Garmin zumo - the ultimate Bike SatNav?

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by KTMBill, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. DeSoto

    DeSoto Been here awhile

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    I have an autocom unit setting in a box if you want to try messing with it. I took it off the bike because it would not work with a CB radio. It worked for intercom and hearing the 2610. I have the phone piece but never tried it. PM me if you want to try it.

    I just live in DeSoto. Another question . The local BMW club is having a Garmin guy in for the next meeting so show us stuff. Wouldn't happen to be you would it?
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  2. RL Lemke

    RL Lemke Long timer

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    This all sounds great. However, I have a strong desire to see what the weather is when riding on the coast or mountains. Will this first version of the Zumo allow me to see Nexrad using XM WX Weather?
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  4. RL Lemke

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    Thank-you for your direct input to Garmin. The addition of traffic info is fine for those commuting in the few cities which have the XM Traffic input. However, there are a lot of riders, like me, that prefer to ride away from large populations.

    I guess that if I want to upgrade my GPS, the 376C (with the included WXM antenna) will be the best bet for the forseeable future.
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  5. RL Lemke

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    Any thoughts as to whether the Zumo be able to be upgraded to allow for XM Weather. Since the XM antenna is built-in, it would not be too difficult to do a software upgrade. Maybe I'm just dreaming.
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  6. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    I sure have been appreciating all the info you've been passing along.
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  7. PhilSpace

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    :smooch

    I owe you a big ass beer :1drink

    I had committed and am in the que and my wife gets the 2820 :evil
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  8. RL Lemke

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    Life sure is a series of compromises.

    Other than the simplicity of use, and cool interface, with the Zumo, why do you grab it over the 376C? For the same money as the Zumo, the 376C comes complete with the GXM and Nexrad Weather capable. I already have the memory & RAM mount for the bike.

    Women, bikes and now GPS. Oh so difficult to find just the right one.
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  9. PhilSpace

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    First, the answer is GPS's everybody knows that if it has boobs or wheels, it will give you problems - boy I hope my wife isn't lurking :lol2

    Now, You bring up a good point. I need to find a local sucker with a 376 or similar form factor box to see if it will fit where I want it. On my old RT it was too big, but I might be able to pull it off on the GT :dunno

    And Lowflyer has sold me on Nexrad. I use the standard XM WX on the 2820 pretty well since you can look for wx near you and at the destination and figure it out, but you can't see the actually rate of the rain fall.
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  10. DeSoto

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    I would take the nexrad over the phone anytime. I don't personally think talking on the phone and riding would be a good mix.

    For sure , I would pick the GPS with the nexrad capability. The one big thing holding me back is the $100 sign up fee and the $100 per month service fee for the nexrad xm radio service. If it was $20, I would be the first one there.

    The Zumo looks great, but without cheap nexrad service, I'm thinking my 2610 looks good. I do like the idea of being able to print out the route you just rode and looking at it on Google Earth. The phone thingy does nothing for me but the radio might. What good is it to have BT phone and GPS talking to you if you have to connect the radio and intercom with a cord?
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  11. frewhl

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    I hope travel kit capabilities are not holding people back.I would guess it cost the company forty cents to add it,
    I hope real price increases are for better screens and such.
    these comments lean twoards nuvi series,which I am trying to buy for my father and sell to that group of customers who never reall got with the gps.
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  12. S Won

    S Won Been here awhile

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    Exactly! I don't mind the phone. Using it on the fly is a bad idea but having the capability to make calls hands-free would be nice, at rest stops anyway!

    Without the BT XM Radio, I'll pass and wait for the next generation. 18 months isn't long to wait. As soon as they realize people want the BT XM capability they'll be working on it.

    I'm going to cancel my N-Com helmet order today! By the time the next generation GPS is out Nolan will have an updated helmet too! Thanks for clearing all of this up everyone!

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  13. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    LOL, seems that Garmin wrote the book on compromises. :lol3
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  14. SteveAZ

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    The lack of Nexrad would be a deal killer for me...


    Are there any units with at least QVGA (preferably better) resolution, highly outdoor readable that have Nexrad, traffic and good track log capabilities that are suitable for moto use (and car, boat, etc.)? Oh yeah, it needs to be able to operate on a battery...


    I have a 276C which I like a lot. But it will take that combo (or simply a larger, more viewable screen) to get me even interested in a replacement unit.
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  15. MookieBlaylock

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    seems the 276 screen has more pixels-so more resolution? I dont know how i could ever upgrade from a 276 cuz the fm , nexrad,bluetooth etc is a little more than i want in navigation device--the sd slot is definitly a good feature though
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  16. RL Lemke

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    OK, here is the comparison of the 376C (and similar) and the new Zumo, which is running thru my mind.

    The Zumo is a complete package for those wanting a simple and effective navigation system for their motorcycle. Sure, it doesn't have weather, but if you are riding for pleasure anyway, just look to the sky for clues. Easy on and off the bike since the mount is hardwired. Simpler graphics for easier navigation. Just easy all the way around. Relax and enjoy the ride. For less than $1100 and I'm done.

    The 376C requires the purchase of a mount, 512 Garmin memory chip, map software, XM antenna mount, spare power cord to leave on the bike. Then, for use in the car, you need to buy an additional mount. In exchange for this confusion you get a high zoot GPS that will do all sorts of cool additional things, like save track files and show you where you will get wet or snow. Every time you park the cord must be removed (unless you are able to get your hands on the TT locking mount), unplug the XM antenna, and stow all. There are reports that the 376C screen is fragile and that the power cord fails when used a lot. The XM Weather is available for $29/ month and I can turn on and off the service on a monthly basis. I have to load the maps I want for each long trip, then restore the local maps when I return. This ties me to the use of a Dull more than I care to admit. GPS, mounts, maps, etc..., and I'm probably up to $1,500 easy.

    Riding a BMW with numerous farkles, I am drawn to the 376C. The simple life appeals to me also. I just don't know.

    Seeing that lowflyer has both and prefers the Zumo weighs heavily here.

    At least this decision is easy when compared to figuring out female "logic" or how to handle my teenage sons.
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  17. rdsmith3

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    That is the funniest things I have read today. I currently have two teenage sons (and three other kids), and one wife (and one ex-wife). My wife asked me the other day why I always greet the dog first when I come in the house. I had to explain to her as delicately as possible that the dog is always glad to see me, no matter what. Even if she just saw me 30 minutes ago, she is still so happy to see me. I cannot say the same for the other occupants of the house.

    Back to GPS, I have decided on the Zumo. The NEXRAD weather would be nice but it is too pricey for me. The traffic info is good for me, as I live near NYC.

    I was also considering the 2820 because it seems to have a bigger screen than the Zumo. However, I read somewhere the that 2820 does not have a full screen mode so the actual map size would be about the same as the Zumo.
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  18. karmatourer

    karmatourer STD free

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    GPS decisions should be a piece of cake!:lol3

    If you married 1 of them twice(I'm slow on the uptake) does that count as 1 or 2?:earSo my total will be 3 or 4.Currently single with GS.
    Still want the "dumbed down" Zumo.
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  19. DeSoto

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    Where is it availble for that price? I mean the full nexrad version that Garmin advertises is available for the $100 per month.
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  20. SteveAZ

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    That's the ground package. Last I checked the aviation and marine versions were much cheaper...