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post #1 of 11 Old 07-06-2008, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Got Lost For The Last Time! Zumo Suddenly Sounds Very Inexpensive

Getting lost last Saturday in 96 degree heat with all the gear, tired, frustrated and 4 hours away from home got me thinking that I REALLY need to get me a Zumo. Price was the obstacle but I would have gladly paid twice as much while I was being BBQ'd in the oven we call Texas. I know that there are cheaper GPS's out there but I know that eventually I'll wind up with a Zumo so I've been procrastinating spending the cash. Got a few questions before I make the purchase:

Bluetooth helmet system with ear plugs or wired ear buds into the Zumo? I have significant tinnitus in both ears. Is the Zumo loud enough to be heard via a bluetooth helmet system AND using earplugs with this condition?

If I were to get a bluetoothed helmet system, can I save money but not including a mic? I don't intend to talk on the cell or other passengers or riders while riding.

Does the various blue tooth dongles like the wiRevo D1000V really convert the Zumo's mono sound into bluetooth stereo?

Recommendations for a bluetoothed helmet system?

As you can see I think that a wireless bluetooth system is probably the way to go. What are your experiences?

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Bluetooth with the Plantronic buds I have just isn't nearly loud enough. That, combined with no stereo for music and a battery life shorter than my average touring day led me to a wired solution.

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I agree. Wired is the only way to go.

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Various best buys are putting them out on clearance for $550.

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You don't want something that blocks sound and then try and overpower that sound.

Get something that blocks sound AND helps you hear at a lower volume... sound isolating earbuds!

The best cheap sound insulating earbuds are the Skullcandy ones. The best ones period are the Etymotic Research ER6is (best price is at Amazon).

Now you could go the cheapo route and just get a stereo cable extender and run it from the GPS and connect your buds to it, or you can get a Garmin that has a FM transmitter and use any of the little MP3 players that can pickup FM stations and play it wirelessly like that. I use a Zune personally, but any cheapo will do.
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Various best buys are putting them out on clearance for $550.
Or get the Nuvi 760 from Costco (lifetime satisfaction return policy) for $350 (at least it was on sale last week). Remember to register it online for the free 2009 map udpate.

Its black and matches the bike, at least with my gloves I have no problem using the touchscreen interface (granted I have summer gloves), and has lots of features (more than the zumo):


I believe the Zumo is waterproof, whereas the Nuvi is not though, but I am a fair-weather rider and worst case scanrio would just put a clear plastic bag over it. Voila.

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Edit: I bought mine from a slickdeals.net thread, to find that sale, and so I searched again and came across this:
http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthr...uid=0&t=863569
Garmin Nuvi 200 for $99.99 At BB

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I'll take the other side here. I have a Zumo and do not use it for audio, I just use the screen. I tried it once and the constant barking into my ear every few minutes was maddening!

I have it on the left handlebar and it works very well for me. No issues with taking your eyes off the road as it's no different than glancing at the gauges. I just zoom in for a good view and zoom back out when needed.

I love my Zumo and use it all the time, you won't be sorry if you get one, they're worth every penny!!

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I picked up the least expensive Garmin I could find - they were on clearance for about $100 at The Source last year, and this article convinced me to to give it a go (http://www.webbikeworld.com/garmin-g.../garmin-i5.htm). It has many fewer features than the Zumo or the Tom Tom Rider, but I find it to work great in the car and it's passable on the bike, as long as it's dry.

On my KZ, I stuck it to the tachometer face and wrapped a small bungee around the base as a safety - it worked great, even over bumps. I tried it briefly with a ram mount on the bars, but found it was just in the way. On my new Strom I'll mount it up at the base of the windshield. A ziplock bag is my waterproofing system. It runs plugged into twelve volt, or off of 2 AA batteries. I've been able to ride a full day, probably 7 hours in the saddle, on a set of alkalines. It is ridiculously simple, and for the price, if I lose it or it breaks I won't be heartbroken.

On the bike I don't use the sound. I rarely use it in the car in any event, as I find the mapping sufficient.

My beef with Garmin is ~$65/ year update fees. So, if I was going to do it again, I'd look at the Tom Tom Rider. It has all the whizbangs and a free/sharing update system that it supposed to be quite good. This is a review of an earlier model http://www.webbikeworld.com/r3/tomtom-rider/

Of course, about a week after I picked up my Garmin, my office upgraded my crackberry to the one with GPS built in...
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Thumbs up In-the-ear buds review

I both agree and disagree with Ducman. Sound isolating earbuds are probably the way to go. I don't have experience with Skullcandy but the E6i's I tried didn't fit my ears well and the cord was very thin feeling.
I have been very happy with my Shure E2's (~$100)with the foam plugs (act just like foam ear plugs with sound) and my Ultimate Ears SuperFi 5's(~$250). The UE's sound slightly better but the foam on the E2's fit better and a heavier cord (you can replace the cord on the UE's). The E2's sit flusher to the ear, the UE's stick out. I use the E2's doing yard work and have no problem hearing my music over gas trimmer or lawn mower, and the volume on my 'pod is about 30-50%.
The E2's have been replaced by the E110 in Shure's line up. Similar chasis but different foam.
If you have any hearing loss then the difference in sound would probably not be noticed.

I haven't tried any with a helmet, as I haven't gotten my bike yet (getting finances in order).
I plan on adding a GPS myself, but haven't decided on a Rider 2 or Zumo.

Hope this helps.
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Or get the Nuvi 760 from Costco (lifetime satisfaction return policy) for $350 (at least it was on sale last week). Remember to register it online for the free 2009 map udpate.

Its black and matches the bike, at least with my gloves I have no problem using the touchscreen interface (granted I have summer gloves), and has lots of features (more than the zumo):
There are a few problems with the nuvi 760 vs the 550. I looked at the 760 pretty hard before ending up with the zumo. The 760 is a nice GPS but for full fledged moto touring its lacking in a few key areas that are costly to rectify.

1). Not Waterproof (aqua box would work $35)
2). Does not include Ram mount and extra cradle for car mounting. The mount secures the gps ok for a car, but a bike has a better chance of popping it loose. So a ram mount ($40), extra power cable for car/bike ($20), and a good mount ($50-100) for the bik.
3). Nuvi only connects to a bluetooth phone. The zumo can connect to a bluetooth phone and helmet at the same time.
4). Nuvi stores 10 active routes in tracks, where as zumo does 50.
5). Option to select automatic, prompted or no route recalculation.
6). Fancy gadgets like fuel gauge
7). Replaceable battery
8). Slightly better contrast and brightness which is important in the sun.

The nuvi does have a bigger screen. Other than that I don't think it has any big advantages other than cost. If you don't need the durability, bluetooth, and mounting hardware then it's a great option

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