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Old 01-26-2013, 07:56 PM   #16
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Like I said. I am on an adventure bike doing back roads. No DS woods or trails. I have a plated Husaberg that shreds the heavy little beemer in the weeds.
I am going thru my BMW dealer to get Touratech stuff. It seems to me to be the best quality.
I'll skip talking to Garmin other than asking them if they are going to drop the zumo line.
I'm pretty sure that the zumo will take me to Nova Scotia and deep into Canada without issue
If I had to guess, I'd say the 660/665 is probably at the end of it's lifespan. I expect a new high end ZUMO shortly, and I have a feeling that it will be significantly higher in price then the 66X's since the newest ZUMO the 350 is almost the same price as the 660.
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:21 AM   #17
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Thanks Albie.
I'm sure the Montana is nice, but I'm going with the Zumo
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:03 AM   #18
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Kdennan, my advice is (assuming you made the decision to buy a Zumo) to make sure you buy one with "LM" appended to the name, e.g., 660LM. This is a "lifetime" maps update bundle, so that you will get at least a few years of map updates.

Frankly, I do not think you would be unhappy with either a Zumo or a Montana, because they are both excellent units.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:17 AM   #19
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Thank you
Definitely getting the 660LM
What is the best headset? I have an Airoh adventure helmet
dirtbike helmet with visor
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:58 AM   #20
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No idea. Your headset question might be worthy of starting a new topic. I am sure that people use lots of different ones.

The setup I use is not one I would necessarily recommend, since it kind of grew organically over time into a frankenstein kind of deal, but it works for me. I use a Chatterbox headset leftover from when my (now ex) girlfriend rode as a passenger all the time and we wanted to have an intercom. It has thin flat speakers velcroed into the helmet ear pockets, and a small mic on the chin bar. This is basically the same without the mic, but with a small headphone type plug instead of the Chatterbox plug on mine that I run out of a Chatterbox GMRS X-1 (intercom and radio): http://www.jcmotors.com/p-2543-chatt...x#.UQUw2VE2TK0

I find that these speakers can be driven hard enough to be heard through the foam earplugs that I wear when riding. I am also piping output from an iPod and a V-1 radar detector through the GMRS X-1 and into them.

I myself prefer the thin flat speakers over having to dick around with putting ear buds into my ears all the time. YMMV.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:12 AM   #21
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Thank you
Definitely getting the 660LM
What is the best headset? I have an Airoh adventure helmet
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I'm pretty happy with my Interphone F5.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:45 AM   #22
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Thanks guys. I want flat speakers as well. I run earplugs too.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:34 PM   #23
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I'm pretty happy with my Interphone F5.


I checked out the F5. Very cool
Ordering it up!
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:42 AM   #24
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Getting back on topic...

I've been looking at these 2 as well. Here's what I've come up with so far...

Zumo 660
  • Bigger Screen
  • Lifetime Maps (option)
  • XM Radio / Weather (optional)
  • Built-in media player (though somewhat limited)
  • 3D maps
Montana
  • Faster than Zumo (?)
  • Better screen (?)
  • More waypoints / routes
  • No media functions
  • Versatile (Bike / Boat / Car / Handheld / etc...)
  • No Lifetime maps(?)
  • No 3D mapping (?)
  • Replacable battery
  • Built-in camera (650 model)
Personally, I'm leaning toward the Montana 600 for overall flexibility. I don't really need the camera, and I think I'd prefer to use my Android phone's media player (I can route the audio from the GPS and the phone through an AutoCom). I can use the Montana on my boat as a backup to my chartplotter, though if the Zumo used Sirius as opposed to XM, that would be a big plus, as I have a Sirius reciever for audio and weather on my boat and it would probably be cheap to add another reciever to the account.

My only real 'nice to have', and this applies to both, would be a way to create routes on an Android device (my phone or tablet) and be able to transfer them to the device, similar to the wireless sharing feature of the Montana, but with a tablet instead of another Montana. As far as I can tell, the only way to do this now is via a PC and a cable along w/ BaseMap, which would require me packing a laptop vs. my lighter tablet for a trip.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:01 AM   #25
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The 660 doesn't do XM, you have to get the 665 for that.

The Montana does do more waypoints and routes, but that's deceptive as it only lets you use 50 waypoints/viapoints in a single route which is very limiting, where as the Zumo lets you use 1000.

Now if you had a MS tab, you could run Basecamp off of a thumbdrive.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:07 AM   #26
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With the Montana, you may want to buy maps like City Navigator (CN) for routable street mapping (although many topos are also routable). Once you own CN, you can then buy the lifetime aspect of it.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:00 AM   #27
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Good morning kdennan,

You might find this information helpful.

Regarding maps, whether City Navigator or TOPO, this information should prove useful.

Good luck,

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Old 02-01-2013, 07:15 AM   #28
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Good morning kdennan,

You might find this information helpful.

Regarding maps, whether City Navigator or TOPO, this information should prove useful.

Good luck,

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Great!
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:06 AM   #29
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660 vs montana?

Ask someone who has both ...

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Old 02-13-2013, 04:24 PM   #30
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I'm trying to plan a TAT trip and was hoping for an opinion on these two units as well. I have zero experience with any of the units that anyone mentions, the only thing I've ever used is my $80 Garmin Nuvi for car trips. So what would some of you suggest for a trip like that? Will any of them have enough memory to hold the whole trip at once or can I split it up onto multiple SD cards? I've tried to read through some of the big GPS threads but I just get confused and I know if I post in there I'm just going to get yelled at. Anyway thanks for any help anyone might be able to give me! And if theres some other unit that might work better feel free to inform me. Hope you don't mind that I just completely hijacked your thread!!
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