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March 2, 2018 at 11:40 am #13944
100MPH Farmer, I ended up buying the BMW version of the Montana. I believe it was based off the Garmin 610, as it has no camera. Its not longer being made by Garmin for BMW, but I was able to find a store that had a couple left over new in the box. I should have it might be delivered as early as this weekend.March 5, 2018 at 7:15 pm #14025
Ok, so my BMW GPS arrived today. It is the Garmin 600 with the BMW name on it. It came with a Garmin powered cradle that has the BMW connected already installed. But, the wire is to short to reach the connector under the battery cowl if mounted on the GSA crossbar? Go figure. So I’ll have to solder in some wire to get the length I need. That’s no big deal.
Now, I need to figure out mounting the cradle to the 1/2” crossbar? I have RAM mounts which I could use, but want to see if BMW has a bracket that clamps to the crossbar in which to mount the cradle to it. Touratech has a locking cradle that mount that bolts to the bar, but they are out of stock and they don’t know when their going to get more in. I’ll stop by the dealer tomorrow to see if they can look up a bar mount for this cradle. Wish me luck!
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A couple 3 thoughts on mounting your GPS.
The Montana 600/610 GPS can be used in either portrait or landscape orientation. Both orientations have their uses and preferences so until you determine what mounting you would like to use don’t commit to a fixed mounting position cradle mount. Here is where the RAM ball mounting shines as it allows selective angles and rotations as easy as turning a wing nut.
If you mount the GPS in a good location, one that your helmet will easily cover, then you can just toss the helmet over the GPS for a quick potty stop, lunch break, etc. Out or sight = out of mind.
On the wire length, if you are going to solder in a wire length then you might add a small 150 terminal inline connecter up near the cradle as that makes cradle removal quick and easy.
You might also want to consider where you get the GPS power from. The connector under the false fuel tank cover is computer controlled so goes on and off with the key with a time delay for shutdown. Is this something that your really want? You can set the GPS up to remain on using internal battery but this brings on it’s own issues. If the GPS goes off with the key at every potty stop or roadside key off stop then you lose your track continuity and have to reboot at key back on.
If you hook the GPS to 12v fused battery direct the GPS remains on as long as it is in the cradle and turned on. You will probably remove the GPS at night and when leaving the bike unattended for long periods so motorcycle battery run down is not an issue. It is just something to think about. Personally I power all my motorcycle GPS units as battery direct so I can leave it powered for an entire day trip, turn it off manually if I want, remove it from the cradle and power it on internal battery, or simply unplug the inline connector near the cradle and shut the entire shebang down.
Don’t get in a hurry to get your new toy mounted, put some thought into how you will use it, best way to power it for your intended usage, best rotation orientation for your intended usage, and this could depend on if you ride north up or track up. Mounting rotation can also depend on how many info bars you have on the sides or top blocking the mapping and route. Personally I tend to ride in landscape orientation for hiway and road use but use portrait for off road or back roads.
If you start with the RAM ball mounting you can play with mounting locations and mounting orientations until you find the best that works for your requirements. Then if you decide to solid mount you will have a good idea on exactly what you will need and where you need it.March 6, 2018 at 10:19 am #14048
I’m not sure how much of this info transfers over to the BMW version of the Montana but this web site has a lot of useful information on setup, understanding, and function as well help on even finding certain menus or functions.March 6, 2018 at 12:24 pm #14049
100MPH Farmer, very good info thank you. Yes, the RAM mounting will give me lots of positioning that a hard mount will not, and will probably be the mount I go with. I just want to be able to mount it with some security. RAM has a couple of locking devises for this, and I will be ordering one ASAP.
As far as wiring the power, you made some good points. I’ll give it some serious thought as to which way I’ll go. I have no intentions of removing the cradle from the bike, so it will be a permanent fixture.March 8, 2018 at 12:42 am #14056
March 13, 2018 at 7:14 am #14070
Got the Navigator mounted last night. I went with the BMW mount. I modified things a bit, by removing the adjustable Lever, which would allow the mount to be loosened and rotate up or down. This made it easier for theft, so I purchased a couple of SS bolts and lock nuts to hard mount it to the bar. I also added rubber grommets between the plastic cradle and mount to give some vibration damping. Worker out great!
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