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Sorry to ask this folks, but is there any level of general consensus on which GPS to buy? I'm at the point where stopping and consulting maps over and over is driving my ride satisfaction quotient wayyy down. Plus it's only cool when I'm moving.

Thanks in advance. John
 

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Zumo 550.

Coming from a BMW Navigator II+, it is far ahead. Better sensitivity in canyons and foilage areas. Custom screens. Ability to share routes. Brighter screen. Up to 8 gigs of SD card storage for Audio Books, Mp3, other maps like Garmin Topo's, Jpegs, etc.). Works with gloves. Gasoline proof and weather proof too. Internal battery allows you to route off the bike while hold up in a motel room. Garmin has been providing quite a few firmware/feature updates so far.

Pretty good group over at zumoforums.com too. Lots of information an sharing going on there.

Major drawbacks so far are the rubber weather cap rotting, some connection issues with the cradle, and some units locking up. Garmin has been replacing defective units quite readily which is good from info on the forum.

Better and more updated BMW Dealers list too than what comes on their Navigators. Very happy with mine so far (I've had a cradle replaced due to rotting rubber).
 

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+1 on the Zumo. It's great! I added the sat radio. It comes with integrated mp3 player. all you have to do is put mp3s on a SD card and insert.
I haven't had any lock up problems since I installed the latest software. Before that, it locked up 2 times and unlocked with a restart.
Chek the forum mentioned by GMack.
 

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I'll second GMack's post. The Zumo is the best Garmin unit I've owned. My other choice would be the GPSMap 378/478 series. Better screen, buttons are fairly easy to use with gloves, but you loose the high sensitivity of the Zumo.
 

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As I recall the 550 has Bluetooth plus XM Radio capability and MP3 capability.

I just bought a Zumo although I don't have the KGT yet. I'll be purchasing the XM Radio "Puck" as well. I've had a Garmin 2610 on my Gold Wing for a few years now and have been happy with that. Nicer screen on the Zumo, has battery capabililty, shows 3D routes, AND has music out.
 

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Count me in as another ZUMO person. I've had a few gps' over the years and this one is great. Easy to use / read. I bought the 450 as I didn't care about Bluetooth. But the only difference is BT on the 550. The 450 does MP3's as well. Good support at the ZUMO forum, good tracking, etc etc.
 

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+1 For the Zumo... Got it connected to my BT helmet and I am wireless listening to MP3's, Navigation, Phone and Intercom! :teeth
 

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I have a ZUMO and love it. Have the car mount in my jeep, with the XM and use it probably more there than on the bike.


Some here prefer other garmins x76, and 27xx or 28xx as there seems to be a lot more ways to display information and such, its more customizable, the 76's have better res.
 

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I have the 2820 as the Zumo wasn't out when I purchased. Works great. Had a Street Pilot III for many years that worked great but was slow to recalculate and required a data card where the 2820 has all the information built in.
 

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I have the 2820 and the zumo 550. Both are great. The zumo is easier for me to see, with or without glasses. Also the zumo is easier to use with gloves. The 2820 has more screens to navigate which could be too distracting while riding a MC.
 

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I have the 2820 as it was a direct replacement for the 2610 I had installed on my bike. It used the same cradle and wiring so the switch was easy. The switch also greatly simplified all the electronic gadgets I had on my bike. I was able to eliminate the Mix-It 2 amplifier as I did not need as many imputs to my Autocom system. I eliminated my XM Radio as it is built into the 2820. I got rid of my MP3 player as well. It is one device that performed 3 tasks very well - GPS, XM Radio, MP3 Player. Oh yeah, the bluetooth works great with my Cingular 8125 Cell Phone. For the first time, I can actually ride my bike and talk on the phone without a lot of hassle and/or danger.
I am sure the Zumo is a great device but I have no experience with it. I use the 2820 nearly every week moving from rental car to rental car as I travel for business. I love it.
 

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Here's a slightly different slant.

For all the zumo's and TT-R's wizardry, these are not distractions you need while on the road. The alternative, which is Bluetooth-based turn-by-turn voice navigation, has many advantages.

I use a Nokia Navigator. I had some initial hassles with pairing, but that is no longer a problem. The advantages of this type of navigation are many:

- eyes on the road and the cagers, not the screen
- no need for complex and ugly mounting systems
- the nav lives in your pocket, where it belongs, and so
- there are no issues with theft from the bike
- its always with you, for those unplanned trips
- very compact... try fitting a zumo in your pocket
- nav is fast and accurate, quick startup
- simple transfer to pedestrian mode when you get off the bike
- beautiful English girl's voice to softly tell me when to turn
- cost me about $250 on top of my phone plan (for the phone; the nav is free)
- for long trips, plug into the outlet, the headset goes for days on a charge
- i wouldn't be surprised if screen-based nav systems are outlawed due to rear-end accidents, like cell phone use

No doubt lots of phones will come out with this sort of tech before long. So if you're looking, at least think about these systems
 
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