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stevewfl


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posted March 18, 2007 07:04 PM        
SOLD~

zerMatt thank you so much for the reply. I've been waiting quite a while for a GPS to come out, and althought the write up on the car 2820 is wonderful, it just wasn't quite what I was looking for. I saw some posts about the Zumo earlier and just didn't know. I've been holding out on a XM radio purchase in case I went this route.

I know you mentioned Amazon, I'll be pricing there and Sam's Club and pulling the purchase trigger.
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stevewfl


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posted March 18, 2007 07:24 PM        
Its on the way~! Amazon- $713.94

Items not yet shipped:
Delivery estimate: March 22, 2007 - March 26, 2007
• 1 of: Garmin Zumo 550 Motorcycle Navigator GPS
Sold by: Amazon.com

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zerMATT


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posted March 19, 2007 04:23 AM        Edited By: zerMATT on 19 Mar 2007 05:25
Oh - about XM... I was a little dissapointed there, but I do not plan to use that feature right away anyway. The dissapointment is that to use XM, you have to buy the external XM antenna for another $260!!! (msrp). I'm sure there will be better deals out there, there may even be non-Garmin alternatives, but for now, they are tough to find for anything less then the low $200's. As near as I can tell, the XM antenna uses a mini-USB connection on either (car or motorcycle) cradles, so your typical satellite antennas out there with coaxial connectors will not work.

It's a little misleading how they claim all over the place that it does XM and XM traffic, but when you really dig into it, you find that you need to spend more money on hardware to make that work.

On the flipside, this thing can be your MP3 player too - it holds something like 1,000 songs, so there's a decent alternative to XM.

When you get yours, make sure to download the latest OS update from Garmin and install it. They've had several updates since it's release, and they all seem to fix minor problems as well as add a few cool features like an on-screen rotating compass, etc.

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stevewfl


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posted March 23, 2007 02:43 PM        
Hi Matt, when you mounted it to the sportbike did you fab something up or use a simple techno mount product?
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stevewfl


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posted March 23, 2007 02:56 PM        
Man that optional XM antenna is horrid looking to be on a bike, there's gotta be an easier way. I've seen regular XM radio's on bikes with wire type antennas that works fine. I don't mind buying one, but I can't have that crap on the bike.

http://shop.garmin.com/accessory.jsp?sku=010%2D00423%2D00
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zerMATT


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posted March 23, 2007 07:10 PM        
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Hi Matt, when you mounted it to the sportbike did you fab something up or use a simple techno mount product?
I used the included Ram control mount to mount it to my right-side control bolts. I already have my V1 on the left, so I had to put the zumo on the right for now. It works, but I think I may swap sides with them one day.

The Ram mount puts the zumo up too high if you bolt it to both control bolts, so I only attached it to the lower bolt, then I positioned the mount in a horizontal position so that the zumo ends up directly above my right fork tube. It's no where near being in the way of the tach, and it shouldn't interfere with a tank bag at all.

I can take a picture and post it up tomorrow if you're interested.

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stevewfl


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posted March 23, 2007 07:20 PM        
That would be EXTREMELY nice if you would post a few pics

I was told the XM antenna is powered and serves as the actual reciever for XM, the GPS head unit just controls it. No way to get around the ugly antenna. I'm thinking mount the antenna onto either the right or left black plastic fairing covers. I'm going to figure out something I'm pretty sure I'm gonna' do the antenna
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stevewfl


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posted March 26, 2007 09:38 PM        
Matt I guess you haven't been in the mood to post the pics huh lol

I mounted mine using only the bottom bolt of the RAM in the bottom bolt of the clutch and shifting it sideways. For the heck of it I put a tie-strap on because of one bolt but may take it off, the thing doesn't move.

I sure would like to see pics of yours though if you have a second to post

Thanks, Steve
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fish_antlers


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posted March 27, 2007 04:44 AM        
Steve... you're correct.. the XM antenna is a self contained XM receiver, hence its size. The RAM mount is crap and not worth your time...
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stevewfl


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posted March 27, 2007 05:51 AM        
Thanks Fish, did you fabricate a custom mount or purchase one?
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fish_antlers


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posted March 27, 2007 04:28 PM        
http://www.bikeland.org/story.php?storyID=18827
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Jim K


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posted March 27, 2007 05:10 PM        
Here's my set up. I did not spend 500 to 1000$$$ for this! It is a MIO c310x GPS with a Tech mount > Total investment is $280. I took this unit to Florida in our van and it bailed me out big time at 1:30 in the morning when our exit was blocked by construction! It rerouted us to our destination without a hitch!! It may not have all the bells and whistles as some of the high end units but this is all I need! I love it!


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Jim K


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posted March 27, 2007 05:14 PM        Edited By: Jim K on 27 Mar 2007 18:16
Here's another pic... a little clearer. This is a "birds eye view" nothing is blocked.


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posted April 09, 2007 08:03 AM        
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