Summary: First off, being a bit of a techie it was really difficult convincing myself to buy a five year old GPS with the latest firmware update being some three years old when I could have bought the newest generation for $50 more. Especially when looking at paying $600 for the cheapest option. Like I said, I'm a techie and I like new gadgets but the bottom line here was that I was buying a GPS specifically for my bike and I wanted the best option I could find/afford.
Summary: You can read on to the other reviews for all the user scoop on this unit. THE POINT I WANT TO MAKE here is when you are GPS shopping and this unit is $600 and all others are $200 you need to understand why. I had a hard time with this until I opened the box. The Zumo 550 comes with every mount, screw, suction cups, cords, cables, power wires & adapters you will need to install this unit on ANY motorcycle AND in your vehicle.
Summary: In the last 9 months, I have had 3 Zumo 550s. Each time, it took weeks for Garmin to process my RMA and send me a new unit. Each time, the unit failed within 6 months or so. This time, they have my RMA listed as "unit backordered" so I am without a motorcycle gps and may not get the replacement anytime soon. Garmin map support is awful. It always says the device doesn't have enough room for a new map. Even though I have paid for lifetime maps.
infuriating to use; impossible to have been designed by a motorcyclist
12 November 2010
Summary: Let me preface this by saying that I have used this unit--my third, one died and was replaced and the second fell and I had to have it repaired--they sent a refurbished unit-- I have had this unit for three years and ridden with it for 45k miles. Suffice it to say I have driven it around the block. I am very tempted to give it one star. What it does do is tell you where you are.
Tough, reliable, user-friendly design; really outdated maps; but proved invaluable on a 9000 mile, solo ride.
Chad Varnadore, Amazon
8 March 2010
Summary: I love this product. I honestly, don't know what I would have done without it on a 9000 mile loop of the US that I made on my 2003 Harley in August of 2008. In addition to guiding my way through unknown wilderness without ever losing a signal even among the tall forests of Northern California and keeping me company one night when even truckers had the good sense to pull over rather than dare the desolate mountains (that were on fire!
Amazing device that delivers everything it's supposed to
D. Stux "stooxie", Amazon
31 August 2008
Summary: I've read a lot of the critical reviews on Amazon and frankly I just don't see where they are coming from. The unit itself lives up to all the claims and THEN some. It is very intuitive and does many things that are surprising. For example, the bluetooth capability (which linked up to EVERY phone I tried it with when I brought it to the Sprint store AND the Apple store [iPhone]) automatically downloads your phonebook.
Summary: I purchased this over the TomTom Rider for it's positive reviews and features. This Garmin model 5550 is supplied with more accessories than the TomTom Rider. You would just have to purchase what you need seprately. Read the customers reviews guys. Make sure this expensive piece of electronics has what you want alng the ease of use. Many Amazon reviews have been helpful. I ordered the Zumo 550 along with a 2G memory for extra storage.
Summary: Having now used the ZUMO on my BMW R1200RT for the past month, I can say that this was money well spent. The display, depending on where the unit's mounted, can sometimes be hard to see in the sun, but that's to be expected. I ended up mounting the unit between the handlebars (BMW mount), but a higher location (like on a dash or shelf) using the RAM mount or similar would solve the glare issue.
Summary: I bought this unit in June 2007 for motorcycle touring and have not been disappointed! I use the XM radio feature to make those long trips more pleasant and the cell phone integration via Bluetooth with my J&M communications sound system on the bike work well, although that requires a Zumo adapter from J&M if you want to talk on the phone through the helmet headset Mic, but the adapter is not needed just to listen to phone messages.
Summary: This is my second motorcycle GPS and it definitely comes much closer to perfect than my previous one. I bought this model for Bluetooth and I have to say that function works perfectly. Combined with the interphone motorcycle headset it is the perfect combination. Listen to music, GPS instructions and even phone calls while you ride. Your phone book loads into it and you can add a SD card for music.