Originally Posted by eljeffe
So, I gotta ask. It has bluetooth, so what? What's the benefit? Bluetooth helmets are far and few between and have a 5-6 hour run time (hardly enough time for a decent ride).
You can get a bluetooth stereo earphone set, like the one offered by Cables Unlimited. You can cut-off the earpiece and crimp or solder on your own earphones. That's what I did, using the drivers from my Etymotic ER-6i Isolators, and for $100 total ($20 for the Bluetooth stereo earphones and $80 for the ER-6i's), but you can use whatever earphones that you want. The makers of the unit (CellTrends, from Taiwan) also offer another model that has no integrated earphones, so that you can plug in whichever earphones you want without having to do any splicing.
Also, the Bluetooth capability in the Nuvi (and I assume the other BT enabled models) integrates with your mobile phone, so combined with its built-in music features, that means that you essentially don't need an Autocom or Chatterbox type of communications management device unless you also want to integrate in FMS or something else. It makes for a very "clean" motorcycle setup.
I would like to have GPS with Bluetooth, like the models listed in the above responses, or the Nuvi, as I mentioned in the original post. The advantage of the Nuvi is its size and the fact that it has a built-in mp3 player w/ expandable SD memory, so that saves me from having to use a separate mp3 player. SD memory is cheap, so I can get a 2 or 4GB card for well under $100 and then I don't have to worry about music. I think that it also has a calender facility, which could be helpful.
Ideally it would have the XM receiver built-in, like the 2730, so that I could just have one single device on the bike, mounted to the steering head...but I might have to settle for two devices, the Nuvi or other model and the XM receiver, or a 2730 and a separate mp3 player.
Unfortunately, my trip starts on 6/28, so I can't wait for the new models to be released because I need time to purchase it, install it, and test it, so I'll have to go with an existing model like the Nuvi 360 or other.