$500+ gps

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by Callisto224, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. Callisto224

    Callisto224 Long timer Supporter

    Jan 5, 2010
    Smyrna, GA
    I apologize if this has been asked over and over but I haven't seen anything lately about this so here's my question.

    Is a $500 or $600 (or more) GPS really worth the extra cost over a $120. model. When I look at the Zumo units the price seems kinda crazy. What makes them so much better than a cheaper model? Amazon sells a Garmin 265WT widescreen with traffic for under $120. Wouldn't this work just as well?
  2. Norhasken

    Norhasken Tryin' to find my way

    Aug 20, 2007
    On the couch
    I have a 60csX that does everything I need it to. Never had a Zumo so I can't compare, but don't notice any gaps since I am really only using it as a GPS.
  3. omeier

    omeier Been here awhile

    May 25, 2010
    Puget Sound (WA)
    I haven't owned a zumo but....

    The zumo's are optomized for bikes.
    this means its waterproof, in many cases chemical resistant (think gasoline spillage), comes with motorcycle mounts plus car mounts, power cable for bike, is easy to use while you have gloves on etc... It's all these little things that make a big difference. The main question is, how much are these features worth to you...

    The Nuvi265WT you listed, is not waterproof...
    It also doesn't come with any motorcycle mounting hardware, or a powercable that can be wired to the bike.
    Buying the mount, fudging a power cable etc etc, will end up adding significant cost, and still leave you short of having the features and functions of a true moto gps..

    All this said, I have a garmin 60 csx as well. Good thing is bikers have gravitated towards this as it meets all our biker needs. E.g. it has buttons that can be used with gloves on, its waterproof, there are motorcycle mounts available and power cables to boot!

    Good luck with your search.
  4. Lujo

    Lujo Long timer

    Nov 30, 2003
    Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    I was just looking at replacing my Streetpilot 2620. I bought a Nuvi 1490LMT for a few bucks over $200 with the intention of stuffing it into a waterproof case, but after testing decided that I'm better off just upgrading the maps on the old GPS. The new one didn't seem particularly faster, its interface was virtually identical, and the screen was equally difficult to operate. The new Zumos play mp3s, but so does my phone, and I wouldn't go without my phone anyway. Perhaps very high-end Garmin GPSes are much better, but after this experience if I didn't have a GPS I'd probably still buy an old Streetpilot for next to nothing and pay for new maps.
  5. JPSpen

    JPSpen At Large

    Sep 3, 2007
    Keeping up with the Joneses, OK ?
    I got a Garmin 2730 when they first came out.. Gave over a hundred bucks for it....

    Last Christmas I got my wife a newer unit and it was hands above my older gps..

    You do need the waterproof feature unless you just want to carry a baggie and put that over it....That works too..

    You don't have to spend a bunch of money...

  6. Englishmatt

    Englishmatt Long timer

    Jun 6, 2007
    Woodstock, GA
    Here's my thoughts.

    I rode for a few years with a 2820. Worked great, never let me down. Sold it to a buddy of mine who still has it and loves it. Then I just used the Verizon Navigator on my blackeberry in my tank bag and that worked too.

    Now, I sold a bunch of old stuff in the fleamarket and purchased a new Zumo 665 off eBay for $629.


    1.) Does the 2820 and new 665 both run the same map files? - YES

    2.) Does the 2820 and the 665 connect to phone via bluetooth? - YES

    3.) Can I get dopplar weather overlays on the 2820? - NO, but I can on the 665. I like being able to see if I'm headed into a thunderstorm so atleast I can prepare.

    4.) Can I listen to all the music I want on the 665 (with additional SD card) without having to carry my iPOD? - YES

    5.) Could I do that with the 2820? - NO

    6.) Is music important to me on day long trips? - YES

    7.) Is the Lane Assist function on the 665 awesome when in a Metro Interstate area and the older GPS keep you guessing in which lane you need? - YES

    8.) Is the screen on the 665 almost twice the size of other GPS screens and really easy to see even in bright sunlight? - YES

    Bottom line, with the zumo 550, 660, 665 type devices there are some pretty cool capabilities that you don't think you need....until you need them, then they are awesome.

    Again....depends on what you are using the GPS for, and really how much $$$ the nice features are worth to you.

    Would I pay 800+ for the Zumo 665 - No F%%#ING WAY.....but I sold a bunch of old gear I had, then found the 665 on ebay for $629 NIB. So....my justification was "I'm not coming out of pocket to purchase the 665...so why not?"

    Worked for me.


  7. Transrider5587

    Transrider5587 Adventurer

    Feb 8, 2006
    Las Vegas
    I have the Zumo 550 and the Cardo Scale Rider system on the bike...and love it. My advise is spend the money and get the Zumo. It's worth every penny. With the Zumo and the Cardo you can sink your cell phone for music or use the SD card slot to listen to MP3's. Plus you can make hand free phone calls via the G.P.S. It also and it takes you every where you want to go.

    Think of what you get when you spend the money. It comes with two cradles one you mount on the bike the other suction cups to the windshield in the car. When in the car mode the mount has a speaker built in so you can hear the directions. So you get a lot of use out of the unit. If it's not on the bike, the wife is using it to get around, or it's in the family truckster while on vacations.

    Plus it is so simple to use, you can pick it up and have it figured out in about 5 minutes.

    Just get over the price:eek1 you will be happy:lol3
  8. BlackdogADV

    BlackdogADV Long timer

    Oct 31, 2008
    Puget Island WA, The Dalles OR
    $629?? where?
  9. NorthernBoxer

    NorthernBoxer Fükengrüven

    Sep 19, 2005
    Anchorage, Alaska
    I am a 60csx owner and fan as well. Such a great little unit. The customizable part is what does it for me. You can have it display a map with north up or track up, or a 3d type highway map. or you can display a screen with 8 fields that all can be set to display any kind of data about your trip: Speed, Trip, Odo,distance to destination, time to destination, top speed, average speed, any number of averages, anything you want. It's great!

    What I have been doing lately is displaying 3 large fields (just discovered this mode) with trip odometer at the top, distance to destination in the middle, and speed at the bottom. These are the data I am most interested in while traveling.

    It's powered by AA bateries plus it can be powered by a 12volt source from the bike (I just got the Canbus cable to do that off the bike! no more batteries for me!).

    And it's a really tough and waterproof little unit. I have beat it up with mud and dust and water for close to 5 years now and it's still just fine. If it broke I would get a new one just like it.

    Gamin 60csx! :clap

  10. yellowbirdrs

    yellowbirdrs Been here awhile

    Jan 1, 2009
    Ags. MX
    If you don't care of music & BT get a Nuvi 500/550
    motorcycle friendly, water proof and cheap. Also you can get the bike mout, cables for direct power and SD maps.
  11. CheckerdD

    CheckerdD Long timer

    Apr 30, 2005
    Dave Rankine, Reno NV
    I have a Zumo 550. I like the idea of GPS but I don't think all the supposed motorcycle enhancements are worth the money. It may be waterproof. I never tried it in the rain I would put a ziplock sandwich bag over it anyway if I had to use it in the rain. People sometimes say "nice bike" to me, but no one ever said, "nice GPS." I never use features like music, etc. that for the Goldwing folks. Dave
  12. LTCOliverNorth

    LTCOliverNorth Peeping Tom

    Jul 2, 2009
    Seattle, WA

    If you're not concerned about saving Tracks or importing tracks then the Nuvi 500 is a great alternative. Tracks can be converted to routes easily enough in Basecamp, but the Nuvi has a 200 waypoint limitation. Hasn't been a problem for me, but could be a dealbreaker depending on how you intend on using it.
  13. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell Supporter

    Apr 17, 2008
    Waterproofing is cheap.:D

  14. LittleMac

    LittleMac Been here awhile

    Apr 10, 2011
    Aylmer Ontario Canada
    I have a Nuvi 550, it's waterproof mounts on the 1200GSA perfect, works with gloves on. I have it loaded with the free Ibycus topo so it gets used to mark deer stands for hunting in the woods, the whole set up for less then $400.00
  15. bracky72

    bracky72 Long timer

    Feb 22, 2011
    Charles Town, West Virginia
    I prefer the zumo 220. It has a long battery life and spares are cheap so no need to hard wire it. It's also compact so it doesn't get in the way.
  16. NonDairyCreamer

    NonDairyCreamer incomprehensible

    Dec 18, 2007
    a golden cage

    That reminds me of a former girl friend:huh who made the comment about condoms, "like taking a shower in a rain coat".

    Fucking bitch gave me herpes.
  17. DualMule

    DualMule Been here awhile

    Aug 17, 2010
    Town of Beans
    I'm not sure that a dedicated GPS is all that relevant any more. My iphone has my phone, music, maps and a CoPilot Live GPS navigation and it is convenient to always have on me when I leave the bike. I have not used anything beyond the Zumo 550, but this CoPilot Live KILLS the Zumo.

    Some complain about using gloves with phone screens...easy problem to solve with a bit of conductive thread sewn into the tip of your gloves (I did it for all of my everyday winter gloves as well).

    So now the hard part is what is the best smartphone for me now that my iphone is a couple of years old...I'm thinking the HTC thunderbolt w/ ext battery is next.

    Rain? Whatever...I can pop the phone out of the mount in two seconds and throw it in my tank bag or jacket. It's not like you can see the screen in the rain anyway. In light rain it stays on the bike and because it is tucked slightly under the windshield it has never gotten a drop on it.

  18. genka

    genka SUV hater

    Mar 25, 2010
    Baltimore, MD
    Motorcycle specific GPS has one feature that makes it different- ability to load complex routes from a computer. All other disadvantages can be dealt with one way or another, but without advanced routing you can only go from point A to point B. How will you plan this route without Zumo?
    There are couple of Nuvi models with map load feature, but they are more expensive. When you add all mounting hardware, they cost almost as much as Zumo.
    Of course $600 is a ripoff, but so are most of moto farkles.
  19. Dan Diego

    Dan Diego Long timer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    The Garmin Zumo is a really fantastic unit. It has many features that the very good and cheaper Nuvi does not. Mainly, it's waterproof and made specifically for bikers.

    I love my Zumo 660 and wouldn't own another GPS set-up (and I've had a few).

    Having said that, buy the Zumo you want at a discount! I'm almost embarrassed to say what i paid for mine, but it was substantially lower than $500...
  20. genka

    genka SUV hater

    Mar 25, 2010
    Baltimore, MD
    Don't be shy.