Sunday, March 18, 2012

Garmin zumo 450 review

The Garmin zumo 450 GPS for motorcycles follows the successful introduction of the zumo 550 last year. The 450 has all of its features except Bluetooth, the ability to speak street names and XM Satellite compatibility.

Like the 550, it includes an MP3 player, a live traffic option, and pre-loaded maps of the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Its motorcycle friendly design includes a glove-friendly touch screen and motorcycle mount, while the unit is vibration-tested, waterproof and built with fuel-resistant plastics to withstand the elements.

To compare the 450 to other zumos, check out my GPS for motorcycles buyers guide.

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I’ll be posting more hands on GPS reviews as they appear, but in the meantime, here are some other helpful resources:

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  3. This is a pretty good device all around. Its durable, easy to use for someone even in gloves, and it can be used in conjunction with Harley’s ride planner to plan your route.
    2 Problems I have with it:
    1) Don’t think it can be used as a GPS for both bike and car. It has a weird plug-in for the mount that gives it power (the only way to power the thing and use it at the same time is to power through the mount) and Garmin doesn’t sell a car adapter with that end. Also, they don’t sell anything that can mount it to the window of your car. It would be so easy for Garmin to make these things, but they obviously want you to own GPS’s for as many things as they can get you to buy them for, regardless of the overwhelmingly high price.
    2) If you want to be able to just hear it tell you where to go and not mess with putting in the wires to power it up, also out of luck! It requires power to use the audio functions. So you better resign yourself to getting this thing installed if you don’t feel comfortable wiring your own bike.
    Those two things get fixed, and I’d think it was PERFECT!

  4. Derrill says:

    Has anybody had a problem with their 450 locking up to the point where you had to remove the battery to reset the unit? I have heard several people have had this complaint.

    Was that an earlier version of software that was fixed with an update?

  5. Derrill says:

    First: Rich thanks for the link. I found the answers I was looking for.

    It appears the problem with the Zumo series (450, 550, 660) is the battery. Even though they (Garmin) will not admit it, all the Zumo series have a very high battery failure rate. It seems that at $800 to $1,000 GPS doesn’t buy a battery that lasts longer that 3 to 4 months. But it appears as though they are giving away free batteries.
    Woop Te Dee.

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