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Old 01-07-2018, 09:36 PM   #21
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I thought the mount for the Nav V was the smarter solution. You are already used to the unit and getting power should not be an issue.
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I thought the mount for the Nav V was the smarter solution. You are already used to the unit and getting power should not be an issue.


If it lets me load the map. I think I have everything I need to mount it to the bike.


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I have a Montana the currently sits around the house a lot (I need to get out more) that you're welcome to try out for a few weeks if you like. It has its own powered cradle (you provide the ram ball mount on your bike) and I spliced on a Powerlet (BMW) socket on the end of the cord so it can go from bike to bike as needed.
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I have a Montana the currently sits around the house a lot (I need to get out more) that you're welcome to try out for a few weeks if you like. It has its own powered cradle (you provide the ram ball mount on your bike) and I spliced on a Powerlet (BMW) socket on the end of the cord so it can go from bike to bike as needed.
Thanks for the generous offer Steve. I just ordered the refrubed Montana 600 from GPSCITY.

The Nav 5 has a finite amount of memory and I didn't want to start uploading new maps and replacing the old one for fear of never getting it back to normal and bricking it. The Montana takes MicroSD cards for additional storage.

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One comment about batteries. I have repeatedly had issues with batteries vibrating in the unit and losing connection, causing the unit to power down or even lock up. Sometimes, putting a foam ear plug in the case between the batteries and the cover would help for a while. This happened with the 276CS, 60CS, and even the Montana 600. It happened with the standard battery in the 276 and the Montana, and also with AA's in all three units. For this reason, I switched all units to being powered from the bike and have never had any further issues. Although, my 276 did eventually die I use the Montana powered cradle. I have never had any problems with it even in very rough riding conditions.

I use the 600 for dual sporting. Sometimes the screen gets dirty. I just wipe it with my glove. If the screen gets messed up because of the touchscreen interface, I just hit the "return" arrow in the lower left of the screen and it goes right back to what I was last viewing. My biggest gripe about the touchscreen versus the rocker button of the 276/60 is that it is VERY hard to precisely location a drop pin or the cursor to highlight or identify something on the map, like when trying to pick a particular road. I have to sit and fidget with it, trying multiple times to get the cursor where I want it It was MUCH easier to be precise with the rocker button.

As for being able to see the screen, the biggest issue is my vision, not the unit. I would LOVE it if I could make the fonts bigger. I have everything set as big as it can go, but it is still just a hair too small. I used to be able to stand up and see it better, but not any more...
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As for being able to see the screen, the biggest issue is my vision, not the unit. I would LOVE it if I could make the fonts bigger. I have everything set as big as it can go, but it is still just a hair too small. I used to be able to stand up and see it better, but not any more...
Its NOT you or me, its the fonts are actually getting smaller...

I ordered the powered cradle thing too. Its backordered until today. If it doesn't ship today or tomorrow, I'll drop the missing bracket and get everything else quicker.

I've never ordered anything from these people, but I'm hoping they're honest. I have ordered parts from another vendor and called in mid-December (on a Friday) to check on a backordered part. They assured me it would be in Monday or Tuesday and shipped out to me the following day. Called again last Friday (Jan 5) and was told the same story. At least they lie consistently...
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I think you'll be very happy with the Montana. I'm no GPS guru but I like mine. BTW, I've ordered a few things from GPS City and they've been very good.
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I just got an email that mine shipped today. I already had a cradle, came with my KTM. At least, I hope it's the right one.
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Old 01-09-2018, 10:17 PM   #30
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I have had my Montana for about 3 years.

Got rained on and does not act right sometimes.
It keeps defaulting to the default screen at times.

Still like my Montana and would buy another.
600 is not made anymore(?), so i have to go with 650, if its still made.
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I have had my Montana for about 3 years.

Got rained on and does not act right sometimes.
It keeps defaulting to the default screen at times.

Still like my Montana and would buy another.
600 is not made anymore(?), so i have to go with 650, if its still made.
You can buy refurbished Montana 600's from GPSCity.com, but I think you're right, they have been discontinued. If you want the replacement model, its the Montana 610. The only difference is the inclusion of GLONASS (the Russian GPS system) in addition to the US GPS system. Having access to both systems results in better location performance, especially in wooded areas or in canyons.
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You can buy refurbished Montana 600's from GPSCity.com, but I think you're right, they have been discontinued. If you want the replacement model, its the Montana 610. The only difference is the inclusion of GLONASS (the Russian GPS system) in addition to the US GPS system. Having access to both systems results in better location performance, especially in wooded areas or in canyons.
Thank you very much for that info.
Think i had rather go with the 610 then.
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Bajaexplorer, according to this page, Garmin will exchange your out of warranty Montana 600 for a refurbished one for $160. https://www8.garmin.com/support/outofwarranty.html
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Thank you very much for that info.
Think i had rather go with the 610 then.
Its $100 premium. I choose the 600 because I've never heard anyone complain that the 600 has signal reception issues. But a 610 would have been fine if the 600s were sold out.

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Bajaexplorer, according to this page, Garmin will exchange your out of warranty Montana 600 for a refurbished one for $160. https://www8.garmin.com/support/outofwarranty.html
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That's a good deal there. A "new" refrubed 600 is $300. So scoring one for $160 is a deal.

Garmin must have a warehouse full of these repaired 600's
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The touchscreen on my first 600 died, right in the corners so you could not exit the map, even if you rotated between portrait and landscape mode. I think it was maybe a year old. Garmin replaced it for free. I've had my second one for at least 4-5 years now I think...? No problems with it other than the battery vibration issue I mentioned before.
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Bajaexplorer, according to this page, Garmin will exchange your out of warranty Montana 600 for a refurbished one for $160. https://www8.garmin.com/support/outofwarranty.html
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Well then maybe just send this one back.

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Its $100 premium. I choose the 600 because I've never heard anyone complain that the 600 has signal reception issues. But a 610 would have been fine if the 600s were sold out.

That's a good deal there. A "new" refrubed 600 is $300. So scoring one for $160 is a deal.

Garmin must have a warehouse full of these repaired 600's
Seems I vaguely remember losing sig at one time, unsure.
Think i was in some heavy tree cover at the time.

I had always thought my Montana 600 was suppose to totally waterproof.
Looks what it is made for.
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Well then maybe just send this one back.



I had always thought my Montana 600 was suppose to totally waterproof.

Looks what it is made for.

It is waterproof up to a certain standard. But sometimes that will fail.




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I've used my 600 in torrential rains and it has never had an issue, unless maybe that touchscreen issue was rain related The replacement has seen a LOT of wet service and still works fine.
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