The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
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You will probably get many different answers but let's start:
Yes, the Zumo 550 is great, reliable, and fully adapted to motorbike.
However, it is a bit obsolete (compared to the Zumo 660): let's say that the motorbike turns faster than the Zumo display .
Also, it is expensive compared to "standard" GPS.
When I'm traveling, I'm looking for reliability first and the Zumo delivers. It is not for other reasons that it is in the Garmin catalogue since years.
I have mounted it on a Touratech support for extra-vibration absorption and locking mechanism.
I purchased the lifetime map update but the Zumo 550 memory is limited and does not always make latest map installation possible . But considering the price difference between a 1 shot update (60$) and lifetime (90$), it was an easy decision.
Now, GPS have a tendancy to be more and more consumables: buying a new one is not a lot more expensive than buying new maps. With the Zumo, I know it is reliable, adapted, my TT support is great, so I'll keep it for years. And if it fails (not common with the Zumo 550), Garmin will fix it for a 150$ flat rate: another advantage for taking lifetime map update.
Location: Cornwall, in the far southwest of England, UK
I use a Zumo 500, which is almost identical to the later 550 version (although it doesn't have quite so many whistles 'n' bells as the 550).
As far as I'm concerned, I can answer ''yes' to most of your questions. The only annoying complaint I have with the 500 is that the touchscreen function is sometimes a little disobedient.
I have to say that if I had the money, then I would prefer the larger (wider) display of the newer 660 model. This might be a consideration for you in particular, especially in in view of your question #3 above.
An excellent source of info regarding all Zumo aspects is THE ZumoForums. Here's the link:
1. How reliable is the device (Africa, offroad, vibrations, etc.) ?
Very, almost idestructable.
2. is it easy to upload new maps like OSM or tracks4africa, etc. ?
I've loaded TOPO maps without issue
3. is the display big enough ?
Yes, but it depends how far you zoom in, or out and if you are in road or off-road mode.
4. Does it makes sense to buy the Garmin lifetime map update ?
I haven't, but how often do roads change ? the 2010 software will be good for a few years yet. Yes you might come across a new bit of road, bypass, roundabout etc but it's fairly easy to use the wobbly thing in your head to work out where you need to be, once give a general direction by the Zumo.
I managed to destroy mine (don't try to delete the USB drive while the unit is plugged into the PC, it doesn't like it) and Garmin had a new unit on my doorstep in three days, on day one I posted the faulty unit off, on the morning ater the new one landed. Serioulsy, the support doesn't get much better than Garmin.
These are a powerfull and have lots of functions, most people wouldn't use the functions, but I swap mine between the car, bike and trail bike.
The user interface is not as intuative as the TomTom Rider, but the functions make up for it, and you soon get used to the menu systems. If it's your 'bag' then you can use it as a communication deevice, it will play MP3's and link to your phone. Lots of people knock this, but once you've used it it kinda makes some sence.
I think for adventure off-the-beatem-track, the 550 is probably better than the 660, it certainly looks and feels more rugged. (IMHO)
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