What GPS to get for MY KTM 530 EXC?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by K0ncept, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. K0ncept

    K0ncept Been here awhile

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    Ok im sick of trying to read maps with bad eyes, im tired of being lost and pushing my KTM while out of gas, I thought I knew everything and had a good sense of direction, this turns out not to be the case!

    I need something that I can figure out where I am, load up Trail Maps, and be able to read the damn thing, oh and I need it to survive crashes as well...

    So where do I start? Im a complete GPS noob when it comes to bikes............ Help!

    and here I am lost in the woods, on sumo tires looking for Pavement.

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  2. SpeedyR

    SpeedyR SE in the SE

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    Montana or maybe the edge 800.
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  3. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    I have used a GArmin 60cx on my 08 450 excr since I bought. Works very well. I have it hardwired to the battery.

    I am getting ready to buy a Montana mainly because the screen is brighter and my 60 has been acting a little flakey lately.
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  4. 250senuf

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    The Montana has a bigger screen than most others, current model so it will have the longer lifecycle. 60 is a nice unit but has a small screen (since you mentioned having trouble reading maps), discontinued.
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  5. Countdown

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    First you need to learn more about GPS features and determine which features you need and will use.

    Learn about the difference between Routes and Tracks and about Navagating.

    Current most popular units are hand helds 60/76/62/78 on DS bikes and Montanna on Adv bikes.
    Looks like you are in the middle.

    A GPS is just a tool, you need to know what tool you need for the job at hand.
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  6. RAZR

    RAZR in person I'm actually a nice guy. I promise.

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  7. Countdown

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    Sale price at WestMarine is $150 very good buy, but what does he want/need not what you like?
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  8. K0ncept

    K0ncept Been here awhile

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  9. 250senuf

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  10. K0ncept

    K0ncept Been here awhile

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    Perfect, needed something just like you guys pointed out, something where I can load specific maps for where im riding, be able to tell WHERE im going lol, very nice unit, im almost ready to pull the trigger, and I like the one with the altimiter and electric compas, but im not sure I will need them.. But my 2nd hobby is hiking/fishing outdoor's at its best... So im thinking let me see if I can get my Girlfriend to hook me up for my upcoming Bday! lol

    I just ordered new gearing and a new seat, those came first before my new GPS....


    Again thanks for all the help....
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  11. 250senuf

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    I wouldn't worry about the altimeter/compass, get the 76Cx. The compass is quite fussy about needing the unit to be held level. It also needs to be recalibrated every time you replace the batteries. The altimeter works best (but still not perfect by any stretch of the imagination) if you calibrate it at a known elevation. The calibration only holds "true" until you turn the power off. Using the altitude the unit calculates from the satellites is probably close enough (someone else please chime in on this opinion!)

    I'm using 2700 mAh NiMH rechargeables that are good for about two fairly long days.
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  12. K0ncept

    K0ncept Been here awhile

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    That makes the decision even easier lol.... No need to drop the extra dough then at all..... Thank YOU!

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  13. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    I LOVE ADV!

    I'm just shopping for a GPS set up for my KTM 530 EXC.....and what thread do I find?? :D

    I like the idea of the Montana, but NOT for the $$$ they want for it! :eek1

    You guys are awesome! Thanks! :freaky
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  14. wbbnm

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    I got a Montana a week or so ago. I don't have the guts to put it on my KTM for trail rides yet.

    On the last mountain single track trail ride, I had three crashes that were hard enough that my 60cx popped out of its cradle.

    Maybe at 66 it's time to stop trying to be 22 again.
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  15. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    Lol! Yeah, I know what you mean.... I need to ride to the trail head by the road, so want the unit to give turn-by-turn, and the be able to switch to tracks and be able to follow a track until it ends, and then be able to route home turn-by-turn.....and it would be great to be able to load a bunch of tracks, and of course have it hard wired to the bike.....

    The Montana looks great (if a little big) but its just so much cash for a unit that's going to love such a hard life....

    Choices, choices.....:D
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    I have a 76cx that i use on my honda xr650r.Got it from West Marine at the $150 price.Could use a bigger screen but I wont pay that much for a Montana.Best time to use gps-at night.The screen is easier to read.
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  17. Andy_P

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    I have been trialing the Montana. Best GPS yet. I am a yachtie, so I inherently distrust GPS plotters, but been pretty happy with the Montana. ITs much better than the plotter I have on the boats, and much easier to read in daylight. I have it mounted on the DR650, no problems yet with the APS rugged mount. Going to give it a real test in a few weeks when I hit the single tracks with my mates.

    Also going to buy the marine charts for mine and retire the yachts GPS. Much happier with the Montana.
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  18. wbbnm

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    I switched from a 60cx to a Montana for my 08 450 excr a few months ago and am really pleased with the Montana.

    I have about a 1000 miles on it of very rugged roads and single track with no problems.

    Some people have had problems with the battery vibraring and put a rubber ear plug in the compartment to fix this. I didn't have any earplugs and used a piece of inner tube and have had no problems in this area.

    I really brighter screen which was my main reason for switching. The increased track memory and the support for custom maps have also been useful.

    The Montana is harder to use with Mapsource than the 60. I pretty much have to use BaseCamp when reading and writing to the unit..
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