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post #1 of 21 Old 08-25-2009, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone tried Nuvi 500/550??

Has anyone used a Garmin Nuvi 550 or NUVI 500 GPS (same unit but come with different maps)?

I've been doing some research into GPS units and the Nuvi 550/500 looks like it would be a good unit for motorcycle use. The ZUMO's are nice but a little to expensive for my budget, the Nuvi 550/500 runs about $260 which is reasonalble.

I did find a nice review on VSRI but for the most part it seems like this unit is overlooked. Are there any reasons for that?

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post #2 of 21 Old 08-25-2009, 10:51 AM
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I think the Nuvi 5x0 is overlooked because Garmin markets it as an auto unit, although they say it is 'motorcycle friendly.' I think it is a great lower cost option. Make sure you look at the total cost of ownership, including mounts and cables. The nice thing about the Zumo units is they come with enough to get them mounted and wired on most motorcycles. You'll need to buy the mount and cabling for the 500/550.

It's the only Nuvi unit that is waterproof/resistant, so you'll need to keep that in mind when comparing it to others.

Finally, if you join the AMA you get a pretty good discount direct from Garmin. My Zumo 660 was $640 from Garmin direct.

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I use one and love it. I bought a marine mount and hard wire kit (under $30) and your good to go.
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post #4 of 21 Old 08-25-2009, 11:20 PM
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Nuvi 550

I've had a 550 for about 3 months now. Have used it in the cars and on my Wee and KLR. Great features and easy to use. I have hardwired both bikes and use the 12V auto plug (cigarette lighter) in the cars. Very satisfied with the purchase.

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As I understand, the Nuvi 500.550 does not have a head phone jack or Bluetooth. So if you want audio instructions they come from the units speaker. I have not knowledge of how easy it is to hear it talk on a motorcycle without headphones. I would be intersted in hearing how well the unit works on a bike for audio turn by turn instructions. Can you hear it OK?

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post #7 of 21 Old 08-26-2009, 11:35 AM
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I'm about 99.99% positive it'll be my DL650's GPS. Gonna use the Garmin universal cradle in the SW-Motech bracket.

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post #8 of 21 Old 08-26-2009, 12:00 PM
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i used a nuvi 255w on a 4000+ mile ride on a c10 and it was perfect, had a waterproof case for it and never used it, slid a zip lock over it with rubber band when it rained, had a 250w for a spare, they are cheap enough and available used, i now have them set up with the bags connection tank bag mount which should have little vibration. given my experience if i upgraded i would go to the 500/550 myself. if i was mounting in a higher vibration area, handlebars etc. might look at a zumo. i like tank mounts with fuel as a vibration dampener.
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i used a nuvi 255w on a 4000+ mile ride on a c10 and it was perfect, had a waterproof case for it and never used it, slid a zip lock over it with rubber band when it rained, had a 250w for a spare, they are cheap enough and available used, i now have them set up with the bags connection tank bag mount which should have little vibration. given my experience if i upgraded i would go to the 500/550 myself. if i was mounting in a higher vibration area, handlebars etc. might look at a zumo. i like tank mounts with fuel as a vibration dampener.
Thanks...so is there a need for the audio/headphone jack or do you just rely on the visual screen?

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Remember: the nuvi 500 comes loaded with detailed street and topographic mapping for the lower 48 U.S. states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico...

while the nuvi 550 comes with comprehensive street maps for the U.S. and Canada (includes Alaska).

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