coldinvt at gmavt.net
Wed Oct 15 09:56:54 PDT 2008
Garmina (my Zumo 550) has been a faithful travelling companion for a little
over a year now. In short, I love it. Some reasons why (some may apply
to all GPS units):
1. MP3 player - piped into my helmet with an Autocom system, I carry a
couple 2GB SD cards full 'o tunes and I'm good to go.
2. Navigation - The thing makes you look like a local in even the most
confusing situations (i.e. Metro Los Angeles). Plenty of warning before a
turn and a nice picture of the turn so you REALLY know which way to go.
3. MapSource - Not the greatest program but, once you learn it, it's not too
tough to make custom routes and upload them to the GPS.
4. Downloading tracks - If I've "accidentally" found a great route, I can
save it to MapSource and edit it. Also helpful if you're following someone
on a great ride and want to recreate it!
I haven't really come across too many limitations other than it's not 100%
when it comes to avoiding dirt roads and it has led me down some stuff that
just plain didn't work... had to turn around twice in August. Arrrgh. Time
I had wanted a Navi setup for my car but the option was >$1600. I paid
~$700 for my Zumo (through the FJRforums @ http://www.autonav2000.com). The
550 comes with a car kit & carrying case, both absent for the 450, I
Anyway, LOVE IT!! GET ONE!!!!
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