Using RiderRoute files.

Montana tracks 5

About Rider Route files for your Navigation device.


We call our Adventure bike RiderRoutes, GDR's. It comes from what adventure riding means to us and what we like to ride: 

(General Discovery Routes) (Gravel, Dirt and Road) (Great Dividing Range)

Rather than upload every track, trail or road individually, we have put them together as rides you can take as a complete route or use parts of it and add to create your own adventure.

Our GDR's include .gpx files that you can load onto your Navigation device. The .gpx file can be used for all navigator devices, as well as mobile device apps such as Hema Explorer, My Trails etc, on Android or iOS.


These files can be downloaded to your PC/Mac and transferred to your device either by using Basecamp or drag and drop methods to your GPS. 


We recommend saving them to your device memory card in the User Data folder.


You can also upload the files from your desktop to your Hema Maps cloud or Google Maps* account for navigation via your smart phone. Or if accessing these files directly from your smart device, they will open automatically to your selected app.


If they don't automatically open, you may need to check your device settings or refer to your specific app providers instructions. Most often you can start your app and import the file from your downloads folder, see an example here


If you are using Google Maps, once you upload to your device, you can find the map by going to Google Maps, selecting 'Your places' and swiping across to maps. 


Smart device users, we recommend downloading the area to be used in 'offline maps' 


Please read the information below and download the files, including the page* that can be printed and added to your tank bag/map pouch. It has waypoint information for those devices that don't show readily on the screen. *not available for all RiderRoutes.


A little about the files before you download them


  • Each ride is different, so are the way they are named and filed, which is deliberate to keep your device files sorted for the ride chosen. 

  • If you've already downloaded a particular ride, be careful downloading it again, unless you're prepared for duplicates which can become messy in your planner and device.

  • If you do mess up your files while playing around or renaming etc, come back and download them at anytime, you have a lifetime single end user licence and access to these files (including any updates)

  • These are different to our event and challenge RiderRoutes, so file names, points of interest, motocaches and other information may be duplicated between event files. RiderRoutes and Premium Tourism Routes may share the same location but a different icon and file name, please be aware of this and file them in a way that suits you.

  • Basic Routes are just that, basic and are included in your subscription. They are not inclusive of all points of interest, the idea is to provide you with a general route that you can build on. Premium routes will be avail with more comprehensive information.   


PLEASE read the terms of use.


By downloading this information or accessing links to open files you agree to a single end user licence to use the contents for the intended ride and personal use only. 


We recce, create, pre-ride and update every route for you, please share your comments, pics and videos on social media, with us and with your mates any time you ride all or part of a route. 


Invite others to subscribe and join a ride!

GPS and Data Information.

  • Folders are named in order of state, ie NSW-GDR 

  • Routes are made with multiple tracks.

  • Tracks shown as G5-Stg1.0 ie: General Discovery Route 5- Stage or Section 1

  • Waypoints shown as G5-01A ie: General Discovery Route 5, Stage 1-Waypoint A

  • There may be gaps in waypoint letters, this is normal, allows for updates or space for you to add your own.

  • Alternate tracks, variations or ride arounds: shown as tracks in sections and finish with Alt 

  • Particularly nasty alternate tracks will be listed as Alt-X

  • Variations are to be expected in the filing system between versions or where tracks are used in multiple routes or events. We focus on keeping each route in order of sequence that it's ridden rather than individual track or point names. ie: G5-Stg1.0 in one route, may show as G9-Stg6.0 in another.

  • We will at times update the file with extra tracks and connecting links, check the versions occasionally or ask us when the next is due. When updating a route, delete previous versions to reduce the chance of duplicates.

  • Different GDR's will at times include the same roads and trails, the sequence and names will change along with other information added.

  • The file names and sequence used helps keep your GPS and phone data organised, especially important if you haven't cleaned your system or where waypoints are not individually selectable to on/off on your device. It also helps when communicating updates for routes and individual sections, or if something goes wrong and you need help. ie: I'm on GDR5, Section 1 at waypoint D or G5 1D

  • Play around and change to suit if you need, it’s a great way of learning your system and creating track files and folders to suit ‘you’.


General tips.

  • Download offline maps for your app for use in ‘out of service’ areas.

  • Select only the track(s) you're riding at a time to be visible on your device. Ideally, select an individual track,ie: G5-Stg1.0 when completed, switch it off, then select G5-Stg2.0. If you select more than one, use different colours (if avail on your device)

  • GPS note field and Rider Info sheets show when you should select the required track.

  • If needed, you can search for the files on your device using tracks and waypoint names, they are loaded in sequence for this reason.

  • During rides that have multiple waypoints in a concentrated area, your screen may be cluttered, pay attention to the track and waypoints you are following.

  • Become familiar with your zoom function to ensure you're not worried about waypoints that are on a nearby track or trail. Some devices only show a symbol for a waypoint, so practice stopping, tapping the screen and checking the info, use the RiderInfo sheet as a guide, the info is the same as contained in the waypoint descriptions. 

  • Some apps, and GPS devices like the Montana 680T can have the waypoint info set to display 'on the fly', it makes things much easier.

  • Starting empty is a good idea! Backup your files, in Garmin, use Basecamp or save as a gpx file to your desktop. Phone users can switch tracks off/on to remove clutter from your screen (important if you have many tracks from the same area showing). For waypoints, download your items and save for later, don't delete from your device and hit sync, this may remove from your cloud too. Most individual waypoints don't have an on/off feature.

  • Phone users; All tracks and waypoints may shown in one folder.

HEMA tips.

  • Show track in bold: select track, from the options, select 'guide me' - this makes viewing easier.

  • Navigate via Google Maps: - if you choose to try turn by turn guidance of your track in Hema...  select the track, then 'driving directions' - this opens in Google Maps to guide you. Depending on your set up, it may only navigate sections at a time.

  • Importing files, folders, waypoints into app: If track and waypoint names do not appear until the item is selected, instead showing a series of dots and date/distance, open item and remove spaces before title, then backspace; title will be visible.

  • iOS: some iOS devices will require you to load your device via desktop only, or for the tech-savy, you can copy the entire .gpx text and create a new file on your phone, then open with the app.


Garmin tips.

  • Set user waypoints to medium or large for easy viewing.

  • Use 'Where To' feature to increase track thickness.

  • Outdoor devices like Oregon/Montana will display tracks and waypoints on screen, others like some models of ZUMO, BMW etc may require you to switch between screens and favorites/specials folder to find next waypoint.

  • Switch device to offroad mode and turn off re-routing.


For help loading files to your phone app, visit the help section of the app provider.

If you need help loading files to your Garmin GPS on PC, Garmin video

If you need help loading files to your Garmin GPS on MAC, Garmin Video


Need further help?

Call mob: 0403 234 421 or hit contact us , we can talk you through any installation problems with your phone app or GPS.

Before heading out on a ride, with us or a solo trip, we recommend reading these helpful Rider Info pages too.

Rider Info 1 _ RIDE360
Rider Info 2 _ RIDE360
Rider Info 3 _ RIDE360
Rider Info 4 _ RIDE360