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 Garmin Zumo 550 too expensive ?

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Mandarake Posted - 22 févr. 2011 : 13:21:01
Hi Guys,

I am about to make a purchase of a motorbike GPS for my son's birthday. I have seen some online essentialy two: a Tom Tom and a Garmin. I was tempted to buy the latter, but than I have seen the price - around 400-450 pounds... - Does anybody know why it is so expensive? Is there any special feature to justify this costs?[ed]
Thanks guys, any help appreciated.
Manda
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danham Posted - 23 févr. 2011 : 19:37:58
If the 550 is too expensive for you, then there are alternatives. I've been using my nuvi 760 on a bike and love it. When it rains I either throw a baggie over it if it's a light shower or if it looks like I'll be riding in steady rain I put it in a ZTechnik case on its RAM mount. I use wired earphones.

A riding pal with a TomTom often complains about its routing, for what that's worth.

-dan
Kex Posted - 23 févr. 2011 : 19:19:52
Well, I don't have first hand experience with either the Garmin Zumo units, or the TomTom Urban Rider, but owning both Garmin and TomTom GPS units for cars I would guess that the biggest advantage of a Garmin unit is likely to be screen brightness in difficult lighting conditions (such as direct sunlight) and the biggest advantage of the TomTom is likely to be more accurate estimated arrival times in difficult traffic (thanks to their IQ Routes technology). That's a bit of a sweeping statement, of course, but personally, I would be quite happy to own the car products from either provider and neither would be a "mistake" to purchase, so you probably can't really go wrong.

As for pricing, well, not only is there a smaller market for motorcycle units, but those units have very different requirements when compared to car units, which remain protected from rain by the vehicle itself. I did notice, however, that the entry level Garmin Zumo 220 is under £300 in the United Kingdom (which may include taxes - amazon.com pricing in the U.S. never includes sales tax).

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=zumo&x=0&y=0

The reviews on the U.S. amazon.com are very positive, on the whole, for the Zumo 220.

http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-3-5-Inch-Bluetooth-Motorcycle-Navigator/product-reviews/B0035JERXY/ref=sr_cr_hist_all?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

The Garmin product page, for reference purposes:

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=135&pID=65210

Do some research, but I think that if you do opt for the TomTom Urban Rider, you might need the "Pro" model in order to have bluetooth (and send spoken instructions wirelessly to a helmet or headset - which seems like a key feature to me, but I suppose you could live and navigate without it if the visual prompts are sufficiently obvious).

http://www.amazon.co.uk/TomTom-Rider-Pro-Europe/dp/B003O1Z4LW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1298484341&sr=8-3

It seems that the Urban Rider is not available for purchase in the U.S.A., by the way.

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