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: The 550 comes with mounts for both the motorcycle and a car which was a pleasant surprise for me. I ordered an extra mount so I could easily transfer the 550 from my BMW K1200LT to my BMW R1150GS. I've only used it for local rides but did find it easy to program it. I'll be linking it to a Bluetooth in my helmet.
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.
Summary: The Zumo 550 is the bit of motorcycling kit that I have both come to love and hate at the same time. I admit that Garmin has done a terrific job of making such a feature rich piece of technology. The Zumo has never failed to disappoint me with it's array of bells and whistles, and the usability of the device is great while riding, and while planning rides. However, I have two gripes: First, the routing isn't all that great.
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!
Summary: This product, I've had it over a year now, is pretty good as I use it on my motorcycles and in my "cage". I think the two most desirable features, that matter the most to me, is that you can only update your map once (TOM-TOM is forever) and you cant give it voice commands. The Mapsource software interface is cumbersome compared to the likes of a Google maps interface. But it does get the job done.
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: The new Zumo 550 is a big step forward in ease of use, but sacrifices some of the flexibility of previous units (Streepilot series, x76C series). The touch screen display and integrated buttons on the left side of the unit are easy to use even with riding gloves, and the new locking mount is a big improvement. GPS reception also seems to be GREATLY improved; not getting lost under dense tree coverage.