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Garmin intros budget zumo 220 for motorcycle riders

updated 03:00 pm EST, Wed January 20, 2010

Garmin offers lowest-priced zumo for bikers

Garmin on Wednesday introduced the lowest-priced navigation device for motorcycle riders in its current range, with the zūmo 220. The rugged device has a 3.5-inch color touchscreen with a 320x240 resolution that has the ability to make text-to-speech guidance over the built-in speaker or by sending it to a Bluetooth headset. A lane assist feature and off-road navigation are its two largest software extras.

The zūmo 220 will display speed limits on most major roads, and contains preloaded maps of the US, Canada and Puerto Rico, along with six million points of interest. Users can pre-plan their trips and share them through the use of a microSD slot.

As with other motorcycle navigators in Garmin's range, the 220 is resistant to fuel spray, waterproof and its touchscreen can be operated with gloved fingers. The zūmo 220 is estimated to ship in March, priced at $600. It includes mounts for both motorcycles and cars.

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  1. DarkVader

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    Budget? Serously?

    At $600, it's not a budget device. Given that low price car GPS units cost less than $100, a budget waterproof unit shouldn't be more than twice that.

    I paid less than $600 for my bike. I'd like a GPS to use while I'm riding, but the prices are insane. I'm probably going to end up waterproofing a cheap car GPS myself.

  1. Tjp

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    Joined: Jan 2010


    If I were to do this again ...

    I'd use a full in-dash unit with slide-out BIG LCD touch-screen. I used a TomTom 910 for a short while but the vibration over 45-50 MPH even on the highway caused the hard drive to unload the heads and park (admittedly WA highways which are terribly rough compared to say MO or CA) I tried a 710 unit (solid state for storage) and it worked fine. But a car unit with in unit map storage (reads the DVD then allows you to load other media in the drive) in a made for motorcycle shock mount din mount will cost less than 600 and be more functional. Make sure the touch screen is resistive though so it will work through all gloves.


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