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Walter- it's 5 megapixel autofocus camera according to the Garmin site.
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Thanks for the review, sounds awesome. The only question is whether I should wait for my Zumo 500 to fail or buy one of these immediately...

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personally I'd call Diane pronto- not much stock around....!
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starting to lean your way Bertrand (the 600) ... I have always had decent geotagging results just using geosetter software.

Better just to stick with a reliable, flash enabled compact in my pocket, and use the Garmin as an excellent GPS receiver
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Small Update
Garmin are kindly sending me the hard mount for the 600- As soon as I receive it, I will make a handlebar bracket for it -wire-it up and post pictures 'how to'- keeping it as simple as possible. Hopefully this will encourage those who are not sure how to mount it on their motorcycles and who have asked me 'how'.

So mean time ... I am no engineer so 'pretty' it will not be but functional it will be!
Keep watching - photos to come-

Touratech told me today they will be making a mount for the 600 series in time but it could be next year before it is available.
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Aside from the need to hold the gps- you'll need the bespoke Garmin's AMPS Mount (part 010-11654-01) as the audio and power are fed through the base of the unit via those brass pins.
I'll be making the rest of the mount to attach this Garmin mount to. (it already comes conveniently pre-drilled with 4 screw holes).
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Thanks for the review Bert. Like others, I have been dribbling over this one

Time to sell the 276c maybe

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U R welcome John! more to come

The 600 series IMHO seems to be the 'replacement' for the 278C and, seems rugged enough- Time will tell.
The only way is to mount them and see how they survive.
I'm half way making the 'secondary' aluminium mount and now need to wait for some parts and the actual Garmin mount to arrive.


(p.s John -stop salivating- buy it and start to enjoy it- I am even if currently it's only being used as a handheld until I memorise all the pages/menus!)

I spoke to Garmin yesterday and asked if they would consider in a future software update, some sort of pdf reader in the actual unit which would be fab. One use I see would be the ability to read one's bike mechanics manual if that was possible.
I'm trying to convert mine in different formats to see if there is another way at the moment.
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There is but it's a big compromise. PDF to JPEG converter. Each page becomes a JPEG so a 300+ page document will require a bit of splitting of chapters in separate folders. I did it for my old Nokia which was to slow for PDF use but fine for JPEGs.
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There is a RAM cradle thats about $10 but has no provision for the power cable.
Would not be that difficult to modify it..., would it?

RAM Mounts for the Garmin Montana

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Yes John there is a RAM cradle for the Montana- but, as you say, there are no provisions for power or audio connections. Looking at the pictures on the RAM site, I am struggling to see how you'd modify theirs to provide for this.

If you look at my handlebars picture below, you'll see that I have used the RAM mount for the 62S BUT I have also mounted that on the same principle, anti-vibration, bracket just as I did for the 600. Vibration, in time, is what kills the gps.

and yes, my 600 is wearing it's sun hat too - it is, after all, summer (allegedly!)
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Yes John there is a RAM cradle for the Montana- but, as you say, there are no provisions for power or audio connections.
Maybe there is an Ram adapter that would take the Garmin mount.
I'm not a fan of the dampers you use. I had them on the TT mount for the 276c and find that the Ram system transmits less vibration... as in the unit is more stable... My bike is an old GS though so the vibes are not high frequency stuff.

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it is, after all, summer (allegedly!)
That's 'cos you're in the Garden of England.... needs water. Hot and dry here in SW France

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Dampers work for me on my 278C, 62S and 600!
I tried different methods with RAM mounts/single plates/ball mounts etc and the best combination that works- I use.
I needed the powered option more than the sound option -so for that I needed the Garmin mount- to date, I see no way around and the mount is well designed- the 600 clips solidly into it.

On the 62S, I do use the bespoke RAM mount but the interface with the handlebars is still the 'sandwich dampers' method- I tried with a single plate but the vibrations were too much. The dampers took them out-

I get no vibes with my TT mount with the 278C in it at all-

Lucky you with the sunshine- wish you could put it in a jar and send it over!
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Small update-
Once the Montana is in the mount- I have just found a wee locking screw that prevents the 'push-to-release' knob from working-
Sorry about dark pic- took that one in garage
The furry bit is the velcro that holds my sun-shade
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another version of the mount- ( just for you John!)
I used the same principle but then replaced the rubber dampers in the corners with two vertical coiled and reversed coiled wires-
The result feels more 'wobbly' when you mount the unit on it but, once clipped in, and riding I find there are way less vibrations than before (which didn't have much)
Looks weird but it works!
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