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Recent reviews for this item:
darryle, August 5, 2012 The Gps worked very well. I especially liked the lane
display. Easily visible while driving on the bike.
Rich, July 23, 2012 Product is great, however on the motorcycle mount, the fake
USB plug weather protector snapped off and could not get it
out of the USB plug. Had to buy new harness. That one
broke too, but was able to extract it.
Guiderider, July 16, 2012 I had been using a Zumo 550 on my HD Ultra Classic for the
past 4.5 years and found that unit extremely useful, and
quite rugged. However about a month ago it quit working, so
I decided to upgrade to the latest Zumo 665. I chose the
665 because I use the XM/Sirius radio, traffic and weather
functions as I travel extensively throughout the US and
I also chose the lifetime map up dates, as I plan to use
the device for quite a while. Having used the Garmin 550
for so long I am familiar with all of the operations and
functions, including route creation and other advanced
features. Someone who is a first time user would be well
advised to take a few days to read all the material about
how the unit works and how to access all the features. This
is a unit for the serious traveler. If you just plan to use
the device for casual trips now and then, I would
recommend saving a bunch of money and purchasing a less
expensive and easier to use unit. You will be much happier
and less frustrated.
The good features of the 665 are the larger screen
(compared to the 550) and the on screen buttons. All the
other features are comparable to the 550. The new unit is
installed on a 09 HD Triglide Trike. The not so good
features are the fact that you have to remove the battery
compartment cover to connect the USB cable when downloading
routes created on the home PC. The engineers must have been
sleeping when they dreamed that one up! The other issue
involves the maps. The unit comes with the latest version
of Map Source. I downloaded all the updates on my home PC
(remember I have free lifetime updates) and I still can't
get my PC to acquire the version running on the GPS unit??
So every time I download a route to the GPS, from my PC,
the GPS has to recalculate the route, because the maps on
which it was created (the PC) were not as new as what is in
the GPS?? Strange you would think everything would update
all at once? I have a call into to Garmin.
Bottom line is I am a serious motorcycle traveler putting
15K miles or more on my bikes in a given year. The old 550
helped me explore most of the US and Canada and was
extremely reliable. If you are a serious motorcycle
traveler and want a reliable GPS, with excellent mapping,
routing, weather, traffic and music features, I highly
recommend the Zumo 665. It is the top of the line GPS .
The supplied Ram mounts should fit most touring motorcycles
and if not the aftermarket online suppliers have many
additional mounting options available. Have GPS will
BAF, May 24, 2012 Not too bad of a unit. Works as described, and for the most
part, all of the early bugs people have complained about
have been fixed. I still get some weird behavior at times
with XM cutting out, but a reboot of the zumo and my
bluetooth helmet headset has fixed it every time (not
requiring a full reset that others have said was necessary
in the past).
XM reception could be a little better, I have my antenna out
in the open (on top of my front brake master cylinder) and
rarely see 3 bars (full) signal, typically only 1-2.
Also, the navigation can be a little weird at times. For
example, without any avoidances on toll roads or highways
set, and with the unit set to 'fastest time' mode, it still
had me take the parkway through downtown during rush hour in
NJ, rather than staying on the turnpike. I would expect this
behavior in 'shortest distance' mode, but not in 'fastest
Navweather works well, with the alerts and everything. I
thought you were supposed to be able to automatically route
around weather, but I haven't found that option if it is