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General GPS info - Nuvi, Zumo, EXPERTS WANTED

K, so I'm pretty hellbent on getting a GPS this summer. I have one in my phone, it's cute, I can see the possibilities. We (the royal we) have a new car this summer that I ordered without the GPS headunit.

I'm pretty strongly considering the Garmin Nuvi 650, which has great reviews. It's not waterproof, however, and doesn't come with a bike mount - but it's cheap. I'm also considering the Garmin Zumo 550, which is TWICE as much dough, and will suck up all my Amex Membership Miles.

I've never used a GPS on my bike before, but I have the dash shelf installed, which is pretty weather protected. I will prob use the GPS once or twice a year on the bike, in the car once or twice a month. SO: The Question, am I on CRACK to think I can get a non waterproof GPS system and ride with it? Can I just suction cup the GPS to the dash, or is that a crazy idea and should I pony up the Amex Membership Miles for the Zumo, a unit that's 1 1/2 years old now? Is the Zumo up to date? When CNET reviewed it they said the unit had out of date POI in Feb 2007! Is it worth the dough?

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Zumo 550 if you have Bluetooth in your helmet and don't want wires, otherwise you can get Zumo 450. Don't worry about POI. You can get tons of them online. Check out www.zumoforums.com

There are plenty of discussions about Zumo vs. Nuvi on both forums (here and on http://11109.rapidforum.com/area=95). Use search button.

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The Zumo is great for motorcycles.

But the Nuvi 260 is a heck of a good gps for $230. I've used them in the map pocket of my tank bag in rain. A Zip Loc bag seems to work as well. There's a $20 bike handlebar mount you could use as well.

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I use a Garmin Nuvi 750 in a RAM mount on my DL1000. It has got pretty damp sometimes, but still works OK. The cigarette adapter is pass through (no voltage conversion), and the cable has a red and black wire inside that can connect to battery power. It has a bigger screen then the Zumo. If the Nuvi doesn't last, I can replace it twice for the price of the Zumo - and with the recent price drops in GPS, even if it only lasts a year - GPS' will be even less money a year from now....

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Every trip out of my area of Mount Desert Island, Maine has my Mio C-520 mounted on to my dash. I made my own mounting base to the Strom dash that the Mio car dash device is bolted to. It has seen an enormous amount of rough roads and rain in the year that I have owned it.

It is not waterproof. I use a ziplock baggie over it with two rubber bands to hold the baggie in place. 4.3" sized screen. Just as many bells and whistles as the expensive Garmin, for about half the price.

I have mine running unlocked and it doubles as a PDA running Windows Mobile 5, (which is what the Mio software sits on top of.). I can add other software to the system if I desire.

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Can't really comment on the particular models since I use handhelds - Garmin 76CSX and 60 CX but would be very surprised if you didn't find yourse;f using them more than you think - based on personal experience and those of my friends. One of the best features of the units is the Highway mode where, even though you don't necessarily follow a strict route, will show you upcoming curves (as long as you've programmed a destination in). On my BC trip last year, over totally unfamilar roads, this feature alone was worth owning a GPS for even though I didn't always have a fixed edstination or time in mind.

As far as rainproofing - for my first one, a Lowrance GlobalNav200 - I used to wrap it in cling wrap whenever I was out in rain (on my ATV) and worked great, could still see the screen.and controls. Not sure I'd do this with modern units though. YOu might check out ebay for Gilson cases - I have several and they are neoprene, robust and highly water resistant although not waterproof.

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Go big or go home! Its the Zumo 550, fully expandable and upgradable. The bluetooth can be a real savior.
Ultimately you;ll have to choose. If your on a tight budget, many here like the Nuvi, but if you are only doing it once, and don't want to miss out on anything, and have the dough. Do the Zumo, you won't regret it.
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Don't even think of mounting up a non-waterproof unit. It WILL get wet and it will be junk.

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Zumo 550 if you have Bluetooth in your helmet and don't want wires, otherwise you can get Zumo 450. Don't worry about POI. You can get tons of them online. Check out www.zumoforums.com

There are plenty of discussions about Zumo vs. Nuvi on both forums (here and on http://11109.rapidforum.com/area=95). Use search button.
even if your not going to use bluetooth or xm radio, its still worth it to buy the 550 instead of the 450 if you are going to also use it in a car

the 450 only comes with a bike mount, the 550 comes with both, the difference in price is about the same as buying the car mount separate



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+1 on the mio's innexpensiveness and multi use hackability

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