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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by notmybikemodelname, Dec 10, 2012.
Easy tiger, I wasn't busting your balls.
I think that no matter what any sized petition says the Montana is the new 478, like it or not.
I'm not here to tell everyone to buy a Montana, I have what works very well for me and my thing. I'm just posting to give another more positive review based on my experience. Remember, most people post up in the Montana thread when they are having problems, so it's not necessarily a balanced discussion on their reliability.
For me, track management without limits is most important as I need to have lots of tracks for my rides, sometimes thousands of miles of them. Coming from a 478 it takes a little while to get used to the touch screen, but like anything in time you'll be flying around it just the same. Just as configurable with everything like the 478, unlike the Zumo's.
For navigating unlimited tracks, finding gas/food, working with waypoints or just wandering with a general direction using the GPS to find the route, the Montana is prefect for me and proven to be trustworthy.
I understand your needs for pretty specific things, I didn't need to touch the GPS wile navigating the Baja 1000 route while at high speeds (for me), I just followed the tracks glancing down now and then, having hard buttons to zoom in and out would be useful, I just slowed down enough to do it on the touchscreen
I think you might actually get somewhere with a petition if you go a different route though, as the Montana is here to stay and is a good platform.
You know how bike makers like BMW, and HD have their own rebranded GPS units that are nothing more than a Garmin with an extra cradle that has buttons on it?.... Maybe you could get Garmin to make one for the Montana, even a wired remote with zoom and pan buttons that just plugs into the usb port on back.
Or develop one yourself, www.kickstarter.com comes to mind.
That's the thing with the Montana, it's just software that can be changed to make it work for what you want out of a GPS, it's proven that Garmin can make add-on button thingies for GPS's and they have been very receptive to adding things software wise for ADV riders...
Now if you are successful and the Montana becomes the defacto racer GPS used worldwide in all the big races with the extra button module and you become millionaire, I get one for free at least.
Oooooo dark and scary rooooooad!!!
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Ok, Montana software or whatever. I just want a bigger screen!! And a unit that can take abuse like my 60csx.
You know I can't read, Charles. Whattsa matta you!
This is a great thread,
After using the 550 and now the Oregon 450T I agree 100% that we need something with a larger screen that is LIGHTWEIGHT, and just plain bullet proof. I had a 376 on my Boat and should have kept it for the bike.
My recent testing.....East of 395.
Nice package, maps are great, storage too. But - No freaking WAY I can truly navigate with this thing in real time in the desert. Screen size is too small. As stated in a prior post, works great when you slow down or stop to check your location, and I love using it on the boat and the XR with different SD cards. I even created a "track" whilst kayaking down the Russian river!!
Not so good in daylight for me...but is a great backup and batteries last all day no problemo.
Easier to read but whereas I like to buck myself off the BRP the actual weight of the unit can break or bend the RAM mount in a high stress situation. Unit has been bullet proof though, but the maps are not as good as the newer topo versions and track storage can be limited. I'll keep this one as my primary until the next best thing comes along - I'd petition Garmin any day to bring back the 376 in a thinner and more "offroad" version.
OK, but can be bulky whilst in the whoops....still hard to read at higher speeds.
wish list for Garmin.
Self Adjusting screen brightness
10-15 hour battery life
Custom Audible notifications via BT "Off route" or "missed turn" or "turn right in 100 feet"
... and or BT MP3
Basic buttons on left (zoom, map views, etc.)
Keep it up!
Thread wakey! DO they have a voice operated yet? Why not?