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    Real world experience with Garmin Zumo 550?

    Anyone? I've read reviews, but they don't offer much in terms of REAL WORLD experience, just what the Garmin glossies say...

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    Re: Real world experience with Garmin Zumo 550?

    I should have one by next week. I'll post a review.

    It has a few flaws I can tell from reading the online specs and manual.

    It doesn't display elevation/altitude information.
    It doesn't let you adjust the track log points (how often it sets a point).
    You can't save your track log (called a Trip log in the Zumo) to the unit, without converting it to a route, which would greatly reduce the number of points in the log.

    I like to adjust the track log points in the gpsmap 76s I use so on really twisty stuff, the track log shows all the curves.

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    Re: Real world experience with Garmin Zumo 550?

    Quote Originally Posted by EatnAsphalt
    I should have one by next week. I'll post a review.

    It has a few flaws I can tell from reading the online specs and manual.

    It doesn't display elevation/altitude information.
    It doesn't let you adjust the track log points (how often it sets a point).
    You can't save your track log (called a Trip log in the Zumo) to the unit, without converting it to a route, which would greatly reduce the number of points in the log.

    I like to adjust the track log points in the gpsmap 76s I use so on really twisty stuff, the track log shows all the curves.
    Any reviews on Garmin Zumo 550?

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    Re: Real world experience with Garmin Zumo 550?

    Quote Originally Posted by rathump
    Any reviews on Garmin Zumo 550?
    Haven't gotten it yet.

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    Re: Real world experience with Garmin Zumo 550?

    Quote Originally Posted by jbauer
    Anyone? I've read reviews, but they don't offer much in terms of REAL WORLD experience, just what the Garmin glossies say...

    - Thanx
    - Jon
    There is quite a bit of discussion over on the BMW Sport Touring forum. Check there.
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    Re: Real world experience with Garmin Zumo 550?

    Quote Originally Posted by jbauer
    Anyone? I've read reviews, but they don't offer much in terms of REAL WORLD experience, just what the Garmin glossies say...

    - Thanx
    - Jon
    Bought one on eBay from Rugged Journey, on 12/11 and received it on 12/12. Had it registered with Garmin and up and running in a few minutes. Did a web update and S/W was upgraded to 2.30. Quick mount to vehicle, still to mount on the bike. So far easy to use, and understand. Works much faster than my Street Pilot III. Comes with everything you need, except an extra dashboard disk if you want to move it from one vehicle to another (using the suction cup on the windshield is unlawful in CA, according to Garmin). Still considering the GTM 12 FM TMC or GXM 30 XM recievers for traffic updates.

    Interface is intuitive, buttons seem stiff maybe difficult when gloved on the bike, but I will report on that after I get it mounted on the bike and try it out that way. Just waiting for the rain to stop to move forward with this.

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    Re: Real world experience with Garmin Zumo 550?

    Quote Originally Posted by jsteiner
    Bought one on eBay from Rugged Journey, on 12/11 and received it on 12/12. Had it registered with Garmin and up and running in a few minutes. Did a web update and S/W was upgraded to 2.30. Quick mount to vehicle, still to mount on the bike. So far easy to use, and understand. Works much faster than my Street Pilot III. Comes with everything you need, except an extra dashboard disk if you want to move it from one vehicle to another (using the suction cup on the windshield is unlawful in CA, according to Garmin). Still considering the GTM 12 FM TMC or GXM 30 XM recievers for traffic updates.

    Interface is intuitive, buttons seem stiff maybe difficult when gloved on the bike, but I will report on that after I get it mounted on the bike and try it out that way. Just waiting for the rain to stop to move forward with this.
    Welcome to the site John!

    That's for the review. We'll look forward to reading more about it when you have time to try it out on the bike. Mine is still back ordered. Although the longer I wait, the less likely I'll get one.

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    Confused6 Re: Real world experience with Garmin Zumo 550?

    Ordered mine today on ebay for $736.95 with overnight shipping. Will update the thread next weekend after some testing (if the claim of having units in stock holds true).

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    Re: Real world experience with Garmin Zumo 550?

    I just ordered the Zumo for $704.00 shipped from Compuplus. I've done business with them before and they're reputable. This is my first GPS so it'll be interesting to see how it changes or affects the way I ride.
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    Re: Real world experience with Garmin Zumo 550?

    I cancelled my order. The Zumo had too many features missing that I'm use to for my use.

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