Motorcycle GPS

January 20, 2010

Garmin Zumo 220 - Affordable Motorcycle Navigation GPS


Garmin has been feeling the impact of the recession and they recognize that they need to move to more affordable position for their products (compared to the bigger Zumo 660), and the motorcycle market is not left out in the cold. The new Zumo 220 is a slimmed down unit with a few features shaved off, but still a motorcycle GPS through and through. The glove friendly has features like being IPX7 water proof, special motorcycle dashboards, and the ability to load up cruiser routes on the back roads and follow them. You don't get the widescreen, Bluetooth capabilities that the Zumo 660 offers, but maybe you don't need it.

Available in March - just in time for warmer weather. Grab one for the street price of $599.

More at the Garmin Product Page for the Zum0 220

Full Press Release after the jump....

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July 3, 2009

Garmin Launches BMW Motorrad Navigator IV - New Motorcycle Navigation


Garmin announced a BMW-specific motorcycle GPS model that will be offered through BMW authorized resellers this fall. The unit, based on the Zumo 660 GPS, has some pretty solid features like a 4.3-inch glove friendly touch screen control, water proof to IPX7 standards, with gasoline splash resistance too.

The enhanced extras that come with the BMW model include a special mount that adds extra buttons on the left to give the rider direct access to commonly used features, as well as a pre-loaded BMW dealership Point of Interest database. Also, "The BMW Motorrad Navigator IV’s stereo (A2DP) Bluetooth wireless technology makes it possible for riders to pair their phone to a Bluetooth enabled helmet or handset so that they can safely talk on the phone or listen to MP3’s without having to remove their gloves or helmet."

I think that the wireless sharing of routes is a great feature on the unit through Bluetooth. Following in the footsteps of handhelds and the Garmin Edge bicycling GPS, the sharing of specific routes is a great way to plan a group outing.

Full Press Release Below.....

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January 7, 2009

Garmin Zumo 660 Motorcycle GPS

Garmin announced a new Zumo today, the Zumo 660, a widescreen water resistant unit that can be operated with gloves on. Not only can it give you the fastest route, but you can pre-plan your rides offline and then take the scenic route to enjoy the ride instead of rushing to get there. The unit will have Lane Assist and Junction View which gives you a better understanding of what upcoming turns look like. The Bluetooth capability will mean that you can run Bluetooth headsets to hear your turn by turn directions and run it as a handsfree set for phone calls too. Not bad.

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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......

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February 13, 2008

GPS Equipped Motorcycle Helmet Radios for Help


In a great application of GPS technology here's a student from UMass who has equipped a motorcycle helmet with the Wireless Impact Guardian (WIG) that senses an impact; the unit is designed so that it can judge is you are OK after an impact. If not, it will automatically calls 911, then sends your location over the line. The student, Brycen Spencer, has filed a provisional patent on the device, which may just hit stores if someone will pick up the idea and manufacture it.

Via Engadget

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January 4, 2008

BikeGPSTracking - Motorcycle GPS Tracking

BikeGPSTracking™, a leading provider of GPS tracking and theft recovery products today announced the availability of the first low cost GPS tracking unit for motorcycles, off road vehicles, and ATV's. This GPS tracking unit offers many customer requested features at a fraction of the cost of comparable tracking solutions.

"The launch of our MC242 GPS Motorcycle Tracking Unit gives motorcycle and ATV owners the peace of mind in knowing their property is protected at a very affordable price," said Mark Wells, President & CEO of BikeGPSTracking. "With the average price of GPS motorcycle tracking units being well over $500, we are able to leverage our technology leadership and bring the hardware cost down to $349."

BikeGPSTracking is also offering 2 optional accessories, a tether switch or panic button and a vibration sensor. If a rider is thrown from their bike the tether switch will send an emergency alert via SMS (text message) or an email message to specified recipients. Pressing the panic button will also generate a similar emergency alert. The vibration sensor alerts when a motorcycle is moved more than 100 yards while the ignition is off making theft recovery much faster.

The MC242 Motorcycle Tracking Unit offers the following features:

* Alerts when the ignition is turned on or off
* Tether switch if rider is thrown from motorcycle
* Vibration sensor if a motorcycle is moved
* Unlimited, continuous GPS tracking throughout the USA and Canada
* Ability to set Geofence and speed alerts

BikeGPSTracking is also offering low cost service plans as low as $5.95 per month and offer an additional 20% discount for annual pre-payment. The MC242 GPS Motorcycle Tracking Unit is available at

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August 24, 2007

TomTom RIDER 2 for the US


TomTom USA announced availability of their TomTom RIDER 2nd Edition, that was announced for Europe a while ago. The unit does look like a significant upgrade, after doing more research on its use on the bike. Of course it can be used while wearing gloves, comes loaded with US & Canadian Maps and also has a long list of other features that make it well suited for the bike:

  • Rugged RAM mount that fits on almost all bikes
  • Cardo scala -rider Bluetooth headset to hear in helmet instructions, and phone calls from the Bluetooth Handsfree capability.
  • Waterproof to IPX-7 standards
  • Ruggedized to resist vibration

    The unit should hit the stores soon, and there is an available car mount for using while you are not on the bike.

    More details including specifications after the jump...

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  • March 7, 2007

    Garmin Zumo 550 Software Update


    The Garmin Zumo 550 launched last year, and has done pretty well in the marketplace as more and more people cruise the roadways on their motorcycle, and more and more want the confidence of a GPS. Garmin's recent software update for the Zumo 550 looks like it's the product of some good solid consumer research, listening to requests and changing how the Zumo interacts with the rider.... and just in time for the 2007 riding season which is beginning in the warmer areas.... me? I am walking out into single digit temps this morning, but I digress.

    Here's a partial list of the updated features:

  • Allow panning from main map. Touching vehicle on main map displays coordinates and elevation in save dialog.
  • Added more fields to the trip computer including fuel gauge odometer.
  • Enabled compass display full time with additional data fields.
  • Enhanced XM weather support which is available from XM button on the main menu.
  • Enhanced traffic incident reporting.
  • Added support for SDHC cards and increased MP3 playlist limit to 1000 songs.
  • Added Audible books support.
  • Added option to limit BT headset audio to phone only.
  • Added option to display track log on map.
  • Modified import /share pictures to work directly from jpeg viewer without the checklist.
  • Disables auto-zoom operation when off-road.
  • Updated US/Canada Daylight Saving time support.

    Use your Webupdater program to update the software.

    More at Garmin Blogs

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  • January 5, 2007

    Garmin Zumo 450

    Fresh on the heels of the Zumo 550 shipping, Garmin has announced the Zumo 450, a more affordable unit It retains teh glove friendly design, the waterproof housing, the left handed controls, and the oversized buttons. It skips the Bluetooth feature that is present in it's big brother. The Zumo 450 is being launched at CES 2007 along with a lot of other new Garmin GPS units.

    "The zumo 450 is positioned towards the budget conscience rider who wants a solid and reliable GPS designed for motorcycles," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "Whether riding a cruiser or sportbike, the zumo's intuitive interface and motorcycle-specific attributes make it ideal for any rider on the go."

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    January 4, 2007

    Garmin Zumo 550 Review

    The Garmin Zumo came to the market after the TomTom RIDER, and seemed to have missed the big riding season by the time it shipped late in the Fall. It appears from a new review from YourNav that the Zumo is a pretty strong contender, and should pull away from the pack with its ease of use and strong featureset.
    "There are a few things which the RIDER is better at ... but in general, this zūmo is the better unit, and wins hands down."
    The Zumo was designed to ride, with several design features that makes it perfectly suited to head out on the road on a motorcycle, including a glove friendly touch screen, Bluetooth compatibility for wireless headset based voice directions, and a water tight housing that should keep you going in the right direction even when the weather turns bad. There are some nice touches that I like, rubberized buttons (like the Mio C310x), and an internal antenna that doesn't have to flip out. The unit is TMC and XM traffic capable, and nicely enough comes with a windshield mount also for car use.

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    November 14, 2006

    Garmin Zumo is Shipping!


    The Zumo's are here, the Zumo's are here! Hey so for everyone waiting on a Zumo 550, I just got word from GPSNow that they are coming in and will ship today or tomorrow if you get an order in ASAP. This motorcycle focused GPS is rugged and ready for the ride with design features that work on the road like: a touchscreen that works with gloved hands, water resistant, and Bluetooth enabled to transmit commands to a helmet. Others have realized that the very flexible routing and its ability to manipulate routes and tracks on the computer are an attractive feature.

    More at GPSNow

    Still taking pre-orders at Amazon

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    October 27, 2006

    Garmin Zumo 550 - Routes in Action


    One of the things that I think is a great move by the Zumo 550 designers is the fact that the Zumo can load hard coded routes and navigate you on them. See, I got my "GPS start" using a handheld eTrex and have used them extensively to plan bicycle routes on a computer, download them to the eTrex and then navigate them with the eTrex leading the way. In these situations, like taking a touring ride on a motorcycle, you don't want the "Optimum" fastest route; you want the route you plan. For a while now, I have wondered why you can't plan, navigate and save a route, or simply save the route you just took as a "good route" when you find an alternative to the initial route that was recommended. Now this gets into consumer feedback to the GPS, and I am all for that, but it's a little off-topic here. Anyway, there is a good easy to follow explanation of how a pre-programed route will be managed within the Zumo 550.

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    September 27, 2006

    Garmin Zumo 550 Designed to Ride


    So, we recently had a reader question about how the Garmin Zumo 550 would hold up to the demands of riding on the open road, specifically how would it do in regards to the vibration experienced out on the road. In talking to Garmin, I found out that this was of course a key focus of the design process. A review of the Garmin Zumo 550 designed one can relize that it is primarily for motorcycling from the ground up, from the waterproofness, to the solid state memory (no moving hard drives to get ruined) and the mounting hardware. So vibration should not be an issue. They also factored in some more commonly talked about features like the fact that it is Bluetooth compatible with ear pieces for audio while wearing a helmet, and the fact that it will work with gloved hands.

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    July 27, 2006

    Garmin Zumo 550 available for Pre-order at Amazon


    Wow, that didn't take long, the Garmin Zumo 550 is available for pre-order at Amazon. Even though you'll need to wait until October until it ships, you can order today..... It looks hot and should be right at the top of a few lists come this Christmas.

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