Garmin Motorcycle GPS Offers Touch Screen, XM Satellite Info

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GPS manufacturer Garmin International has unveiled the Zūmo 665 — a fully touch-screen motorcycle navigator that includes an antenna for XM Satellite Radio, real-time XM NavWeather and real-time XM NavTraffic. It will hit the market this quarter retailing for $999.99.

“For entertainment or information, the Zūmo 665 makes every road trip more enjoyable and stress-free,” Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales, said in a press release. “From back roads to rallies, you can listen to the radio, check the weather and move ahead of traffic as you travel down the road.”

The Zūmo 665 comes with the GXM 40 XM antenna, but to receive the XM Satellite information, an optional subscription is required. For a list of the XM Satellite subscription service plans and packages offered, visit www.garmin.com/xm.

The Zūmo 665 has a 4.3-inch touch-screen color display that is reportedly glove-friendly. The waterproof device comes preloaded with street-level maps of the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico with more than 6 million points of interest, including gas stations, lodging, restaurants and attractions. The Zūmo 665 speaks street names and delivers turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions, such as “Turn right on Main Street,” via the built-in speaker headphone jack or through a compatible Bluetooth helmet or headset.

The navigator also has advanced routing capabilities such as lane assist with junction view that guides riders to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit, and realistically displays road signs and junctions on the route along with arrows that indicate the proper lane for navigation. In some major metropolitan areas, surrounding buildings are displayed in a 3D transparent view.

The Zūmo 665 also has enhanced Bluetooth Wireless Technology with A2DP support for streaming audio in high-quality stereo sound. Users can receive and place phone calls as well as receive navigation cues wirelessly to Bluetooth-enabled headsets or helmets.

For a last-minute change of plans or a quick pit stop for food, users can also make calls from the Zūmo’s huge points-of-interest database.

Garmin claims that even while riding, users can view the Zūmo’s trip information page for speed, heading, altitude and a customizable fuel gauge that can be modified to the motorcycle’s maximum fuel range. In addition, Zūmo owners can create routes via computer and then transfer the saved routes directly to the Zūmo.

Dealers interested in becoming a Garmin dealer can send an e-mail to dealerupdate@garmin.com.

Update: Since this story's posting, Garmin has unveiled another motorcycle navigation unit called the Zūmo 220. It retails for $599.99 and is scheduled to hit the market in March. The device has a 3.5-inch touch screen and features text to speech, lane assist, Bluetooth headset capability, and on-/off-road travel options. The unit displays speed limits from most major roads. The device has spoken turn-by-turn directions and speaks most street names aloud. It uses Garmin's HotFix feature that calculates and stores satellite information to prevent the info from being lost if a signal from the satellite is blocked. The device comes with both a motorcycle mount and a car mount.

Posted by Arlo Redwine