August 4, 2008

Harley Davidson Zumo GPS - The Road Tech Zumo


Garmin is launching a specialized version of the Garmin Zumo - the Road Tech Zumo, a Garmin that is Harley customized; no not with chrome pipes, but with all the Harley Davidson dealerships pre-loaded and a special program to share rides at Harley-Davidson website. The Zumo of course allows riders to not only get from here to there, but also plan, swap and share rides online where the idea isn't to get from point A to B on the fastest route, but maybe the one with the most sweeping curves and vistas available.

Garmin has started several communities centered around their units, and this is a nice outgrowth of the Zumo Connect site where ride sharing is taking off with 1000's of rides uploaded.

You can find the latest Garmin Zumo - the Road Tech Zumo at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally going on this week in SD.

A full press release follows......

Garmin announced the introduction of the Road Tech zūmo, from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories. A customized version of Garmin's popular motorcycle-specific GPS device specially enhanced for Harley owners, the Road Tech zūmo will be on display and available for sale beginning the week of Aug. 4 at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and around the world in Harley-Davidson authorized dealerships.

"The Road Tech zūmo helps Harley riders plan and navigate their route with ease," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "Packed with all of the preloaded features that zūmo users have come to expect and appreciate, the Road Tech zūmo anticipates the needs of Harley riders everywhere."

Road Tech zūmo's extensive directory of Harley-Davidson dealerships adds to the preloaded database of more than six million points of interests, such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs, and attractions. A custom handlebar mount quickly secures the Road Tech zūmo while providing the option of easily transferring the Road Tech zūmo to your car or truck for four-wheel navigation. And for those adventurers who want to plan and envision their road trip in advance, the ride planner at helps users find, create and adapt great rides and easily download them to the Road Tech zūmo. In addition, riders can swap routes and waypoints with other zūmo owners via the unit's SD card slot.

For the ultimate convenience and safety, riders will appreciate the Road Tech zūmo's glove-friendly design with left-handed controls and oversized touchscreen buttons. The waterproof (IEC 529 IPX-7 standards) device comes ready to go right out of the box. Simply enter a destination, and Road Tech zūmo takes you there with turn-by-turn voice directions that speak street names. And riders can get there in style, using custom vehicle icons to guide them on their journeys.

With optional XM subscriptions and an XM antenna, you can check the weather, move ahead of traffic and listen to the radio when you travel with Road Tech zūmo in the U.S. As an alternative, zūmo can receive optional TMC traffic alerts (in select cities) when used with a compatible traffic receiver. Simply press a button on the screen, and zūmo recalculates your route to avoid traffic.

With Road Tech zūmo's Bluetooth® wireless technology, you can talk on the phone safely without removing your gloves or helmet. Connect zūmo to your Bluetooth-enabled headset/helmet and cell phone to make and receive hands-free calls. You can even make phone calls to POIs through zūmo's Bluetooth interface. In addition, zūmo transmits navigation voice prompts to your headset so you can listen wirelessly.

Road Tech zūmo owners can also access trip information directly from the zūmo's trip information page. The bright display shows the rider their speed, heading and a customizable fuel gauge that lets them define the motorcycle's maximum fuel range and find a gas station when necessary. If a rider wants to leave the pavement for the trail, the zūmo accepts electronic topo maps for off-road navigation.

The Road Tech zūmo also has many security features. The custom mount is designed to withstand the severe vibration environment commonly experienced in motorcycle riding. The zūmo also includes Garmin Lock™, a unique theft prevention system that disables the zūmo from performing any functions until the user types in a specific 4-digit PIN or takes the unit to a predetermined secure location. If the user does not know the PIN or secure location, the zūmo will be inoperative.

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Posted by Scott Martin at August 4, 2008 7:36 PM

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