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Zumo 550

Currently Costco has the Zumo 550 with the Midland Blue tooth intercom stereo system on sale for $749.00, my questions are:

1. Is this a great or good deal?
2. Info on 550 say's battery only good for 4 hours, can the unit be hard wired for constant power?
3. Anyone familiar with the Midland Blue tooth stereo system and it's pros and cons?
4. Does the rechargeable battery last the 8 hrs as they claim?
5. Can XM or Sirus be plugged into the 550 or can it be added somehow?

I know this has possible been covered before but as Costco seems to have a deal on them wanted to let other forum users aware of the deal and my questions.

Here is a link that I found reviewing the Midland Bluetoooth system.
http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcyc.../midland-bt-2/


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Re: Zumo 550

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Currently Costco has the Zumo 550 with the Midland Blue tooth intercom stereo system on sale for $749.00, my questions are:

1. Is this a great or good deal?
2. Info on 550 say's battery only good for 4 hours, can the unit be hard wired for constant power?
3. Anyone familiar with the Midland Blue tooth stereo system and it's pros and cons?
4. Does the rechargeable battery last the 8 hrs as they claim?
5. Can XM or Sirus be plugged into the 550 or can it be added somehow?

I know this has possible been covered before but as Costco seems to have a deal on them wanted to let other forum users aware of the deal and my questions.

Thanks
I've got a 550 and have it wired straight to the battery. I've never used it's own battery for more than a few minutes, so I don't know how long it will last. I use XM, it's built into the 550, just add an XM antenne and pay for the service. Below are pictures of my setup, including a picture of the antenna and a screen shot of the XM interface.
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I've got a 550 and have it wired straight to the battery. I've never used it's own battery for more than a few minutes, so I don't know how long it will last. I use XM, it's built into the 550, just add an XM antenne and pay for the service. Below are pictures of my setup, including a picture of the antenna and a screen shot of the XM interface.

One question answered, so how do you listen to the music/GPS directions/answer the phone, etc.etc.etc.

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Re: Zumo 550

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One question answered, so how do you listen to the music/GPS directions/answer the phone, etc.etc.etc.
The 550 mutes the music or phone when it needs to pass driving instructions. I don't have the blue tooth working on my bike but in the my car my bluetooth phone connects to the zumo and on incoming calls you are alerted with a tone, a display of the calling party and presents you with a touch button to except or decline the call. After that you just talk at the zumo handsfree until ready to disconnect. On mine when the phone connects to the zumo my telephone directory is loaded into the zumo and available for touch screen selection.

The SAT radio antenna is a bit pricey and I believe the 550 only uses the one. You see it in the one of previous posts above. I believe the 550 is just a remote head and the actual radio is in the antenna device. With that combination the zumo now acts like a SAT radio with a touch screen.

A nice unit but do google zumo 550 and look for a board that deals with it. I don't remember what it is called but you can't miss it. A lot of useful info about the problems folks have had with the 550 and the solutions and work arounds.

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Re: Zumo 550

Might want to price shop a little; lots of online GPS outlets such as www.getfeetwet.com.

For tons of information on the Zumo and on communication options I highly recommend www.zumoforums.com.

The Zumo comes with hardwire cable for the motorcycle mount. I have only used mine off the bike for maybe an hour at a time so can't comment on actual battery life.

As others said the Zumo has XM interface built in, you add the receiver/antenna and the subscription. No Sirius units match up but I think you can get former Sirius channels in certain XM Radio plans, if you just gotta hear Howard Stern.

Some riders prefer the 550, others the newer 660. No XM on the latter though. Keep in mind that you can also get the satelline radio receiver of your choice and pipe it into your intercom or sound system if the 550/XM Radio combo does not suit.
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