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post #1 of 74 Old 08-20-2013, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Considering a GPS ?

I wouldn't leave home without my Garmin Zumo 550 and I'm often teased about it. But it has guided me many miles all over North American continent and I've an intimate relationship with it.
I watched the move "UP" and couldn't resist posting this picture of Russell proudly displaying his Wilderness Explorer GPS.
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post #2 of 74 Old 08-20-2013, 01:50 PM
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Strongly Considering One

I definitely see a motorcycle-specific GPS in my future. Seems most folks like the Zumo. Pricey, though, unless acquired used...

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post #3 of 74 Old 08-20-2013, 02:15 PM
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I use a zumo 220 that I bought a couple of years ago heavily discounted at a bike show. It has a smaller (3.5 inch) display, but very clear to read for me. It does not have an external headset connector, but I use the bluetooth to connect to my intercom and this works well. It came with a secure RAM mount (not lockable but easy to pop off the Gps and put in pocket. Not 100 percent waterproof. Several hours of heavy rain will cause it to reboot from time to time, so you definately need backup paper maps. There are waterproof cases available, or just a baggie with twist tie with velcro will do the trick and if trying to keep the cost down, maybe consider a less expensive unit? The zumo does have a couple of extra features, route planning, fuel guage etc but nothing I could not live without. I have my upcoming trip down to Florida (mostly secondary highways, following Appalachians etc all programmed in and ready to go. Years back I would use electricians tape to post sections of a map on my fuel tank (before tank bags were popular) and am really unsure how I rode through large unfamiliar cities following the map without crashing into someone.

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post #4 of 74 Old 08-20-2013, 02:21 PM
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I resisted buying one for the auto for a long time. Now I am a convert. Very useful, and you find new routes. Safer than fooling with paper maps.
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post #5 of 74 Old 08-20-2013, 02:26 PM
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I love my Garmin 660. Basically an updated version of the 550. One nice improvement is that you can control what data fields you see. Last time I looked at the 550 you didn't seem able to do that.

I literally don't leave home without it!

BTW mine got me out of a Speeding ticket once:

I had just run 507 and was heading up to Wilberforce. As I left Goderham I went by a radar trap. I think the speed limit was still 60 at that point and I was accelerating to 110 or so. Ooops!

When I stopped I immdeately took off my helmet and earplugs and was nice to the officer. While we talked he walked over to my Zumo and started poking at it. I figured I knew what he was looking for and told him it wouldn't help much. He said why and I showed him: My maximum speed was something like 845 kph. (I forget what the actual number was then.) I told him that while my bike was fast compared to a car it wasn't nearly that fast. He broke out laughing. We chatted a few minutes and he let me go.

When I fly anywhere I usually take my gps just to see where we are (plus I like looking at the data.) The time before that I had been on a flight and the displayed max speed was from the flight. (BTW I recently discovered that the Max Speed displayed is liimited to three digits. I had over 1,000 km and it wouldn't display but in miles it was just fine. [tailwind heading to Greece.])


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post #6 of 74 Old 08-20-2013, 02:58 PM
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When I read the OP's title, I thought, Oh no, not a GS. Better buy and extra final drive too!
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post #7 of 74 Old 08-20-2013, 06:42 PM
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I ride with mine 100% of the time. I caught some crap for it, but I use mine to judge the road ahead, that I can not see. In the dark its nice to know which way the road ahead goes and how tight a blind curve is.

I also like to go and get lost in the backroads around home then hit "return home" and let the ZUMO take me back another way.

Or ask it to find me the nearest gas, restaurant, hotel etc. I only use paper maps for planning purposes now.

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post #8 of 74 Old 08-20-2013, 07:18 PM
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I run a little cheap Nuvi 500. It does all I need. The gas station locator and food locator are always handy. I watch the speed on it more than on the bike. Paper maps are always with me anyway.
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post #9 of 74 Old 08-20-2013, 07:40 PM
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No way I will ever pay that for a GPS, cheap with a ziploc bag over mine in case of rain works great. Now the Nuvi 500/550 are an excellent option however, and so are the latest handheld units from Garmin.

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post #10 of 74 Old 08-20-2013, 08:31 PM
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Another Nuvi 500 guy. Had it for a few years now and has always been reliable. Primarily use it for the speedo since swapped to 16/43 gearing.

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