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Aug 9th, 2006 9:19 pm
sonnata
Quote:
Originally Posted by mjkuhno
Did anyone ever get confirmation as to whether you can expand the memory on the 2730??
Mike,
I bought a 2730 last month. It does not have a slot for a memory card. If you delete some of the un needed voice files ( languages other than the ones you'll use), I'm told you can store quite a few hours of Mp3 files on it. I think it was Bob who told me he could get something like 60 hours of Audible Mp3 files or 15-16 CDs worth of music on it.

Kevin
Aug 9th, 2006 7:50 am
mjkuhno
Garmin 2730 memory expansion?

Quote:
Originally Posted by sonnata
Bob,
Can you put MP3 files or Audible files on the CFII card? Do you know if it will accept a 4GB Micro Drive CFII compatible?
Did anyone ever get confirmation as to whether you can expand the memory on the 2730??
Aug 8th, 2006 11:09 pm
Bob For those looking to get the audio to the stereo, you have 3 choices! FM transmitter built in to the 2730, MONO audio through the power cable, or stereo through the line out jack on the side (what I used). once you have the audio set up, use the CD button on radio to change to AUX, unless you are using th FM transmitter.
Aug 5th, 2006 8:29 am
sonnata
Quote:
Originally Posted by yaklt
I wrote this... This is what got me to activate my XM. Today, I saw a charge on my Visa from XM === they billed me (first time) $12.95/month on a quarterly (!) basis in ADDITION to $3.99 / month (which I prepaid, along w/ activation) for NAVTRAFFIC.

This is not what I was told / agreed to at activation.

I wasn't interested in arguing w/ XM customer service (they were), and cancelled my subscription.

CAVEAT EMPTOR
That pricing sounds right, BUT I think it's a crock that they told you one thing & then did something else.

I had a very difficult time understanding what the customer "service" rep said on the phone. I had to ask the service rep to repeat himself several times. Maybe they are using VOIP. And his english accent wasn't very good. He told me one price, which didn't sound right, but I signed up anyway because I just wanted to get it going. The sign up didn't work, so I called back & another rep helped me do it correctly. During the second call, I got credit for what the 1st guy was charging me, $12.99 for XM + $3.99/mo for NAVTRAFFIC.

Because already have 2 XM radios in my cars, they adjusted the price for the Garmin XM to $6.99/mo + $3.99/mo for the NAVTRAFFIC.
Aug 5th, 2006 8:11 am
yaklt
XM Misinformation

Quote:
Originally Posted by yaklt
I have a 2730.

The surprise: since weather, xm is integrated (Garmin is an XM partner they said) the TOTAL cost for XM+Weather+Stock Quotes was $3.99 / month --- that's right, $3.99 / month... I paid for a year. There's a larger discount for multi-year payments.

Yarko.
I wrote this... This is what got me to activate my XM. Today, I saw a charge on my Visa from XM === they billed me (first time) $12.95/month on a quarterly (!) basis in ADDITION to $3.99 / month (which I prepaid, along w/ activation) for NAVTRAFFIC.

This is not what I was told / agreed to at activation.

I wasn't interested in arguing w/ XM customer service (they were), and cancelled my subscription.

CAVEAT EMPTOR
Jun 17th, 2006 2:37 pm
sonnata
Quote:
Originally Posted by FredR
On the 06 LT with the factory installed gps mount the garmin motorcycle mount bolts right up to it and 2720 just snaps into place and can be "locked". The 06 came with two cables one for the gps power and audio and one for the BMW side piece that attaches to their gps product. The power/audio cable is compatiboe to the 2610/2720/2730. The power cable is connected and hot with the ignition switch. I do have a question how does one get the audio from the power cable that comes standard with the 06 LT that does not have the BMW installed gps?
Fred,
Did you ever get an answer to this question? I have the 2730, but can't figure out how to get audio from the factory installed power cable. I have to use the line out port on the 2730 to the Aux in port on the VOICE II system.

Am I just to stewpid to figure this out or what?

Kevin
Jun 17th, 2006 9:55 am
sonnata
XM for $3.99/Month? How?

Quote:
Originally Posted by yaklt
I have a 2730.

The surprise: since weather, xm is integrated (Garmin is an XM partner they said) the TOTAL cost for XM+Weather+Stock Quotes was $3.99 / month --- that's right, $3.99 / month... I paid for a year. There's a larger discount for multi-year payments.

Yarko.
Yarko,
I already have 2 XM radios. When I called XM to sign up for service for my 2730, they said my XM would be $6.99/mo. If I wanted XM Traffic & weather, it would be another $3.99/mo. Since XM traffic & weather was one of the reasons I went with the 2730, I signed up.

I have a few questions for you:
Did you speak with a human or sign up with the XM voice prompts?

Have you seen an actual bill or noticed the charge on your credit card since you signed up?

I notice you didn't mention that you had XM Traffic, was that included in what you mentioned above?

Thanks!
Kevin
May 8th, 2006 6:49 pm
yaklt
Garmin: XM + Weather + Data (Stocks) is C H E A P!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by hschisler
If I buy the 376C now, am I required to pay for the XM and weather radar services, or can I fire those up later... like after I hit the lottery? Does it make sense to have the 376C and NOT have those services running...?
I have a 2730.

The surprise: since weather, xm is integrated (Garmin is an XM partner they said) the TOTAL cost for XM+Weather+Stock Quotes was $3.99 / month --- that's right, $3.99 / month... I paid for a year. There's a larger discount for multi-year payments.

Yarko.
May 8th, 2006 7:45 am
rixchard I use the Iway 500c and find it does all I require from a gps. Mapping on the PC requires an extra step, but is painless. i have not used the Garmin GPS' so I can offer no comparisions
May 6th, 2006 11:51 pm
sonnata Hey, no problem. I still had a few questions even after comparing the different models. Garmin replies to their email pretty quickly, but I've found some of the best information to come from the folks here in these forums who actually own the equipment.
May 6th, 2006 10:37 pm
KellyM Thanks Kevin

That does a super job at answering my question.

Kelly
May 6th, 2006 9:36 pm
sonnata
Quote:
Originally Posted by KellyM
Can anyone explain the differences in the Garmin 2610 / 2720 / 2730 / or the less expensive version such as the C330? Am looking to purchase and salespeople are clueless. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
KellyM,
Have you been here? : http://www.garmin.com/mobile/compare.jsp
You can compare each product's features side by side. I found this very helpful, for narrowing down my choice.
Hope this helps.
Kevin
May 6th, 2006 7:13 pm
KellyM
differences

Can anyone explain the differences in the Garmin 2610 / 2720 / 2730 / or the less expensive version such as the C330? Am looking to purchase and salespeople are clueless. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
May 6th, 2006 10:33 am
sonnata
2730 CF card?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob
Got it, bolted right up to the 06' mount. All the farkles bells and whistles oh my!
and that sexy Australian woman for instructions...
3 year XM at $9.99 and $3.99 for XM NavTraffic™* that gives Traffic, weather (not overlay) Audible works killer! MP3 ditto, X?M stereo? 20 on 20 nuff said!

Bob
99' K1200LTC Canyon Red
06' K1200LT Blackish whateverisum
Bob,
Can you put MP3 files or Audible files on the CFII card? Do you know if it will accept a 4GB Micro Drive CFII compatible? I downloaded the instructions from Garmin's web site, but it wasn't clear to me how much storage space there is for MP3 files. My wife & I like to listen to books on CDs, but I want to yank out the 6 disc CD changer that came with the unit. Hogs tons of room, plus it skips every time I hit a bump.

The XM NavTraffic & XM put it over the top for me. Saves me from adding 2 other accessories, plus my LT came pre-wired for it. Will probably pick one up in the next month or so.

Thanks,
Kevin
May 6th, 2006 9:51 am
battleb
Touratech mounting for GPS

Dave,
I am the current owner of a SPIII. I will be upgrading one of these days and dont know which unit i will buy as of this time. However....whatever unit i buy, i will buy the touratech locking mount for it. I mount the SPIII on a rod that is secured in the phantom mirror mount hole on the LT. I like the advantage of the GPS unit closer to my ole eyes and the locking mount is very secure. The big advantage , other than having it closer to your eyes is that with the locking mount you can take it off the bike with ease. When traveling i take the GPS in the motel with me. As of this point in time i am still not sure which gps unit to buy...the 2610 on e-bay sounds great but my question to those that have them and dont use the BMW nav with the additional buttons is...How easy is it to program, zoom, locate waypoints, gas stations, etc?
May 6th, 2006 8:53 am
FredR
2720

My SP III went chips on the way home from STC II so I just purchased a new 2720 with the motorcycle mount. On the 06 LT with the factory installed gps mount the garmin motorcycle mount bolts right up to it and 2720 just snaps into place and can be "locked". The 06 came with two cables one for the gps power and audio and one for the BMW side piece that attaches to their gps product. The power/audio cable is compatiboe to the 2610/2720/2730. The power cable is connected and hot with the ignition switch. I do have a question how does one get the audio from the power cable that comes standard with the 06 LT that does not have the BMW installed gps? I dont know all the differences between the 2610 & 2720 but two that I do know is that the 2720 does not need no "stinking memory card" the US/Can/Mex is preloaded, and the screen can be shifted to give a 3D image. It looks cool and I expect to take it out today to give myself some cockpit training with it.
May 5th, 2006 11:30 pm
Bob
2730 Rules!

Got it, bolted right up to the 06' mount. All the farkles bells and whistles oh my!
and that sexy Australian woman for instructions...
3 year XM at $9.99 and $3.99 for XM NavTraffic™* that gives Traffic, weather (not overlay) Audible works killer! MP3 ditto, X?M stereo? 20 on 20 nuff said!

Bob
99' K1200LTC Canyon Red
06' K1200LT Blackish whateverisum
Mar 26th, 2006 4:31 pm
hschisler
Quote:
Originally Posted by MattyK
Later, I'm quite sure.

Does it make sense to have the 376C and NOT have those services running...? Probably doesn't make sense. Not unless you plan on it in the future.
That's where I'm coming from -- there are other reasons, I'm assuming, to have the 376C besides the for-fee services: bigger screen, other features...? I really haven't studied GPSs so I don't know what's what yet.
Mar 26th, 2006 2:46 pm
eljeffe You can activate and deactivate weather service whenever you want. I have a friend who only wants XM weather radar 6 months out of the year, so last year he activated it and then deactivated it. He just set it up again this year. Saves him a few bucks by paying $50 activation fee and then 6 months @ $29/month instead of just paying 12 months at $29/month.
Mar 26th, 2006 12:49 pm
MattyK [QUOTE=hschisler]If I buy the 376C now, am I required to pay for the XM and weather radar services, or can I fire those up later... like after I hit the lottery?

Later, I'm quite sure.

Does it make sense to have the 376C and NOT have those services running...?[/QUOTE

Probably doesn't make sense. Not unless you plan on it in the future.
Mar 26th, 2006 12:38 pm
MattyK
Quote:
Originally Posted by eljeffe
The 2730 does not have NEXTRAD weather radar and it is XM and not Sirius
Sorry for the "short" previous question.
I am not interested in weather, and although I now have Serius (and like it), I am leaning towards the 2730 rather than the 376. I am looking for a plug-n-play, no hassel gps w/radio. From your "wish list" it just sounded to me like the 2730 was a closer match than the 376. But I also thought that weather was available on the 2730.
Mar 26th, 2006 12:02 pm
hschisler
Quote:
Originally Posted by eljeffe
If I were looking for a new GPS right now, it would be the Garmin 376C. GPS and integrated XM Radio, and NEXTRAD XM Weather Radar...
If I buy the 376C now, am I required to pay for the XM and weather radar services, or can I fire those up later... like after I hit the lottery? Does it make sense to have the 376C and NOT have those services running...?
Mar 26th, 2006 12:01 pm
eljeffe
Quote:
Originally Posted by MattyK
What about the 2730??
The 2730 does not have NEXTRAD weather radar and it is XM and not Sirius
Mar 26th, 2006 11:42 am
MattyK
Quote:
Originally Posted by eljeffe
If I were looking for a new GPS right now, it would be the Garmin 376C. GPS and integrated XM Radio, and NEXTRAD XM Weather Radar.

If I were to have Garmin's ear, I would ask them to develop a new GPS similar to the 376C, but with the following attributes:

- City Navigator instead of City Select (CN has more route calculuation data for better routing)
- CF or SD data card storage instead of proprietary Garmin cards
- Sirius Radio
- NEXTRAD Sirius Weather Radar (new service from Sirius)
- MP3 Capability (maybe even compatiblity with iTunes)

That would allow me to consolidate 3 items into one - MP3/GPS/Satellite Radio. Then again, most convergence devices have really shitty user interfaces.
What about the 2730??
Mar 26th, 2006 11:34 am
eljeffe If I were looking for a new GPS right now, it would be the Garmin 376C. GPS and integrated XM Radio, and NEXTRAD XM Weather Radar.

If I were to have Garmin's ear, I would ask them to develop a new GPS similar to the 376C, but with the following attributes:

- City Navigator instead of City Select (CN has more route calculuation data for better routing)
- CF or SD data card storage instead of proprietary Garmin cards
- Sirius Radio
- NEXTRAD Sirius Weather Radar (new service from Sirius)
- MP3 Capability (maybe even compatiblity with iTunes)

That would allow me to consolidate 3 items into one - MP3/GPS/Satellite Radio. Then again, most convergence devices have really shitty user interfaces.
Mar 26th, 2006 10:50 am
prtdvl
Give me hand.

I'm between like 4 different GPS Units.

I really want something that runs off it's own battery, and has the capability to record the route I ran for the day.

I really don't want to use a headset either, unless it's totally necessary to hear the turn by turn directions..

I don't want to have to load any maps.

I don't need any MP3 or XM capability.

Cost isn't an issue.
Mar 21st, 2006 10:53 pm
wcarter I've been saving up for a GPS for over a year; last April at Spring Training Camp Lynn Keen helped me install a BMR Co-Pilot Shelf with the Garmin StreetPilot mount and power/audio cable. This shelf does require that you drill a couple of (alarmingly large) holes in your LT's dash (Lynn put this whopping big spade bit in the chuck and handed me the drill to "do the honors"; I took a deep breath and did it, it wasn't so bad). There are lots of other mounting options to choose from as well.

As regards the GPS, I had my eye on the 2610, in part because I could also use it in the car. Happily, the cost has been falling, as others have said. It's hard to beat $300-400 for that unit.

When the 2720 came out, I was impressed with the 2D/3D sunlight-visible display and the generous built-in memory. Then they announced the 2730 that adds XM radio and MP3 player. All will fit in the same StreetPilot mount. If only I could get a 2730 for $300!
Mar 21st, 2006 9:44 pm
turbogunner
Which One?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Metzen
Hey Dave,

I have the exact same wish list and concerns as you. I have been lurking here for a few days and last night took Dave's (Messenger13) and others' advice and took the plunge. I got a Garmin 2610 on eBay for $362.00 plus shipping to Canada!!

It's refurbished but comes highly recommended with all the usual goodies. I should have it in about a week. My wife and I are planning a two week trip to South Carolina and Florida at month-end, which should put it through its paces.

Hopefully it will live up to the good publicity.

Best regards.
Does anyone have the 2720 or 2730?

Is the cost difference between the 2610 and 2720 worth it?

My bike didn't come pre-wired. Can you use the BMW cables with the 2720? Does the length of the cables that you can buy from BMW allow you mount on the BMR co-pilot shelf?

It's a toss up for me between the 2610 or the 2720.
Mar 20th, 2006 11:47 am
Toolman The Streetpilot 2610 Rocks. I have one and love it...and would buy it again given the choice.
Toolman
Mar 20th, 2006 11:06 am
Texas42 2610 with a 2 gig CF card, works great. I don't like XM, I have Sirius, and I've spent too much money already making my iPod work, and then the subscription cost for traffic and weather is just too much, so I guess I will stick with the 2610. I would like the Text to Speech stuff and when they have tour books that point out things as you are riding along, like you very own tour guide, then I will upgrade.
Mar 20th, 2006 6:51 am
messenger13 Oh...it's true. Just ask my mom, my wife, my daughter, and a host of other females that are brain-washed.
Mar 20th, 2006 6:48 am
Metzen Oops, so sorry Joe. It's still too early and too darn cold up here!! I certainly appreciate your input, although I can't comment on the woman's opinion of you as yet!!

Thanks again.
Mar 20th, 2006 6:44 am
messenger13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Metzen
I have been lurking here for a few days and last night took Dave's (Messenger13) and others' advice and took the plunge. I got a Garmin 2610 on eBay for $362.00 plus shipping to Canada!!
Um . . . messenger13's name is "Joe". (It's OK...I'm not offended.)


As for taking my advise, remember:


Mar 20th, 2006 6:38 am
Metzen Hey Dave,

I have the exact same wish list and concerns as you. I have been lurking here for a few days and last night took Dave's (Messenger13) and others' advice and took the plunge. I got a Garmin 2610 on eBay for $362.00 plus shipping to Canada!!

It's refurbished but comes highly recommended with all the usual goodies. I should have it in about a week. My wife and I are planning a two week trip to South Carolina and Florida at month-end, which should put it through its paces.

Hopefully it will live up to the good publicity.

Best regards.
Mar 19th, 2006 6:35 pm
kip
ill take that

Quote:
Originally Posted by BobW
I have 3 GPS units...a 2610, a 276c and a 76s. I would be willing to sell the 2610 for $300....including shipping to the 48. It would include the unit, bean bag mount, stick on mount, Lighter type power cord, 128MG CF card and manual. I like the 2610...just find myself all of a sudden GPS poor.
If you want I can load whatever City Nav maps you want on the CF card before shipping. I would let the software go with it but I use it with my 276c.
ill take that 2610 for $300

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Mar 19th, 2006 6:24 pm
BobW I have 3 GPS units...a 2610, a 276c and a 76s. I would be willing to sell the 2610 for $300....including shipping to the 48. It would include the unit, bean bag mount, stick on mount, Lighter type power cord, 128MG CF card and manual. I like the 2610...just find myself all of a sudden GPS poor.
If you want I can load whatever City Nav maps you want on the CF card before shipping. I would let the software go with it but I use it with my 276c.
Mar 19th, 2006 1:57 pm
messenger13
Without a doubt . . .

The Garmin 2610. It's a no-brainer. It's not the latest and greatest, and that's why you can get a factory-refurbed unit for about $400 off eBay. About $460 at some online retailers. I use my 2610 in every vehicle I ride on or drive in...period. It comes with a beanbag mount for in your cages . . . and you could get the RCU shelf for the LT if you don't want to drill holes into the bike. Many really like the Co-Pilot shelf though.

It also uses generic CF (compact flash) cards instead of proprietary memory cards like other units. You can buy a 2GB card for under $100 and have all of North America at your finger tips.
Mar 19th, 2006 1:50 pm
davek1
Which GPS do you like?

I have an 03 LT and am looking for a GPS unit and mounting assembly.
My needs...

*Good unit.

*Probably won't be traveling "Cross country" but would like the ability to hold as much info as reasonably possible.

*When my wife and I travel on the bike, we are generally looking at around 2K miles total.

*weather proof etc

*easy transfer to auto

*Don't want to drill into anything to mount.

*What kind of mounting unit should I get?

* What do you like???
* Why do you like it???

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