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Hi All,

I am thinking of buying a Garmin Zumo 550. Wondering if anyone have the unit? How do you like it?

Will the mounting hardware work on a 06 k1200GT?

Any other unit I should consider?

Thanks.
 

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LA-K12GT said:
Hi All,

I am thinking of buying a Garmin Zumo 550. Wondering if anyone have the unit? How do you like it?

Will the mounting hardware work on a 06 k1200GT?

Any other unit I should consider?

Thanks.
I'm waiting for mine to replace the three month old BMW Navigator II+. My dealer says they haven't been shipped yet and he heard they were supposed to be at the dealers by Oct. 6th, but now looks like it may be around October 19th. He tossed in the GSM-30 satellite radio antenna unit and a mounting bracket for $1000 (tvnav.com).

Supposedly, it uses the AMPS-4 mounting pattern so it should bolt up the same bracket as the Navigator's bracket (4 screw hole thingy). I got the Gadget Guy's monkey bar mounting system and added a platform for the GXM antenna to the side of the bar.

That's all I know so far. I've been waiting for Garmin to post the Zumo owner's manual on their website, but nothing yet. Features look pretty good and I want to try some of those talking waypoint things it' supposed to do for trips. Sort of a talking travel log.
 

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I have one on pre-order, from chumbo.com. $759. They claim they won't be shipping till early Nov. Actually hope some recieve there's earlier than mine so if the reviews are not good, I can just cancel.....
 

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i've spoken to someone high up at Garmin
they won't be in anyone's hands until nearly Thanksgiving

one thing you ought to know now:
the resolution is LESS than that of the nav iii.... and MUCH less than the 378C/478C

from what i can see.... and i own nearly every garmin unit made in the last 10 years..... it's worth about $400.00 LESS than they are charging for it

it was ONLY invented to compete against the GARBAGE TOM TOM RIDER

but the 378C
forget the touch screen
it's MUCH better for MUCH less
 

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i've spoken to someone high up at Garmin
they won't be in anyone's hands until nearly Thanksgiving

one thing you ought to know now:
the resolution is LESS than that of the nav iii.... and MUCH less than the 378C/478C

from what i can see.... and i own nearly every garmin unit made in the last 10 years..... it's worth about $400.00 LESS than they are charging for it

it was ONLY invented to compete against the GARBAGE TOM TOM RIDER

but the 378C
forget the touch screen
it's MUCH better for MUCH less
Based on what criteria? From previous post, I see that screen DPI is an issue for you. However there are other attributes to consider. ON board memory, Flash memory, actual receiver (THe ZUMO reciever is suppose to be "newer" or at least different). THe maps software.... Just curious how you comparing the units?
 

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Based on what criteria? From previous post, I see that screen DPI is an issue for you. However there are other attributes to consider. ON board memory, Flash memory, actual receiver (THe ZUMO reciever is suppose to be "newer" or at least different). THe maps software.... Just curious how you comparing the units?
The ZUMO 550 is really a DUMBED-DOWN Garmin unit that was made ONLY to compete with folks who want plug-n-play capability.... like you would have in your car

i do ALL my route planning on the computer and UPload the info into my Garmins. this will NOT be available with the ZUMO.

it IS a cool unit
but if you are already used to the SOPHISTICATION of their "professional" units like the
2820
378/478C
then you won't enjoy this unit which emulates those in automobiles.... meant to be 100% used ON SITE.... IN SITU, so to speak
 

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You can pre-plan

According to the Garmin site it is NOT just an "In Situ" unit.


"Plan Your Adventures and Share Your Rides

zūmo 550 makes it easy to plan your next trip and share routes with your riding buddies. Plan trips on your computer before you start. Search for food and fuel stops and local attractions. Then, transfer your route to zūmo and go.

At the end of the day, share your favorite places and rides with other zūmo riders, and review your travels in Google™ Earth. SD card expansion makes it easy for storage and route sharing. Download routes to share with your riding buddies — even load mp3 files to your unit to enjoy tunes on the road. In addition, JPEG Picture Viewer lets you share photos of your adventures with friends and family."

Marshall,
 

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i've read that as well
but, i've also spoken extensively with Garmin about the unit

IF you aren't use to what can be done with a more sophisticated nav system....
then you will like it

BUT.......
it will NOT have the same screen resolution as the 378/478C

quite frankly.... touchscreens always DEGRADE your ability to "SEE" the screen in daylight
that's just the way it is
 

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ClearwaterBMW said:
i've read that as well

IF you aren't use to what can be done with a more sophisticated nav system....
then you will like it

Time permitting could you elaborate? Also, I understand screen issues in general to minute details, so lets not worry about that.

My experience with GPS is an older Magellan Gold, mapping (and later routing) handheld, and way before that an old Garmin handheld, used on my sailboat, which I sold the sailboat, years ago!

I still travel to new cities with the Magellan Gold handheld, for now, as it does do a good job getting me where I need to go, and finding places.
 

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"quite frankly.... touchscreens always DEGRADE your ability to "SEE" the screen in daylight
that's just the way it is"

My eyesight is slightly degraded as I am older than dirt, but I have no problem with my touchscreen garmin. It is so small and has a built in mp3 player. I haven't gotten lost with it yet !!!!

I hope your bike is fixed properly and ready to go...
 

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"quite frankly.... touchscreens always DEGRADE your ability to "SEE" the screen in daylight
that's just the way it is"

My eyesight is slightly degraded as I am older than dirt, but I have no problem with my touchscreen garmin. It is so small and has a built in mp3 player. I haven't gotten lost with it yet !!!!

I hope your bike is fixed properly and ready to go...

Hey larry
i'll be picking up the GT tomorrow and then TRYING TO GET LOST :)

the ZUMO 550 will be great, i suppose
but, once you see that pretty screen on the 378C, etc....
you'll think twice about any garmin touchscreen units again... IMHO, of course
 

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Time permitting could you elaborate? Also, I understand screen issues in general to minute details, so lets not worry about that.

My experience with GPS is an older Magellan Gold, mapping (and later routing) handheld, and way before that an old Garmin handheld, used on my sailboat, which I sold the sailboat, years ago!

I still travel to new cities with the Magellan Gold handheld, for now, as it does do a good job getting me where I need to go, and finding places.
witha 378C, etc...
you can have many more "VIA" points.... which really allows you to DIRECT the EXACT route you care to take much more accurately and faithfully than on the ZUMO

let's forget about how amazing LIVE NEXRAD WEATHER is on the 378C.... which can save your butt on a trip...

when the TOM TOM RIDER came out, folks who had "read" gps units all laughed at the pedestrian nature of the device...
garmin, in fact... made fun of it as well... INdirectly, of course

but, NOW...... they decide to make something JUST LIKE IT

call it "GPS-LITE," if you will
 

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ClearwaterBMW said:
witha 378C, etc...
you can have many more "VIA" points.... which really allows you to DIRECT the EXACT route you care to take much more accurately and faithfully than on the ZUMO

let's forget about how amazing LIVE NEXRAD WEATHER is on the 378C.... which can save your butt on a trip...

when the TOM TOM RIDER came out, folks who had "read" gps units all laughed at the pedestrian nature of the device...
garmin, in fact... made fun of it as well... INdirectly, of course

but, NOW...... they decide to make something JUST LIKE IT

call it "GPS-LITE," if you will
OK thanks. NEXRAD is not critical to me, weather is fairly predicatble here, but of course there is that trip to Alaska I wanna take.... You know I realize as I'm asking you these questions, the more you answer the more I wanna know. I really don't want to take up a bunch of your time, so I'll try some on-line research.

There is a certain kind of simpleness I want out of the device, as I spend a lot of my professional time fiddling with computers and software, and really have been trying to keep things simpler, not spend hours figuring out why that drivers conflict with the this driver... (Don't get me started on Microsoft)..... Then you always find a hacker that has figured out how to exploit undocumented interfaces, and next thing you know a sautrday afternoon is gone......

The magellan gold handheld I have used for the las 5 or so years had and interface that was my favorite. Put whatever data you want, detail maps, tracks, routes, waypoints, firmware upgrades, whatever onto an SD flash card, then plug the card into the device, and it did the right thing. Also does a basic job at autorouting..... So just put a bunch detail maps, including topographic maps, of a new region onto a flash card, then when I'm taking the rental car bus, load up the new city and bingo, no getting off in the bad part of town to get directions. Now I realized I am decribing a handheld, and this is not what we are talking about, but it was simple and I liked it. My buddy was always getting the computer out to boot then downloading a new city/region for more details.....


Anyway thanks for your input.
 

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good evening....
sorry that it is hard to have a give-and-take while writing on the forum.
i really believe that the ZUMO will be the proper GPS for you... and so many other folks
and.... since i seem to have owned almost every garmin unit recently made...
i might just get one as well.

soon.... on my GT, i will have the BMW NAV III AND the Garmin 376C....
the Nav III is for routing and "street level" details during riding
the 376C will be for a more "wide" view and the NEXRAD weather.... and XM radio when needed

as you can see, few folks are as "insane" about GPS as me (which is probably a very good thing :D )

i think that you will love the ZUMO...
maybe i'll get a chance to see your's one day.... and make a truly INFORMED decision for myself
 

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Anyone own the garmin zumo 550 yet? Wondering how you like it... It mount on our 06+ k12gt okay?

I am really serious about getting this gps.
 

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Anyone own the garmin zumo 550 yet? Wondering how you like it... It mount on our 06+ k12gt okay?

I am really serious about getting this gps.
they won't be introduced for AT LEAST another month
no one has one
 

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ClearwaterBMW said:
witha 378C, etc...
you can have many more "VIA" points.... which really allows you to DIRECT the EXACT route you care to take much more accurately and faithfully than on the ZUMO

let's forget about how amazing LIVE NEXRAD WEATHER is on the 378C.... which can save your butt on a trip...
I've seen the weather feature on others and you are correct, it can really save your butt. On the M1k this year some other riders picked almost the same route as me. They had a 378 checked the weather and went south first. I went north and ended up in about 4hrs of horizontal rain by going south they came in behind the storm and were dry the whole ride :(

But don't you have a problem with the 378's and uploading your routes from a PC or have they got that bug fixed now?
 

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I've seen the weather feature on others and you are correct, it can really save your butt. On the M1k this year some other riders picked almost the same route as me. They had a 378 checked the weather and went south first. I went north and ended up in about 4hrs of horizontal rain by going south they came in behind the storm and were dry the whole ride :(

But don't you have a problem with the 378's and uploading your routes from a PC or have they got that bug fixed now?
i still ride with the 376C
i wouldn't be without it
though i'm having trouble mounting it on my GT... because i also have the nav iii
and the Z-Technik mirror hole mount isn't as stable as i like
because there is manufactured-in "FLEX" in our grips, as you know and it makes me worry about this mount

maybe i'm nuts to be concerned
 

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My dealer tvnav.com says the Garmin Zumo's have arrived and are being shipped out today to all their pre-orders (me!).

After my positive experiences with the new Pharos with Sirf III chipset and it's ability to pull a signal out of bad cover, even one open window to the western sky out of my office, this Zumo with the same chipset should be a hoot as far as getting a signal under heavy forested areas and some canyons where I often lose the signal.

Maybe mine will be in my hands for a good run through during Thanksgiving. I've also got the GSM-30 antenna for the XM radio as well. Plan is to put it all through the AutoCom AVI-Pro as was the BMW Navigator II. Hope the install goes easy and no special AutoCom cables will be needed (maybe one for stereo?).
 
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