Garmin Launches zumo 660, Motorcycle GPS Unit

Just in time for the Consumer Electronic Show, Garmin introduced a brand new GPS device dubbed zumo 660, this time exclusively addressed to motorcycle owners. The device sports an impressive lineup of features, plus a sleek design and functions particularly focused on the bikers' needs. For example, the GPS unit is capable of providing driving directions through the integrated speakers or using the Bluetooth connectivity, thus wireless headphones or in-helmet headsets.

And because its features are the most important in such an article, here you are: 4.3-inch sunlight-readable and customizable touch screen display, left-handed controls, ruggedized and waterproof case, turn-by-turn and voice prompted directions, Bluetooth support and 3D maps.

In addition, zumo 660 features lane assist functions that guide the rider to the proper lane for turning at a certain sign or junction, plus it realistically displays roads signs and arrows. And best of all, it displays a virtual map showing you the fastest route for two given points.

Since the device is especially created for motorcycles, the package also includes a theft prevention system that disables all functions of the GPS unit until the owner enters a specific 4-digit PIN, similar to the ones included in today's mobile phones.

“The zumo can change your entire experience of touring or everyday rides because it helps you find amazing places to explore,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “Whether you’re charting your own course or you plan your trip from your computer and download the route to your GPS beforehand, your ride will be more enjoyable and stress-free because you’ll have peace of mind knowing the zumo will help you find your way home.”

zumo 660 is expected to arrive into Garmin's authorized stores in the first quarter of 2009 with a MSRP of $800.


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