Got a GPS on your F800GS Let's See it

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by f800guy, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. soyanarchisto

    soyanarchisto Long timer

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    No one else responded so I will share my experience: I used an etrex on my F650 thumper and dakar and went through three of them before switching over to a 60cxs. I kept having to return the etrex to Garmin for warranty service. The rep told me the etrex is not robust enough to withstand the vibrations of motorcycle mounting. After testing that three times, I gave up. The CSX is a bit bulkier and heavier but I use it everywhere--backcountry skiing, climbing, backpacking and riding my F8. I'm sure others have had better experiences with the etrex but I wouldnt trust it again for motorcycle usage.
  2. ducpilot

    ducpilot Been here awhile

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    Here is my F800GS with a Nuvi 500 and Montana 600 while Riding the WABDR
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    Now I am just using the Montana 600...
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  3. dendrophobe

    dendrophobe Motorbike Junky

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    Out of curiosity, why the Nuvi/Montana combo? Did you just not buy City Nav for the Montana?
  4. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    And - what are your thoughts on Montana? I was looking at the 62 but.... :ear
  5. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    There are many advantages to the Montana but perhaps the biggest is the power source. The Montana is not dependent on that damned mini USB connector. I have both the Montana and the 62 and there's no comparison.
  6. ducpilot

    ducpilot Been here awhile

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    I have been using the Garmin Nuvi 500 for years and was doing a side by side to see how they compared. The Nuvi is still the better street GPS and if all I want is a track to find my way out of the woods I still really like it.

    I bought the Garmin Montana 600 specifically for building tracks I could share with others and routes for the training school I work for (www.advcamp.com). The Montana does that great but is only marginal as a street GPS IMO. It really boils down to what you want to do with your GPS.

    I really do like the Montana but prefer the USB powersource of the Nuvi. With the Montana requiring a dedicated dock I cannot move it bike to bike like I could the Nuvi.

    The other issue I have with the Montana is it is over 4x the cost of the Nuvi 500 once you load maps into it and because of the Garmin specific power dock there are no options I know of the lock it onto the bike. With the Nuvi I didn't care cuz it was so cheap but I really don't want to the Montana snatched :eek1
  7. dendrophobe

    dendrophobe Motorbike Junky

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    Thanks for the info! I don't have a Nuvi or anything, so I'm going to get City Navigator for the Montana, and try and use that one unit for everything... I think it'll probably be good enough for what I do.

    Are you using the Rugged AMPS mount? It's not a key lock, but it's locked with a security torx bit.
  8. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    The Garmin Rugged Mount is very easy to move from bike to bike if you solder a molded sae power plug to the power cable, and use a Ram mount to hold it on the bike. That's what I did until I bought my second mount.

    This is on my DR650 but the setup is the same on my F800GS.

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    But the the mount is only about $40, so why not have one on each bike?
  9. ducpilot

    ducpilot Been here awhile

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    I don't know of any mount other than the one offered by Garmin... They offer a car window mount, a car dash mount and the Motorcycle/ATV mount.

    I have the window mount for my truck and the bike mount for the bike.

    I am running city navigator and Topo 24k maps
  10. Sohere

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    Mounted my zumo 550 on the TT desierto with a ball mount:

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  11. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    Spendy locking solution coming Montana's way via Touratech.
  12. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Wow, $180 and you still need to buy the Garmin "Rugged Mount"!

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  13. isaac004

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    Here is my Garmin Zumo 550 mounted on my F800GS, with RAM mount. The camera angle is offset, and the GPS does not inhibit my view of the instrument cluster.

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  14. flightestman

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    Hey i was wondering can the orange one get me on Facebook so i can show my trip as i go and text in things. The orange one doesn't do that but they made all new one it all black it gives you I-phone the power to text and all the other things the orange one does. Im not sure if you have to pay a subscription. For me i have no phone i do have i touch and it also make my i touch able to connect in real time to Facebook text and position of where i am. But for now there is no mount for it. i was thinning about that for a while before they made this one. I don't ant a phone i m again it and i want to access Facebook which the orange one doesn't and keep thinking for that much money unless I'm in emergency what else it really good for. i contact my friends through Facebook not google i use google but nobody communicated through google they coommujint through twitter and Facebook. They need to stick that part on the orange one or make the new one mountable. i don't like the señor they have a girl unable to get phone single and she pulls out the new on its a box and puts it on her dash.. This is their main marking angle if you real phone doesn't get a connection this one will. hit better then the orange one it does the orange one and twitter and Facebook through you i-pod, or your real phone.Just need a motorcycle mount. Im not sure if you have to pay that subscription like you od the orange one. the orange one i can't use for Facebook so i never bought one. this fixed that problem,
  15. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    You might want to see if someone on the Great Big Spot thread can understand what you're saying/asking. This is about F800gs and GPS.
  16. Lost Roadie

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    The Montana works good on my GS too. I love the mount and like Emmbeedee found ways to move it around, though I do have 2 mounts now also.
    The rugged mount is very solid, when locked the GPS is pretty darn secure, if you're parking in an area where you're so worried that you think the TT will help, you should just take the GPS off the bike IMO. Either mount could be ripped off the bike by a determined thief. I just put my helmet on top to cover the GPS in my travels, always parking the bike right in front.


    The home made bracket on top of an Otterbox works great and put the GPS in a perfect spot.

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    It's like the modern equivalent of a GPSMAP 276/478 with all the options (unlike the Zumo) , except with no limits on tracks points or number of tracks that can be loaded and displayed at one time, has a big touchscreen, etc.
    I use City Nav map, but the Montana also has the ability to load Satellite Imagery that displays with City Nav, letting me see what's actually around me, and not just what's in the "map".
    The Montana's ability to work with tracks is also far superior to other units, as mentioned already.




    Couple of screen shots from the unit to demonstrate the satellite imagery, it's very useful feature for ADV riding.
    On my recent CDT, TAT ride I had about 10 miles of high-def SI on either side of the tracks the whole way.... priceless to scout for campsites, optional trails, etc....

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    Here's how you get the satellite imagery, or TOPO maps in Bascamp, selecting the ares you want:

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    It's been a most useful tool for me while on long distance off road travel adventures, great for local area exploring also.
    Here's the Garmin Montana thread in Layin' Down the Tracks for more info:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=688775
  17. epicxcrider

    epicxcrider Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the report! I'm totally sold on the Montana - I have an Oregon now which is great for hiking and navigation, but the screen was always too small and powering it in a car was a PITA.
  18. GH41

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    How long does it take to build a map like this one?? GH

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  19. arjones

    arjones Roads and Waves

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    Hey brother, how about that photo?:evil

    Don't give wrong, I just think you have the best et up around here and I was thinking of doing the same thing.:D
  20. HappyHighwayman

    HappyHighwayman Been here awhile

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    Hey Guys:

    I have a Zumo 450. My co-worker sold me the mount for it which is on my FZ6, wired for power. I don't think it's a "RAM" mount as it doens't move around.

    If I want a second mount for my F800GS, what is my best bet?

    http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Locking-Motorcycle-Cradle-Hardwire/dp/B002YBK7XI/ref=pd_cp_e_2

    That has everything and a RAM mount

    http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Motorc...ONA8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333563768&sr=8-1

    that has no RAM mount and no power cable.

    Which is the best mounting point on the F800GS as to not block anything?