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Old September 17th, 2007, 04:15 PM   #1
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2 years ago I upgraded from my Garmin eMap to a Garmin GPSMAP76C and really love it. But I wanted something to mount on the handlebars of my 2000 Victory V92SC. After a little research I decided on the Garmin Zumo 550 motorcycle kit. Comes with a RAM mount for the handlebars, pigtail for wiring power to it on the bike and another pigtail for wiring it in my Jeep, and a locking base. Waterproof, shockproof, vibration resistant. And it talks (like, "turn left on Zeeb Road in 500 feet"). It is setup for XM satellite radio and can use it for traffic and weather...supposedly it will take traffic data and reroute you around it (probably won't subscribe to that tho). Bluetooth compatible so you can use it to dial your bluetooth enabled phone (I might use that). Should be in the mail next week. I can't wait. Will give a report on it after I use it on the bike and in my rig. Anybody else have one?
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Old September 17th, 2007, 05:28 PM   #2
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Looked at it but without being able to save tracks (no breadcrumbs) it didn't seem like the right choice for me.
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Old September 17th, 2007, 09:27 PM   #3
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Looked at it but without being able to save tracks (no breadcrumbs) it didn't seem like the right choice for me.
Bingo, if it doesn't store tracks, not a first choice for off road.
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Stores 50 tracks, 200,000 track points...but not all are viewable on the device itself. It stores them for download onto your home computer.
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Old September 24th, 2007, 10:53 PM   #5
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Are you confusing tracks with routes? According to the Garmin web page, there is no listing for storing tracks.
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Not entirely...but partially. It stores up to 50 routes and 20 archive files. So I should have said 20 instead of 50. Check out page 44 of the owner's manual (http://www8.garmin.com/manuals/1369_OwnersManual.pdf) and do a search on zumoforums.com But you can also save your track logs as routes. Update of Zumo to version 3.3 is a big fix for saving tracks.

Here is an example of a Zumo track log that I found on Zumoforums:
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Are you confusing tracks with routes? According to the Garmin web page, there is no listing for storing tracks.
Might be like my POS Street Pilot 2610, it can store tracks and off load them to a computer but it can't upload them. Well actually you can upload them but there's no way to display them.
Garmin has no plans to 'fix' what I thought was a big problem. Hence the upgrade to the 276.
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From the 550 main page:

Plan Your Trips and Share Your Rides

zūmo 550 makes it easy to plan your next trip and share routes with your riding buddies. Plan trips on your computer before you start. Search for food and fuel stops and local attractions. Then, transfer your route to zūmo and go.

At the end of the day, share your favorite places and rides with other zūmo riders, and review your travels in Google™ Earth. SD card expansion makes it easy for storage and route sharing. Download routes to share with your riding buddies — even load mp3 files to your unit to enjoy tunes on the road. In addition, JPEG picture viewer lets you share photos of your adventures with friends and family.


This unit was also reccomended to me by a rep at the Garmin store in Chicago as it is the best of both worlds; a touch-screen, talking unit with the capability to track....maybe not in enough detail though??
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It should arrive in the mail any day now. I really want to install it on my bike by Sunday because I am going on a color tour ride with some buddies. I will post a review after I get it and play with the features some.
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Well that took longer than expected. Just got it in the mail this afternoon. Gotta wire into the bike and set up the ounting kit in my Jeep. Then I gotta go play with it.

I also ordered a bluetooth Scala Rider FM headset to mount in my m-cycle helmet(s)...should be here next week.
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I was going to get the ZUMO 550 also, but I just talked to Garmen product support, and this guy told me the ZUMO 550 does not lay bread crumbs as you go so you can retrace your same path back. He told me the only units they make that do that are the hand held trail units. So for now the ZUMO isn't going to work for me. Looks like Lowrance is comming out with a new one called the XOG that will do everything I want.
At any rate, I'm sure you'll be more than pleased with the ZUMO. I've herd nothing bu good about it so far.
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Well, I have been using it for around a week so far and I have tested almost every feature possible on it. I can clear up some misconceptions.

It does show your previous tracks...but you have to turn that feature on and off. It is listed in the "Wrench" menu as "Trip Log"...and you can "Hide" or "Show" it. When "Shown" your previous tracks show up as a solid baby-blue colored line. I haven't found out how to navigate back along them other than by simply following the line...which is sufficient enough for me. EDIT: You can "Import" your trip log, which turns it into a route. Then you can navigate your route to the end, which will take you back along your tracks, point by point.

When downloaded to your computer your track log is AWESOME. Tons of information. Elevation changes, time between points, distance between points, speed between points, time, date, etc, etc... I think you could use this stuff to beat speeding tickets.

My new bluetooth Scala Rider FM headset is paired with the Zumo 550 and my LG6700 cell phone. Works awesome on the bike. I hear the voice prompts and listen to MP3s at 70mph. Haven't gotten a call while on the bike yet.

The voice is loud and clear in the auto-mount in my Jeep...and I have the Zumo 550's cradle linked to my stereo so that the sound comes thru the sound bar and Jeep speakers (the tiny Zumo-Mount-speaker is a bit quiet on the highway but works great at city speeds). The Zumo also plays MP3s and has loud voice prompts thru the Jeep's speakers via the stereo MP3 cable.

The touch screen makes for easy and fast manipulation...whether 4-wheeling on a bouncy 2-track or riding on the bike. Or you can use the left-handed buttons.

I loaded my MapSource Topo maps onto it as well. While not auto-routeable, they show up fine and tracks still work on them. I'll try some 4-wheeling with my setup Oct 19-24.

When on my bike I set the pointer to be a motorcycle and when in the Jeep I set it up to be...well...a Jeep. It is a neat little feature.

I've loaded about 30 MP3s and 400 jpegs onto the SD card I installed in it. You can also set points of interest to pop up with a specific picture. The Go-Home feature is really cool. Use the touch screen and touch...Navigate...Go Home. If you take a picture of your house and set it to your home coordinate then the picture of your house should pop up while it calculates. I also have work programmed in.

My main gripes:
-No place to program in owner's information...guess I'll have to engrave it.
-I have loaded a bunch of MP3s and jpegs onto the sd card...into many different folders. When browsing thru them it lumps them all into a single category. I'd prefer to open a single folder instead of every jpeg (or mp3) on BOTH the card and the Zumo 550's internal memory.
-The unit is VERY dependant on the cradles. The audio and microphone plugs are only on the cradles...not the Zumo 550 itself. I am guessing that they did this to keep it as watertight/weatherproof as possible. Several features come up with prompts...something to the effect of only being available with external power or in the cradle...such as playing MP3s.

It is a GREAT unit so far. VERY vibration proof. Easy to navigate thru. And packed with features.

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Might be like my POS Street Pilot 2610, it can store tracks and off load them to a computer but it can't upload them. Well actually you can upload them but there's no way to display them.
Garmin has no plans to 'fix' what I thought was a big problem. Hence the upgrade to the 276.
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I have a 2610 and upload / download tracks all the time with it... I don't see where your problem is arising? I have upgraded my streetpilot, maybe that was the issue? But I do it all the time without any issues.....

I like my 2610, as it doesn't have a spinning hard drive... screen is smaller then that of the current units but its been good for me thus far....
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