The Smaller and Cheaper Garmin zumo 220 GPS for Bikers
The zumo 220 is expected to become available in March 2010 for a suggested retail price of $599.99, including with a motorcycle mount and an automotive mount for an easy transition between bike and car or truck.
“zumo 220 streamlines the design – and the price –while keeping the most popular motorcycle-specific features at your fingertips,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “Compact and waterproof, zumo 220 makes two-wheel navigation as stress-free as possible for riders on any budget.”
The device features a 3.5-inch color touchscreen that displays speed limits on most major roads and articulates turn-by-turn directions through spoken street names, such as “turn right on Main Street,” via the built-in speaker or through a compatible Bluetooth helmet or headset.
Moreover, the zumo 220 is waterproof, glove-friendly and resistant to fuel spray. It features preloaded street-level maps of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and more than six million points of interest. Another important component of this new navigator is the HotFix, which automatically calculates and stores critical satellite information and can use that information to quickly calculate a position.
While riding, it’s also easy to access trip information like speed, heading, altitude, and a customizable fuel gage that can be modified to the motorcycle’s maximum fuel range. In addition, owners can create and custom routes via computer and then transfer the saved route directly to the zumo before beginning the journey.