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.