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Help...Garmin 2720 worth buyin?

Found a good price on refurbished 2720's--same warranty, etc. I'm new to the LT and new to GPS, is this one I should consider? The TOM TOM RIDER seems ok, but too new and expensive, the 2730 is pretty pricey. Would appreciate input...I don't have $1,300, don't need XM radio, and would NEVER use a gps for receiving phone calls, so that's not in the "decision making" group


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I sure like my 2720. I'm a Sirius guy so didn't need the XM of the more expensive units.

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Found a good price on refurbished 2720's--same warranty, etc. I'm new to the LT and new to GPS, is this one I should consider? The TOM TOM RIDER seems ok, but too new and expensive, the 2730 is pretty pricey. Would appreciate input...I don't have $1,300, don't need XM radio, and would NEVER use a gps for receiving phone calls, so that's not in the "decision making" group
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First of all, I really like the 2720. Its lightning fast recalc speed and TFT screen really are better than the previous models.

But, it looks like you are looking at list prices as comparisons.

I bought my 2720 this Spring for $675 from Capstone Technology and it can be had now for about $650 - New-in-the-box from other suppliers. The 2730 is very cool - and street price is under $800.

You need to check out This Link and perhaps just Google Garmin 2720 and 2730 and see all the sale options.

I went with the 2720 because I like a dedicated XM source and have no plans for mp3 file playback.

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I sure hope so!

I just got a refurb 2720 from GetFeetWet less than a month ago ($615). I have used it a couple times and it works good. The 3d route screen is the best. Having all the POI's in there is good too. I am very happy with this unit.

I was a little concerned about adding capabilities to the GPS. XM radio is one of those things. Although I love have things combine into one device. It just seems like the devices are changing so rapidly that it might be the best idea at this point. It is not any more expensive to have two separate units and if one changes or breaks, you can still use the other one or buy a new one.

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JA,

Does the XM radio on the 2730 "play" through an fm modulator (i.e. can you set the regular FM stereo on the LT to a pre-set frequency and pick up the broadcast like the FM modulators for iPods, etc) or do you have to wire the damn thing into your system?

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Does the XM radio on the 2730 "play" through an fm modulator (i.e. can you set the regular FM stereo on the LT to a pre-set frequency and pick up the broadcast like the FM modulators for iPods, etc) or do you have to wire the damn thing into your system?

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Price Alert!

I just got a 2720 from Costco.com, and it's great! Using it in the car and on the bike.

As of this morning, Costco.com is still selling them, brand new, for $599, and also is selling 2730's for $699.

The beauty of buying from Costco.com is a) you can return the unit at any Costco store, and b) you can return it, no questions asked, pretty much forever.
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how are you "mounting" it? I looked at ram-mounts.com and am more confused than before, I am hoping to be able to use the GPS on the bike and in the car, am thinking I may pay the extra $100 for the 2730 after all the research now

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how are you "mounting" it? I looked at ram-mounts.com and am more confused than before, I am hoping to be able to use the GPS on the bike and in the car, am thinking I may pay the extra $100 for the 2730 after all the research now
I'm not the guy to ask about mounting on a BMW -- I went over to the dark side (H-D) a while back. For the record, I'm using a RAM setup along with the Garmin motorcycle mount kit, which includes a bare-wire power cord with audio plug attached and a cradle.

I suggest you pick up the phone to the nice folks at CycleGadgets.com (877-742-3438) who will set you right on the mounting. Or, check in with your local BMW dealer (last I heard, advice was still free).

For car use, either unit comes with a couple of different mounts, including an extremely well-thought-out "beanbag" mount, so no worries there.

I thought for an instant of returning my 2720 for a 2730, but I really don't need XM radio and certainly don't want to subscribe to yet another service. But you'll be very happy with either the 2720 or 2730, I assure you.

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First of all, I really like the 2720. Its lightning fast recalc speed and TFT screen really are better than the previous models.
Averill, was the 2720 a direct replacement fitting your Touratech locking mount as shown on some of your past posts? Can you do with out the sun shade with the newer unit? Barnett

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Pete,

You might want to take a look at the Teletype 3100. $399.00 it might have some of the features you want with a modest cost for what you get. Unknown is the water resistant status. I have used the Teletype software on a HP Ipaq in both the US and Europe, and have used the aviation software from Teletype on the Ipaq. Works quite well, no real complaints. Maybe it might be worth looking into. I am intrigued enough to order there $459 deluxe version for my daughters car.


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how are you "mounting" it? I looked at ram-mounts.com and am more confused than before, I am hoping to be able to use the GPS on the bike and in the car, am thinking I may pay the extra $100 for the 2730 after all the research now
Look at the tech section here and you will see a listing for the BMR Shelf. I like it so much I have one on both my LTs.

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I have a 2610 and a buddy let me use his 2720 for a few weeks and I really like the 2720's better screen and 3d view. I use the Touratech locking mount on a ram ball and both the 2610 and the 2720 mount the same way.

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