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Mounting a Garmin Zumo 550

Does anyone have a Zumo 550 mounted to their V that they can show photos of? Any ideas on mounting brackets, RAM, etc?
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I got photos on my home computer. mounted with a motowerks mount i can send you after 4pm today

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Theres some more photos in the album section of my profile.

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That's a nice setup. How do you listen to the prompts? Or, do you?
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I mounted the RAM mirror mount bracket to the windshield bracket & used a small pincher arm to connect the Zumo mount. Used it for the first time today. Worked well. A little vibration but nothing that bothered me. It is close to my line of site and doesn't block any gauges or controls.





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if you are buying a 550 then make certain you buy one with the full retail package. there are some reconditioned 550's on the market which don't have all the mounting options thrown in

IIRC the standard 550 come with a (waterproof) bike mount, a car mount with suction cap and a RAM handle bar mount.

I think the Speedy mount is best.. but make certain the mount is predrilled for the gps.

getting the GPS to to talk to a helmet is more problematical, its on my 'todo' list but I remain to be convinced its a must have... periodically looking at the GPS is OK

the speedy & Kawa GPS mounts fix over the clocks and is not to far off the sightline when riding.
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I mounted the RAM mirror mount bracket to the windshield bracket & used a small pincher arm to connect the Zumo mount. Used it for the first time today. Worked well. A little vibration but nothing that bothered me. It is close to my line of site and doesn't block any gauges or controls.





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How is the visibility with the zumo mounted so high? I pulled mine out today, I cant figure out if I want the handlebar mount or something else.
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Theres also this. attaches to the handle bar mounts

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Yeah, that is one I was looking at. The only issue I have with is if I were to get a tank bag. Price is right though!
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I think I like the ones mounted high above the instruments instead of on the triple handle bar clamp. Kind of like a heads up display

I've been wanting to pick up either a 550 or 660 Zumo too. There is a $100 rebate on them right now. Go to Garmins site and read about it. Good from 5/1 to 7/04. A bunch of the online dealers with the refurb's are advertising prices with the rebate but on the Garmin site and on the form it specifically says "Refurbished or newly overhaouled products do not qualify for the rebate" so I think you would get screwed if you bought from them. There are several places that have them on sale right now though. GPS city etc and they are listed as an authorised dealer on Garmin's website. I'd check the list of them on the site before I bought it. No Amazon.com purchases qualify and ebay only if an authorized dealer.

Anyone used both that can compare? I like the look and buttons on the 550 but the 660 adds stereo blutooth (you can do stereo with an adapter on the 550 from what I hear). I'd like it for maps and music. Wish the 550 had the stereo blue tooth built in.
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I use the 550 for music with a Chatterbox XBi2 and it sounds good. What I found is that wearing ear plugs with the helmet speakers sounds even better. It eliminates the wind noise so that you can hear the music and GPS commands better.

I also agree with placing the GPS above the instruments. It makes it really easy to glance at the GPS without taking your eyes completely off of the road. If that option weren't available I would use the SW Motech/Kawasaki option on top of the handle bar holder. Another benefit of the Motowerks mount is that it keeps your GPS out of the rain. It might be waterproof, but I really don't want to test it...that sucker was expensive.

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I can tell you for sure the 550 doesn't have a problem getting wet. I ride rain or shine and have been in a few downpours lately. Thats the only reason i got the zumo is because its waterproof. Already had a sweet Navigon 7100 that i liked but didn't want to take a chance screwing it up in the rain

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Just got my 550 from http://www.drivengps.com for $200 plus about $21 for posting on USPS. (It's a "refurb" unit.)
YES - I'll have to get the motorcycle-specific wiring and mount elsewhere, but I figure it's worth it.
For any other Canadians: DrivenGPS is in Washington state, and my package arrived at the post office in 7 days, with NO GST or duties added, so cost me $238.xx Cdn delivered.
I've been using StreetPilot 2610s on my "V" and KLR (the 550 will go onto the KLR), and the 550 is significantly smaller, has an internal battery, and updates for it from the Garmin site are MAC computer friendly!

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Just got my 550 from http://www.drivengps.com for $200 plus about $21 for posting on USPS. (It's a "refurb" unit.)
YES - I'll have to get the motorcycle-specific wiring and mount elsewhere, but I figure it's worth it.
That’s one hell of a deal! They’re currently listing the 450 refurb for $400.

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How is the visibility with the zumo mounted so high? I pulled mine out today, I cant figure out if I want the handlebar mount or something else.
Visibility is great. The top edge of the Zumo comes to just above the top of the main Vario shield which is still around chest height. Did 200 miles with it today, no probs.

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I just looked at the drivengps.com website and saw the refurbished Garmin 660s. Thos have only been out for a few months, how can there already be refurb units?
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A lot of refurbs are just units that went thru the 'build' process, then failed one of the tests. When they are fixed they can't be sold as new anymore.

Just ordered the motorcycle specific wiring and mount from http://www.drivengps.com
via Ebay, so the total cost (delivered) is $78.80 US or $83.47 Cdn - hope they come without any extra taxes!

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FWIW I bought a Zumo 220 w/all intentions of fabricating a bracket to mount it attached to the windscreen bracket. But the package came w/a Ram mount and a handlebar mount, so I tried it first. Because of how close it sits to me [close view and ease of using touch screen on the fly] I have no intention now of mounting it onto the screen brackets. About the only drawback I can foresee will be this fall when I put the Hippo hands back on. It looks like the Zumo will interfere. The difference of distance from screen to face is almost cut in half. Switching focus from looking at road to GPS is not a problem like I thought it might be, as a matter fact looking into the rear view mirrors might be worse.


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