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post #1 of 20 Old 01-23-2007, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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TomTom Rider or Garmin Zumo?

Hey Guys,

I'm in the market for a GPS device and have narrowed it down to these two.

Garmin Zumo : http://www.garmin.com/zumo/

OR

TomTom Rider : http://www.tomtom.com/products/categ...D=1&Language=4

They both have similar features and are both about the same price ($600-700)
The Rider comes with a Blutooth headset and the Zumo does not. I have done some searching and found a lot of info on the Zumo but not too much on the Rider. I would like to know if anyone here has experience with the Rider?
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post #2 of 20 Old 01-23-2007, 06:22 PM
 
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I think those are both overpriced for what you get. And just having Bluetooth shouldn't be the item that tips the scale.

Pick a GPS unit that will allow you to upload maps. Topo maps are a real plus with a Dual Sport.

I'm looking at the Lowrance Baja 540. Waterproof and Shock Resistant.

http://www.lowrance.com/Automotive/P...GMBaja540c.asp



GPSCity.com has them for around $475
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post #3 of 20 Old 01-24-2007, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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TomTom Rider or Garmin Zumo?

Hey, I did some more research and found that the Zumo will also import and export TOPO maps and you can even look at your travels via http://www.motionbased.com/ and see a 3D version on Google Earth! The Zumo is also waterproof here is the quote from the site "Waterproof: IEC 60529 IPX7 standards (submersible in one meter of water for up to 30 min.)" They show the suggested retail at $1076.91 but I have seen it out on the net and on ebaY for around $600. It also comes with a Ram motorcycle mount and a car mount. I'm not completly sold yet but it sure looks like a strong contender.
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post #4 of 20 Old 01-24-2007, 12:48 PM
 
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It's got soem really cool motorcycle specific features. Too bad it's got XM. I'm already paying for Sirius for my car. Would be cool if I could only pay one bill.

If I don't get a GPS this summer/spring I know the price will drop dramatically on the Zumo. This might be a contender down the road. I really dig the tie-in with Google Earth. Nice.
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post #5 of 20 Old 01-24-2007, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hey, Yeah I have Sirius too and it would be nice if they would give you a choice.

I just found this: When zūmo calculates that the motorcycle is low on fuel, it automatically reminds the rider and suggests a route to a nearby gas station. Zūmo even has a compass page and accepts electronic topo maps -- making it the ultimate off-road navigator. For those long trips, riders can stay entertained with zūmo?s built-in MP3 player.

Here: http://www.webbikeworld.com/garmin-zumo/

I am amazed at just how much stuff they have packed in that little thing. I mean it has a 3.5" screen and the dimensioins are only 4.8" W x 3.9" H x 1.6" D only an inch and a half deep! that is amazing!!

So Biker scout where is Kalifornication?? L.A. area?
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post #6 of 20 Old 06-01-2007, 07:18 AM
 
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I think those are both overpriced for what you get. And just having Bluetooth shouldn't be the item that tips the scale.

Pick a GPS unit that will allow you to upload maps. Topo maps are a real plus with a Dual Sport.

I'm looking at the Lowrance Baja 540. Waterproof and Shock Resistant.

http://www.lowrance.com/Automotive/P...GMBaja540c.asp



GPSCity.com has them for around $475
I'm wondering about that antenna - how big is that thing and where would you mount it? Other than that, the Lowrance seems like a winner.
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post #7 of 20 Old 06-01-2007, 10:12 PM
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This will be my next GPS. I have no need for Touchscreen, Bluetooth or MP3 capability. What I do have is a need for is rocksolid maps and who can be better trusted for maps than Delorme?
http://shop.delorme.com/OA_HTML/DELi...106&item=25786

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post #8 of 20 Old 06-01-2007, 10:29 PM
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I just got one I bought off E-Bay for the RV, it has Microsoft Streets and Trips, and a Holux GPS receiver that plugs into a laptop. ( I can now see the map ) unlike my POS Marridian Gold I bought for the bike. $72 is a lot better than the price I was looking at for a Tom Tom, or Garmin I was going to buy to replace the Marridian.

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post #9 of 20 Old 06-03-2007, 10:52 AM
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All that stuff is nice, but I need a rock solid performer in a small package, with a good battery life.

My Quest has internal batteries and on my KLR, I don't run a powered cradle. I've had the Quest last over 20 hours without recharging.

I bought 2 other GPS's before finding the Quest. I've since sold the other 2, and the Quest has been a steady partner for 2 years, for both work and play..

I love the AVOID HIGHWAY feature..

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post #10 of 20 Old 07-28-2007, 12:15 AM
 
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I run a Garmin Quest with the same cradle. Love it.

Got a great deal on ShipDog.com

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All that stuff is nice, but I need a rock solid performer in a small package, with a good battery life.

My Quest has internal batteries and on my KLR, I don't run a powered cradle. I've had the Quest last over 20 hours without recharging.

I bought 2 other GPS's before finding the Quest. I've since sold the other 2, and the Quest has been a steady partner for 2 years, for both work and play..

I love the AVOID HIGHWAY feature..

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