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post #1 of 22 Old 08-24-2011, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone, I have decided to finally take the plunge and buy a Garmin Nuvi GPS for bike and car,

Who is using one, and which one has the best features for bike that is also transferable to car on trips?

Let me know,

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post #2 of 22 Old 08-24-2011, 07:12 PM
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I have StreetPilot 2820 and that thing won't break... I will buy a Zumo though when StreetPilot finally breaks....

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My first GPS for bike and car is the Nuvi 500. The price is right at a little over $200, it gets me where I'm going, waterproof, good battery life, shows topo maps and imports routes. I haven't used most of the features but it does what I need. I got a RAM mount and ran a 12v cig lighter through my tank bag. Piece of cake to hook up and move between bike and car.

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I second the nuvi 500, setup for hiking and some marine use also. Don't know if it's still available though, also it's water resistant and has shown to be durable when taken off pavement. buy a extra cradle and 12volt kit and it's easy to swap from rig to rig.

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The Nuvi 550 is available and is great for multi use - bike, car, foot. waterproof, useable with gloves on.

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The 500 or the 550 depending on if you want Topo maps or Canada. That is if you are in the states. They are not perfect but good for on or off motorcycle.

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I love my Zumo 500, on the bike or in the car its great

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I have heard a few times that the Garmin Zumo 550 and 660 are the hot ticket items for GPS capability on our bikes, and for using in cars as well,

What are the Pros and Cons of these two models, I need a system with all of the USA, Canada, Hawaii, and Alaska in it with good maps,

What about memory card storage to be able to call up pretty much whatever you need?

Thanks, GPS is an area I am just finally committing to getting up to speed on,

Can these arso run Euro maps, I am going to Paris soon,

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I have a Garmin 376C, with weather and xm radio. It is also a marine unit so water resistant. I have had it for a good many years, perhaps 5 or 6 with no problems at all. The weather featured has allowed me to skirt around torms cells on many rides. It has worked well however it is so old that I think it has been discontinued. It has a long battery life, which also is an easy replacement, also it has memory cards so the memory can be expanded and also spare cards carried with you. For my bike, if I were looking for a replacment I would get whatever they replaced this model with.
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I have heard a few times that the Garmin Zumo 550 and 660 are the hot ticket items for GPS capability on our bikes, and for using in cars as well,

What are the Pros and Cons of these two models, I need a system with all of the USA, Canada, Hawaii, and Alaska in it with good maps,
https://buy.garmin.com/shop/compare....eProduct=13424

Couple goodies things the 660 seems to bring to the table are the lane assist and speed limit bits. I hear these are shockingly useful and worth holding out for.

The 500 lacks BT and any sort of MP3 playback. Deal breaker for me.

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