New Garmin Montana

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

  1. Gerg

    Gerg Cupcake

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    Montana = 10.2 OZ (+ 4 0r 5 OZ for the AMPS mount)
    276 C = 24 OZ (with Touratech mount)

    That and the fact the 276C is WAY out from the RAM arm socket gives that 24 Oz a lot of leverage.

    EDIT: to give you and idea of how much that 276c moves around the max speed was 326 MPH... I was going faster than I thought!
  2. S H I F T Y

    S H I F T Y Been here awhile

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    Looking for a mount for a Montana. Preferably a shockproof / waterproof type of thing, that mounts kinda 'dakar' style; or better put - right over my front number plate, not on a ram mount off to the side. I remember a company out of Florida I think that made billet mounts that attached to the top clamp and looked kinda cool, putting the GPS right above the stock speedo on a KTM 530. Does anybody remember the name of the company, or another company making a similar product? I've seen the ones from touratech / enduro engineering. They look cool, but I have not really seen too many of them actually mounted on a dual sport bike, especially one with a steering stabilizer, etc.

    Any help? Pics would be great :wink:
  3. RAZR

    RAZR I'll cut ya

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    i'm leaning towards buying a Montana.

    i'm skeptical.

    i have a 76csx and a 276c. if i get a Montana, the 276 is going up for sale, but i need to know the Montana is tits.

    i will always have my 76 for back up.
  4. S H I F T Y

    S H I F T Y Been here awhile

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    Maybe we can get a two for one deal :deal

    Which one are you getting?

    I don't need the camera, so I was just going to get the base model. Other than the camera and the preloaded software, that is the only difference right?
  5. RAZR

    RAZR I'll cut ya

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    600 is all you need.

    there should be a group buy on ADV. :freaky
  6. S H I F T Y

    S H I F T Y Been here awhile

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    Which mount you getting?
  7. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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  8. RAZR

    RAZR I'll cut ya

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  9. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    It's not 0.5 gig more. It's more like 4 gig more, but the Topo maps take up most of the space.

    And for $40 more for the camera model, it doesn't make sense to cheap out. It takes decent geotagged pictures which are waypoints you can navigate back to, and share wirelessly to others with similar modern Garmin units like the Oregon, Dakota, 62/78 etc. And the camera's waterproof too, so to me that's a bargain.
  10. Bill Murray

    Bill Murray Been here awhile

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    Yes.

    Some reasons why I like the Montana:
    1. Support for tracks, in addition to routes. With tracks, you have no more worries about the GPSr unexpectedly recalculating your routes.
    2. Configurable. With Profiles and Shortcuts, you can customize the display and set up functions that you use the most.
    3. Battery. You can use the Garmin battery pack and when the power runs out, you can insert three AA batteries and get more use.
    4. Built-in camera (on the Montana 650). It's an inexpensive add-on. No more worries if you go for a ride and forget your DSLR.
    5. Fast boot-up (compared to the Zumo 550 I previously used).
    6. Multiple map sets. You can keep CNNA, OSM, Topo maps, all available and switch to whatever map set you need at the time.
    7. Garmin Rugged Mount. It is a great mount, and not very expensive.

    My Montana gave me a few problems when I first purchased it (a few of which were probably user-created problems) and when I ran a Beta firmware version during an extended trip (something to be expected when running Beta software). Lately, it has been stable and reliable.

    You have a knowledgeable Montana community here who are always willing to answer your questions.

    The Montana is a great GPSr. Just be sure to do your homework so you can be certain it will suit your needs.
  11. Bonerov

    Bonerov Damned dirty ape

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    After a few more back and forth emails with various support folks, I finally have a replacement AMPS Rugged Mount on the way. Of course, I just bought one from another inmate a few days ago. Oh well, a spare is never a bad thing. Here is the most recent email from Garmin, received today:

    Dear Aaron XXXXXX,

    Thank you for the copy of the sales receipt. I have created a replacement order. Please allow 3-5 business days for shipping.

    Your order number is 50389645.

    *You will not need to send the old one back.

    Please let me know if there is anything further I can assist you with.


    With Best Regards,

    Zac B
    Product Support Specialist
    Outdoor/Fitness Team
    Garmin International
    913-397-8200
    800-800-1020
    913-440-8280 (fax) Att: Zac B, Associate #5723
    www.garmin.com
  12. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Pulled the pin. Replaces my much loved 478.

    You better be right, Mike. :D


    At gpscentral, it was ten bucks cheaper for the 650 vice the 600, so I went with that. Amps mount, car mount, and CNLM.

    Arrives tomorrow.


    Big thread here. Gonna try updating/maploading from my macbook instead of my old pc laptop. Anyone got a link to do's/don'ts for this?

    :ear
  13. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Would I lie to you? No wait, don't answer that.

    You're going to love that, Jim.
  14. Emmbeedee

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    You're going to be using MapInstall, no matter which platform you're on. Make sure you've got the latest version. Here's the Mac version site. I think there are tutorial videos accessible through the help files.
  15. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    Read these FAQ's, and check out the Maps and Firmware Update information.

    Information for Mac users is present for installing maps, and firmware updates can be done via WebUpdater or manually, also explained in detail with download links :)

    ENJOY your new Garmin Montana!
  16. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Just spent the last while downloading and installing all the software needed for my macbook. Damn, whole whack of crap when you do it all at once.

    Got that all done so that when the unit shows today, I can get right on the firmware update, then the CNLM install. Still gotta pull the waypoints off my 478, do that while it's uploading the maps to the montana. Install the bike mount then, too.


    Gadget whores of the world... start your engines... :D
  17. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    You bought both separately, right? City Navigator North America, then the Lifetime Maps component?
  18. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    :wave You can pull all the data down from your old device to your hard drive with Basecamp. Read/watch the tutorials about how data is organized first.
  19. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    Excellent point.

    You must first purchase and install City Navigator, THEN apply the CN Life Time Update to your device, two separate transactions.
  20. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Gpscentral had a deal on. 30 off the dvd plus the LM coupon.