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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old Nov 18th, 2006, 4:01 pm Thread Starter
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Garmin Zumo mounted on K1200S

I used an MV Motorrad ram-mount ball that screws into the threaded hole at the center of the handlebars. http://www.mv-motorrad.de/cosmoshop/...119463251,.htm The BMW badge comes off without tools just push down on one side and pry up the other side with your bare fingers. The MV ball screws right in, and looks factory fresh.

The Zumo included a ram-ball that screwed into the back of the cradle, and a short RAM arm that connects the cradle with the handlebar mount. It is a little bulky the Zumo itself is thicker than I expected, the cradle is equally thick, and then the arm but it looks great from the rider's view, which in the end is what matters most. And it is solid there's a new security screw that ensures that the Zumo won't zoom off your bike.

Of course, the downside of any ram-mount configuration is that anyone can simply turn the wingnut knob and walk off with your GPS and cradle. I'm looking into a knob with a lock that replaces the wingnut here's a link: http://www.whitehorsepress.com/popup_image.php?pID=5542

I'd like a cleaner mount at some point perhaps scrapping the RAM mount entirely and screwing a threaded techmount in the center of the handlebars. But considering the girth of the GPS and cradle, it might not make much difference.

I've been through several GPSes already trying to find one I like the Nav III, the Nuvi 360 and now the Zumo. The Nav III was mounted too low and was too clunky for my taste. The Nuvi was sleek as can be, but lacked too many features: no Bluetooth for voice prompts; its screen wasn't excessively bright; limited to one via point. The Zumo seems like a good compromise full-featured, portable, waterproof, Bluetooth voice prompts, bright screen . . .

I purchased the Zumo from getfeetwet.com. The price was right, and they allow you to trade up anytime within a year in exchange for a 15 percent restocking fee. Pretty good deal for someone as flaky as I am.

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The Nuvi was sleek as can be, but lacked too many features: ...limited to one via point.
I heard the Zumo had that same limitation. Can you confirm or deny.
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I can confirm that my Zumo allows multiple via points. I can choose an end point and add as many vias as I'd like. I can set the order of those via points myself, or have the Zumo determine the most efficient sequence.

Another nice feature: the ability to save your bread-crumb trail as a route.
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post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old Nov 18th, 2006, 9:25 pm
 
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how is the display?
to what other garmin units can you compare it?

i'm considering one as well

thanks in advance
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i'm considering one as well
Why am I not surprised?

The screen is very bright as bright as any I've seen. Certainly brighter than the Nuvi 360, comparable to the Nuvi 660. And it works great with thick gloves.
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Why am I not surprised?

The screen is very bright as bright as any I've seen. Certainly brighter than the Nuvi 360, comparable to the Nuvi 660. And it works great with thick gloves.
sounds great to me
i appreciate your comments
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i'm going to put THIS one on my Brutale.....
because of its size
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Diggitydogg, have you had a chance to try out the XM bluetooth feature yet? I am leaning towards the Zumo as well if I can listen to XM via wireless connection. Thanks!
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Diggitydogg, have you had a chance to try out the XM bluetooth feature yet? I am leaning towards the Zumo as well if I can listen to XM via wireless connection. Thanks!
Nope, sorry. No plans for XM on this bike . . .
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listening to XM through the BT connection will

1. have poor fidelity
2. run down the batteries in the helmet in NO TIME at all

unless you have the autocom system and have the BT module
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