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    GPS- Garmin Zumo

    I'm confident that I could live with a Zumo, since my Garmin eTrex Vista just died after 11 years. I want a Vista-like display (a real map, not a simulated on-road view). Can I get that with an inexpensive (Zumo 220) Garmin? I do not have a retailer in Central NY that has a Zumo in stock, and nobody can answer questions about them. Garmin's website gives no details about the display, other than showing that "road view".

    Some help, folks? Y'all've come through every time I've asked.

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    You have your choice of 2D or 3D view.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommcgee View Post
    You have your choice of 2D or 3D view.
    That is certainly true of my Zumo 550 and would be astounded if the 220 differed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sully View Post
    I'm confident that I could live with a Zumo, since my Garmin eTrex Vista just died after 11 years. I want a Vista-like display (a real map, not a simulated on-road view). Can I get that with an inexpensive (Zumo 220) Garmin? I do not have a retailer in Central NY that has a Zumo in stock, and nobody can answer questions about them. Garmin's website gives no details about the display, other than showing that "road view".

    Some help, folks? Y'all've come through every time I've asked.
    Does Buffalo still have a BMW dealer? If you have a dealer near you, some dealers will have a Nav IV on display for you to play with. The Nav IV is similar to a Zumo on how the maps look. The Nav IV will have a wider screen than the Zumo 220.
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    just curious...what is the advantage of having a more expensive zummo over a less expensive gps for your bike? I ride with a $100 garmin gps and pop it in a waterproof holder when it rains. Just wondering.. thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1100RTGUY View Post
    just curious...what is the advantage of having a more expensive zummo over a less expensive gps for your bike? I ride with a $100 garmin gps and pop it in a waterproof holder when it rains. Just wondering.. thanks
    The Zumo is more rugged and can stand more vibration. You can plan a route on your computer and copy it to your Zumo or Nuvi 550.
    Most of the $100 unit will only let you enter the destination.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1100RTGUY View Post
    just curious...what is the advantage of having a more expensive zummo over a less expensive gps for your bike? I ride with a $100 garmin gps and pop it in a waterproof holder when it rains. Just wondering.. thanks
    They all tell you where you are. Some of us want more than that.
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    I have a Garmin Zumo 220 (it replaced my old BMW NavI). Out of the box you get either the 3D, looking down the road (default) or the 2D looking down from the sky option. I find that in unfamiliar territory the 2D give a better idea of what the road ahead is like and has the look of a real map. I don't have a picture of the 3D look but did attach on of the 2D to see if it's what you meant. You can see some of the subtle shading of the map in the picture. You don't get that with the 3D view. The little motorcycle looks better in 3D though!

    I've had it nearly a year and love it. I have a bit of a description here: http://ourbmw.wordpress.com/2011/09/...-with-the-new/
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    Thanks, Chris Ehlbeck, and every other poster to this thread.

    That's the view I was looking for. I don't need Bluetooth or XM, just a map view that correlates to my paper maps. You d'man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cehlbeck View Post
    I have a Garmin Zumo 220 (it replaced my old BMW NavI). Out of the box you get either the 3D, looking down the road (default) or the 2D looking down from the sky option. I find that in unfamiliar territory the 2D give a better idea of what the road ahead is like and has the look of a real map. I don't have a picture of the 3D look but did attach on of the 2D to see if it's what you meant. You can see some of the subtle shading of the map in the picture. You don't get that with the 3D view. The little motorcycle looks better in 3D though!

    I've had it nearly a year and love it. I have a bit of a description here: http://ourbmw.wordpress.com/2011/09/...-with-the-new/
    Another good feature of the 2D is the little arrow by the speed. It points to North. This shows he is going S Sw.
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    Garmin vs anyother GPS device

    The Nuvi does not have a earphone jack, which can be a dealbreaker for some.[/QUOTE]
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    I have an Autocom communication device, between helmets, and I don't listen to radio during riding. I plan to take an extended road trip and considering a navigtion device, especially through some heavily meto areas. The best unit and least expensive unit that will connect to my Autocom so that I can hear the GPS voice through my helmet speakers? Any suggestions? Anyone use this system or one like it?

    The Autocom website suggests the Garmin 550 or 660 as compatible with their NEW harness. No details on either how that hookup is accomplished or whether it works well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highplainsrider View Post
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    I have an Autocom communication device, between helmets, and I don't listen to radio during riding. I plan to take an extended road trip and considering a navigtion device, especially through some heavily meto areas. The best unit and least expensive unit that will connect to my Autocom so that I can hear the GPS voice through my helmet speakers? Any suggestions? Anyone use this system or one like it?

    The Autocom website suggests the Garmin 550 or 660 as compatible with their NEW harness. No details on either how that hookup is accomplished or whether it works well.
    I have an Autocom Super Pro-Avi setup wired into a Garmin 478 (with XM and XM Weather). I used the Garmin wiring harness into the Autocom isolation lead, and it works nicely. I also have another isolation cable, BMW accessory repair cable and will tie into the bike audio system when I get some time to pull the tupperware.

    You can use any Garmin, or anything else for that matter, that has audio output that can be tied into the Autocom isolation lead setup. It is a very easy install since you already have the basic intercom system, and only requires soldering the wires from the Garmin harness to the proper wires in the Autocom lead. I have no problem hearing the navigation instructions, or the XM radio, when on the bike and using my speaker ear plugs.

    The bike radio and speakers are used when I am not running with the earplugs in place, for short town-hops.
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    My choice was a refurb 550 with warranty-about the same price as a cheaper unit

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    GPS- Garmin Zumo

    I have 3. A zumo 550, 450, and an old 2720. The absolute requirement for me is route planning with mapsource. All 3 do route planning, most "car" models dont. Our riding group will all share the days route. At first it was about navigation, but the safety aspect is also nice. When you are 2000 miles from home, having Jill tell everyone in the group where we are going is nice. Of the zumo's, 450 no Bluetooth, 550 has Bluetooth but mono, 660 has Bluetooth stereo. I picked up my 550 from eBay for $400. Works great with my sena.
    For clarity, the route planning ability is critical to us. You will travel on roads a traditional, point to point GPS would never take you.
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