Zumo 665LM - good move?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by DarkFlames, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. DarkFlames

    DarkFlames Adventurer

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    I'm about to pull the trigger on a zumo 665LM. I see the XM radio capability as a very attractive feature.

    I have read a lot about it, but still need to ask: is it a good move? Any reasons why I should avoid it?

    Any advice is always greatly appreciated. :ear
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  2. DarkFlames

    DarkFlames Adventurer

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    Anybody?

    At least, I have not been called an idiot for asking the question......yet. :rofl
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  3. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club.

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    You're an idiot.

    Just kidding.

    Im in the same boat. I want a new gps and there are too many options. At widely different prices.

    The garmin 660 seems popular. The 665 adds xm radio, i think.

    Which is more important, road ( routes) or trail (tracks)?

    Im mostly road. The 660 is $539 at revzilla. I dont need xm radio, dont listen to music on the bike. The Tom Tom rider is attractive at $335 at best buy, (6 month same as cash). But i dont want to spend $300 and be disappointed. I downloaded the Tyre software and it seems ok.

    Then there is the 350/390. A few complaints about the mounts.

    And the new 590, but $800 ?? Wow

    So, i go back and forth and wont decide until i am more sure.

    I have a garmin 276C and it works, but is very basic.

    I have an iPhone so bluetooth would be nice.

    Let me know what you think.


    Oh yeah, then there is the whole android world. Im so confused.
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  4. DarkFlames

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    Yes, the options are many. I currently pair my iphone with a scala g4. I really like music/radio when riding. Like I said, the xm feature is quite attractive. But the price is not.

    I do 70-80% of my riding on the pavement. I do not need hardcore deep-in-the-bush track mapping.

    If I can find a 665 in stock somewhere at an okay price, I think I'm gonna go for it.
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  5. ghostryder

    ghostryder Long timer

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    Just curious, why not go for a 550 or something similar. You don't use the XM you don't do a lot of off road, the prices of the 550 have come way down. Something specific about the 665 you need?
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  6. Mastery

    Mastery Mr. Funny Man

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    I looked at the entire Zumo line...450, 550, 660, 665, 350, 390, etc. Tried a few of those. I ended up with the 660. The 665 is nice if you want the satellite radio...which I didn't, since I put thousands of songs onto my 660 and use that as my MP3 player (I use a Sena bluetooth system...some people complain about quality, but I get excellent sound).

    If the XM is worth it to you, nothing wrong with the 665.
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  7. DarkFlames

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    I am interested in xm radio. I am not sure whether playing mp3s would be enough. I certainly don't care for the price tag of the 665.
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  8. ghostryder

    ghostryder Long timer

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    I'm pretty sure the 550 can get XM radio.....I may be wrong but you might want to check a bit.
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  9. DarkFlames

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    The 550 is indeed XM capable. Not many left on the market.
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  10. Mastery

    Mastery Mr. Funny Man

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    Keep an eye on the for sale Flea Market here...they pop up regularly at fairly good prices.
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  11. ghostryder

    ghostryder Long timer

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    I may have one floating around.....let me do some further garage cleaning....
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  12. Strey1100

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    When it comes to 550 660 665 or 665LM, I've had them all. The 550, 660,as well as the 665 are no longer supported by Garmin. The 665LM is supported. Really, the only difference between the 665 and the 665LM is the LM has "lifetime" maps. I currently have both the 665 and a 665LM. I do a bit of "tour Guide" stuff and need a backup. I recently moved to a 2014 R1200GSW with the GPS setup installed. I had to decide what I wanted, a 665 or a Nav V. After looking closely at both units, I decided to stick with my 665 setup. The Nav V is a nice unit and interacts with the bike. But to get weather, traffic and any other services, you HAVE to have a smart phone (as well as a data plan) otherwise, none of that is available (wait till it starts connecting and you get "roaming fees" for data. Most people don't care, but the Nav 5 has no speaker. Worthless if you would like to use it in your car (and you can not bluetooth it to your car radio.). I don't believe there is any plug if you want to plug an external source in.
    I'll stick with the 665 or the 665LM. I like the larger screen (over the 550). I do listen to music and love the active radar as well as weather warnings. Traffic is not of much use but is nice to know. I've used Garmin stuff for years and am familiar with the software and comfortable with using it. .... Well, that's just one persons point of view, and it is worth every penny you paid!! Cheers
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  13. DarkFlames

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    Does the 665LM have an external speaker? Garmin's specs make no mention of it. That would make using the unit in a car much easier.....
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  14. MikePDX

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    Yes it does, and also has a car cradle that can plug into an 1/8" jack.
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  15. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    FWIW, the Nav V car cradle has a speaker. :deal
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  16. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Upon some reflection, it occurs to me that althugh the 665 is a nice unit, it has been around long enough that I suspect (pure supposition, no inside knowledge) that the 665 will soon be discontinued and at some point after that will become unsupported, which means no free or cheap refurb replacements if yours fails.

    On the other hand, a new unit like the Zumo 590 will be supported for a good while longer. I very much like the tire pressure monitoring feature; if you don't have that on your bike already, IMHO it is worth your consideration. The screen is larger, too, which is nice. Of course, it doesn't get XM, so you would have to add a receiver for that, I suppose, or pair up with your phone for music if you didn't want to use internally stored song files? :dunno
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  17. DarkFlames

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    Good input Emoto.

    I don't like the cost of the 590, but I guess it is not that big a jump from the 665. I have to wonder why Garmin does not support their units for longer periods of time. I understand that technology evolves, but at the same time, one would expect to use a unit for a few years when paying north of $500.

    Is Garmin only interested in our money? :eek1
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  18. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Thanks, but don't get me wrong, I am not meaning to imply that there is anything wrong with a 665, they seem like a very nice unit. There are some 665 threads around where people discuss the ins and outs of them.

    Yeah, sometimes it does seem like they just want our cash, but I don't really know or understand their cost structure anyway, and I have personally found their support to be pretty good.

    There is also the 390LM for consideration. I see you're in Canada, so here: http://www.gpscity.ca/motorcycle-gps

    I have always had excellent results in dealing with GPS City, and if you PM them here, they may be able to come up with some kind of package deal for you, since you are an ADV member. They've always been good to me and their service has been excellent. :deal
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  19. DarkFlames

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    Well let's hope it's a good move: I have a zumo 665LM coming in the mail from GPS City. :clap

    Thanks to Emoto, I got a good deal. The advertised price at GPS City was not that great but I contacted them and got a sweet discount. I hope the unit lives up to the very courteous and prompt service I received from GPS City. :D
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  20. Devil Dog

    Devil Dog Q-Tip With Ears

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    So what are your thoughts on it now that you've had it a while? :ear
    I have one on the way, and should be here today or monday. Any advice or tips? :deal
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