Garmin Zumo 665LM Widescreen Motorcycle GPS
Slow, does not work with most Sena bluetooth headsets.
Garmin is intentionally vague on what headsets it supports, and so is Sena. My 20S worked most of the time, however it would constantly fall back to HFP and A2DP would not work until it the pairing was deleted and re-paired. The entire draw to this unit is the XM, Traffic, Weather, and turn directions. Can't use any of it with the Sena 10U at ALL. It will pair to A2DP once, then when either device is disconnected, poof, it'll never work again unless you delete the pairing and re-pair whenever they loose connection. It was so frustrating I wanted to rip it off my handlebar and chuck it down the road. Garmin's support blamed Sena, Sena blamed Garmin. I sold it, and I'll likely never buy a Garmin product again because of how quickly their support was to brush me off.
The device is slow, even if you only import your custom route/track from the SD card when you're actually going to use it, then delete it off the device when you're done. It doesn't offer a route via option, so trying to do something like, ride the blue ridge parkway requires shaping points. ALOT of shaping points, which to me is ridiculous, as it causes performance issues with the device. I'm so disappointed. Garmin charges more money for these devices than a smart phone, but it's essentially a waterproof brick. Bricks are also waterproof, and don't cost that much money. Garmin suggested I upgrade to the 590LM, but offered nothing else. Which is insulting to someone that's already invested premium money for a premium motorcycle oriented GPS product. It should work with the leading brand of bluetooth headsets for motorcycles. Sena hinted that this was as simple as a firmware patch from Garmin to make this work, as they also confirmed the 10u does not work with the 665LM.
I tried to make this unit work for me for 11 months, and finally couldn't take it anymore. I would absolute NOT recommend the 660LM. If you want to go for the 590LM it's reportedly fixed all of these issues according to SENA and Garmin.
The one thing that I don't understand from other reviewers; the screen brightness and display was actually great on the 665. I'm not sure why they nitpicked the one thing this device got right, when it has so many more functional issues.
April 8, 2016
Best Overall GPS For Motorcycling
This GPS model(660 and 665) is motorcycle specific. The case and construction are hearty and the whole unit is waterproof. All operations are possible with gloves on and operations are reasonably intuitive. I've had a 660 for some years and move it among my three bikes and two cars. . .very satisfied. I recently bought the 665 because I wanted to add the XM radio option to my dual sport which is currently being converted to a sidecar rig. My plan is to rally with the rig and run both units, one on routes and the other running trip data. I'll keep both updated with the same software and map programs to avoid troubling contradictions. Basic mapping and bonus locations will be loaded in both for intentional redundancy. One negative: sunlight washes out the screen. A hood or shade is only marginally useful.
March 8, 2016
Good and reliable
Satisfied after 3 seasons of riding. Durable as promised in any weather. Same unit as the one sold under BMW brand but less expensive.
August 8, 2015
Very dissapointed in this product.
Amazing how Garmin can charge so much for this product . My 2006 Street Pilot had a better display. Very hard to see in medium sunlight and impossible to see in bright sunlight with or without sunglasses. Spent numerous hours adjusting Touratech mount and sunscreen to try and find optimal angle. I own several marine GPS units and you can not only see them in direct sunlight but with sunglasses on also. Other features are the same as a $99 Nuvi except weather proof. Not much use when you can't see the speed or next turn indicator. Bluetooth is limited to one device so if you have rider to rider/passenger coms in you helmet the GPS disconnects them and only you can hear the GPS. Also need to install SD card so you can load songs and maps but don't buy a large capacity because the GPS won't recognize it. Also music/XM will only connect to one helmet and every time you use the intercom it resets the music function to pause. I had to hardwired the unit through the earphone jack (disable bluetooth) directly into my audio system to overcome this deficiency.Overall not a very user friendly unit. Sorry I bought it.
June 20, 2015
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