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Old 09-17-2014, 08:41 AM   #1
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F700GS ZUMO/BMW GPS Install

Good day...
Recently purchased an almost new 2013 F700GS.
The bike came with a BMW branded GPS mount installed and wired...but no GPS.
The original owner said that the GPS was a Garmin 550.
Question: Does that sound correct?
Can a Garmin (non-BMW branded) Zumo 550 GPS simply snap into this BMW mount?
Or another Garmin Zumo model?
If not, is the BMW branded GPS available separately (without the mount) from BMW?

The BMW catalog is not clear, and neither was the first dealer I called...

Thanks for any info.
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Old 09-17-2014, 11:03 AM   #2
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To my knowledge, the vertical twins never had a gps option, but the 1200's
do, so it could have come off one of those.

I believe it is BMW's version of the Zumo 660 and the mounts will fit a 550. Either post a picture of it, or search Zumo 550/650 mounts and see if they look the same.
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Old 09-18-2014, 05:55 AM   #3
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Good day...
Recently purchased an almost new 2013 F700GS.
The bike came with a BMW branded GPS mount installed and wired...but no GPS.
The original owner said that the GPS was a Garmin 550.
Question: Does that sound correct?
Can a Garmin (non-BMW branded) Zumo 550 GPS simply snap into this BMW mount?
Or another Garmin Zumo model?
If not, is the BMW branded GPS available separately (without the mount) from BMW?

The BMW catalog is not clear, and neither was the first dealer I called...

Thanks for any info.
Can you post a pic of the cradle? Does it look like this?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...L._SL1500_.jpg

I have had BMW Nav4, Zumo 665, and BMW Nav5.

All three of these use the same connector on the back and they are all roughly the same size. I was able to power the 665 in the Nav4 cradle and power the Nav5 in the 665 cradle. Plus, the XM radio connection was good also. But the Nav4 cradle buttons do not work with the 665. It only powered it.

I am not sure of the 550 working in the 660-665 cradle because it looks so much different from the front. But it is highly possible.

Post a pic of the cradle and that will help.
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Old 09-18-2014, 06:06 AM   #4
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I am not sure of the 550 working in the 660-665 cradle because it looks so much different from the front.
The housings are different and the rectangular Zumo 660/665 will not work with the wholly different 550-style cradle.

Note that BMW has specified an entirely different housing for its Garmin-manufactured current Navigator compared to the latest Garmin Zumo 590. With BMW selling bikes with the Navigator mount in place, the temptation is there to simply buy the Navigator without comparing the new Zumo. Do your homework before you buy.

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Old 09-18-2014, 06:09 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by T100-SC View Post
Good day...
Recently purchased an almost new 2013 F700GS.
The bike came with a BMW branded GPS mount installed and wired...but no GPS.
The original owner said that the GPS was a Garmin 550.
Question: Does that sound correct?
Can a Garmin (non-BMW branded) Zumo 550 GPS simply snap into this BMW mount?
Or another Garmin Zumo model?
If not, is the BMW branded GPS available separately (without the mount) from BMW?

The BMW catalog is not clear, and neither was the first dealer I called...

Thanks for any info.
Did a search and the Zumo 550 and newer Zumo 660/665 does NOT use the same connector.

http://www.tramsoft.ch/gps/garmin_zu...verview_en.jpg
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Old 09-18-2014, 06:23 AM   #6
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If the original owner said it was a Garmin 550, it probably was just that. Find a 550, and see if it fits. It either will, or it won't. No huge mystery there.
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