Simplified Answer: Montana, 276Cx?

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by danmcph, Aug 1, 2018.

  1. danmcph

    danmcph Adventurer

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    I have read a lot of info on this site and my brain is muddled trying to figure this out.

    I ride in the desert. Moab, Southern Utah etc. I also ride a lot of Idaho where I live. Trips go anywhere from day trips to 9 days. I just did the ID BDR. I also want to start touring a little more but it will always be through smaller cities (100K population or less).

    I used a Kyocera smart phone on the ID BDR and in full sunlight I could't see anything. Super annoying to only be able to check your position when you ride through the shade of a loan tree. I realized the brightness of the display wasn't enough. That is my only real complaint with the phone but I am not the most advanced user. I am using locus.

    I am wanting something that I can see very well in the daylight and that has led me to look at GPS units. The Dakota vs 276Cx decision has me confused.

    I am not a super advanced user. I do shorter trips and avoid urban areas generally. When I am on the tarmac it is usually simple navigation. One road in and one choice. I want the GPS for off road and backcountry. I want to have the most up to date info on roads and forest service etc. I am fine using tracks.

    Is there a basic pro con list of the 680T and the 276Cx for users who aren't super advanced users? In other words, I won't be doing super duper complex operations with the unit. Basic route layout and following them. Adding aireal photos would be nice.

    FYI this will mount on both a Africa Twin and a Beta 500 dual sport. I am wondering if the 276Cx is to large for the smaller bike.

    Thanks for the simplified comparison. I am mainly looking for the list of programing shortcomings of each unit.
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  2. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    The main difference to me is touch screen, or buttons. I hate a touch screen, any little bump and good luck changing to what you really wanted. There's a simple mod to stick a pawn from a chess game on the rocker pad of the 276cx, it really nails it perfect for me.

    The Montana comes from the hiking world, and is organized through its menus that way. The 276cx comes from the Marine world, and reflects that programming. The Zumos reflect the soccer mom minivan programming that they base that on.

    I much prefer the 276cx in this, mainly because I can tailor the display to just show me the pertinent data, without eating up half the screen like the others. The much bigger screen really emphasizes this ability, especially it in the back country.

    I tried to love my Montana, but it just pissed me off too much, so I sold it. Others love it.

    I currently run a 276cx and a Zumo 395 on my AT.
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  3. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    I have used a Montana on rides like yours (but with smaller bikes) since 2012. It gets the job done for me despite a few nitpicks.
    I am comfortable with the touch screen now, again except for a few annoying "features".

    I followed the huge 276 thread for a while, but have never used one. A friend does use one and likes it.

    I think it comes down to are the extra features worth the cost. That's up to you.

    BTW I bought a Kyocera as a backup to my Montana about a year ago and set it up as a backup for a long trip. I did a few test rides and did not notice the visibility problem.
    I didn't come anywhere near working out all the bugs, but it looked promising.
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  4. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    I’m in the same boat right now because I lost my Montana. For what it’s worth, because I’m not a Gps guru, I’m saving a few hundred bucks and going with another Montana. The touch screen has never been an issue, I rarely use it while I’m moving, but even then it’s been fine. You’ll like the visibility, I had no trouble seeing the screen in bright light.
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