Garmin zūmo 660 Review Part 2 Part 2: The Physical Tour The Garmin zūmo 660 is rectangular and a bit thicker than many other 16:9 style wide-screen GPS units. Smooth hard plastic and rounded edges visually streamline the device. But these same features also make it somewhat slippery…tactile material strips have been applied to the …

Garmin zūmo 660 – Part 7 Garmin zūmo 660 Installation This final part of the Garmin zūmo 660 evaluation covers basic installation of the navigation system on two Beemers in the home fleet. This includes a 2009 BMW R1200R and my 2009 BMW F800GS that is the designated test mule. BMW R1200R Installation With the …

Garmin zūmo 660 GPS Review This is an ongoing comparison of features between the newer Garmin zūmo zūmo 660 and the very capable Garmin zūmo zūmo 550. Comparing the two GPS unites reveals a few observations. The following is listed in no particular order: Garmin zūmo 660 vs. zūmo 550 Feature Differences The zūmo 660 …

Garmin zūmo 660 – Part 5: Specifications Part 5: Garmin zūmo 660 Settings The other sections of this multi-part review of the Garmin zūmo 660 includes further insight into the tools provided by the 660. Part 6 (Next) also identifies some basic differences between the 550 and the 660. Also, it lists some compatible Bluetooth …

Garmin zūmo 660 – Part 4 Part 4: Riding With The Zūmo I haven’t put the 660 through all its paces, yet. But for typical riding activities – back home in the cooling north or down here in the wetter but warmer temperatures of the south, the newest zūmo is performing quite well overall.. Snapping …

Garmin zūmo 660 – Part 3 Part 3: Where To? Selecting this icon brings a number of follow-on choices: Address, Go Home, Points of Interest, Recently Found, Favourites, Junction, Extras, Cities, Custom Routes, Browse Map and, Coordinates. To select an address, select a City in the appropriate state or country, using the icon on the …

Garmin zūmo 660 Review – Part 1 One for the road, the zūmo 660 isn’t the “perfect” navigation device yet, but it has enough enhancements over the zūmo 550 and competitors’ products to make it a contender. The zūmo 660 is larger, brighter and the very crisp display is one of the best features for …

Garmin zūmo 660 GPS Review Part 1   Summary One for the road, the zūmo 660 isn’t the “perfect” navigation device yet, but it has enough enhancements over the zūmo 550 and competitors’ products to make it a contender. The zūmo 660 is larger, brighter and the very crisp display is one of the best …

New Garmin Zumo GPS for Motorcycles Garmin has announced the debut of the new Zumo motorcycle GPS. The word Zumo will apparently be displayed as “zūmo” in Garmin marketing literature for the product, although the product is spelled three different ways in Garmin’s own brochures for the product. The Garmin Zumo is designed specifically as …

A New GPS for Riders Garmin’s zūmo family of products just got a new addition. The company built this one with motorcyclists in mind, and no just any motorcyclists, specifically the ones that like to ride both on the road and off. The zūmo XT is what it’s called, and you might want to check …

Home-Made Garmin GPS Handlebar Mount A possible cheap quick handlebar mount for GPS units that employ a ball and socket mounting system. Editor’s Note:  Arthur V., who wrote this article, kindly donated his honorarium to a webBikeWorld charity. The Problem I would crawl through 50 feet of half-inch garden hose full of crushed glass to …

New BMW Motorcycle Zumo Navigator GPS System Based on Garmin Zumo Ever since the introduction of BMW’s original Motorrad Navigator several years ago, sales of paper maps to BMW riders have fallen dramatically. Subsequent generations of Navigator II, Navigator II Plus and Navigator III GPS systems further revolutionized long distance route finding for riders with their fast …

Garmin C330 GPS Review Although I hate to admit it, technology has continuously played an important role in my life. Over the past two years it has taken over my sense of reality as it pertains to motorcycling. As luck would have it, my income outpaces my common sense, so I tend to dabble in …

I’m always ready to be first in line to try new things, especially if it involves motorcycles. An invitation to attend the FIRST Adventure Motorcycle Rally (that I’m aware of) in Sturgis, South Dakota came from our friend Anthony Silvotti at Revzilla about a month and a half ago. It teased a raft of alluring …

Introduction This long-overdue long-term review of the Sena 30K is being finished off as we begin a new year and a new decade and, coincidentally just as Sena announces the new 50 Series products featuring Bluetooth 5.0 and Mesh 2.0. Once the new Sena 50 Series product hit the streets, the 30K system is going …

Dispatch 1 Review This section describes typical installations for the Dispatch 1 system. I will use the BMW F 800 GS test mule and my new 2010 R 1200 RT that joined the family fleet last summer as examples. Installation Notes While the Dispatch 1 power management system will find some permanency on my 2010 …

Dispatch 1 Review This section describes how to initialize the Dispatch 1 system and how to connect the devices and accessories that will be powered and managed by the system. While my observations on the Dispatch 1 system are few, there are a few issues that could and should be addressed to further enhance this …

Never Get Lost Again. Our Editors Review The Top GPS & Navigation Units for Your Motorcycle Who needs a GPS anymore now that we all have a smartphone? It’s a good question that we often ask ourselves here a wBW. We keep coming back to the fact that dedicated GPS units have functionality that makes …

Interphone F5 Intercom Review Each subsequent Interphone intercom system has been more sophisticated, more capable and more useful. Interphone’s claim to fame in my book is the intercom; and the F5 model doesn’t disappoint. It distances itself — literally — from other leading contenders, beating out the Sena SMH10 by a substantial margin and even …

Chatterbox XBi Review This section describes owner impressions of the Chatterbox XBi system; using the intercom; a summary of the features; the “Bottom Line Ratings“; and the conclusion. Chatterbox XBi User Impressions Controls Each Chatterbox XBi Bluetooth intercom module has five separate controls: On/Off, Mode and Intercom, along with Volume Up and Volume Down, seem like …

Chatterbox XBi2 Review Part 2 This section describes user impressions of the Chatterbox XBi2 system; using the system; a summary of the features; the “Bottom Line Ratings“; and the conclusion. Chatterbox XBi2 User Impressions Controls: Having five separate controls: On/Off, Mode and Intercom, along with Volume Up and Volume Down, seems like one or two too many. …

Part III: IMC Camos BT Adapter Q&A It’s apparent from the many emails we have received on the topic that Bluetooth motorcycle intercoms are still in the early stages of development, with many problems not yet solved. The recent IMC Camos Bluetooth stereo adapter article generated this dialog between the author, HBC, and an owner, …

Sena SMH5 Intercom Review .The Sena SMH5 is a near-perfect example of how to grow the market without diluting an established product line. The SMH5 is the newest and smallest sibling in the Sena intercom product line and it more than holds its own against growing competition. In reality this Part 2 follow-on could consist …

Part II: BTS 300 System Configuration Options As stated in Part I, the original wBW IMC Camos BHS 600 review from September 2007 invoked a lot of comments and feedback. Most of the comments involved issues related to configuration and interface issues. Accordingly, some further technical insight into this new system, the BTS 300, will be provided in …

Outfitting the Versys The Kawasaki Versys Story Part 1: Kawasaki Versys Introduction and Review Part 2: Luggage and Accessories Part 3: Windscreen Part 4: Accessories for the Versys Part 5: New Tires for the Versys Part 6: Oxford HotGrips on the Versys Gear: Zeta Handguards and XC Deflector Kit Gear: FAMSA 260 Tank Bag & Pannier Set Versys Specs: Kawasaki Versys Info and Specs …

Part 4: Evolution of a Relationship The Kawasaki Versys Story Part 1: Kawasaki Versys Introduction and Review Part 2: Luggage and Accessories Part 3: Windscreen Part 4: Accessories for the Versys Part 5: New Tires for the Versys Part 6: Oxford HotGrips on the Versys Gear: Zeta Handguards and XC Deflector Kit Gear: FAMSA 260 Tank Bag & Pannier Set Versys Specs: Kawasaki Versys …

WorldNav 3500 GPS Review Part 6: WorldNav 3500 Installation & Specs wBW WorldNav 3500 GPS Review ▪  Part 1: Introduction and Details ▪  Part 2: WorldNav GPS 3500 Overview ▪  Part 3: Applications and Settings ▪  Part 4: Where To? WorldNav 3500 Navigation ▪  Part 5: Using the WorldNav 3500 ▪  Part 6: Installation and Conclusion ▪  WorldNav 3500 GPS Owner Comments  Related wBW Reviews …

WorldNav 3500 GPS Review Part 2: WorldNav 3500 GPS Overview wBW WorldNav 3500 GPS Review ▪  Part 1: Introduction and Details ▪  Part 2: WorldNav GPS 3500 Overview ▪  Part 3: Applications and Settings ▪  Part 4: Where To? WorldNav 3500 Navigation ▪  Part 5: Using the WorldNav 3500 ▪  Part 6: Installation and Conclusion ▪  WorldNav 3500 GPS Owner Comments  Related wBW Reviews ▪  Motorcycle …

5,000 Miles With the Sena SMH-10   Summary Audio quality and volume were first class. Battery life is impressive. But the delay in the VOX is a problem. Editor’s Note I lent Chris a pair of the “Version 1” Sena SMH10 intercoms for his Trans-Labrador trip. Sena now has an updated version of the SMH10 …

Cardo Scala Rider G9 Intercom Review The new Cardo Scala Rider G9 has excellent build quality and it’s loaded with features. The intercom is available in a single kit or as the PowerSet two-pack, which comes paired and ready to go from the factory. The sound quality and volume is also excellent and the G9 …

Biker Com Bluetooth Motorcycle Intercom Communications System Common Radio Use With three sets of North American FRS/GMRS radios on hand and a lot of Biker Com connection cables (dual-pin L and K types) on hand I was eager to put the system through its paces. Determining if using a common radio system was going to …

Scala Rider G4 Motorcycle Bluetooth Intercom Review Yes, the G4 is loaded with features. It is more advanced than previous Scala Rider systems and is a shining example of where the industry is going. No, the G4 is not the best performing system in my book. That decision is on hold, pending an extended evaluation …

Cardo Scala Rider G4 Motorcycle Bluetooth Intercom Review The Cardo Scala Rider G4 (review) was released in early 2010. At that time, the company heralded the arrival of the G4 as the beginning of a new trend in delivering and continuously evolving their leading-edge Bluetooth helmet communications systems. That claim, and promise if you will, is clearly …

Sena SR10 Review: Part 1 of 6 The much-anticipated Sena SR10 Bluetooth “hub” has arrived! I viewed a prototype of the SR10 at the 2011 Dealer Powersports Expo (report) in Indianapolis back in February of this year. Sena has been working on the SR10 ever since and they sent a pair for this review. We’re …

2008 Powersports Dealer Expo – Motorcycle Accessories – Page 2 Summing up the 2008 show, I’m convinced there are a couple of interesting trends, as I mentioned earlier.  First, motorcycle clothing manufacturers are finally getting serious about women riders, with good-looking but functional and safe clothing.  Rev’it (more later) and Teknic are offering high-quality motorcycle …

UClear AMP Go and Pro Intercoms UClear has revised its Bluetooth intercom lineup with the new AMP systems. The popular UClear HBC100 (review) and UClear HBC200 (review) will be gone when current stock is depleted. There are now three AMP systems: the AMP, AMP Plus and AMP Pro. That’s more or less a “good, better, best” hierarchy, with the …

You Asked For It! The Interphone Tour is the new top-of-the-line Bluetooth 4.2 intercom system from Interphone. It marks a new direction for Interphone, as the Tour is quite different from the Italian company’s previous intercom systems. The new design is available in three versions: the Interphone Tour, Sport and Urban. Each is built on …

World’s First Mobile TV for Motorcycles The Ride-N-Watch motorcycle TV system is claimed to be “The World’s First Onboard TV System for Motorcycle Riders”. The system consists of two modules and includes a Netflix and YouTube subscription for live streaming. First, there’s a television monitor about the size of a deck of playing cards that …

The Packtalk for Smaller Groups The new Cardo Scala Rider Smartpack is nearly identical to the revolutionary Cardo Packtalk intercom system (review). The main difference is that the Smartpack system can connect up to 4 riders in the “Dynamic Mesh Network” rather than 15. Also, the Smartpack range in DMC mode is rated at 5 km …

A Nicely Designed Remote for UClear Intercoms Introduced by UClear at the 2015 AIMExpo (report), the Editor provided first insight into this simple but very functional remote, referring to it as the “Big Button Remote”. And now that we have one in hand for testing, the description is indeed very apt. It has to be the most …