New Garmin Montana

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

  1. FireDog45

    FireDog45 Mid-life crisis sufferer

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    Pm coming in. I'm curious to see how people are using the shortcuts and what they've come up with, thanks!
  2. Bli55

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    FireDog45, I previously wrote about 6 of my shortcuts, none of which work... :D
    They were set to switch between direct and automotive routing, top and perspective view, show and hide of current track...
    Yep, none of these work! :clap
    Only shortcut that works is to reset trip computer averages, mileage etc..
  3. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Tracks are pretty straightforward. I mean a 5 YO can figure them out considering they're nothing more then the digital equivalent of tracing/drawing lines on a paper map.

    The Montana works well enough on my dual sport rides and I can live with it's limitations. But it does leave me with having to hang onto the Zumo for my street riding.

    I'm just waiting for the day Google decides to kick Garmin to the curve and bring out a real does it all GPS with REAL software. With them opening up brick and mortar stores now I can see this as a distinct possibility.
  4. FreeTheBeast

    FreeTheBeast Shunpiker

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    I just picked up a 650t today. Trying to figure it out. I guess that I need to buy City Navigator to be able to route on roads. :norton My 2610 is getting on 9 years old or so. Time for an upgrade.
  5. Attico

    Attico Wrong way 'round

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    You should try osm while you wait for city nav. They work well is most areas but dont have all the nice stuff of city nav. At least you can play around with that for a while.

  6. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Good choice Andrew. Should make it a lot easier to navigate the RR tracks on that new GS :lol3
  7. guavadude

    guavadude de-composer

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    Be sure to buy CN on DVD so you can load it into Basecamp and the Montana.
  8. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    Bought two brand new, both of them were the biggest pieces of junk, they would freeze, turn off and on while hard wired, returned them both. Anybody having same problems?
  9. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Most of us know why they turn off even while hard wired, and deal with it. An earplug in the battery case is all it takes to cure the problem.
  10. TravellingStrom

    TravellingStrom Been here awhile

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    Hi again all

    Not a problem this time, my Montana seems to be working fine(3rd time lucky it seems), but I am confused about something.

    I normally use Automotive mode, or Geocaching, I have never really used Recreational mode, but today I did.

    Now, I was inputting a set of co-ords for a point in a multi cache, it was in Recreational mode as it was in the bush, I could not use Automotive mode, I tried Geocache mode but had the same issue as below.

    Now, the multi cache way point that I juts put in was marked by a Blue pin on the map, and it had a purple line from me to it, but no matter how I tried(admittedly only 10 minutes) it would not tell me the distance between us?

    I tried a few different data fields and still had no luck.

    What am I doing wrong please? I really expect straight out of the box settings(for Recreational Mode) to give that particular information as a basic standard, but it seems I am wrong.

    Anyway, I will play around some more now that I found the cache(my inaugural Multi AND a FTF as well :) In case you are interested, this was it here in Cambodia

    Wat A Vu

    Bokor Mountain, not worth importing your own bike for, but borrow a Ninja or an R1 or something and do it :)

    Cheers
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  11. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

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    I am digging the Montana. :D

    I would like to see it have a setup where you only have 2 data fields on the map. On the other Garmin units, you have several choices of number and arrangement of data fields on the map.

    Also, why not let you change any field to anything you want. Like on the Nuvi dashboard, you only have a few things you can change the one changeable data field to. Why not be able to change it to any of the available fields?

    Anyway, the profile thing is sweet. And the display and docking system seem like they will work fine on the bike. I have only messed with it so far in my van.

    I also love how easy it is to turn on and off maps you have in the Montana. On the old units you have to turn off tons of tiles of each map to get them shut off. It was a pain. On the Montana, just pick the map and click enable or disable. Sweet. Nice improvement! :clap

    I also like how you can edit the files in the Montana and on its data card from inside Basecamp. On my 60csx, I would normally get the tracks from a ride out of it, then unplug it and delete all the tracks from it using its internal menus, then plug it back in to put tracks for where the area I was going to visit in it for use in the field. With the Montana, I can delete stuff in the Montana while it is plugged in and I am in Basecamp on the computer. :D
  12. atlas cached

    atlas cached OX Ambassador

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    Congrats on the FTF!
  13. TravellingStrom

    TravellingStrom Been here awhile

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    Cheers mate

    That road is awesome
  14. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Yes, pretty much the same problem with many Garmin units. Intermittent battery connection due to vibration. Simple fix but since you sent them back,it's a little late to be asking.
  15. esp41

    esp41 Been here awhile

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    I am doing a TAT trip this summer. I will be using Sam's GPS tracks. Would I be wise to load the Maps (CNNA, Topo) and all the tracks on the SDCard and making backup of the card? Or would I be safe putting maybe the CNNA maps on the Garmin memory (CNNA and Topo will not fit on the internal memory together)

    Thanks-Mike
  16. FreeTheBeast

    FreeTheBeast Shunpiker

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    So...with my new Montana bought yesterday...I've now installed BaseCamp on my Mac. I'm a long time user of MapSource. BaseCamp is very cool how you can search for other people's routes online.

    I always had trouble transferring files between an older 2610 and MapSource. The Windows PC would blue screen almost every time. The interface between the Mac and Montana seems to be reliable, so far. :clap

    After 10 years of using Garmin GPS units, I'm finally in a good place. :D
  17. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    It's always a smart idea to have backups. SD cards are cheap considering how much money you're going to spend on a trip like that.
  18. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Ditto.

    I keep a spare taped to my Montana battery.

    [​IMG]

    At an annual rally last year one of the guys who'd come up to Canada from Vermont didn't have maps for this area in his Montana so I traded my spare card for his empty one and bingo, he had all the maps he needed.

    OSM maps, of course... so no copyright violation.
  19. FireDog45

    FireDog45 Mid-life crisis sufferer

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    Not sure if this belongs here but...

    I set up a pretty simple route (about 20 miles) to see how BC and the Montana interact. I'm using the most recent version of BC on a Mac running OSM routable maps (I posted the link a few posts ago). I used a start and end point, had BC generate the route then had it convert it to a track. Both of these were sent to the Montana with no issues. BTW both BC and the Montana are running the same map.

    On the Montana I set the track to View and changed the color to black (DRTBYK suggestion...?) then loaded the route. When it came up I noticed there were A LOT of blue dots along the route. When I clicked "Go" it came back with the 50 points error.

    My question: is this a Montana issue, BC issue, OSM issue or operator error?

    I like to use routes when I can for the turn notifications and there are times when I want to set up a route while sitting in a parking lot. Right now it doesn't appear I can do that, is it just me?
  20. FireDog45

    FireDog45 Mid-life crisis sufferer

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    Please define "work well". I can't get it to find the intersection that's a mile from my house. I even went so far as to zoom in to see exactly how the roads were named and still nothing. I left off the "Rd" and picked from the choices it gave me still no luck. I used the County and State Rt designations... nada. What am I doing wrong? (Where to? > Intersection )

    If I can't count on it to locate something around the corner I don't have much faith in finding something 500 miles away.

    I'm sure it's something I'm not doing right because so many here sing the praises of using OSM but I'm not seeing it.

    Thanks for any advice!