Zumo GPS

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I know this topic has been discussed to death on this forum :-) I have never owned a GPS so excuse me if my questions sounds dumb ;-) I want to buy Garmin Zumo 500 or 550 GPS. My questions: 1. Who will give me the best deal? (a) Kelvin Van Straten 083 232 1529 kelvin@kellyn.co.za (b) Chris Boltman 082 443 7054 (c) GPS World email: info@gpsworld.co.za alternative email: j-s@iafrica.com Office hours: 082 380 0402 2. Who can install the GPS on my 650? 3. Is it easy to load new maps etc. Like when I'm going to Australia. 4. When will the Zumo 600 come out? :-) Not sure that Garmin have any plans for a 600, I just don't want to buy a GPS and then in 2 months a new version is out. :-)
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What you want to look for in a GPS is: How rugged is it? Is it upgradeable? (Some Garmins do not take standard SD cards) Can it act as a music player? There are many people who think the zumo is not the ideal adventurer GPS, but its popular cause of it's big touch screen. Do some more home work before deciding on the zumo.
There are so many problems in this world. Luckily there's a wristband available for almost all of them.
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I hear what you say Steve... however I've been looking around and I think getting a Garmin is like buying a BMW (only the best will do) ;-) And I want a GPS that is made for motorcycles! Only other product build for motorcycles (that I know)... TomTom Rider 2... http://www.tomtom.com/products/product.php?ID=354&Category=1&Lid=4 Just a pity TomTom officially withdrew from South Africa... I think Garmin will also give better service globally... Corné Kloppers http://www.bikepics.com/members/pantsula/07f650gs/ 0849130391 ckloppers@gmail.com
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I have the Quest SA on the RT and the Zumo 500 on the Adventure. I bought the quest from GPS World and the Zumo from Chris. I will recommend both. The Zumo is in an completely different class to the Quest but I use the quest in the car as well as on the RT. It do whatever I need for touring. The Zumo is for me just a lot better on the Adventure. I LOVE my Zumo!!! ..... and this have nothing to do with SA politics. ;-) "If you can't amaze people With your intelligence.... ...Confuse them with your bullsh!t"
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Christo thx for the feedback. what about Maps? Did you have to buy additional maps for South Africa? http://www8.garmin.com/cartography/mapSource/citynavSAFRICA.jsp Corné Kloppers http://www.bikepics.com/members/pantsula/07f650gs/ 0849130391 ckloppers@gmail.com
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I got the SA maps with. If you need to buy another countries maps you can buy most of them. There may be some smaller countries that you will not get, but wherever any normal person will go there will be a map. Something else that works is the Tracks 4 Africa maps which will give you most off road tracks in Southern Africa. This is not like a computer where you need to upgrade hardware every year. I am sure that there are people using the same GPS for years. Just upgrade the maps and there you go. "If you can't amaze people With your intelligence.... ...Confuse them with your bullsh!t"
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Kelvin does not operate any more. Got a great deal and decent service from Johan at GPS world. And he is a mad GS rider. Fit the GPS yourself with the provided bracket. If you are DIY, you can fit the electrics directly to the battery with the provided wires. Otherwise let BMW fit it. Johan will give advise on this as well. The 500 is fine if you are not going to use it in a car. Remember that the 500 does not announce street names. You will not have any problems with installing extra maps. If you tell me when the new GSA is comming out, I will tell you when the 600 is comming. :) Kobus --------- Dream like you will live forever, live like you're going to die tomorrow
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Hi Corne Garmin GPS systems are by far the cream of the crop in terms of software upgradability, and mapping in our country. As far as I'm concerned, SD cards are over rated for our little piece of Africa. I still use a GPSMap60Cs, 64mb of on-board memory. My only problem is that i can't install european maps or ALL the SA maps at once. GPS technologies are all different, with TomTom probably being the most technologically advanced. This said, it is the most useless device in our country as the back-up is almost non-existent. Garmin after-sales service is paramount. As for, wher to buy. Chris is great, and extremely clued-up. Don't go TomTom, YET!!! Unecessary to purchse the 550 as well. You could quite comfortabely travel Cape to Cairo with an Etrex Legend and a laptop. Zumos are great for motorcycles with great big screen and awesome clarity. If you wanna chat in person, give me call at 083 580 2902... Good Luck
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Corne, some comments in no particular order.... GArmin unfortunately the only real option in SA right now. you can try Nokia/HTC phones with HandyMap option, but imho its not great for bike use. I have zumo 550 beecuse I use it in the car all the time. 550 comes with everything all in the box ... no need to get other bits. I have USA, Europe, SA streetmaps, T4a mapsets. umo has enough spase to load all SA, t4a and either usa or europe at any time. music is stored on the SD card - mine is a 4GB HCSD (HC cards DO work, contrary to what you read on overseas forums). 550 does TTS and has larger internal memory ... internal mem less of an issue now that you can load anything to the SD card (fixed in v3 of the firmware). mounting zumo is a piece of cake. wire it straight to the battery - dont fool around with the ignition circuit. took me 30 min to install in 1200, 1hr to do on Xchallenge (BMW hid the battery!!) also, if direct to the battery it wont switch off everytime you start the bike. mount is secure - always have mine on and never worked loose. security screw has a habit of tightening itself as you drive ... make sure you always have the screwdriver with you. bluetooth is a hit and miss affair. works fine for coms, crap for music. phone hokup with bluetooth is great when you get it right, but be preparred to fiddle. my sony erricson connects in 3-5 seconds, htc takes 30sec, nokia simply wont talk to it! zumo does not show POIs on the moving map - very irritating. you can see them on the map pan screen but only at 80m or less. SA street maps (2008 version) still leave much to be desired. lots of errors in CT, JHB is better. dont buy from o/seas website. I have used Wessel vd Walt from Africa stuff for the last few years. prices are reasonable and service is outstanding. he rides himself and understands what you will do with it. http://www.101trails.com/ Mobile : +27 83 640 6693 He is based in George but will courier to you overnight. Ask him about t4a if you have questions - he is pretty involved with them. I think that's all. if you want to borrow mine for a couple of days (yes I DO want it back) to play with, gimme a call. 0722977221. Regards, Dale
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If anyoe is interested, I just bought the Starcom headsets to use with my Garmin. The headsets have two flat helmet mounted speakers which provide excellent sound while on the one helmet, I have bought the version with the boom mike. This means my GPS gives me Mp3, Navigation and make/receive phone calls, all mounted via the RAM mount supplied by Johan at GPS World. The sound is fantastic and in stereo while the instructions and music from the GPS are crystal clear at over 180. Cost 30 pounds from www.starcom1.com Cheers Lawrence Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safetly in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadsides, loudly proclaiming WOW, What a RIDE!
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Garmin Nuvi 710... I bought my Nuvi instead of a Zumo. Although I needed it for my bike, I wanted a GPS to carry in my pocket when travelling in my car as well as using it in rental cars when I'm away. In any case it was cheaper than the Zumo! I managed to mount the Nuvi on my 1200RT but I soon realised to my disappointment that I bought a GPS that was not dust proof or waterproof. Having already committed myself to paying about five grand at the time for the Nuvi I realised that I was stuck with it. I believe that I have solved the problem by aquiring a sealed box from RAM with a seperate mounting, This mounted box has a transparent celluloid front that enables one to work the touch screen. The seperate mounting for the Aquabox that I ordered works but realised that I should have bought a different mount. I've now learned that GPS World are agents for RAM so I'll be contacting them to buy another mounting...I never make the same mistake twice... I seem to keep making different mistakes! The total for the Ram Aquabox + mounting came to about 140 USD including delivery from Ram in Seattle, delivered in 8 days. It sounds like a lot but is still cheaper than buying a Zumo to replace my perfectly good Nuvi 710. If you cut 'n paste this web address then it should take you to the Ram Aquabox....Perhaps this gadget will enable you to give your old GPS a new life on your bike. [http://www.rammount.com/aqua_box_mount/aquabox_mediumwide_mount.htm Link to Aquabox mount]
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Corne I noticed you have already made up your mind. Zumo is the only GPS to consider. I would recommend T4A and Streetmaps 1.5. The Streetmaps 2008 is to my experience a waste of time and money. It has too many errors to my opinion. Garmap removed the all farm and place names in the rural areas. On my last trip though Lesotho, I nearly made an accident due to errors on the map. This is why I went back to Streetmaps 1.5. In future I will wait before upgrading and read the reviews first. André
Corné (not verified)
Thank you for all the advise... I've decided to buy a Zumo 550 and will hopefully get it in the next week or two... Corné Kloppers http://www.bikepics.com/members/pantsula/07f650gs/ 0849130391 ckloppers@gmail.com
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Corne, Good choice :) If you are planning on getting it from gpscity/gpswharehouse/amazon or any one of the other o/seas websites, be aware that the process is somewhat complicated and has significant drawbacks and may not be that much cheaper in the end .... BTDT! Let me know if you need more detail. Dale
Corné (not verified)
I'm already in contact with Johan Sevenster www.gpsworld.co.za He will also do all the updates , unlock code generation, POI updates, GPS set up and a quick training included when purchasing from him. Corné Kloppers http://www.bikepics.com/members/pantsula/07f650gs/ 0849130391 ckloppers@gmail.com
Corné (not verified)
I'm certainly buying the Zumo 550 soon! Hopefully next week :-) Just another point of interest... another reason for me to buy the 550 and NOT the 500... Phone compatibility... I have a Samsung E370 and the phonebook to the Garmin device only works with the Zumo 550 and not the Zumo 500.. http://www8.garmin.com/bluetooth/compat-phone.jsp?mfg=13&id=247 Corné Kloppers http://www.bikepics.com/members/pantsula/07f650gs/ 0849130391 ckloppers@gmail.com

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