New Motorcycle specific GPS - FROM GARMIN - Zumo!

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by Mike Werner, Jul 19, 2006.

  1. Mike Werner

    Mike Werner Cloggy amongst Frogs

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    Garmin released a motorcycle specific GPS called the Zumo. Bluetooth, big buttons, it will even tell you when you're running dry (gas, not beer) and route you to the closest gas station.

    US$ 1000 available in October

    Garmin Zumo
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  2. GB

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    but... but.. but they say it's not safe to operate the GPS while riding.. now they are putting bigger buttons so we can do so?!!

    I like it.. the more Bluetooth the better.. I hate wires..
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  3. Mike Werner

    Mike Werner Cloggy amongst Frogs

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    It's just a tad to expensive..
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  4. Too Many Toys

    Too Many Toys Adventure Poseur

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    The GPS price is bad enough, but then you need to add a Touratech mount, for another couple hundred, then helmet bluetooth, etc.

    Damn farkle can break a AdvRider :cry
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  5. Mike Werner

    Mike Werner Cloggy amongst Frogs

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    Yeah.. but you will not run out of gas...:rofl
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  6. kellyk7

    kellyk7 Who knows

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    or not have money for gas

    I guess I am still an old school map and compass guy, I use a garmin Etrex Ledgend but tend to keep it in my pocket and pull it out to check now and then ti get my bearings and then work from map will have to see how this continues to work.. right now I just can't get my mind around paying 1/2 what I did for my bike for an option, same problem I have with those really cool ( I would love to have) double HID lights
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  7. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    Wait about 6 months until they make the Zumo II and we'll be able to buy the original for the price of an Etrex :evil
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  8. Mike Werner

    Mike Werner Cloggy amongst Frogs

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    probably cheaper on ebay, like trade it in for a pocket calculator...don't really understand why they are so expensive.
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  9. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Supply and demand...because some people want the latest and greatest.
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  10. Mike Werner

    Mike Werner Cloggy amongst Frogs

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    I can understand that in a motorcycle special GPS, but for general ones, the market is enormous. There should be far more competition...
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  11. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Cheap price relative to my BMW Navigator 2 which was $1500 ! :huh Thats just rude.
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  12. Jolly705

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    I wonder how large the screen is?
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  13. YetiMoto

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    As I understand it, the price of GPS units has more to do with the maps than the technology (this is for mainstream units, not the latest and greatest motorcycle specific models). Apparently, while some of the digital maps are public domain, many of them are subject to fees from the local municipalities that own them. Garmin has to pay "mapsource" (I think that is the name) for every map they sell. This is why a Quest II (with every map in NA) costs $650 while the Quest I costs $300. Extra RAM is not that expensive...
    Zomo sounds cool though...
    YM
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  14. Too Many Toys

    Too Many Toys Adventure Poseur

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    Yep, that's me, usually on the 'Bleeding Edge', and pay for it, become a beta tester.

    You'd think I'd learn?

    Hey, any one tried M$ Windoze Vista yet???
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  15. Garand

    Garand Keeper of Useful Sarcasms

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    Display: 2.8” W x 2.1” H (3.5” diag.), 320 x 240 pixels; high bright sunlight-readable, UV-resistant, touch screen display

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    Garmin Zumo





    gk
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  16. sullydirt

    sullydirt Been here awhile

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    Hopefully, by spring the Zumo will be about $600.

    Includes a Motorcycle mount with RAM mounting hardware!

    With optional XM subscriptions and an XM antenna, you can check the weather, move ahead of traffic and listen to the radio when you travel with zūmo. As an alternative, zūmo can receive optional TMC traffic alerts (in select cities) when used with a compatible traffic receiver. Simply press a button on the screen, and zūmo recalculates your route to avoid traffic tie-ups.
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  17. Mike Werner

    Mike Werner Cloggy amongst Frogs

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    Kind of dumb to release a motorcycle product in Octobre..end of season.
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  18. PhilSpace

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    They have gone and done it again, competition for the TomTom I guess :dunno

    Introducing the Garmin Zumo

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    Customize your ride with zūmo™ 550. Born to run, built to last, this rugged GPS navigator is always ready to ride. Designed by bikers, zūmo’s motorcycle-friendly features make it easy to operate while in the saddle. From back roads to rallies, its preloaded maps and high-end navigation features give you the freedom to go where you want.
    Operate Easily on Two Wheels
    Durable and intuitive, zūmo is built specifically for motorcycles:
    • Glove-friendly touch screen with left-handed controls makes it easy to operate
    • High bright sunlight-readable, UV-resistant display makes it easy to view your screen
    • Motorcycle console for trip information, including fuel gauge to warn you when its time to fill up
    • Motorcycle mount with universal mounting hardware so you can mount it anywhere
    • Included motorcycle mount and automotive mount (with integrated speaker) for riding or driving
    • Custom caps, available in a variety of colors, to reflect your style
    • Vibration-tested, waterproof and built with fuel-resistant plastics to withstand the elements
    Navigate the Open Road
    zūmo 550 comes ready to go right out of the box with preloaded City Navigator® NT street maps and a hefty points of interest (POIs) database, including motels, restaurants, fuel, ATMs and more. Simply enter a destination, and zūmo takes you there with turn-by-turn voice directions that speak street names. In addition, zūmo accepts customized points of interest such as school zones and safety cameras and includes proximity alerts to warn of upcoming POIs. It is also compatible with Garmin's Tour Guide™ — a free utility that allows you to build and upload a database of POIs that are encoded with photos and MP3 files.
    A rechargeable, removable lithium-ion battery (three hour typical use) is integrated into zūmo for trip planning or use on foot. In addition, zūmo even accepts electronic maps — making it the ultimate off-road navigator.
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  19. jlpred

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    This is what I've been waiting for. According to the site... SD card expandable too. woohoo !! Doesn't say which cipset though.

    EDIT: Says uses sirfstar III
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  20. Mike Werner

    Mike Werner Cloggy amongst Frogs

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    205 Been there, done that... was up early...

    Garmin Zumo
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