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 zumo is awesome. I knew I would like having gps with me while I ride, but I never knew how much it would change the way I ride. I use it to find small twisty back roads, make a route on the fly, and spend more time on my idea of nice roads than ever in the past. The controls are easy to use and intuitive. I have only had to look a couple of processes up in the owner's manual. The mounting systems are spectacular.
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: After using a Garmin GPS60 in my travels, using the ZUMO 550 was a great improvement. I read some previous reviews and was a little disappointed in some of the shortcomings of the unit. I don't know if Garmin actually addressed the shortcomings of if the reviewer just didn't know how to access the feature. Two examples; one reviewer said that you couldn't "MARK" a location. This is easily done by simply touching the vehicle icon.
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: I purchased the Garmin Zumo 550 and installed it on my Honda VTX 1300. The installation was very easy and the left handed function works very well. First trip took me directly to the address I wanted with no problems. Diplay is easy to read in all lighting. Device is easily moved from bike to car. Only suggestion I recommend is to purchase the key lock for the mount for the motorcycle handle bars.
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.
Summary: I've been using the Zumo 550 on my motorcycle (Yamaha FJR1300) for about a month now and am very pleased with the performance and ease of use. Very user friendly and a quick learn. I have it tied to my Autocom AVI pro unit and it gives very clear audio and better sterio Mp3 sound than my little Zen Mp3 player did when it was tied to the Autocom. I did find that it didn't recognize a 4 year old, paved, back-road I often travel in northern Calif.