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Re: GPS Opinions Please
« Reply #25 on: May 31, 2012, 12:26:25 pm »
Well, ZG, you do get XM radio as part of the deal.  :rotflmao:

Which means you still have use it a lot to justify it. Riding through the Rockies and Sawtooth I lose the sat signal a lot... Make justification harder... Then if you REALLY want to get your money's worth out of the unit/XM you have the transfer the GPS from bike to car to truck, back to bike, to truck to car...  You getthe picture.
I have a GXM30 I stopped using after the XM/Sirius merger and they jacked the rates up. iPhone4 will a number of apps compensates for all the stuff I'm "missing". And my iphone holds more (like all of my) music. Made a reasonable offer, I'd sell the GXM30 since it's just collecting dust.

I think the point of my  :rotflmao: is that it may not be a good bargain for everyone.  For me it is, but YMMV.

The iPhone4 can have Magellan on it, which is pretty much top flight GPS software. But I want something I can have up where I can see it without taking my eyes off the road, meaning it has to be waterproof, dustproof, and vibration-proof.

Sometimes I use my Zumo 665 in my car, especially when I'm test running a route I'm working on. But ever since I put a 3790 LMT in the car, I almost never run the Zumo there.

I'm looking forward to when Garmin brings out the Zumo 700 series, and hopefull it will incorporate 3790 technology because that would rock.

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Re: GPS Opinions Please
« Reply #26 on: May 31, 2012, 01:32:44 pm »

Which means you still have use it a lot to justify it. Riding through the Rockies and Sawtooth I lose the sat signal a lot... Make justification harder... Then if you REALLY want to get your money's worth out of the unit/XM you have the transfer the GPS from bike to car to truck, back to bike, to truck to car...  You getthe picture.
I have a GXM30 I stopped using after the XM/Sirius merger and they jacked the rates up. iPhone4 will a number of apps compensates for all the stuff I'm "missing". And my iphone holds more (like all of my) music. Made a reasonable offer, I'd sell the GXM30 since it's just collecting dust.

Funny, I can justify the $9 additional radio XM subscription ( I leave the GXM on the bike, and have a 2nd radio for the truck) a lot easier than I can justify the $80 data plan for a smart phone... <G>

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Re: GPS Opinions Please
« Reply #27 on: May 31, 2012, 02:18:07 pm »
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Just to add: it only does mono using blue tooth. But if you go with a cord (like I do), you get nice stereo sound.

Are you sure, Bob? I was under the impression the 550 couldn't do XM stereo and only did mono, period.

Yes, he's right. With a wired hookup, the 550 does Stereo music but not so via Bluetooth. I ride occasionally with a guy who has a C10 and he uses the Scala Rider G4. He doesn't do music via his setup, only Coms... however, when I asked about the music aspect, he said there's an aux in mini-plug jack on the Scala so one could feasibly hook direct to the headset, hear Stereo muzak and still have the Scala do bike-to-bike coms and phone bluetooth if desired.

The main problem with this kind of setup on the 550, I have found, is the 550's audio output is rather weak for an in-helmet speaker setup without amplification. I cannot imagine that the Scala or similar will boost or amplify that very much. I don't have one, but I have experience setting up the Zumo with an amplified system (one put together by me on my old Nomad 1600, and the other OE, when I had the Harley).

I simply run mine with some ear buds, the type that have a wrap-around "hook" around the ear. Prevents inadvertent snatching of the buds out of place. They're a set designed for exercising so they don't move on their own, either.

Can someone please chime-in on the Scala type headsets? If plugged into a preamp-level audio output, do they boost the volume much or just pass-through the signal?
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Re: GPS Opinions Please
« Reply #28 on: May 31, 2012, 02:39:57 pm »

Which means you still have use it a lot to justify it. Riding through the Rockies and Sawtooth I lose the sat signal a lot... Make justification harder... Then if you REALLY want to get your money's worth out of the unit/XM you have the transfer the GPS from bike to car to truck, back to bike, to truck to car...  You getthe picture.
I have a GXM30 I stopped using after the XM/Sirius merger and they jacked the rates up. iPhone4 will a number of apps compensates for all the stuff I'm "missing". And my iphone holds more (like all of my) music. Made a reasonable offer, I'd sell the GXM30 since it's just collecting dust.

Funny, I can justify the $9 additional radio XM subscription ( I leave the GXM on the bike, and have a 2nd radio for the truck) a lot easier than I can justify the $80 data plan for a smart phone... <G>

I can't afford either.. the 665 requires the GXM40 antenna so I'd have to replace both the GPS and the XM receiver... And a smart-phone ain't in the budget either. I have a cheapo Verizon prepaid phone, just for the phone itself and texting here and there. So I will stick with my 550 and GXM30 for now... It's paid for!  ;D

I think if you didn't have a GPS at all, however, and were looking for something, the Smartphone with an unlimited data plan might be a decent alternative; my wife navigates in her car with her iPhone (she has a discounted business plan we pay for so it's less than the consumer plan), she downloads an app for it that costs $.99 cents and it works great for her.

What is the 665 now with a GXM40, like around $8-900+ or maybe even a G-note, right? Then you have the XM script on top of that, AND you still have to have a cell phone for emergencies while on the road..

Makes the smart-phone option a bit more viable... :)

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Re: GPS Opinions Please
« Reply #29 on: May 31, 2012, 03:10:08 pm »

I use the program Tyre all the time for plotting routes, and it only supports Garmin and TomTom...so I guess my next one will be a Garmin that supports routes and waypoints, and it will ride in a sealed container like other folks are doing. 

BOTH Companies are a rip-off in that they charge a LOT more for a "motorcycle" version...

Just my $0.02...

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Re: GPS Opinions Please
« Reply #30 on: May 31, 2012, 04:14:49 pm »

Which means you still have use it a lot to justify it. Riding through the Rockies and Sawtooth I lose the sat signal a lot... Make justification harder... Then if you REALLY want to get your money's worth out of the unit/XM you have the transfer the GPS from bike to car to truck, back to bike, to truck to car...  You getthe picture.
I have a GXM30 I stopped using after the XM/Sirius merger and they jacked the rates up. iPhone4 will a number of apps compensates for all the stuff I'm "missing". And my iphone holds more (like all of my) music. Made a reasonable offer, I'd sell the GXM30 since it's just collecting dust.

Funny, I can justify the $9 additional radio XM subscription ( I leave the GXM on the bike, and have a 2nd radio for the truck) a lot easier than I can justify the $80 data plan for a smart phone... <G>

I can't afford either.. the 665 requires the GXM40 antenna so I'd have to replace both the GPS and the XM receiver... And a smart-phone ain't in the budget either. I have a cheapo Verizon prepaid phone, just for the phone itself and texting here and there. So I will stick with my 550 and GXM30 for now... It's paid for!  ;D


Same set up I have... It works very well for me. I combined it with a J&M CB so it all runs thru my headset. Someday I'll get around to justifying the $400 J&M cable that lets me connect to my cell via the Zumo bluetooth and I'll have the conveniences I had on my Wing...

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Re: GPS Opinions Please
« Reply #31 on: May 31, 2012, 07:21:08 pm »
I have the Garmin 450 its just like the 550 but no traffic, XM or blue tooth. Its awesome its been on my Harley then my BMW and now its been on the 08 since I got the bike new in 08. I bought the unlimited maps and I have had to replace the screen once (I bought a new screen on line and replaced it myself $75)

Overall I love its never let me down.

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Re: GPS Opinions Please
« Reply #32 on: May 31, 2012, 07:27:11 pm »
I have the Garmin 450 its just like the 550 but no traffic, XM or blue tooth. Its awesome its been on my Harley then my BMW and now its been on the 08 since I got the bike new in 08. I bought the unlimited maps and I have had to replace the screen once (I bought a new screen on line and replaced it myself $75)

Overall I love its never let me down.

Yes, there's at least one thread on the Zumoforums about replacing the touch screens, seems not that hard to do.

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Re: GPS Opinions Please
« Reply #33 on: May 31, 2012, 08:54:31 pm »
Well, ZG, you do get XM radio as part of the deal.  :rotflmao:

Which means you still have use it a lot to justify it. Riding through the Rockies and Sawtooth I lose the sat signal a lot... Make justification harder... Then if you REALLY want to get your money's worth out of the unit/XM you have the transfer the GPS from bike to car to truck, back to bike, to truck to car...  You getthe picture.
I have a GXM30 I stopped using after the XM/Sirius merger and they jacked the rates up. iPhone4 will a number of apps compensates for all the stuff I'm "missing". And my iphone holds more (like all of my) music. Made a reasonable offer, I'd sell the GXM30 since it's just collecting dust.

I think the point of my  :rotflmao: is that it may not be a good bargain for everyone.  For me it is, but YMMV.

The iPhone4 can have Magellan on it, which is pretty much top flight GPS software. But I want something I can have up where I can see it without taking my eyes off the road, meaning it has to be waterproof, dustproof, and vibration-proof.

Sometimes I use my Zumo 665 in my car, especially when I'm test running a route I'm working on. But ever since I put a 3790 LMT in the car, I almost never run the Zumo there.

I'm looking forward to when Garmin brings out the Zumo 700 series, and hopefull it will incorporate 3790 technology because that would rock.

I still use the Zumo as a GPS and the iPhone has all my music on it. I suppose I could use the Magellan software, but the Zumo works fine. And the company pays for the iPhone's services...  :)


Which means you still have use it a lot to justify it. Riding through the Rockies and Sawtooth I lose the sat signal a lot... Make justification harder... Then if you REALLY want to get your money's worth out of the unit/XM you have the transfer the GPS from bike to car to truck, back to bike, to truck to car...  You getthe picture.
I have a GXM30 I stopped using after the XM/Sirius merger and they jacked the rates up. iPhone4 will a number of apps compensates for all the stuff I'm "missing". And my iphone holds more (like all of my) music. Made a reasonable offer, I'd sell the GXM30 since it's just collecting dust.

Funny, I can justify the $9 additional radio XM subscription ( I leave the GXM on the bike, and have a 2nd radio for the truck) a lot easier than I can justify the $80 data plan for a smart phone... <G>


So you're saying that XM/Sirius finally got smart and a single subscription can cover more that one receiver? When I dropped it, the policy was one subscription... One receiver. Meaning that if I wanted tolisten to XM... I had to move the Zumo?GXM30 btween vehicles...
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Re: GPS Opinions Please
« Reply #34 on: May 31, 2012, 09:14:21 pm »
I think he's saying for an additional $9 per month he can add another XM receiver to his account.

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Re: GPS Opinions Please
« Reply #35 on: May 31, 2012, 10:11:45 pm »
I think he's saying for an additional $9 per month he can add another XM receiver to his account.


I thought that it was $6 a month to add a receiver to an existing account. Maybe it went up.

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Re: GPS Opinions Please
« Reply #36 on: June 01, 2012, 01:25:30 am »
Well that's still a fair amount of chump change for a service that I'm not really missing. Between my iTunes and Pandora I think I haveall my musical bases covered.  :)
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Re: GPS Opinions Please
« Reply #37 on: June 01, 2012, 07:40:13 pm »

So you're saying that XM/Sirius finally got smart and a single subscription can cover more that one receiver? When I dropped it, the policy was one subscription... One receiver. Meaning that if I wanted tolisten to XM... I had to move the Zumo?GXM30 btween vehicles...

No, it's still a single subscription per receiver. There's the main subscription which is around $14 a month, then you can add all the additional subscriptions/receivers you want for $9 each a month.