Garmin Zumo 665LM Widescreen Motorcycle GPS
To use the zumo 665 in your vehicles, you must either move the antenna or purchase another one for $267.84. If you don't have a 'blue tooth' compatible radio, you must either purchase a new radio or a stereo modulator. If you have it professionally installed, you will add an additional $150.00 per vehicle. Therefore, you could easily add $320.00, per vehicle, to hard wire this unit to utilize the Sirius radio capabilities. I'm really disappointed in Garmin for NOT offering more affordable auto options.
February 26, 2014
Oh my......sigh. huge issues out of the factory box! won't register correctly, no reception, touch any option and shuts down, gets warm quickly, won't navigate. Garmin has had me jumping thru so many hoops and troubleshooting everything, now i want have my replacement until after our annual. And they are only replaceing device, not a single accessorie. This has causedmore frustration and stress, with Garmin completely being cheap on my guaranteed warranty. -$800 wasted plus ALOT OF MY TIME!
February 17, 2014
I up graded from a 450 to the 665lm, happy with new features.
I rode thousand of miles and many years with my zumo 450 and it's still working great but I wanted XM radio, weather updates, and Bluetooth so I bought the 665lm.
So far I am very pleased with the 665lm. The XM signal is stronger than I expected and doesn't drop the stations any more than my other xm radios did. I love how they include the gear you need to use the Garmin in a vehicle, the Bluetooth xm connects to my truck radio. Over all I like the features and how you navigate the system. I like: mute button (quickly turns off music), weather pops up freeze warnings, can easily change screen info displayed in bottom corners (direction/temp/speed/miles left on tank/altitude/time etc. very cool).
What could be better: the map color (a little harder to read than the 450 was), there's more steps than necessary to get to functions I use everyday (I want one push to get to the radio, one push to get back to my map not 6), the unit could be less wide but a bit taller (you can't see that far ahead in track up navigation because of the short screen unless you zoom out, I guess I'm bias towards the 450/550 body style).
Over all, I like it and am happy with my purchase.
February 3, 2014
Power button blew off first ride
I bought my new Zumo 665 and install everything. Took it out on first ride and the power button blew off. Call Revzilla they said they would replace it with a new unit Thanks Rezvilla . While waiting for my new unit I went on a 6 hr ride that week and the weather cap that I bought vibrated out of mounting bracket thank god I didn't have my new unit yet because it would have fallen off the bike. And I made sure the weather cap was secured I push the top of mount down and snug their might a issue there in mounting bracket . I have a old Suzuki SV1000 It doesn't vibrate that much . I had to spend another 200.00 on Touratech locking mount for a little insurance. Didn't think I would get another one if I told them it fell just off the bike. For the price we pay for these things it should have some type of locking mount just to keep someone take off the bike while your paying for gas and making sure it's secured to bike.
PS I now have a piece of Scotch tape on my new expensive GPS unit power button. It does work good
January 31, 2014
Great product and all of the bells and whistles
Glenn07 covered most everything but I use the XM all of the time and rarely lose reception. The weather and traffic are great. Sometimes the buttons on the screen don't react when touched and the screen does better with gloves than bare fingers.
I mapped our 6,000 mile motor vacation by days and loaded them all into the unit before we left. Worked perfectly. I had hoped to be able to download the tracks and data but it must have been too much for it to handle so I was only able to track the last 4 days.
I like to see elevations in the mountains and set one of the screen data points to display it however, it will not display greater than four digits. Above 10,000 feet you get nothing so some of the passes wouldn't read.
Another annoying feature is the speed changes color to red if you exceed the posted limit or the limit showing on the screen. It is impossible to read in red, wish it would just stay white. Interstate speeds have been raised to 75, and some higher, here in Texas.
I like the quick release feature so I can take it with me easily. I am nervous that someone would grab mine like they did Glenn07's. At $800 that is a heavy hit!.
2005 Goldwing ABS
December 3, 2013
Easy to see and use with gloves. Real time weather is great.
I use the 665 in both the car and motorcycle. It comes with two mounts so you just move the unit. I purchased the 665 for the weather channel. If you don't need weather get a less expensive unit. The display can be read in bright sun but shade helps. The controls are easy to work wearing gloves. The menus are simple to navigate but sometimes things you use often, like fuel tracking, are buried too deep to be convenient.
The weather radar has helped avoid both major rain and snow storms. It is very useful to know if the storm is local or part of a large system. The feed shows a current view and some history so you have a sense of storm movement. You need a sat radio subscription with the weather added on.
Traffic, which is also available, does not seem worth the extra cost. My experience is the reports are out of date. When you arrive at a location you are more likely to find the announced problem has cleared or discover an unanticipated problem than you are to actually avoid a blockage.
Satellite radio is spotty. Comes and goes with a pattern I have yet to figure out. Very susceptible to blockage by trees and buildings. If you mostly ride interstates and highways it might be better but not so good where I usually ride. You need the basic subscription to get the weather.
I listen to the directions and music through a SENA SMH-10 headset using bluetooth. Volume is fine at lower speeds even with ear plugs. At higher speeds wind noise is a problem. I connect my phone to the Garmin so that it will interrupt (and pause) music. You can connect the phone and the Garmin directly to the headset.
The device looks like any other memory stick to a PC so you can drag-and-drop photos, music and videos. Route and navigation info is managed by Garmin's Base Camp software. Install a memory card for your digital content. If you put much on the internal memory there will not be enough free space to load and process map updates.
On a more general note, the 665 navigation is usually accurate but can be wrong. In many cases it does not have the location of the specific address and directs you to a range of addresses so your destination is near but not at the point selected. Another occasional problem is that it will direct you off and then back onto an interstate because the exit/entry is shorter than taking the road.
Installing the 665 is simple. Cord length is ample to reach from the bars to the battery. There are also cables for the satellite antenna, audio in for an MP3 player, microphone in. I actually wish these cables were shorter because I route them to my tank bag.
My unit was stolen. The Garmin security features will prevent it from being useful to the crook. I'm planning to get a locking mount but don't have one to recommend at present.
The Base Camp software is Garmin's mapping application. You can identify points-of-interest, create, load and process routes and download them to the device. You can also upload track (where you actually went) information from the device. The software is somewhat primitive but adequate to the job.
Overall I'm happy with the feature set and performance.
June 10, 2013
Everything you need in one box
The GPS navigates well everywhere I have been. It also integrates well with helmet communication, phone, and gps. I have phone calls, navigation instruction and siri satellite entertainment. Also i have loaded playlists, topo maps as well as navigation maps for around the world. It works very well. Even the touch screen works pretty good with gloves on although that takes a bit of practice.
I have been using all kinds of GPS for many years and this one is the most complete.
Works very well.
May 30, 2013