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Zumo or Montana

A long time user of a Garmin 2720, this has now been purloined by my wife for use in the car.

I have fairly basic IT skills, using a Mac at home to plan routes on and wishing to purchase a GPS for the ‘bike I am stuck as to what is the better purchase between the Garmin Zumo (probably 660) and the Montana. I would like European mapping to include coverage of Turkey, a simple 2D display (I am no fan of gimmicky displays when it comes to maps), do not need a camera or music files stored on the unit and would want a hard wired power connection to the ‘bike.

I have read glowing praise for the Montana on this site, but it commands a premium above the Zumo plus a requirement to purchase European mapping at around £70.

Have users of either of these models got an opinion as to which is preferable. Is the Montana worth the additional £100 over and above the Zumo? Is the Zumo approaching an upgrade? Is the Zumo the more cost effective option?

Any opinions and/or advice that would assist me in making a final decision would be appreciated.

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Montana 600
Tougher, faster and so so much more!
If you enjoy navigation then it is a worthwhile investment.
The Zumo is good too but tech has moved on.
Like you I have no need of the camera etc so have opted for the Montana 600.
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I have a Montana 600, was very good until the screen cracked
Now Garmin want £130 exchange for it.
It did all the tough stuff on my trip and cracked on tarmac?
Just be careful with the screen if you get one.

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HarryG - question please
was yours mounted in the bespoke Garmin mount when it broke?

The rugged mount fits in TT's bespoke mount and holds mine rock-steady. No probs so far despite a couple of 'offs'
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Hi Bertand,
It was in a Garmin mount attached to a ram mount on the bars.
The screen started to become unresponsive, then a small crack appeared in the corner and grew.
Screen now totally unresponsive and have to send it off to Garmin.


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I have read glowing praise for the Montana on this site, but it commands a premium above the Zumo plus a requirement to purchase European mapping at around £70.
You can get the OSM maps for free; I have spent an age reading the stuff on here about this, but I haven't done it yet - see the sticky threads in here.

In my thirst for knowlege/understanding, would you explain how you narrowed your choice down to these two models - for instance, what is the 2720 capability that makes the Zumo/Montana so much better?
(I too have just basic IT skills).
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Walkabout, my PC died and was replaced with a Mac therefore I am unable to plan specific routes on the Mac and transfer them to the unit. Also I am unable to update the maps on the 2720 and it does not have the wide European coverage of modern Garmin units.

None of the above has any effect on the usage made of the 2720 by my wife, it is all within the UK as she invariably requires the quickest route between A and B.
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Garmin's Montana's specifications

Garmin Streetpilot 2720 specifications

no battery, no data card capability, only 2000 waypoints, poorer screen, no junction view, no picture viewer, no alarm clock, no profile capability... and the list goes on!

read the specs then chose the Montana!!
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I like the Montana, BUT, I had one replaced due to its inability to guide me through busy interchanges and large cities.

The new one was a bit better but still after a long days ride, when I came into a city it was too slow and I missed many a turn because it could not direct me to where I needed to go. Once I entered the straight lines of Kazakstan it worked fine.

The only bits that failed were the 'routable' directions, picking a waypoint in 'direct' mode was never an issue.

THEN, the screen cracked, exactly like the chap above. I am now stuck in Thailand with the dead, as far as I am concerned, still under warranty GPS, in a bag ready for a talk when I can find a Garmin rep.

I bought a $60 cheap Chinese unit to get me around SEA, it uses the iGo system.

I am not sure the Montana is robust enough for the work it has been through, it was in the Rugged mount at all times, except when I was hand held Geocaching.

If I could find a new screen I would be happy to still use it, but I am not sure it is worth the money until they correct the mapping and Nav errors of which there are plenty.

The Montana is extensively covered over at ADV Rider forum, it is now at time of writing this over 5550 posts and has been going for longer than a year

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=688775

I would suggest you read most of this stuff and form your own opinion. Most of the issues that occurred in the past have been documented and fixed. BUT, a lot of good stuff that previous GPS models had were never brought to this model and this is still a bone of contention with most of the power users of this model on this site.

I bought mine after reading some 2000 posts as they seemed to have the issues sorted, now I wish I had not spent the money on the 650T. Some people have had their units replaced up to 3 times, some have been using them without any problems, so for me this is an indication the quality control is not there and they have tried to fill this model with too much stuff which is no doubt conflicting.

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..... my PC died and was replaced with a Mac therefore I am unable to plan specific routes on the Mac and transfer them to the unit.........
Download basecamp from the Garmin Website - runs on MAC. You will need to to connect your GPS to get some maps on it

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I bought a $60 cheap Chinese unit to get me around SEA, it uses the iGo system.

TravellingStrom

Thanks for the detailed feedback; much appreciated.

Would that cheap Chinese unit be anything like this Peaklife? http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...ycle-gps-66212
(I know that the Chinese market their bikes under different brands, so it doesn't have to be called a Peaklife to be sourced from the same factory).
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[QUOTE=Walkabout;398181]Thanks for the detailed feedback; much appreciated.

Would that cheap Chinese unit be anything like this Peaklife? http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...ycle-gps-66212
(I know that the Chinese market their bikes under different brands, so it doesn't have to be called a Peaklife to be sourced from the same factory).[/QUOTE


Nope, mine is a real cheap car one and not suitable for a bike really, any hint of rain and it goes in the tank bag.

I have now stopped using it because the screen is not bright enough and when a route is selected I cannot see the road I am supposed to take as the highlighted road blends in with the background.

I have a Nuvi, also a car one but the screen is better and I have all the maps, so I am good but still wary of wet weather.
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I like the Montana, BUT, I had one replaced due to its inability to guide me through busy interchanges and large cities.
I'd say TS that was down to not having up to date mapping (which is never 100% anyway) and/or not using the combo map/compass/map technique


I am not sure the Montana is robust enough for the work it has been through, it was in the Rugged mount at all times, except when I was hand held Geocaching.

re: screen cracking-
the people who have experienced this have had the Montana mounted in the rugged mount BUT then the rugged mount was attached (mostly) to a RAM ball mount system to the handlebars. This works well but has the major drawback of exposing the Montana to a lot of vibration and that is what kills off GPS devices in time and possibly the cause of screen crack-
Touratech have designed a bespoke mount into which the rugged mount fits to reduce that very vibration problem-
And, IMHO, that is a worthwhile investment- see poics showing rubber anti-vibration mount-
I have one of the first '600' and it is still going strong- a few glitches but these were down to software and the updates take care of that.
As Mr Gates once said re windows OS software " if I wait to make a poerfect product, I'll never get it to market".

The TT mount is spot on aside from a minor glitch with some of the mounting screws which I have replaced.
No connection to either Garmin or Touratech aside from being a customer.
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Bertrand - I was using the latest maps as supplied at the time, these intersections are major ones and have not changed in years. As for using the combo thing, it is a SatNav, if it cannot tell me the correct turn in time for me to turn at highway speeds, it is not usefull. You cannot slow down and wait for it to catch up and going though large towns you are only doing city speeds anyway, 80kmh or less. My TomTomRiderII was extremely fast at recalculation, the Garmin is extremely slow.

As for the mount, mine is on a RAM mount, but on a dashboard, not on the handlebars. Yes it still vibrates, note, this unit was used and mounted with the reccomended parts, it was mounted in a way that is acceptable, there is NO way I should then have to fork out for an expensive aftermarket product to protect an expensive unit that claims to be tough and reliable. I have found the opposite to be true.

We could fight all day about the merits of the unit, good or bad. So far I have taken mine on only a 35,000km over some pretty basic terrain and roads, so far it has failed twice. I am attempting now to get it repaired under warranty, I may have to pay for the new screen, maybe not. I am still un-impressed overall with the quality of this very expensive product.

Regarding what Gates says, basically who cares. This product has been market tested by hundreds of people, read the thread I posted before. Garmin expect US to be the guinea pigs and then MAYBE they may fix a few things, if they feel like it. You have to read the whole thread to understand that this is what is happening.

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We all are the guinea pigs for any product (alas) TS
Equipment as with everything is a question of choice.
Yes I agree that the TT mount is expensive but so are gps units and I do believe that any mount which reduces vibration is a good thing IMHO but that's just me!

I understand what you mean by 'mounted with parts acceptable' but my dakar also had parts 'acceptable' many of which I replaced for better quality kit (suspension, chain etc the list is long!!)- as some failed or were weak/not up to my needs to start with.

I made one, based on a US mount which was once available commercially (but no more as that one was some $400+ !) which was suspended on two coils- It worked perfectly - no vibration seen or felt but my mount was a bit wobbly/fiddly to mount the Montana on- The rugged mount was bolted to that 'sandwich with coils in between- it was a first attempt! I still have it but replaced with with a superior design by TT-

I've yet to see a map that's really accurate, whether paper or electronic as these are flawed by design- aka made by humans!

I've no regret about my Montana- here's a pic of mine with its on!
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