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post #1 of 21 Old 05-10-2008, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Zumo.....Do We Really Need to Hear It?

I would like to get a Zumo but have a few issues that need to be resolved first. One is the ear bud/headset problem. A wired helmet (bluetooth or not) sounds great on paper but it really doesn't protect your hearing like ear plugs do. One could use earplugs with a wired helmet but does that mean you need an amplifier to hear anything? The earbuds that fit IN the ear might be a solution. Someone mentioned Big Ears ear buds and that looks promising. The KISS/cheap side of me just wants to use the foam plugs that I've been using and get a Zumo 450 instead of the 550 and just look at the screen as opposed to audio directions in my helmet. Mount it up nice and high so that I keep at least a peripheal vision on the road while looking at the gps. This might suit my temperment better than hearing music and or gps directions. I haven't listened to music yet while riding but I think that I might be distracted by it. Question for you guys that use a Zumo with audio directions in the helmet but don't listen to music. Does it startle you a bit when everything is quiet and suddenly you get a voice in your helmet giving you driving directions? For those listening to music, do you feel like you lose some focus while riding? If so, is it worth the risk? Some states ban it and I'm sure they have good reason to do so. Many of us here are ATGATT kind of guys (as I am) but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.....I plan on never using the cure (gear).

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Been listening to music while on the roads all the time. Not on dirt though, need the engine noise to know I am in the power band. As for the amp, I use foam ear plugs and an Autocomm unit with my TomTom Rider blue tooth adaptor. I very rarely use the sound, but in a big new city, I use it because you really need to turn off the display and just use the sound directions, a lot safer imho.

Pay the extra for the sound, at least you have the choice when you may need it.

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I've got the 550 but the only time I use the sound is when I run it in the Jeep. I guess I'm a tight a$$, didn't want to pay the money to hook the sound up and I refuse to use the cell on the bike.

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Ditto.. I don't use the sound on the bike. I have it mounted up above the tach/speedo so it's near my line of sight.

However, according the the Garmin website, the 450 does not, "Speaks street names (e.g. "Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.") :" If it is like the older Garmins, it just says "Turn right in 500 ft" and you have to look down on the map to see the street name: not easily done on an mc. That alone was worth the extra $$.

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I don't use the audio of the 550. Use it in the car but too much of a hassle on the bike, I just look at the screen and have never had an issue.

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I like a little music on a 500-1000 mile day. The earbuds isolate the outside sounds or I'd wear earplugs. I also agree text to speech for directions is very nice to have. An audio jack at the edge of the seat makes hookup very handy.

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I like a little music on a 500-1000 mile day.
At 62, is it tough to put in those kind of miles in a day? I'm about to be 47 next Tuesday and think I'm pretty fit for my age but have a little tendinitis in the shoulder and knees get a little sore sometimes (arthritis?). My max in a day is 450 miles and wasn't too difficult.....possibly because I was having so much fun......but 62 is still 15 years away. I'll be happy if I can do 300 at that age let alone 500-1000. Grey, you de man!

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It's probably easier for me to do than ever. I never had a bike so well equipped for it before. The seat to peg distance, the upright position, MP windshield, mesh clothing/heated gear for temperature extremes, real cruise control, Sargent seat with sheepskin on top and GPS with music make it easier to go a long way. Also, when I was touring in the old days, there was a national 55mph speed limit. The Yamaha XS11 with Vetter fairing and after market seat came close but I never really liked big heavy bikes. Riding is easy. Dismounting is hard. I have to move around to keep loose when riding or I would need help to get off at the end of the ride.

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Ditto.. I don't use the sound on the bike. I have it mounted up above the tach/speedo so it's near my line of sight.

However, according the the Garmin website, the 450 does not, "Speaks street names (e.g. "Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.") :" If it is like the older Garmins, it just says "Turn right in 500 ft" and you have to look down on the map to see the street name: not easily done on an mc. That alone was worth the extra $$.
Why is it worth the extra money if you're not using the sound?
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Personally I'll never go back to a "Quiet" GPS.

I like not having to look down at my GPS to see how far before my turn or the name of the street, my GPS tells me everything I need to know ahead of time. I also listen to music on longer rides through the MP3 player on my GPS. If I use my dedicated MP3 player (which has built-in FM radio and more memory) I have a Radar Override that mutes the music and lets me get alerts from my GPS.

I do use wired ear buds and have never even tried the Blue Tooth capabilities on my GPS. I have absolutely no use whatsoever for a cell phone on a motorcycle and will not use mine while riding. If someone needs to talk to me they can leave a voice mail and I'll call back. If I need to talk to someone I'll pull over.

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