using the OTG cable and I can see it and access it using the App File Explorer.



    So for openers I would like to know what Montana interface setting to use and what Android phone USB setting to use.

    Thanks.

    Edit: I played with this some more today. I discovered that the phone would power the Montana via USB for about one second and then shut off for several seconds in all the Montana interface modes I checked, including Spanner. My theory is that the Montana is drawing too much current and the phone is shutting off the interface.

    I ordered an Android USB OTG microSD card reader. I can perform all the operations I anticipate needing on the card alone, like renaming map .img files and copying track files. Again my goal here is to not have to carry my notebook computer on trips.
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  12. Hich76

    Hich76 Adventurer

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    The AMPS mount comes with a SAE option?
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    VTbeemer Traveler

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    Not quite,
    You just have to hack one end off and splice the SAE end onto it.

    This works great for me since I swap my Montana among four different bikes.

    Dan
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  14. marchyman

    marchyman DR and GS

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    The AMPS rugged mount mount comes with 5 wires and an audio jack. You only need the red and black to power the unit. I did this to the unused leads.

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    Then this

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    And something similar for the Audio jack

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    That was on my GS, but I'd do it the same way for the DR650.
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  15. Hich76

    Hich76 Adventurer

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    Do I need to use the Fuse/holder from the AMPS if already have a Battery Tender/SAE with fuse hooked up to bike?
    thanks....for the help
  16. CSpringsRider

    CSpringsRider Been here awhile

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    I would use the AMPS fuse holder and the recommended size fuse for the GPS mount. The one on your Battery tender harness is sized for charging the battery (and perhaps running a compressor). That way, your GPS is protected by the proper size fuze.
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  17. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Which was 2A with my Montana. Far smaller than the fuse for compressors or heated jackets or (probably) for charging.
  18. marchyman

    marchyman DR and GS

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    2A is plenty for most smart/trickle chargers. A Battery Tender Junior maxes out as 750 mA. Their larger home chargers are mostly 1.25 A although they also have some 3, 4, and 5 A chargers. That's one of the reason trickle charger cables should not be used for compressors or heated gear unless you verify the wire gauge is adequate for the higher amperage needed by those devices.
  19. Emmbeedee

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    I cut that fuse off on all my AMPS mount power cables which plugged into a fused Battery Tender sae cable on the bikes. Never had a problem.
  20. CSpringsRider

    CSpringsRider Been here awhile

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    Yep, depends on the charger and the charging option chosen. Optimate makes Lithium battery chargers that charge at 0.8 amps and another that charges at up to 5 amps. My CTEK battery charger charges at either 0.8 amps or 3.3 amps.