Summary: I was tired of the 15 minute start up times, the touch screen that couldn't stay calibrated, expensive map updates and Garmin's useless tech support. Now I have a Magellan 5045-LM. Life just got better.
Summary: I bought this unit rather than other motorcycle friendly GPS units because of the 'built in' XM radio. It isn't really built in, though, as you have to spend another $160 or so to get the XM antenna. I can't count the number of times this unit failed to recognize an address, sent me to the wrong address, or put me into a loop where it tried to take me in an endless circle. In one instance, it took me up a hill and the map showed another road where it said I would turn.
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: Having bought this in Jan. 2010, I hooked it up to my computer to make sure the software and maps were up to date. So what do you get for a list price of $600? One update. After that, you have to pay $70 to update your map to the newest version. They also have an option for lifetime updates at another ridiculous price. I'm sorry, but this is pure greed.
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.
Pros: Touch screen, bright images, Hope to have better luck with next Garmin Zumo 550
Cons: Lost all maps on unit, so I wasn't able to use it, but one time. Was great for the short time I used it. Returned to Costco, and ordered another one. Hope to have better results from the new Garmin Zumo 250
Summary: I bought my Zumo 550 in 2007 and was quite happy with the unit untill I needed to update maps. Very expensive and a tedious process at that. After a little over a year of use the voice stopped (car mount) and the units battery would no longer hold a charge. For no other reason than the update expense I would not recomend the Garmin. There are other brands that charge a lot less for the unit and the updates.
Summary: I paid around $800 for my Zumo and it was defective right out of the box. The features are great, but mine just wouldn't turn on sometimes. Unfortunately the unit waited 17 days to act up, too long to return it to Best Buy, so I turned to Garmin. Tech support couldn't solve the problem so they requested that I return the unit. They wouldn't just send a replacement unit, they want ALL the parts, including the ones already mounted to the motorcyle.