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What GPS do you guys use? I need a new one for my car and figured if I'm doing that I might as well get one that will work well on my bike also. I was thinking the Zumo 660 or Nuvi 550(both Garmin). I know they are two way different price ranges so just wondering if anyone can chime in on what makes the Zumo $500 better.

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its waterproof?

thats all i can come up with, so i just went with a TomTom XL330S
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Two things make the Zumo superior, waterproofing and a fairly malfunction-proof mounting system.

I have a 550 for my bike and I like it quite a bit, bike or car. My wife has a Nuvi and it's slicker. The new Zumo seems to be a compromise of the two. But shop around, prices are all over the map for GPS.

The traffic feature is cool, lifetime $60 and it works, but for my wife's Nuvi, it is housed in the lighter plug. You might want to figure this out before buying.

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Both the Nuvi 550 and Zumo 660 are water-proof. I've also been looking at some non-water proof ones and just looking at getting a case thing for them.

EDIT: I think I've settled on the Nuvi 265WT and just getting the Aqua Box for it when it's rainy/wet out and then also getting a normal mounting cradle for the nice days.

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That's the one my wife has. See above.

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Does she have any complaints about it?

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I used the Garmin iQue. Nice to have the PDA option when travelling. I stuck it under my tank bag's map cover when it was damp out and still got decent GPS reception.


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What GPS do you guys use? I need a new one for my car and figured if I'm doing that I might as well get one that will work well on my bike also. I was thinking the Zumo 660 or Nuvi 550(both Garmin). I know they are two way different price ranges so just wondering if anyone can chime in on what makes the Zumo $500 better.
I don't know what would make the Zumo 660 worth 5 extra Ben Franklins.

Screen size of the Zumo is bigger but the battery life (unplugged is shorter)

Nuvi 500 has US Topo maps installed as well, useful for off road adventures

Nuvi is marine & geocashing friendly but the Zumo has a headphone jack and MP3 player.

The Zumo is capable of 2X the waypoints and route saved.

Zumo comes w/ auto & mc mounts but the Ram MC mount for the Zumo is strong and not expensive anyway.

Both are rated waterproof (IPX7)

PS I also have a TomTom Rider V1 (w/ US and UK/ West Euro maps), Garmin Nuvi 500 (w/ US / Topo and Euro maps), Garmin eTrex, Gar GPS V

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Thanks for all the help guys, I went ahead and ordered a Nuvi 265WT. It had all the features I was looking for, and at a price I could live with, haha. I'll post pics of my set up once it arrives.

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Woo, first step done. Got my Powerlet 'Sportbike Cigarette Socket Tail Kit' yesterday and just spent a few minutes installing it today. I'll take pictures when I go get my camera from my house(in the process of moving out of my apartment and most my stuff is out of here and over at the house), completely forgot about that. I just ran it from under the seat towards the front tucking the wire under between the tank and frame(it's not pinching as that's where the stock wiring harness's run.

Now I'm just waiting on my GPS to arrive from gpscity.com Once that comes I'll take some pics of the GPS all mounted up.

Edit for pics...just attached the wires at the battery, you can see the fuse tucked under the tank..then the plug wire runs down the right side of the frame.
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for the bike i have a garmin quest. its weather tight and has a good mounting cage thing it clips into. I took the car mount apart and made it work with my gps/camera mount that bolts around the gas lid. Im the care I have a magellan 4210 (i think) and im very pleased with this unit. the garman will just power down for no reason.

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for the bike i have a garmin quest. its weather tight and has a good mounting cage thing it clips into. I took the car mount apart and made it work with my gps/camera mount that bolts around the gas lid. Im the care I have a magellan 4210 (i think) and im very pleased with this unit. the garman will just power down for no reason.
Power down problem may be due to vibes with the battery contacts. The GPS V I used to use on the bike would do the same thing at certain rpm ranges till I got the "retrofit kit". A lil thingy that made the battery contacts tighter against the springs.

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Power down problem may be due to vibes with the battery contacts. The GPS V I used to use on the bike would do the same thing at certain rpm ranges till I got the "retrofit kit". A lil thingy that made the battery contacts tighter against the springs.
i turned off the deal that poweres it down if it losses power and the internal batt is good fir like 20 hours. its just a bug. I deal with it and rearly use it for nav. but more for tracking my route.

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Got a ram mount for an old 360, later upgraded to a 760.
differences?

- brighter
- larger

If I setup a headset the bluetooth/fm transmitter might be useful with the cellphone. If I lived in a city free FM traffic might be useful.

Only feature I wanted was multiple destination tracking. One can store unlimited routes instead of taking the quickest path to a destination. For moisture a zip-lock is fine and one could buy a half dozen refurbs compared to the latest and greatest. Just have a backup map/gps.
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