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post #1 of 7 Old Jan 7th, 2009, 7:46 am Thread Starter
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New Zumo 660 Announced by Garmin

Well, Garmin has officially announced the intro of the Zumo 660 at CES 2009.
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Re: New Zumo 660 Announced by Garmin

Yes, but will it support XM NavWeather? I don't understand why such a fundamental feature is not available on a high-end GPS. Bushnell has it on their Onyx 400.


Come on Garmin!

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Re: New Zumo 660 Announced by Garmin

From what I've read and seen in this announcement, it looks like they've completely dropped XM from this unit.

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Re: New Zumo 660 // 640

I tend to favor the 640 over the 660.

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=14898


The GPSMAP 640 can receive XM WX satellite weather data in marine mode and XM NavTraffic information in automotive mode with optional GXM 40 antenna and XM subscription. You can avoid bad weather at sea or traffic on the road. The GPSMAP 640 also supports XM audio . Not sure if WX weather is visualized w land application.

BTW the discontinued 2820 has more features but the screen does not compare.

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XM WX does work on land, and in the air - at $99/mo! XM WX is intended to give serious detail - the kind of detail storm chasers need. For normal usage in a vehicle (especially a motorcycle) XM WX is too much.

XM NavWeather is different in that it is designed for drivers (riders) with the appropriate information to see/avoid weather. The new Acura's have this feature, as does the Bushnell Onyx. The problem is that an Acura has four wheels and a Busnell is intended for hikers and hunters.

XM NavTraffic is useful for some in urban areas (we don't do traffic in New England (mostly)). NavTraffic does have "basic" (read sucky) weather info.

What I personally want - and what NavWeather has - is a visualization of a thunderhead in realtime. I want to see rain patterns in big red blotches so I can say of f#%$ and maneuver around it. This is the technology and the promise.

I will bet that the only reason Garmin does not do this for the Zumo seres is political. They do it for other garmin devices. They make the hardware for the service.

I wrote both Garmin and XM about this topic. I got the typical PR statement. I also called Bushnell to see if they have a vehicle version of the Onyx. This functionality had not occurred to them. DUH!

I am giving thought to having two GPSs on my bike; one for navigation and one just for weather. But why should I do this? Why can't companies like Garmin just actually listen?

This is what happens when a geek goes on a rant.

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Re: New Zumo 660 Announced by Garmin

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XM WX does work on land, and in the air - at $99/mo! XM WX is intended to give serious detail - the kind of detail storm chasers need. For normal usage in a vehicle (especially a motorcycle) XM WX is too much.
I am aware the WX works on land (376-378-478 etc.) In fact the Navigator package is all one should need on a bike. You can never have to much info when covering 1500 plus miles ia day for multiple days. Severe weather could be avoided or just push through. The XM weather/ nav traffic is a bit limited in detail. Perhaps one day 1 gps will do it all. I use a 478 and 2820.

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Re: New Zumo 660 Announced by Garmin

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I am aware the WX works on land (376-378-478 etc.) In fact the Navigator package is all one should need on a bike. You can never have to much info when covering 1500 plus miles ia day for multiple days. Severe weather could be avoided or just push through. The XM weather/ nav traffic is a bit limited in detail. Perhaps one day 1 gps will do it all. I use a 478 and 2820.
Agreed. I won't give up my 478 because of the weather and I won't give up my streetpilot because of the navigation features.

Just grabbed another refurb SP for the g/f's bike yesterday


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