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Old 04-16-2013, 02:33 PM   #1
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Need a new GPS for 2013

OK so when I took my bike out of storage this year, I had my GPS in my unzipped pocket of my coat...yea...not swift...needless to say it didn't survive that day's ride, it popped out on a bump and skipped across the road into a jersey barrier and exploded into a million pieces...so...what is everyone using this year?

I would like something that's plenty readable, totally waterproof (I trail ride my Tiger), and not $1000 bucks. I'm not looking to get out for $25 and a cheeseburger here...just don't want to spend that much on a unit.

Also...how do you guys manage the chargers? I hardwired one in to switched power last year, but the tip got all rusted to shit, and I am going to have to replace it this year. What are you guys using?

*edit* I saw a bit about the new Rider V4...anyone hear about a release date for that in the US?

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Old 04-16-2013, 02:56 PM   #2
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Montana 600, $470*
Montana AMPS Rugged Mount, $25*
Maps: You can get free maps in many places for Garmin units one such place is OpenStreetMaps or purchase Garmin CNNA.

It doesn't get any better.

*Prices sourced at GPSCity.com

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Old 04-17-2013, 08:19 AM   #3
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Montana 600, $470*
Montana AMPS Rugged Mount, $25*
Maps: You can get free maps in many places for Garmin units one such place is OpenStreetMaps or purchase Garmin CNNA.

It doesn't get any better.

*Prices sourced at GPSCity.com

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How is charging on the Montana? My old garmin (not the expensive one) used a standard USB/GPS charger, and it wasn't waterproof. Ended up with the tip of the charger all rusted to shit. How does the Montana charge? I want something I can charge in the rain on the bike (worst case right?) without a plane jane USB plug hanging off the front of the bike.

Does it have (or can I get aftermarket) a cradle or anything that would work for that?
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:40 AM   #4
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How is charging on the Montana? My old garmin (not the expensive one) used a standard USB/GPS charger, and it wasn't waterproof. Ended up with the tip of the charger all rusted to shit. How does the Montana charge? I want something I can charge in the rain on the bike (worst case right?) without a plane jane USB plug hanging off the front of the bike.

Does it have (or can I get aftermarket) a cradle or anything that would work for that?
The "Montana AMPS Rugged Mount, $25*" is a powered mount similar to the zumo mounts. It is the only approved way to power the unit outdoors other than by battery.

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The "Montana AMPS Rugged Mount, $25*" is a powered mount similar to the zumo mounts. It is the only approved way to power the unit outdoors other than by battery.

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How does that thing work in bright sun? Any glaring negatives about it I should be aware of?
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How does that thing work in bright sun? Any glaring negatives about it I should be aware of?
I assume you mean the Montana GPS and not the Rugged Mount. The Montana has the best sunlight readable display currently on the market. It is very clear in bright sun - the brighter the better. Without the matt-finish screen protector that comes with the Rugged Mount, you can get some glare if the sun is in the right position behind you. I just move my head a little to fix that.

Oh, the Rugged Mount works well in the sun too.

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I assume you mean the Montana GPS and not the Rugged Mount. The Montana has the best sunlight readable display currently on the market. It is very clear in bright sun - the brighter the better. Without the matt-finish screen protector that comes with the Rugged Mount, you can get some glare if the sun is in the right position behind you. I just move my head a little to fix that.

Oh, the Rugged Mount works well in the sun too.

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Do you recommend for or against using those screen protector thingies? (technical term )
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