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Garmin zumo 550 Motorcycle GPS Navigation System

Garmin zumo 550 Motorcycle GPS Navigation System
Garmin zumo 550 Motorcycle GPS Navigation SystemGarmin zumo 550 Motorcycle GPS Navigation SystemGarmin zumo 550 Motorcycle GPS Navigation SystemGarmin zumo 550 Motorcycle GPS Navigation System
Item No.010-00567-00
Retail Price:$649.99
Our Price:$599.99
ConditionNew Retail Box (NOT Refurbished)
ReturnableYes (See our Return Policy)
WarrantyTiger 30 Day, Manufacturer 1 Year


Zoom, zoom... zūmo? Garmin has announced a GPS navigation system made specifically for motorcycles that has pre-loaded maps of North America, text-to-speech, Bluetooth, an internal rechargeable battery, an mp3 player, security mode, both motocycle and automotive mounts, and the same great autorouting and six million Points-of-Interest database that Garmin is known for - the Garmin zūmo 550. Plus, you can add GTM traffic service, XM Satellite radio and traffic service, TravelGuide and SaversGuide data. You can even add topographical maps, so that your GPS can find its way both on and off-road.

Customize your ride with the Garmin zumo 550. Born to run, built to last, this rugged GPS navigator is always ready to ride. Designed by bikers, zumo's motorcycle-friendly features make it easy to operate while in the saddle. From back roads to rallies, its preloaded maps and high-end navigation features give you the freedom to go where you want. Check out Garmin's zumo mini-site to see it action!

Zumo boasts a 3.5-inch (diagonal) high-bright, sunlight readable touchscreen display, encased in a waterproof (IEC 529 IPX-7 standards) housing made of plastics that resist damage from fuel splashes and UV light. In addition to the touchscreen, zumo has four dedicated left-handed buttons for quick input. Zumo is equipped with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, which acquires and maintains a GPS signal even in heavy foliage or "urban canyons" created by city skyscrapers. The navigator also features solid state memory, which mitigates the effects of vibration, shock, cold, heat - and displays and redraws maps faster. Zumo at Tiger GPS is secured to the motorcycle with a locking mount that has waterproof power and data cable connections and is able to withstand the severe vibration environment commonly experienced in motorcycle riding. A rechargeable user-removable lithium-ion battery (three hour typical use) is integrated into zumo for trip planning or use on foot.

Bluetooth capability makes it possible for riders to retrieve and dial numbers using a supported phone's contact list or from the phone's call history log. A user can also make calls from zumo's huge points of interest database that includes hotels, restaurants, stores, and much more. In addition, the Bluetooth connectivity also gives motorcyclists the ability to receive and place phone calls as well as receive turn-by-turn voice prompts wirelessly to Bluetooth enabled headsets (click here) or helmets. More than 200 Bluetooth phones are supported (click here for a list).

Zumo features a 10,000 point tracklog, allowing users to record even the longest of rides - and the included MapSource DVD (same as the one included with the StreetPilot 2820) even lets motorcyclists relive a memorable tour on their home computer through the 3-D Google Earth interface. Riders can also plan upcoming trips on their computer, and swap routes and waypoints with other zumo owners via the unit's SD card slot.

Users can also access zumo's trip computer page for trip information like speed, heading, and a customizable fuel gauge that allows users to define their motorcycle's maximum fuel range. When zumo calculates that the motorcycle is low on fuel, it automatically reminds the rider and suggests a route to a nearby gas station. Zumo even has a compass page and accepts electronic topo maps - making it the ultimate off-road navigator. For those long trips, riders can stay entertained with zumo's built-in MP3 player.

Riders can personalize zumo to match their particular bike's color scheme and attitude with custom caps. Silver and black caps come standard with the unit, and others are available on the Garmin website. Owners can also customize zumo's opening splashscreen to depict a one-of-a-kind photo with the help of the unit's jpeg picture viewer. And because even the most dedicated rider sometimes travels by car, zumo comes with an automotive mount and speaker - making the unit ideal for virtually any type of road trip. Zumo is also equipped with Garmin Lock, an anti-theft system that disables the unit until the owner types in a specific 4-digit PIN or takes the unit to a predetermined secure location.

Operate Easily on Two Wheels

Durable and intuitive, zumo is built specifically for motorcycles:

  • Glove-friendly touch screen with left-handed controls makes it easy to operate
  • High bright 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 universal mounting hardware so you can mount it anywhere
  • Included motorcycle mount and automotive mount (with integrated speaker) for riding or driving
  • Custom caps, available in a variety of colors, to reflect your style
  • Vibration-tested, waterproof and built with fuel-resistant plastics to withstand the elements

Navigate the Open Road

zumo 550 comes ready to go right out of the box with preloaded City Navigator NT street maps and a hefty points of interest (POIs) database, including motels, restaurants, fuel, ATMs and more. Simply enter a destination, and zumo takes you there with turn-by-turn voice directions that speak street names. In addition, zumo accepts customized points of interest such as school zones and safety cameras and includes proximity alerts to warn of upcoming POIs. It is also compatible with Garmin's Tour Guide - a free utility that allows you to build and upload a database of POIs that are encoded with photos and MP3 files.

A rechargeable, removable lithium-ion battery (three hour typical use) is integrated into zumo for trip planning or use on foot. In addition, zumo even accepts electronic maps - making it the ultimate off-road navigator.

Add Optional Traffic, Weather, and Radio

With optional XM subscriptions and an XM antenna, you can check the weather, move ahead of traffic and listen to the radio when you travel with zumo. As an alternative, zumo can receive optional TMC traffic alerts (in select cities) when used with a compatible traffic receiver. Simply press a button on the screen, and zumo recalculates your route to avoid traffic tie-ups.

Make Hands-Free Calls and Receive Wireless Voice Prompts

With zumo's Bluetooth wireless technology, you can talk on the phone safely without removing your gloves or helmet. Connect zumo to your Bluetooth-enabled headset/helmet and cell phone to make and receive hands-free calls. You can even make phone calls to POIs through zumo's Bluetooth interface. In addition, zumo transmits navigation voice prompts to your headset so you can listen wirelessly.

Plan Your Adventures and Share Your Rides

zumo 550 makes it easy to plan your next trip and share routes with your riding buddies. Plan trips on your computer before you start. Search for food and fuel stops and local attractions. Then, transfer your route to zumo and go.

At the end of the day, share your favorite places and rides with other zumo riders, and review your travels in Google Earth. SD card expansion makes it easy for storage and route sharing. Download routes to share with your riding buddies - even load mp3 files to your unit to enjoy tunes on the road. In addition, JPEG Picture Viewer lets you share photos of your adventures with friends and family.

zumo 550: the navigator that's born to ride!

zūmo 550 features:

  • High-sensitivity GPS receiver
  • Display: 2.8" W x 2.1" H (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
  • Voice announces streets by name ("text-to-speech")
  • 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 MotionBased.com
  • 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.)

Get the newest maps available and navigate with confidence with Garmin's nüMaps Guarantee. Simply register your new Garmin nüvi or zumo at my.garmin.com (click here) within 60 days of first using your device, and if there is a new map version available, you'll be able to download it for free! Or if you prefer, you can have a map DVD mailed to you for $10. With the Garmin nuMaps Guarantee, you'll be up-to-date when you hit the road.

Garmin Zumo vs TomTom RIDER Feature Matrix

Feature Garmin zumo 550 Garmin zumo 450 TomTom RIDER
3.5" 320x240px Screen Yes Yes Yes
Pre-Loaded Maps Yes Yes Yes
Text-to-Speech Yes No No
Bluetooth Compatible Yes No Yes
Bluetooth Headset Accessory Accessory Included
Rugged & Waterproof Yes Yes Yes
Live Traffic GTM 12 / GTM 20 GTM 12 / GTM 20 TomTom PLUS
XM Satellite Services Accessory No No
Removable Battery Accessory Accessory No
Battery Life Up to 4 hours Up to 4 hours Up to 5 hours
Automotive Mount Included Accessory Accessory
Voice in Car Yes Accessory via Headset only
Map Provider NavTeq NavTeq TeleAtlas
Topographical Maps Accessory No No
Europe Maps Accessory Accessory Accessory
PC Routing Included, full maps Accessory No
Multiple-Point Routing Yes Yes Yes
MP3 Player Yes Yes No
US A/C Charger Included Accessory Included
Carrying Case Included Included Included
Manufacturer Garmin Garmin TomTom
MSRP $1076.91 $857.13 $899.95

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Package Includes

Package includes:

  • zumo 550
  • Preloaded City Navigator NT North America (full coverage)
  • MapSource City Navigator NT DVD (full-unlock)
  • Motorcycle mount with RAM mounting hardware
  • Automotive suction cup mount with integrated speaker
  • Dashboard disk
  • Carrying case
  • AC charger
  • Vehicle power cable
  • Motorcycle power cable
  • USB interface cable
  • Security screwdriver
  • Custom caps (silver and black)
  • Garmin stickers
  • Owner's manual on Disk
  • Quick reference guide

Tech Specs

zumo 550 Specifications

Moving map features
  • Storage: Preprogrammed with City Navigator NT, providing street-level detail and addresses, plus listings of restaurants, hotels, ATMs, etc. throughout North America, Europe, Australia or New Zealand.
  • Map Scale: Screen-width scale 640 feet to 4,000 miles
Navigation features
  • Routes: Automatically calculated with turn-by-turn instructions; automatic off-route recalc shows how to get back on track if you miss a turn or exit; a detour function enables routing around traffic problems or road construction
  • Voice: Navigation instructions and warnings with TTS (text-to-speech) - unit prompts you to "turn right on Main street"
  • Traffic: Alerts for traffic, road construction and weather-related tie-ups. The zumo uses data to suggest alternate routes before problems are encountered
  • Waypoints: 500 with name and graphic symbol
  • Trip computer: Resettable odometer, timers, average and maximum speeds
Calling options
  • Hands-free calling: When paired with Bluetooth-enabled cell phones, users can simply touch the zumo screen to answer or disconnect a call
  • Phone book: Stores contact numbers from paired phones
  • Dialing: One-touch dialing for stored contacts, points of interest (POI dial) or home. Phones that support voice tags allow handsfree (voice recognition) dialing
Theft deterrent
  • Garmin Lock: When enabled, user must input PIN number to use device. Backup feature allows user to associate a security location, which will unlock unit when within 50 meters of that location

Download options
  • Location-based content: Garmin Travel Guide, SaversGuide and custom points of interest (POIs). Preloaded safety camera database for Europe
  • Others: Customized vehicle icons for moving map
GPS Performance
  • Receiver: SiRFstarIII high-sensitivity GPS receiver
  • Interfaces: USB 2.0 full-speed
  • Antenna: Built-in patch; MCX-type connector for optional external GPS antenna connection
  • Size (in cradle): 4.4"W x 3.9"H x 2.9"D (11.3 x 9.9 x 7.3 cm)
  • Weight: 0.59 pounds (269 g)
  • Display: 2.8"W x 2.1"H (7.2 x 5.4 cm); 320 x 240 pixels; bright, 16-bit LCD, with white backlight and touch screen
  • Case: IPX7 waterproof
  • Temp. range: 32°F to 140°F (0°C to 60°C)
  • Input: 12/24v DC
  • Usage: 15w max. @ 13.8v DC
  • Battery life: up to 4 hours


Garmin "Zuma" 550, September 25, 2007
Main feature is it's ability to be used in your auto as well as on your bike! Can't justify the cost for the additional features. All and all a great product.

Very good product, August 01, 2007
Gerry W. in NY
The GPS unit is all it says and more. The functionality and ease of use is excellent. The price is great for the unit although like one of its predecessors (Street Pilot 2730), I wish it came with the XM antenna so as not to seem to gauge the public for more money( $249). As far as mounting it in a car, great unless you have a large truck or minivan with a large windshield. I also wish there was a bean bag setup as in other Garmin units as opposed to a disc that sticks to the dashboard. I think the disc would be unsightly and come off in very hot weather. Mounting on a motorcycle, you may need to buy a longer RAM-Mount arm if you have anything else mounted on your bikes dashboard. But if you don't, you may get away with what comes in the box. the Gp has great speed, accuracy compactness that some of it's predecessors do not have. I will always prefer this brand over others.

Zumo 550, May 19, 2007
Mark Heller
My last 3 GPS devices have been Garmins. I use them in my car and on a bike so I need a weatherproof unit. The one thing that Garmin offers that no one else has anymore is the software (Mapsource, City navigator) that lets you design you own routes on a computer and then download them to the GPS. This unit supports that and its imortant to me because I lead rides for a motorcycle club with about 100 members and you just cant plan your own routes from the GPS itself...its nearly impossible. The Zumo's controls are perfect, the menus are perfect and while my garmin 276c had a better screen in direct sun the Zumo works well enough. I highly recommend this unit.

Zumo and GL18, May 17, 2007
Installed Zumo 550 on an 05 Goldwing and integrated it and cell phone with Kennedy CellSet.
I'm very satisfied, works great. Two minor issues were: 1) Had to upgrade my cell phone to utilize the BlueTooth configeration and 2) had to tweek the volumn & mute settings on the GL18 to hear and issue voice commands.
Have taken several trips (approx. 600 miles). On two trips the Garmin wanted me to take dirt roads but I think I've got to pay more attention to the routes the computer selects.

Love it!, May 07, 2007
Alan Schulz
I have learned all I need to know without seeing the CD. It worked perfectly right out of the box. I know that getting lost is now impossible.

garmin zumo 550 motorcycle gps, April 30, 2007
Jorge Rivera
Great product and supplier

zumo 550, April 15, 2007
very cool. really enjoying it.zero problems.

Garmin Zumo 550 = Great!, April 10, 2007
Jim Hess
My wife and I have been researching motorcycle GPS' for months and narrowed it down to Garmin Zumo. Tiger GPS provided the best price I have found anywhere and we were not disappointed. Delivery was rapid and the Zumo is FANTASTIC! Mounting and wiring was a snap and using it has been simple. It's directions are dependable and the only time it led us slightly astray was in a new construction area (easily understandeable). It quickly got us back on track with no loss of time. I am a loyal fan of Garmin and TigerGPS from here on out!

Zumo, April 04, 2007
Steve M
This is my 3rd GPS and by far the best bang for the buck. It is very easy to learn, out of the box it was ready to go. That week end we motorcycled over 1500 miles and it worked everytime I asked it for something.

Zumo 550, October 30, 2007
Billy Rodrick
only once in the 6 months I have had this has it led me astray, had me going in a circle out in the middle of Mississippi on a very cloudy day, otherwise it is great.....needs a temperature display though.

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