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Re: GPS for the 690
« Reply #30 on: September 28, 2014, 07:51:31 pm »
I have the monterra and the compass has been fixed.

I did have a couple of freezing problems while navigating on my way to the hills that I think had to do with the temperature.  it was as simple as going back to the home screen and reopening the map and it was good to go again.  Another annoyance that I've found is when zooming in or out of the map it sometimes jump way off track... like to an ocean and I'm in South Dakota.  Once again the back button takes you back to your location and you can try again.  This seems to happen most when wearing gloves.  Also of note is that I couldn't get it to sync with my Sena SMH10 bluetooth.  Not a big deal for me because I also have a SR10 that fit the bill nicely and gave me turn by turn in my helmet.

I haven't owned a GPS before but I have run others while on trips so I have a little experience and I have to say I really like this unit.  I also got a tempe with mine and that is really cool.  I just need to find out if I can display the info in the map screen.  I have to go back to my home screen anytime I want to see the temperature.

All in all I'm happy with my purchase.

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Re: GPS for the 690
« Reply #31 on: September 28, 2014, 09:13:47 pm »
SDMF_Reaps,

I have also heard that some of the early release bugs were addressed in a software update.  The turn-by-turn directions would be cool; especially if you could hear them in your helmet with the S10.  You must have purchased the City Navigator software separately; or did it come with it?  I'm not quite sure if I need to get the topo maps, I'm guessing not.  Thanks for the review, I think it is going to be the Monterra for me.
   

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Re: GPS for the 690
« Reply #32 on: September 29, 2014, 10:19:09 am »
I did get the City Navigator maps separate.  I also have the TOPO maps which is kinda cool as it makes your map kinda 3d but I think it was unnecessary.

I thought of another thing after I posted.  In the rain the water droplets sometimes act as fingers.  I've even had icons move around on the screen.  I think this is due to the fact that I have the sensitivity turned up to work through my gloves. 

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Re: GPS for the 690
« Reply #33 on: September 29, 2014, 06:09:42 pm »
Just when I thought I had it all figured out I called Touratech and got there reccomendation.  They recommended the Montana stating that the screen was easier to use with gloves on and less expensive.  I guess I'm back to what is it that I really need - really just a good GPS that has trails on it.  They also recommended that it be purchased with Topo maps and City Navigator.  Humm, hum.

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Re: GPS for the 690
« Reply #34 on: September 30, 2014, 09:50:15 am »
They recommended the Montana stating that the screen was easier to use with gloves on and less expensive.  I guess I'm back to what is it that I really need - really just a good GPS that has trails on it.  They also recommended that it be purchased with Topo maps and City Navigator..

They make a good point:  The Montana is excellent to use with gloves. 

I've got City Navigator and Birdseye.  I don't like the topo maps because all the lines make it more difficult to see the marked trails.  The City navigator map has shaded representations of elevation, which is enough for my needs.
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Re: GPS for the 690
« Reply #35 on: October 02, 2014, 09:14:01 pm »
I got the Monterra with City Navigator and a one-year subscription to Birdseye.  I'll just have to get conductive gloves or take them off.  I really don't see me messing with it that much.

I like the Montana, but I just couldn't justify not spending the difference to get the latest hardware - no chance of ever upgrading the Montana to a Monterra.  Plus the hope of more apps to come.

It is sort of between the classic Garmin and the cell phone solution.

The best review that I found on the net was here: http://www.globeriders.com/article_pages/article06_gps/article06_monterra.shtml

Looking at the difference in the interface (the Android OS) and three types of wireless connectivity made the difference for me.

I ordered it from Garmin directly since they didn't charge tax or shipping.  You can get some deals if you buy the version with the topo maps, but I agree with Rusty that they just get in the way, especially if you are trying to read it while riding.

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Re: GPS for the 690
« Reply #36 on: October 02, 2014, 11:29:36 pm »
One piece of advice for those with a Montana.  If you don't lock the orientation (in map settings), the GPS will lock up on curvy roads.  I don't know if the Monterra has this issue.  It's not a big deal, just something to be aware of.
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Re: GPS for the 690
« Reply #37 on: October 03, 2014, 10:23:05 pm »
Yep; my Android phone does the same thing, easy to set.

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Re: GPS for the 690
« Reply #38 on: October 04, 2014, 09:36:24 am »
Here is what you all need to make any gloves work with any touchscreen.


http://www.nanotips.com/

It works very well.

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Re: GPS for the 690
« Reply #39 on: October 04, 2014, 03:46:24 pm »
Thanks for the link.

I was surprised to see that my monterra worked with my cold weather gloves.  They are leather with thinsulate and a waterproof lining.  I had to push a little harder but they still worked!  I think if I cranked the sensitivity up all the way they would work even better, but then I'd have more trouble with water droplets.

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Re: GPS for the 690
« Reply #40 on: October 18, 2014, 12:10:51 pm »
Okay, maybe I acted precipitously when I bought the zumo.  The montana or monterra (tweaked) would have been a better solution.  But I have one thing on my zumo that smokes every other factory GPS out there:  I have Sergeant Hartman (Full Metal Jacket) delivering the turn by turn directions to me via blue tooth.

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Re: GPS for the 690
« Reply #41 on: November 20, 2014, 03:50:06 pm »



Just installed my new Montana. I wired it to the accessory power so it comes on when I turn on the bike.

I have used my smartphone in my car for GPS. It does work but I didn't really like the interface. I have some idea how to manage tracks, routes and get new maps using basecamp so I wasn't crazy about the idea of starting over learning some new smart phone based system.

This weekend I will be mounting the Power Cradle for my Montana.  When you mention "accessory power" are you simply wiring it to the fuse bank - fuse 9?

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Re: GPS for the 690
« Reply #42 on: November 20, 2014, 06:10:16 pm »
No.  Right behind your headlight you will find two labeled wires called accessory one and accessory two.  You want to wire into accessory two so that your unit turns on and off with your bike. 
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Re: GPS for the 690
« Reply #43 on: November 20, 2014, 06:12:16 pm »
Well that is even better. Thanks.

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Re: GPS for the 690
« Reply #44 on: November 20, 2014, 06:50:35 pm »
Be well and enjoy the greatest bike of all time.  I've owned ten different bikes and currently own a Harley softail Deluxe that just sits in the garage because I can't stay off my 690e.
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