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post #1 of 20 Old 03-02-2009, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Best Garmin for bike/car and back roads ?

Read thru the GPS threads to the point of needing further guidance.

I'm going with Garmnin because of posts to the effect that it is the most intuitive. This is important for use by my wilfe in her cage.

As for my DL650, I want it to be proficient for gravel roads and such, moreso than highways.

The Zumo 660 is priced beyond my budget.

I think I've narrowed it down to these (in no particluar order):
nuvi 500
zumo 550
2610

So, which of the above 3 best serve for:
Dual use for bike and car.
Proficient for exploring off the beaten path.

Thanks for all advice and comments!

(And if there are any used units availble, please send along a PM.)

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post #2 of 20 Old 03-02-2009, 10:24 PM
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I have the Zumo 550. As for dual purpose, cant go wrong. Comes with separate car and bike mounts, so can leave the bike permanently mounted and just take the unit into the car.

Also has settings for either vehicle (ie larger touch buttons for on bike when using gloves, but put it in the car and the buttons are more suited for fingers)

Unsure what the back road routing is like, I would assume if its on the map its in the GPS... But then you lot in the USA have much better mapping systems with all the extras than we get here in little old NZ...

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I've used the Nuvi 660 for car/bike for about three years now, but GPS units are getting so cheap, I decided to buy a 2820 for my bike and leave the Nuvi in my wife's car. Moving the Nuvi from car to bike to truck and back is a little rough on the wiring and mount - I've had to repair the wiring pigtail twice.

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+1 on the Zumo 550. I bought one used on the KLR board. I use it on my V-Strom, KLR and also in the car. This is the 3rd GPS unit I have owned over the past few years and by far the best. Of course now Garmin has come out with the Zumo 660 that is due to be available in the next few weeks. It appears to have a larger screen and does fix the one limitation I do not like on the 550 -- that being that the bluetooth feed from the MP3 player is not stereo but mono... sounds like AM radio. I manage this by taking a basic bluetooth dongle from Logitech, plugging into the audio out on the Zumo, then pair both the Zumo and the dongle to my helmet. Full stereo music, yet all other audio (nav instructions, phone, etc.) still come through the Zumo. As noted the 660 reportedly corrects this issue. One good point to the 660 release is that it might bring a lot of good used 550s on the market cheap!

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Zumo 550 for bike/car, 60Cx if you also want a good handheld and can only afford one.

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Zumo 450

Just bought a Zumo 450 off of Amazon a couple of months ago. I gave my 2610 to my brother for his WeeStrom.

The Zumo 450 is a unit without all the bells and whistles of the 550. I bought it for around $330. It was a great deal. It still has most of the features of the 550. You might want to check it out.

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Just bought a Zumo 450 off of Amazon a couple of months ago. I gave my 2610 to my brother for his WeeStrom.

The Zumo 450 is a unit without all the bells and whistles of the 550. I bought it for around $330. It was a great deal. It still has most of the features of the 550. You might want to check it out.
But it does not come with the car mount. That's another $100

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I bought a 450 too. Later found out that the 550 comes with a car kit. Then discovered that the car kit is way more expensive than the price difference between the 2 units. Love my 450 but I'd buy the 550, at minimum, if I was to do it over.

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Just bought a Zumo 450 off of Amazon a couple of months ago. I gave my 2610 to my brother for his WeeStrom.

The Zumo 450 is a unit without all the bells and whistles of the 550. I bought it for around $330. It was a great deal. It still has most of the features of the 550. You might want to check it out.

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I bought a Nuvi 260W and Zumo 450 last year. I gave the 260W to my wife because I did not like it on my bike. After having the 260W in my car for a short while, I don't really like the Zumo for car use. Love the Zumo on my bike, but not so much in the car. I think this new Zumo that is coming out looks like it would be better for both uses. I like the 4.3 screen. But the price is out of my range, so I will stick with what I have.

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I currently have a Magellan CrossOver. It would have been great except the outdoor mode has issues with the GPS freezing for 5-15 minutes (it is a software issue, the unit works very well in auto nav mode) which makes it useless for me.

I will be getting a Garmin unit soon. The Nuvi 550 (the new Garmin crossover) is tempting, but I am leaning towards something hand held such as the Oregon. If I were not doing any trails, then the Zumo 550 would be the unit hands down. My decision to go for the Oregon will be based upon playing with it in the store for a while with my motorcycle gloves on.

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