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The Garmin Zumo 665 is a GPS receiver built for the road and ideally for motorcycle enthusiasts.

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Pros

Lighter than its predecessors (Zumo 660 and 550) - makes for easy adjustment and portability

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Waterproof, sunlight-readable display removes risk of damage for motorcyclists

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High-sensitivity touchscreen supports on-the-go interaction through motorcycle gloves

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Nexrad Radar function provides comprehensive lane and intersection information with sufficient warning

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

XM Radio volume is relatively low - virtually inaudible at speeds of 70 MPH

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XM Radio cable has been proven faulty and is currently being redesigned by Garmin

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XM Radio intermittence can drastically affect navigation - ceases NavWeather and NavTraffic functions

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Unit shut-down prompt is situated alongside the scrolling prompt - difficult to discern between the two while driving

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.
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The Garmin Zumo 665 is a GPS receiver built for the road and ideally for motorcycle enthusiasts. With a compact and durable shape, the receiver is waterproof and resistant to UV rays and oil spills. As a GPS device, it gives detailed vocal instructions and includes advanced 3-D navigation on its bright 4.3-inch touch screen display. Its also equipped with HotFix that delivers automatic sattelite updates and has lane assist with junction view that shows riders realistic images they can follow turn-by-turn. Since it also has Bluetooth wireless technology, the Garmin Zumo 665 can be used for hands-free calling and XM sattelite radio.

Features
  • Detailed vocal instructions with spoken street names
  • Advanced 3-D navigation
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Lane assist with junction view shows realistic images to follow
  • 4.3-inch touch screen display
  • Waterproof, resistant to UV rays and oil spills
  • Equipped with HotFix for automatic updates
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Frank
06/21/2011 12:07

My TomTom Rider II was stolen and since it is no longer available I bought a Garmin Zumo 665 ( I didn't like what I read about the Urban Rider, but it is only available in Europe anyway). There were a few quirks on the TomTom, the unit was fairly bulky, and the screen was not as large as I liked, and so I hoped that the Garmin would be better. The technology is about 5 or six years newer - and that addressed the screensize and bulk, but I still mourn for my TomTom. Sure, the Rider II could not do the XM radio, but the user interface and options of human voices, the smooth and instant recalculation of routes or even just new map picture after a turn were a whole lot better than the Zumo 665. The volume on the Garmin is also not usable for audio books when used in my car. Overall I am disappointed by the Zumo 665 - way expensive and a lot worse than the Rider II. I should have bought a cheap TomTom for a car and just put it into a waterproof enclosure and mout it shock/vibration proof (i.e. tankbag).

Stephen Daniels
05/17/2010 09:48

Garmin, Garmin, Garmin. Why would you build a motorcycle GPS and not equipment it with speed adjusted volume as you did with the Street Pilot 2820. This should be on your short list of must have's when designing the unit. I would have bought it, if it weren't for that one missing and very important item.

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