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Old 01-06-2012, 12:43 PM   #16
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I've got the Zumo 550. Came with my used 07 GS and was a most pleasant bonus on top of a bike already farkled out like I wanted and at a good price with low mileage. I've been using Toyota's factory navigation system in my Sequoia for 7+ years now and am spoiled by it. When I got the 550 I thought, well, probably not quite as good and I'm going to have to play with it a while to get to know it. Not so. Very intuitive and I believe a very apt and trustworthy navigator. Wish it had a few extra features like the "3 route trip choice" when I pull up an address but it does recalibrate a new direction when I decide to go a little bit different route. It came mounted to the bike on the Garmin cradle on the handlebars but when I put Rox Risers on my bars I had to get a RAM mount and mount it on the Cee Bailey windscreen mounting bar. I like it there even better as it seems to cut out even more glare in that position.
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Old 01-06-2012, 01:58 PM   #17
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I ride a R1200GSA and have been using a Garmin Zumo 550 for several years. For road use, I have found it to be a great GPS. My Zumo is wired to the BMW power connector under the front beak.

I recently added a Cardo Scala Rider G4 Bluetooth communicator to my helmet and paired it with the Zumo for the audio GPS turn instructions, and paired the Zumo with my Android phone so I can receive phone calls. A Garmin nuMaps lifetime subscription is a worthwhile addition. However, the Zumo 550 now lacks sufficient memory to load all the U.S. and Canada maps in the unit's memory. You can load the maps on an SD card.

Combined with an SD card, the Zumo 550 can store as many data files with routes, waypoints, POIs, etc. as you want, along with MP3 music. I even created some "pictures" files with text information on how to do the really obscure, infrequently performed operations for the GPS.

Others have indicated the Zumo is not as well suited for offroad riding because it lacks good support for tracks. I am now considering a Garmin Montana for similar reasons.

A buddy of mine just added a Garmin Nuvi 550 to his R1200GSA. He indicates it is waterproof. This could be a good, less expensive alternative to a Zumo 550 or Montana.
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Old 01-06-2012, 03:54 PM   #18
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:52 PM   #19
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I'd recommend looking for a used 276 / 376 on ebay. They often go for more then what they cost new before they stopped making them. That should tell you something.
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Old 01-06-2012, 07:53 PM   #20
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I have a Garmin Nuvi 2450 that I use the suction cup on the stock windshield mounted in the left indentation. I also wrap the the power wire around the suction cup base in case the suction cup looses suction it will keep the GPS from hitting the ground. It has never fallen off and lasted once from Saint Louis to Denver and up and over some off road mountain crossings.
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:18 PM   #21
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I am using the Nuvi 500 with the RAM mount. As others have indicated, I must cradle the GPS before attaching power; yes, it's kind of a pain. I have mine powered by the front outlet so it turns off with the bike and attached to the handlebar. It blocks the speedo, but doesn't matter as I use the speedo on the GPS.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:40 PM   #22
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I've mounted my Zumo 660 like this and the windscreen bracket has brocken twice now within a short time. Has anybody else had this problem?
Any advice?
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:42 PM   #23
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:42 PM   #24
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There is a whole AdvRider sub-forum dedicated to GPS's at,

http://advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=75

Lots of answers and probably the best place to search. My particular unit is a Garmin 376C (a lucky and inexpensive find for $150), but it is older and no longer supported by Garmin. Nevertheless, some consider these Chartplotters (276C, 376C, 478, etc.) as the off-roading gold standard because they are tough, have buttons and have big screens. I also use a Ram mount and like the vibration isolation of the rubber they use.

I hope my gps lasts a long time. It works very well.

YMMV.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:23 AM   #25
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You will need to buy a mount for it. I recommend the AMPS cradle garmin makes for it, because it has power wires you can wire directly into the battery or GPS plug on the bike. https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=89575

That only holds the GPS and provides 4 AMPS-compatible screw holes, though. You'll need an AMPS compatible handlebar mount. I went with a kit from GPScity.com (http://www.gpscity.com/ram-mount-gar...unt-steel.html) as it had all the pieces and I didn't have to search the whole RAM catalog and then forget one piece.
These were the parts that I used for the Montana install on my 2010 GS:

I got all the parts from gps city, save the BMW 3-pin connector for plugging into the factory GPS connector.

1. Garmin Montana 6xx AMPS Rugged Mount with Audio Power Cable...
SKU: MONT6MNTPOW MODEL: 010-11654-01

2. RAM Mount Steel U-Bolt Motorcycle Mount Base RAM-B-231U
SKU: RAMB231STEEL MODEL: RAM-B-231U

3. RAM Mount Rectangular AMPS Plate B-Ball RAM-B-347U
SKU: RAMB347 MODEL: RAM-B-347U

4. RAM Mount Adapter for Handlebars (Item 2 contains one of these, but I ordered anyway b/c I didn't know for sure and it was cheap)
SKU: RAP319 MODEL: RAP-319U

5. RAM Mount Locking Knob Brass Thread for 1 inch Socket Arm (not necessary, but I like that I can adjust with no tools and can lock the mount as well)
SKU: RAMKNOB3L MODEL: RAM-KNOB3LU

6. RAM Mount Short Arm B-Socket RAM-B-201U-A
SKU: RAMB201A MODEL: RAM-B-201U-A


7. BMW Accessory Plug Connector (straight from the BMW parts catalog)

Install pic:

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Old 02-11-2013, 09:42 AM   #26
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+1. Garmin Montana 600.

I got the 600 because all the 650 offers is a crappy 5mp camera which is useless, and while the 650t comes with topo maps pre installed, you need to have it plugged in when using basecamp.

Speaking of which if you get the Montana be sure to factor city and/or topo maps onto the price because they don't come pre installed.

It's a great GPS though.

Here it is on a RAM mount, I've since installs it centered on the GSA bar with an SW-motech mount.

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Old 02-11-2013, 10:25 AM   #27
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These were the parts that I used for the Montana install on my 2010 GS:

I got all the parts from gps city, save the BMW 3-pin connector for plugging into the factory GPS connector.

1. Garmin Montana 6xx AMPS Rugged Mount with Audio Power Cable...
SKU: MONT6MNTPOW MODEL: 010-11654-01

2. RAM Mount Steel U-Bolt Motorcycle Mount Base RAM-B-231U
SKU: RAMB231STEEL MODEL: RAM-B-231U

3. RAM Mount Rectangular AMPS Plate B-Ball RAM-B-347U
SKU: RAMB347 MODEL: RAM-B-347U

4. RAM Mount Adapter for Handlebars (Item 2 contains one of these, but I ordered anyway b/c I didn't know for sure and it was cheap)
SKU: RAP319 MODEL: RAP-319U

5. RAM Mount Locking Knob Brass Thread for 1 inch Socket Arm (not necessary, but I like that I can adjust with no tools and can lock the mount as well)
SKU: RAMKNOB3L MODEL: RAM-KNOB3LU

6. RAM Mount Short Arm B-Socket RAM-B-201U-A
SKU: RAMB201A MODEL: RAM-B-201U-A


7. BMW Accessory Plug Connector (straight from the BMW parts catalog)

Install pic:


Justin, Off topic, what bars are you running?
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:55 AM   #28
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Jachard,

They are the Protaper Contour Pastrana FMX bend.

Some info on the purchase/install is in this thread:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=763940

They are by far the best mod I have done to the bike (and I have done a lot )
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:50 PM   #29
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+1 on the Montana
++1 Montana

Love it... and to my mind perfect for the GS.

Have a ball mounted directly to one of the 4 handlebar mount bolts - with a small Ram arm - unit sits right over the handlebar mounts - with direct power to GS - GPS accessory plug.

+++1 on the protapers also.

If you have an older GS like mine - 05 to 08 I think (I have 06 adv) then you might want the Protaper - Raptors which are an ATV bar with a much higher rise than moto bars and a bit less flat like the MX bars.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:55 PM   #30
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+1. Garmin Montana 600.

It's a great GPS though.

Here it is on a RAM mount, I've since installs it centered on the GSA bar with an SW-motech mount.

Did the Montana guide you to the washout or around it?.
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