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Garmin-zumo-550.32729234
5.7 out of 10

Garmin zūmo 550

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Overall 8
8.0

GPS ZUMO 550

J. Ammeter, Amazon
19 March 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Tough, reliable, user-friendly design; really outdated maps; but proved invaluable on a 9000 mile, solo ride.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!
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Overall 8
8.0

Zumo

R. Baehre ".:Rock:.", Amazon
16 August 2009
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Garmin Zumo 550 Navigation Aids Review

Consumer Democracy
14 January 2009
  • Summary: Zumo 550 is advertised for motorcycles and cars and works well most of the time. Interface with computer maps is good altho figuring out how to upload more than one route is a task.
  • Pros: Ease of use-designed for motorcycle/car, good voice directions, MP3, Cell Phone compat.
  • Cons: Maps not always accurate-Voice directions sometime late-Good only for major roads and cities not backroads.
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Overall 8
8.0

Two steps forward, one step back

L. Blake "longshot", Amazon
13 January 2009
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Motorcycle GPS

Edward Roufberg, Amazon
13 January 2009
  • Summary: As you can see 4 stars. It is not perfect. I have been a Magellan user for 4 years and I first purchased a Magellan for my Motorcycle. It broke twice probably because it couldn`t take the vibration. Magellan doesn't make a GPS for Motorcycles. I then tried the Tom Tom and was totally disappointed. It couldn't bee seen much better than My Magellan in sunlight and the map area on the screen was too small due to the on screen menu items.
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Overall 8
8.0

Zumo 550 - A Few Thoughts

Amazon Customer "Andy F.", Amazon
13 January 2009
  • Summary: People complain about the Zumo not having a built in speaker. Well, you wouldn't be able to hear it while riding your bike it if it had one, so it's a bit of a moot point. On a side note, I think there are some features the unit lacks that can be somewhat annoying. First, and definitely the most annoying for me, the elevation by which you view your position on a GPS determines the amount of detail you see, i.e. POI's, street names, distance of road to travel, etc.
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Overall 8
8.0

almost perfect

Brian J. Boyle, Amazon
27 June 2007
  • Summary: I love the navagation screen. The 3d effect allows me to quickly determine where I'm going. The satallite radio is the best! Rode 800 miles listening to weather and non-stop music. Love the MP3 player as well, although found out that songs purchased on itunes won't play on it. The only real complaint I have is that the unit needs to be placed in the cradle perfectly and the contacts completely dust free or it thinks it should run on battery power thereby disabling the...
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 6
6.0
Features 8
8.0
Ease of use 6
6.0
Audio & image quality 6
6.0

kballmann

Overstock
5 April 2007
  • Summary: Pleased with the Zumo, however there were parts missing. You have to order special wiring (Kennedy wire) to use the GPS through a headset, otherwise you will not get the voice comands. This special wiring is expensive. After 1 month, still waiting to mount on motorcycle. Need those missing parts to do that.
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 6
6.0
Features 8
8.0
Ease of use 6
6.0
Audio & image quality 6
6.0

kballmann

Overstock
5 April 2007
  • Summary: Pleased with the Zumo, however there were parts missing. You have to order special wiring (Kennedy wire) to use the GPS through a headset, otherwise you will not get the voice comands. This special wiring is expensive. After 1 month, still waiting to mount on motorcycle. Need those missing parts to do that.
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