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http://garmin.blogs.com/pr/2009/01/garmin-zmo-660.html?activeBranchId=newsroom

LAS VEGAS/January 7, 2009/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced today the zūmo 660, a new motorcycle device that integrates the slim and sleek design of the nüvi® with specific features made exclusively for motorcyclists. The zūmo 660 was announced in conjunction with the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas (Garmin booth, South Hall 4, #35832).
“The zūmo can change your entire experience of touring or everyday rides because it helps you find amazing places to explore,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “Whether you’re charting your own course or you plan your trip from your computer and download the route to your GPS beforehand, your ride will be more enjoyable and stress-free because you’ll have peace of mind knowing the zūmo will help you find your way home.”
Ideal for a weekday ride or weeklong trip, the zūmo 660 has features motorcyclists will appreciate like a 4.3” sunlight readable and customizable touchscreen display, glove-friendly design with left handed controls and oversized touchscreen buttons. The ruggedized and waterproof (IEC 529 IPX-7 standards) device comes loaded with detailed, street-level maps of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico that have over six million points of interest including gas stations, lodging, restaurants, attractions and more. The zūmo 660 speaks street names so riders will receive turn-by-turn, voice prompted directions, such as “turn right on Main Street,” via the built-in speaker or through a compatible Bluetooth helmet or headset.
The zūmo 660 also comes equipped with advanced routing capabilities. Lane assist with junction view guides riders to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit, and realistically displays road signs and junctions on the route along with arrows that indicate the proper lane for navigation. In some major metropolitan areas, surrounding buildings are displayed in a 3D transparent view. A new multiple routing feature customers can see a map preview of the proposed fastest route, shortest route and off road route prior to choosing to navigate it. This capability gives riders additional situational awareness before they begin their journey.
The zūmo 660 also has enhanced Bluetooth Wireless Technology (A2DP) that amplifies audio for a crisp sound, and makes it possible to receive and place phone calls as well as receive navigational cues wirelessly to Bluetooth enabled headsets or helmets. The zūmo supports over 200 Bluetooth enabled phones so riders can retrieve and dial numbers using a supported phone’s contact list or from the phone’s call history log. A user can also make calls from zūmo’s huge points of interest database.
While riding, it is easy to access trip information directly from the zūmo’s trip information page like speed, heading, altitude, and a customizable fuel gauge that can be modified to the motorcycle’s maximum fuel range. If a rider wants to leave the pavement for the trail, the zūmo accepts Garmin’s MapSource® U.S. Topo maps for off-road navigation. Sharing rides with others or keeping a detailed log of trips is also easy thanks to zūmo Connect, an online community of routes and riders. Zūmo owners can also plan routes online through Google or MapQuest and send the routes or points of interest to the zūmo before they begin their journey. In addition, riders can swap routes and waypoints with other zūmo owners via the unit’s microSD card slot.
Like other members of the zūmo family, the zūmo 660 has many security features. The mount is designed to withstand the severe vibration environment commonly experienced in motorcycle riding. The zūmo also includes Garmin Lock®, a unique theft prevention system that disables the zūmo from performing any functions until the user types in a specific 4-digit PIN or takes the unit to a predetermined secure location. If the user does not know the PIN or secure location, the zūmo will be inoperative.
The zūmo 660 is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2009 at $799.99. Additional information is available at www.garmin.com.
 

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Saw the thread on ADV a while ago. It looks quite nice spec wise and IMO at actually looks better as well.
 

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As far as I can tell there were no real improvements other than 3d views of buildings coming from a 550, and stereo bluetooth.

Basically a waterproof nuvi, but lacking XM radio, 10 routes instead of 50, and still lacking crucial offroad navigation. Kind of deal breakers on a GPS that will probably cost $600 street price.

If you can live without the bluetooth then you can just get the nuvi 500 for $300. Not sure what garmin was thinking with this model...
 

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AND...

...they discontinued the Zumo 450!
Not available at costco.com or a lot of other places already...
...I was still eyeballing it...
 

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If you can live without the bluetooth then you can just get the nuvi 500 for $300.
And the IPX-7 waterproofing and the motorcycle mounting hardware and the glove friendly buttons and icons :D
But your point is taken
 

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And the IPX-7 waterproofing and the motorcycle mounting hardware and the glove friendly buttons and icons :D
But your point is taken
For the record I've got a zumo 550 and think that will be a reasonable gps if the price gets to about $400 (which hopefully it will. More likely however that garmin will discontinue the 550 and then replace it with a $700 660)
 

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And the IPX-7 waterproofing and the motorcycle mounting hardware and the glove friendly buttons and icons :D
But your point is taken
If I'm reading correctly on Garmin's site the nuvi 500/550 units have the IPX-7 waterproofing. You do have to come up with your own bike mount.
 

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I've been using a Nuvi 660 on my bike for about 2 years. It's a "glove friendly" as anything that is purpose built for a bike. 2 years of daily use in my truck and pulling double duty on the Strom and the vibration, exhaust, etc... has not had any negative effect. It's not waterproof, but there are plenty of solutions for that, from RAM waterproof boxes to a simple zip-lock bag. IMHO, paying $200-300 more for a "motorcycle specific" GPS is just crazy... Great marketing, though!
 

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paying $200-300 more for a "motorcycle specific" GPS is just crazy
I disagree. I purchased a Nuvi 260W a week before Christmas for $200. A week later I purchased a Zumo 450 for $150 more after I realized the Nuvi was just not bike friendly enough.

There was a huge difference. With the Zumo I got so much more. The bike mount (and yes, I am using it and like the stock mount), a CD with Mapsource for my computer, the ability to create routes, mp3 player, hardwire cable, and no need to add an aqua box (which I ended up paying $70 dollars for and all I got was more glare).

The wife now has the Nuvi and it is great for what she needs it for, but I have nor regrets about paying the extra for the Zumo. I am glad I got my hands on it before it sold out a week later.

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I disagree. I purchased a Nuvi 260W a week before Christmas for $200. A week later I purchased a Zumo 450 for $150 more after I realized the Nuvi was just not bike friendly enough.

There was a huge difference. With the Zumo I got so much more. The bike mount (and yes, I am using it and like the stock mount), a CD with Mapsource for my computer, the ability to create routes, mp3 player, hardwire cable, and no need to add an aqua box (which I ended up paying $70 dollars for and all I got was more glare).

The wife now has the Nuvi and it is great for what she needs it for, but I have nor regrets about paying the extra for the Zumo. I am glad I got my hands on it before it sold out a week later.

Jim
Bought a Zumo 550 before my Alaska trip in June. Already owned a Nuvi 680 for the car. Would never use the Nuvi on the cycle. Too much vibration, rain, dirt, etc. The extra money for the Zumo was well worth it since you get a car and a bike mount, far better trip planning features, and I can't stress enough how important waterproofness is on a 10,000 mi. trip to Alaska. My Nuvi would have been destroyed by day 3.
 
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