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Old 08-23-2010, 03:48 PM   #1
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Default Garmin Zumo 550

So I am considering a GPS for my bike (Honda CB750 Nighthawk)
i have norrowed it down to the Garmin Zumo 550 which i found for about $499 shipped here.
the price seems amazing and I am ok with this merchant as I have bought a camera from them before.

My question is whether there is a better option in the market at this price with all the zumo features (namely the 3hour battery capacity, bluetooth feature and durability + the garmin motorcycle console for trip info)

Any thoughts would be much appreciated,
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Old 08-24-2010, 09:24 AM   #2
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My portable Garmin cs60x has about a 20 hour bat life but no motorcycle specific features. On a $30 RAM mount it works mighty fine. Also about half to one third the price of that zumo and pretty tough. I use it hiking \ Camping \ fishing (has all the moon cycles for best fishing \ hunting times) along with in my truck.
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Old 08-24-2010, 09:29 AM   #3
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If you are intending to use it only when connected to the bike, the battery life doesn't matter.

I use a basic TomTom ONE with a custom RAM mount. I had to make a power lead from a cellphone car charger, but it works fine. And it cost almost a fifth of that 550's tab.
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You should always get one with turn-by-turn directions, and closely watch it while riding - especially when going at high-speed down a narrow, twisty mountain road.
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You should always get one with turn-by-turn directions, and closely watch it while riding - especially when going at high-speed down a narrow, twisty mountain road.
And, be sure to get the custom 'Back Seat Driver' voice. That helps a lot.
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Old 08-24-2010, 05:16 PM   #6
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I have a 550 and have not had any problems with it. The unit is pretty user friendly. The navigation software not so much. The price is good.
Powerlet outlets and plugs are a good way to go for powering the unit and I use a RAM mount as well.

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Old 08-25-2010, 02:29 PM   #7
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I have a 550 and have not had any problems with it. The unit is pretty user friendly. The navigation software not so much. The price is good.
Powerlet outlets and plugs are a good way to go for powering the unit and I use a RAM mount as well.

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RAM Mounting Systems, Inc.
Hey V2Rider, thanks for the input - I went ahead and placed my order.
Just curious if you've had experience with using the touch screen while wearing gloves?
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Touch screens and gloves usually don't get along. My brother happens to be a snowboarder and they have a lot more gear options then motorcyclists. Burton makes gloves that have a finger & thumb tips made for touch screens & they work great. Good luck
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