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    Garmin 2720 - should I buy?

    Hi guys & gals,

    I currently use a Garmin GPSMap60C and like it a lot, but on long trips, I have to be careful or I run out of maps. This has me thinking about getting a GPS that holds the whole country at one time.

    If I find a 2720 brand new for $350-400.00, is it worth getting? I don't care about MP3 players, cell phones, XM radio or weather reports, and I don't care about using it off the bike.

    There are other models that also hold all of North America, but they all seem more expensive.

    What say you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emoto View Post
    Hi guys & gals,

    I currently use a Garmin GPSMap60C and like it a lot, but on long trips, I have to be careful or I run out of maps. This has me thinking about getting a GPS that holds the whole country at one time.

    If I find a 2720 brand new for $350-400.00, is it worth getting? I don't care about MP3 players, cell phones, XM radio or weather reports, and I don't care about using it off the bike.

    There are other models that also hold all of North America, but they all seem more expensive.

    What say you?
    I bet the Zumo 450 is just what you are looking for and pretty close to your price range. Not sure if they have been released yet

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    My opinion is absolutely yes. I own both the 2610 and the 2720 and while I would recommend them both, I find the 2720 a lot easier to use, especially for motorcycle use. The screen is also much easier to read due to the better resolution. Btw, I use them both everyday. One is on my Harley and one is on my 12GS. When I take one off to use in the car or take with me on business trips it is the 2720 I reach for every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snoone View Post
    I bet the Zumo 400 is just what you are looking for and pretty close to your price range
    Yes, I was kind of interested in that one. The 400 doesn't come with the map CD/DVD, though, so I would have to buy that separately for $100-130, so I could do my route planning on the PC. Also the Zumo seems like it might be a little more simplified than I realy need, but am not sure. The Zumo does have the fast new chip, though.
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    There is also a different, newer chip set in the Zumo which is supposed to be more sensitive to the satellites. I doubt if this would make much of a difference if you ride in the open. But it you do a lot of city riding or hills and valleys then there could be a different.

    Make sure a mount is readily available for your bike to accommodate the 2720.

    Have fun! It will come in handy if you are coming to the Highland Fling

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAULBACH View Post
    There is also a different, newer chip set in the Zumo which is supposed to be more sensitive to the satellites. I doubt if this would make much of a difference if you ride in the open. But it you do a lot of city riding or hills and valleys then there could be a different.

    Make sure a mount is readily available for your bike to accommodate the 2720.

    Have fun! It will come in handy if you are coming to the Highland Fling
    I've wondered about that. I have heard that the new chip set is marvelously sensitive, but would the 2720 be any worse than my 2 year old GPSMap 60C? I find it to be acceptably sensitive.
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    As a geocacher and mobile device nerd, I can tell you the SIRF chipset in the Zumo rocks. I have several GPS units and any of the ones with SIRF I can easily pull sats from the kitchen table. All the others fail.

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    I have been using a 2620. I really like it but it cannot be used on my 1150gs because it is sensitive to vibration due to the hard drive in it. I recently recieved a 2720. It is slightly different than the 2620 but I do like it. It is recomended for motorcycles. Easy to operate and great screen. You can set the screen for 3d or 2d. Touratech makes a good mount. I would recommend the 2720 for the price diffinetly.I paid $359.00 for mine. It is a Garmin factory refurbished with a new warranty. Good luck, Pete

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    Thanks to everyone who has responded. One lingering question is how do I get the audio out of the 2720? I can't seem to find out if it has a jack on it. I want to be able to grab the audio (mostly for the "turn here" stuff) and pipe it in with my music and radar detector.
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    Ok, found the audio solution. Garmin sells a power cord with an audio jack:




    Text here: http://shop.garmin.com/accessory.jsp...0%2D10495%2D02
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    Ok, after much thought and thrashing around on several forums, I pulled the trigger on the 2720.

    Should have it by the weekend. It is supposed to snow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emoto View Post
    Ok, after much thought and thrashing around on several forums, I pulled the trigger on the 2720.

    Should have it by the weekend. It is supposed to snow.
    Where and how much? Been shopping a lot too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles960 View Post
    Where and how much? Been shopping a lot too.
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    Amazon. $386, plus there is an in-box $50 rebate. The rebate is good onloy through today, I think.

    http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-StreetP...1&pf_rd_i=home
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