New Garmin Montana

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

  1. cablebandit

    cablebandit Web Adventurer

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    Marco,

    I navigate that way as well. I set the track as a thinner black line and the route as a the wider magenta or blue color. Making the track a thin line makes it very easy to see it overlayed on the route line.

    I still get the unit shutting down for no reason from time to time. It seams to be happening more with the latest firmware than it was with the latest beta. I think it's just a feature. :rofl
  2. marco polo

    marco polo Been here awhile

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    I'll try those colour choices. Thanks. Didn't know you could change the width, or colour, of the route. Pray tell, where do I do that?

    As for the Montana "feature", at least we didn't pay extra for it.
  3. cablebandit

    cablebandit Web Adventurer

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    When you select your track in the track manager you can set the color there.
  4. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    But not the "width" of the Track (or Route). A track of any color will always show beneath, or through, the Active Route.

    Cheers,
  5. cablebandit

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    Thanks. That's what I meant to say. I just assumed I had changed the width of the track since it's only half the width of the route.

    It's super easy to see them this way.
  6. leftystrat62

    leftystrat62 Adventurer

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    I'd like to be able to change the color of the track at certain points through out the ride,but can't figure out how to do that-is that something that can be done? I started a ride in yellow,got to a technical section and wanted to record it in red,but when I viewed the track-the whole thing was red. I even tried to turn the recording off while it was yellow,and tried turning back on the recording reature a bit down the trail (red),only to find it still only showed up in one color. Any ideas?
  7. Callahan

    Callahan Long timer

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    Multiple tracks (joining along the way) with multiple colors ????????
  8. TravellingStrom

    TravellingStrom Been here awhile

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    Yes, I did install the official release and have only ridden 500km with it. I have not been in a big city yet so cannot tell if anything has changed. It is very slow to recalculate(compared to my TomTomRider II) so that by the time it recalculates the route I have missed the next turning also
  9. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Setup->Tracks->Color=your_choice, then when you want to change color, Track Manager->Current Track->Save Track, then back to Setup->Tacks->Color=your_new_color. Repeat.

    It would be nice if we had some additional Setup options for Track's in the Shortcut's area (they have been asked for - but not by enough folks to move them up the list).

    Cheers,
  10. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Regarding your slow recalc, I have seen that condition when I had multiple routable maps installed on the unit and both were Enabled. If you unit continues to display that behavior, I would call Product Support and have the unit repaired/replaced.

    Cheers,
  11. TIGERRIDER007

    TIGERRIDER007 Long timer

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    Sorry for the ill-placed question, but was wondering if this is the device that I seek?

    I'm getting ready to purchase (as of today) a Super Tenere and was looking for a GPS unit to mount on it. I need easy to use, waterproof, and to be able to use in conjunction with a computer.

    So, if you can make recommendations it might save me from sorting through 256 pages, I would appreciate you gentlemen even more.

    I'm also considering one of the Zumos, is there anything better than the 550?

    Thanks!
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  12. Emmbeedee

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    I think it would be perfect for a Super Ten but then I'm biased. Check my sig for the information you need to make your decision.
  13. TIGERRIDER007

    TIGERRIDER007 Long timer

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    Thank you kind sir!
  14. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    As much as I like the Montana Series the zumo 660 is a very capable unit and is arguably a bit easier to use - fewer features. Both will mount up on your S10 with the proper mounting hardware. Go to a retailer where you can see each unit and judge which one works better for you. They both can navigate Routes and Tracks*. You will pay more for the zumo 660 than for a Montana 650 (for example) mainly because of the addition of preinstalled Map (CNNA), Bluetooth, MP3 support and both of the Automotive and Motorcycle mounts w/RAM components. If you were to add the Maps and Mounts to the Montana you would still be below the retail price of the zumo.

    So, in my opinion, it really comes down to features and which GPS you find is easier to use - since that was your stated criteria.

    Garmin also just announce the follow-on to the zumo 550, the zumo 350LM. But, I would want to have someone eval this unit before making any conclusions. It does appear to be more "on-road" oriented given its feature list.

    Cheers,

    *Tracks: the zumo 660 can navigate a Track if it is Imported via the Trip Log function. The Track is converted to a Route and will reside in the Custom Routes function. The resulting Route cannot be recalculated or it will lose the original Track's path - so Recalculation needs to be set to Off. If while navigating one of these routes, it does become recalculated, simply stop Navigating and restart the Route from your current position.
  15. moto-treks

    moto-treks Back Home

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    Check out

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=18675927&postcount=2

    and

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=18675928&postcount=3
  16. _cy_

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    one disadvantage of Montana is it's not a mature platform yet. for instance 4.10 OS was just released after many beta versions.

    advantage with Montana is state of the art in GPS hardware and features. powered rugged cradle is an integral part of Montana. coupled with Ram mounting hardware, makes one of best mount system anywhere. no high $$ TT mounts needed.

    travellingstrom in extended touring with Montana right now, we are benefiting from real time feedback. is Montana ready for RTW yet?
  17. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Perfect on my S10. Great size, easy to see and reach, dependable power supply.

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  18. leftystrat62

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    Ahh,thanks you-that makes sense. Speaking of saving a track in track manager,I was trying to do one today as a practice in my car & was confused by a few things. I went to tracks>track log>record,show on map. I chose red as my color. I wanted to see what would happen if I hit the Mark Waypoint flag along the route. When I returned home and saved the track in my gps this is what I saw:
    The track shows up as magenta instead of red,yet while I was driving it, it was red? It did show the waypoints that I dropped,but it also showed these green mountains,white top with a red arrow facing up . Sometimes it was near my way points-other times not.It also showed a blk/white checked flag that said end point-I don't understand why or how those symbols appeared on my track?
    For one section of the track it shows a straight magenta line going from one way point to the other,but also showing the magenta line following the curves of the road next to it? Last, when I view this route near my house,I see other magenta lines from other practice routes that are saved in my gps. Why are the other routes showing up if I told the gps I only want a particular route?My concern is that If I'm in an area where I drive alot and have saved routes I'll be confused by the lines everywhere.
  19. leftystrat62

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    I'd agree with DRTBWK,the Zumo 660 is MUCH easier to learn and use. I actually have the Zumo 600(not 660) on my GSA,and just recently purchased the montana for my WR250R. If I had to do it over I think I would have bought another zumo mount for my WR250R,purchased the topo sd cards for the zumo and called it a day. It's easier to view and use the zumo over the montana-not much but it is for me. I've had mine for 2 years( $700 from GPSonSALE with a 7 yr. warranty) ,20,000+ miles,lots of rain,dust,dirt,vibration and no issues.
    There still seems to be quite a few problems,freezes,failures,and issues with the Montana,something I was not aware of until I found this thread. I think in the long run I will be very happy with my montana purchase,but there are SOOO many features with this gps, that it's been hard for me to remember how to do things with it that I found intuitive with my zumo.
  20. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    It sounds like what you did when you got home was to select a saved Track and then direct the GPS to navigate it (by selecting View Map->GO). This does turn the color to Magenta (just like when you navigate a Route). The "mountain" symbols you see along the Track are major changes in Elevation and the red arrow indicates Ascent or Descent. These are handy when you don't have Topo maps but can be a bit distracting since they also are displayed in the Trip Computer data fields for Dist to Next, etc.

    If you are seeing multiple TRACKs on the map it is because you selected the Show on Map setting in the Track properties of each one that is displayed on the map (Track Manager->select a track->Show on Map). If the color is Magenta, it is because you set that color for each of the Tracks or you set that color as your Track Log color and then saved those tracks as we talked about previously. You can change a Tracks Color in the Track Manager->select a track->Set Color.

    Tracks and Routes are not the same thing although they both can be navigated. If you understand these two better and don't use the word route when you mean TRACK, it will help us visualize what it is you are asking.

    Cheers,