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Old 05-10-2009, 04:13 AM
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Zumo 660 pictures

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On map, and the green icon os from GTM 12 traffic antenna connected



Mounted from rear on a ZTecnik clutch mount



And for all lamenting no XM, the rumor is it will be added via a formware update a la BMW Zumo. But the 660 handles an 8 Gb SDHC card with no delay, and the 550 is prone to delay at 2 Gb. This is one great GPS unit!
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Re: Zumo 660 pictures

Thanks for posting this up... looks like a nice thinner design than the 550. I like the lane assist function and the layout of the menu. I don't see myself upgrading anytime soon as the 550 does not need to have firmware changed for the ability to receive XM and right now it does everything I need and then some. This does look very clean though. I also like the traffic button on the map screen, the 500 you have to go to the main menu screen unless there is a delay on the route.

I have only found the delay on the card significant when replacing a card and then it is only a minute... I always start my bike before putting on my helmet and gloves and by time I have them on and ready to go, the zumo is too (with exception of traffic and weather which can take 5-10 minutes to completely get... but I know what the weather IS in my area so that delay is only slightly annoying. Don't know if anyone else has "worse" stories.
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Re: Zumo 660 pictures

The horror stories about start up with the 550 are all over the zumoforum. Using a 2 GB SD card, I never had a problem with my now long-gone, but reimbursed, BMW Zumo (550-ish) GPS.

What I can tell you is until you see these units side by side, you cannot appreciate how much easier is it to read the 660's info, due to its higher resolution. Comparing screen image of the 550 to the 660 is is like viewing a 22" PC LCD screen at 640x480 vs 1650 x 1050. It is quite startling to see such fine resolution, and I can read all the names on the display, althjough in another few years, who know?
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Re: Zumo 660 pictures

If I were in the market right now I would get the 660 since its cheaper than the 550. That in and of itself is unusual. When do you ever see a price reduction on the next model. For me the 550 does everything I need, just have to upgrade the map once in a while, and its golden.
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I got NuMaps Lifetime with my 660.
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I got NuMaps Lifetime with my 660.

Well that's definetly a plus, and worth consideration for anyone in the market. I only upgrade it every other year, and it still ain't cheap.
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$89 for the Lifetime Maps with the AMA discount. That is a huge plus.
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$89 for the Lifetime Maps with the AMA discount. That is a huge plus.
Thanks I didn't know about this, and I'm getting ready to update. It's $89.00 for a straight update, and $119.00 for lifetime seasonal updates. With 4 updates a year for life the map, and POI's should be pretty accurate.
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Choose wisely on using the AMA discount. You only get to use 2 X per year. I did already for 2009.
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OK. Where to buy the 660 and if it is the best deal, where to get it inc the maps?
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The best place to buy the Zumo 660 now is the Garmin site, A. logged in with AMA membership or B. forwarded from log-in at the AMA site in member benefits link.

The Zumo 660 is $671.99 here https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=135&pID=15000 if logged in vs $799.99 here and at most other places, and if registered in MyGarmin w/in 60 days of obtaining satellite signals, it includes a map upgrade from '09 to '10 maps (of course yours may come with a '10 map, and get a free 1/4-ly update later. The Lifetime Maps can bought at the Garmin site as well here http://www.garmin.com/garmin/cms/us/...umaps-lifetime, but the $119.99 price is $89.99 logged in.
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$663.69, free shipping no tax at Ritz.com (currently out of stock)
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$663.69, free shipping no tax at Ritz.com (currently out of stock)

Not Ritz.com, ritzcamera.com, and here: http://www.ritzcamera.com/product/EP...gps-automotive

But out of stock could mean long wait time. From Garmin was 2.5 weeks.
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For those thinking about a Zumo 660, here is a great review to read: http://www.prades.net/zumo660/
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Re: Zumo 660 pictures

Thanks for posting, I AM in the market for a new GPS and was considering a 550. Now
I have to re-think! Probably a no-brainer if the prices compare?
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For those thinking about a Zumo 660, here is a great review to read: http://www.prades.net/zumo660/

Thanks for that link.
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Re: Zumo 660 pictures

Just ordered one from Cycle Gadgets. I know they're not the cheapest, but they're motorcycle people and are at the rallies. If I have a question or concern I know I can call them and get a person that speaks English.
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Congrats, Cousi. Post any questions I may be able to answer. If I can't I can always seek the advise on zumoforums.com as can you.
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Post any questions I may be able to answer. If I can't I can always seek the advise on zumoforums.com as can you.

Thanks, I was all set to order a 550 'til I read this thread and the review.
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Re: Zumo 660 pictures

Got my new 660 a few days ago and put it in my work truck..............
I didn't think there was any reason to switch from the trusty old SPIII
until I was starting to have trouble reading the screen in the sunlight.
Boy, was I ever wrong!
Just the size and weight difference are enough reason. It came with
two mounting kits: one for the bike and one for the car. The bike mount
is a RAM bar clamp with 2-1/2" arm. I already had the RAM mount on the
bike, so that was easy. It pops on and off with the flick of a button and
there's a nifty little cover that snaps over the contacts when not in use.
There's even a case to put the GPS.
Can't wait to learn and use all the features this thing has.
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Re: Zumo 660 pictures

Put that cover in the case when not in use. A handful over at the zumoforums have lost theirs, but none of us that case the cover have. It's a great piece when you need it, and the cover is superb.

It's hard not to like this fast, bright unit. Also, download the newest webupdater from Garmin, and use it to update the Zumo 660 to firmware 3.10. That fixes many early release issues.

Last but not least, if you have not, register the unit with Garmin on the web soon, and you get a new map update free.
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Re: Zumo 660 pictures

Seems I got here late.

I've been waiting for the Zumo 660 to clean up it's act since the no-name on cities issue.

Has this been resolved ?

I've a K1200GT with a Big Mak shelf waiting for it.

Is this the way to go to keep the all the instrumentation in view ?

I also want to get the lifetime map update option.

I'm not an AMA member but rather BMWMOA.

Does that membership help on pricing with Garmin ?

Is there a reseller that sells the "entire package" so I don't have to worry about being shorted on the additional items that come with the full deal ?

Lots of questions, I know, but I'd rather make the "right" decision and pay a little more.

Can I register the product with Garmin as soon as I get it, before I have it working ?

Thanks everyone for your help with this.

Sorry for the simplistic questions, but, I'm a newbie at this. It will be my first GPS.

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Re: Zumo 660 pictures

RATS!! I just ordered the 550! I guess I could send it back in the box. I didn't see where the 660 included a motorcycle power cable though???
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I am away at the MOA Rally, right now, using a laptop whose keyboard I can't stand, so bear with me please. See my answers below in red


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Seems I got here late.

I've been waiting for the Zumo 660 to clean up it's act since the no-name on cities issue.

Has this been resolved ? Long ago with version 2.8 software release, now on version 3.1 software release. Your information on the issue is outdated.


I've a K1200GT with a Big Mak shelf waiting for it.

Is this the way to go to keep the all the instrumentation in view ? I'd say yes, as the 660 is faster and more vivid than the 550, and if you have never used a GPS you will be surprised at how inaccurate BMW MC speedometers are, anyway. My R1150GSA ride-along buddy to the MOA Rally was. 80 BMW is 72 GPS, 70 BMW is 63, 60 BMW is 54 GPS, notice a trend?

I also want to get the lifetime map update option. Great idea.

I'm not an AMA member but rather BMWMOA.

Does that membership help on pricing with Garmin ? Unfortunately, no, only AMA membership gets a discount. I am a longtime of MOA and the AMA. I just renewed my MOA membership at the Rally, too.

Is there a reseller that sells the "entire package" so I don't have to worry about being shorted on the additional items that come with the full deal ? I do not know of one.

Lots of questions, I know, but I'd rather make the "right" decision and pay a little more.

Can I register the product with Garmin as soon as I get it, before I have it working ? Yes, as only S/N is needed with a MyGarmin registration.

Thanks everyone for your help with this.

Sorry for the simplistic questions, but, I'm a newbie at this. It will be my first GPS.

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RATS!! I just ordered the 550! I guess I could send it back in the box. I didn't see where the 660 included a motorcycle power cable though???

The 660 gets hooked up to the battery and the m/c cradle includes a power cable. It does not need the BMW GPS plug.

BMW is also releasing a new Motorrad Navigator IV based on the 660. For an extra $400 or so, you get a cradle that has a few hard buttons (I can assure you these are a waste) and the BMW Motorrad dealer database under a special button. I have the same database as a free POI.
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Re: Zumo 660 pictures

AZ-J,

Tnx fer all this good information.

Pls look up my gang while you're there.

They've got the new polypro tees that show the small BMWDFW motorcycle logo on the front where a pocket would be and outlines of 5 different BMW bikes across the back.

As I write this tho, I think I'm saying "Look for this needle in a haystack in E. TN.). Ha.

I think now I need a fuze box of some sort as I'm adding driving lights/3 points of light next. I'll attach the Garmin as unswitched for starters.

Thank you again for your insight and experience.

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The 660 worked perfectly all the way to Johnson City, Tn from Phoenix, AZ and back. All 4089.5 miles of the trip. The speedometer next to a speed limit sign indicator helps a lot to keep LEO's at bay, especially in 70 and 75 mph speed limits.
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I had to add, the 660 also did a nice job keeping track of moving time and non-moving time (when on), as well as average moving speed, average overall speed, elevations, very linear fuel tracking, and max speed (I am not telling!).
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Sorry to bring up an old thread. I have been researching the 660 and have not found this piece of info discussed:
Does the 660 have in its choice of the types of routes: motorcycle or curvy roads or backroads... whatever they call em? For a motorcycle specific unit i would imagine it would.
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Fastest and shortest routes are the choices, or you can do custom routes with MapSource and export. It'll also customize auto, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian modes. But no curvy roads or longest way. For those and other makes routes in the included MapSource software (there is a Mac version too, with a different name) and export to the Zumo. Not too difficult.
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