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post #1 of 19 Old 10-17-2006, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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New Garmin GPS Model

Garmin has introduced a new GPS named the Zumo that is specifically for motorcycles. Stromette mentioned that she had seen an advertisement in a magazine for them, and I found some info on Garmin's web site. In fact they have a whole section of their site dedicated to the new model at This Link The site is slow as Christmas because it's all Flash driven and the multimedia stuff is apparently HUGE! If you get tired of waiting on it, Here Is Another Page that isn't Flash driven and much faster to load.

It has some interesting features that make it prettwell suited for motorcycle use, such as:
o Left-handed buttons
o Glove-Friendly touch screen
o Includes a motorcycle mount (I think I saw that it was a RAM mount)

It's a slick looking box, and I'd love to see one in person. For the $1,100 MSRP it will probably stay on the shelf though :lol:

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Not to mention the ability to trade points of interest between other Zumo users. Those POI can contain sound and pictures. Think of the potabilities when used with a headset. Like riding through a place like Gettysburg with the Zumo pointing out where the battle took place. Since you can make your own POIs with sound and pictures people can trade tours of their area. I see this feature alone being a big deal for touring riders.
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Thanks a lot for pointing this out... Now I'm gonna be wanting one :roll: Look at this:

"With optional XM subscriptions and an XM antenna, you can check the weather, move ahead of traffic and listen to the radio when you travel with zumo." - one less extra device I'd have to shoe horn onto the handebars

"Built-in MP3 player and JPEG Picture Viewer" - Bye bye iPod, and I can put own crude maps on it

"With zumo’s Bluetooth® wireless technology, you can talk on the phone safely without removing your gloves or helmet." - ok riding and talking probably not bright, but handy for when you are riding around town and someone important calls and you don't have time to stop, yank off your helmet, fish out the phone, and take the call

"SD card expansion makes it easy for storage and route sharing." - I have two Garmin GPSes as it is, and this is a feature I wish either had. I'm always having to remember to re-load the maps onto the GPS for the area I'm headed to.

"Includes Garmin Lock™, an anti-theft feature" - Maybe I won't have to shove it into my pocket everytime I stop like I do with the radar detector.

Hell, it just needs a radar detector built in and it would just about be the ultimate device to own.

But here's the part I don't like:

"Suggested Retail Price:
$1076.91 U.S.D."

Drat....
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You guys are right, it is a cool box. Thank Stromette for pointing it out :lol:

I'd love to have one, I need a GPS with a larger screen, but the price made me choke. I'm also not sure I want the first version of it. I figure I'll wait a year or so and they will come out with something that gets all the bugs out at a much lower price.

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Guess I'll continue to get by with my $149 Garmin Etrex Legend. When I squint real hard at it, I can almost see the map. Thinking about getting a big magnifying glass...

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Yeah, that price is a bit steep. I think I stick with my 76S. It does what I need it to.
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Guess I'll continue to get by with my $149 Garmin Etrex Legend. When I squint real hard at it, I can almost see the map. Thinking about getting a big magnifying glass...
I can relate ... I've got the ETrex Legend C and it's the same size, I think. I did run across a "Screen Magnifier" that fits on them but I don't recall where I saw it now. It would almost be worthwhile I think. But, I've got eye surgery in 2 weeks and hopefully that will help "Clear" things up a bit

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Re: New Garmin GPS Model

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............................... For the $1,100 MSRP it will probably stay on the shelf though :lol:
$999.00 here

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THat would be one sweet farkle to get.

Perspective note: Bought my GPSV when they were $549.00. Now you can find them for a few bucks over $100.00.

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Remember the price of the 2610 when it came out? It was high too but street price was $100 to $200 less and within a few months refirbs with the full one year warranty could be had for half the MSRP.

On the weather info issue. I had to write Garmin to get the full understanding. Here is the bottom line. With the Streetpilot series like the Zumo you can get the XM NavTraffic which gives you a brief forecast for 2000 metro areas in the US. This is the same NWS forecast you get from a $10 radio shack weather radio. Only the marine GPSr give you the NEXTRAD XM weather map overlay that shows storms and rain and all the other cool stuff. Even though both are delivered by XM they have very different capabilities.

Price wise they are very different too. If I recall correctly the NavTraffic is only like $15 a month. The NEXRAD is $50 a month with a $100 set up fee. Now for those who want the NEXRAD there are some of the marine GPSrs that will take the City Navigator software and do auto routing just like the Streepilot series.
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