New Garmin Montana

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

  1. BergDonk

    BergDonk Long timer

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    I found with mine that a longer one, 100mm? works better because I can rotate the u bolt clamp on the handlebar away and until the arm sits on the clamp at the right angle. Then it doesn't move down any more because it can't. With the shorter arm that I also have, it can move around on the move and I'm often tightening the clamp through the day. This was with the 60CSX and seems to be the same with the Montana. The end position of the GPS is the same, but the way I did makes it more stable with the longer arm. Suppose you want a picture now?
  2. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    That's with your DR, right?

    I did end up with a 4" arm on my DR but my GS has the short one as seen here.

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    This length is stable - and still allows me to rotate the gps from Landscape to Portrait mode, depending on if I'm traveling North/South or East/West. :lol3

    Actually, pictures never lie. I use the short arm on my DR as well.

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  3. bighopper

    bighopper Been here awhile

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    Just got my CNNA 2013.30 installed via DVD & Garmin site for latest map. Then activated my Lifetime Map Update card, but for some reason I am unable to Activate it to the Montana. After selecting 'Add Device' button on MyGarmin then selecting the Montana, the next screen Just says I have the latest Maps & to Download 'Garmin Express' which I did & installed. I also D/L Garmin Lifetime Updater which says that it doesn't have Lifetime Updates linked to it!:puke1.

    Another interesting thing I noticed is that in the Products Registration it shows the Montana with software 3.90, but on the Montana 'About' shows 4.60:huh

    I am at a loss, anyone have ideas how to fix/? or I have to call Garmin tomorrow.

    Thanks
  4. BergDonk

    BergDonk Long timer

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    Yep

    A pic:
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    I haven't ridden with the Montana yet, only got the mount sorted yesterday, but using the Magellan Explorist XL which is bigger and heavier I found this setup to be more stable, but of course YMMV.

    The arm can't drop because its sitting on the clamp, only the rugged mount can, but it just seems to work better like this for me.
  5. Emmbeedee

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    Phoning Garmin is what I'd do. It really doesn't take long to get through and they have always been very pleasant and helpful when I called.
  6. Emmbeedee

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    I've never had the arm move on my bikes. Maybe it's a temperature thing? When it gets really hot, the RAM balls tend to soften, but when it gets that hot around here, we usually stay home if we can.
  7. Emmbeedee

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  8. Red Barron

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  9. Emmbeedee

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    It backed up my Montana but is stalled at "Downloading file 38 of 215" in the Map Update. Been sitting at that all day. I restarted a couple of times but that made no difference. Looks like it has potential but it would be better if it either said it does not support models other than the Nuvi, Zumo and Dezl, or supported other models properly. It's probably a little early to pronounce judgment since it's very new. Might even be a Beta, for all I know.
  10. bighopper

    bighopper Been here awhile

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    Just got off the phone with Garmin, I asked about Express & use with the Montana. He said that he hadn't tested it with the Montana & that it was put out for the Nuvi & suggested I stick with LifeTime Map Updater.

    On another note on my issue (#6620) with the 'Lifetime Map Update' not activating, that is because when I installed CNNA 2013.30 from the Garmin site I already have the latest map. So I have to wait till the next map update before I'll be able to activate it to the Montana.
  11. Emmbeedee

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    My Montana never did complete the map update so I plugged my Nuvi 780 in and Express saw it, but could not see the Garmin site so it didn't do anything to the 780 though there was a software update. I ran WebUpdater on the 780 and it updated it very quickly.

    Maybe the servers at Garmin aren't ready for Express?
  12. shu

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    I've got mine clipped to my GPS tether, which is attached to my handlebar. It seems to work fine there (temps are similar/equal to various temperature signs outside banks etc. around town.) I tried carrying it in a jacket pocket and found body heat affected the readings about 5* F on cold days.

    ............shu
  13. ChadHahn

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    One of the things I don't like about my Montana is the lack of Bluetooth. I have found a solution. It's called the GoGroove BlueSense TRM Bluetooth Transmitter. It plugs into the audio input jack on the Ram mount wiring and syncs up with no problem to my Bluetooth equipped helmet. Now I can hear the alerts from the GPS in my helmet.

    The only problem is charging. Until I install a USB charging port on my bike, I have to remember to unplug the transmitter and bring it inside to charge.

    It would have been better if the Montana came with Bluetooth but this is a good fairly cheap (less than $30) work around.

    Chad

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  14. Rocky TFS

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    Uh, because it was in that package I linked to.....:huh

    I actually have the short arm, so I must have either asked them to change it out, or ordered separately. It was a year and a half ago and I can't remember, so that's my story and I'm stickin to it! :1drink
  15. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    Very interesting, thanks!
  16. Gerg

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    Pretty inexpensive @ Newegg
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16875983307

    Not getting good reviews but if it pairs OK while using with the Montana I guess it's good to go.

    Which headset are you pairing to?

    Gerg
  17. Albie

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    Which BT head set do you have?
  18. Bli55

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    I have refrained from posting lots of questions when first getting to know my Montana 600, and many have resolved themselves with help of this thread, wiki and google.
    Try it for a couple of months too... :deal :D

    Anyway, here are issues that are still troubling me:

    I have 6 shortcuts:

    - 2 that turn current track log visibility on/off.
    - 2 that turn map view from top view to perspective (automotive) and back.
    - 2 that turn routing method from direct to automotive and back.

    All these are set to enable the appropriate setting and return to map.

    Problem is that none of them work!!

    Return to map is ok, but setting which was meant to change stays the same (checked this in the menu as well).
    In contrast, manually going and changing settings in the menus gives the right outcome wrt view, routing or track visibility.

    Any ideas?
  19. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    The new unit appears to have a white indexing arrow (above DYNASTREAM) not seen on the older unit...
  20. ChadHahn

    ChadHahn Been here awhile

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    That's about what I paid for it on Amazon. It gets better reviews over there.

    I am using a Vega Summit 3.0 V-Com helmet.

    Chad