garmin zūmo 550 designed with motorcyclists in mind


Garmin today announced the zūmo 550, a complete navigation system designed for motorcyclists. The zūmo features an glove friendly touch screen with left handed controls that makes it easy to operate. The screen is super bright so no matter how sunny it is outside you’ll still be able to see where the next turn is. Not to mention the screen is UV resistant so it’ll last you many years. With the bluetooth feature you’ll have hands-free-to-helmet wireless capability. The zumo has a rugged design and comes with a special lock so you can safely remove it on your bike or scooter.

Zūmo also comes with pre-loaded City Navigator NT® map data and companion DVD-ROM, a motorcycle mount and mounting hardware with 12/24 volt power cable, an automotive mount with 12v cigarette lighter power cable, carrying case, logo stickers, AC charging cable, dashboard adhesive disk, USB interface cable, owner’s manual on disc, and quick reference guide. Zūmo is expected to be available in October 2006 and cost $1076.

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Here are the full set of features:

  • High-sensitivity GPS receiver
  • Display: 2.8 x 2.1(3.5 diag.), 320 x 240 pixels; high bright sunlight-readable, UV-resistant, touch screen display
  • Unit dimensions: 4.8″ W x 3.9″ H x 1.6″ D
  • Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Removable lithium-ion battery; three hour typical use
  • Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling and navigation audio prompts
  • Supports optional FM TMC traffic alerts
  • Supports optional XM NavTraffic with XM weather, and XM Satellite Radio
  • Preloaded maps for all of North America or Europe
  • Voice announces streets by name
  • Look up addresses and points of interest
  • Choose 2D or 3D map perspective
  • Upload custom POIs, including alerts for speed zones and safety cameras
  • Built-in MP3 player and JPEG Picture Viewer
  • SD card expansion makes it easy for storage and route sharing
  • Export and review your travels in Google Earth with a free account from
  • Glove-friendly touch screen with left-handed controls makes it easy to operate
  • Sunlight-readable, UV-resistant display makes it easy to view your screen
  • Motorcycle console for trip information, including fuel gauge to warn you when its time to fill up
  • Motorcycle mount with standard 4-hole AMPS pattern so you can mount it anywhere
  • Included motorcycle mount for riding and automotive mount (with integrated speaker) for driving
  • Includes Garmin Lock, an anti-theft feature
  • Custom caps, available in a variety of colors, to reflect your style
  • Waterproof: IEC 60529 IPX7 standards (submersible in one meter of water for up to 30 min.)

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4 Responses to “garmin zūmo 550 designed with motorcyclists in mind”

  1. Gregor Says:

    I hope Garmin finally extended their data logger size limit on this device. Currently even if memory is available only 10000 points can be stored.

    I can just picture myself using this device on the road TripTracking -

  2. Administrator Says:

    Is that the link to your own trip?

  3. Lee's Journal Says:

    Garmin Zūmo - the GPS Receiver for Motorcycles…

    Garmin has announced the all new Garmin Zūmo GPS navigation system that is designed for motorcyclists in mind.
    Zūmo boasts a 3.5-inch (diagonal) high-bright, sunlight readable touchscreen display, encased in a waterproof (IEC 529 IPX-7 standards) …

  4. Thomas Says:

    All we can think about is if this product actually delivers as stated, we’re going to start seeing a lot more of the touring sort running with these - especially the sport tourers along with the Goldwing type crowd.

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