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It says it's bluetooth compatible with my phone... but what does that mean really? Does it mean it will route phone calls over blue tooth to my headset?
 

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Although Dave's view is funnier...:rolleyes:

It means, if you have a bluetooth phone, you can have your phone in your pocket/bag, mount a bluetooth headset in your helmet and then route the phone through the GPS, then it is possible to use the phone number pad in the GPS to make and recieve calls.
 

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Or like me, I have the zumo hard wired to the starcom, this gives me hands free (answer) calls. So long as you`ve got the phones car settings to auto answer it will work.
once the zumo and the phone are paired, the zumo will read the phones address book, giving you touch screen dialing of your phone book, using predictive typing, last dialed, speed dial etc etc.

Remember though, to turn off the bluetooth if your using the zumo to upload routes from your computer at home, as once the zumo is switched on, it will pair with the phone if in range. You may end up missing calls
 

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I don't have a starcom yet, but it sure looks like the sh!tz. iPod will hook right up too, and you can move the starcom/gps from bike to bike easily. Your phone never leaves your pocket. Audio for all three devices are piped right into your helmet.
 

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I don't use a Bluetooth headset, that's another battery powered gizmo to keep charged when on the road I don't have to worry about, and it doesn't do stereo anyway.

I do pair my phone with the Zumo via Bluetooth though, so I can see who is calling or check my voicemail without stopping. If it's something important, I can stop and call them back. I don't have or particularly want a mic in my helmet, I use a set of in-ear buds.

Another benefit of pairing is that you can access contact info on the phone, and then use the GPS to get you there (provided you have a phone that stores addresses along with numbers).

Since I ride solo, there's no need for something like an Autocom, the Zumo totally replaces my need for an iPod. I have several large SD cards, for a total of 36gb, so I've got a pretty good on-the-road music and audio book collection, easy peasy to swap them out, store them in the Zumo zipper case.

Add in the XM-Radio antenna, along with a NavTraffic/Weather subscription, and it's my total entertainment and information center while riding.
 

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Croak, may I ask what ear plugs you use? Haven't got any for my Zumo yet so any recommendations are welcome.
 

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Not Croak, but another Zumo user. I also use the Zumo instead of an iPod, using Etymotic ER6i headphones inside the helmet. Noise reducing, which is damn nice and I can keep the music volume nice and low.

Haven't tried the XM or traffic yet; looks tempting, but it's another gadget I'd need to buy and mount and I can't tell how well the service works out here in NM from their page -- the FM stuff really looks like it won't do squat for me.
 

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I used to use a set of $40 Sony earbuds, they worked out fairly well. Much to be said about a decent quality set of earphones you can replace at any WalMart. However, there was still a lot of wind and road noise. I still use them for short trips, and when commuting.

Then I scored a new set of Etymotic ER-4P's really cheap ($115 CAD). They sounded great, but hurt like hell after a short time, and would make my eyes water when taking off my helmet. Tried a friend's set of ER-6i's, and they had the same problem, rubbing the same tender areas of my ear, though they were less painful when removing the helmet (stick out a bit less). Every ear is different, what pained me was no problem for my friend.

The sound of the Etys was so good I hated to go back to the Sonys. So I just recently sent them out to be fitted in custom earpieces (had a mold made of my ears at an audiologist), for another $150 CAD. Hopefully that solves the problem, will have them back next week.

As for XM in New Mexico, it should work great. Out in open country is where XM works best. I took the 8 and 10 through CA/AZ/NM/TX/LA/MS/AL/FL back in 2006, and the XM in my car worked fine the entire trip. The reason XM uses the FM repeaters is in cities, where the buildings block the satellite signals.

Mounting for me was easy, there's just enough room between the dashboard and windscreen on my 955 to place the GXM-30 (I use a double bubble type windscreen). Centered on the dash, velcro mount at first, then I got creative and glued a metal plate on the underside of the dash, the antenna's built in magnet holds it in place on top. Nice, neat, secure and out of the way, always has a clear view of the sky, unobtrusive and protected under the tinted screen, and theft resistant since the wires are all routed under the dash/fairing.

My alternate mounting location was on top of the brake fluid reservoir...looked a bit odd though, it's about 30% bigger in diameter than the reservoir lid. Another alternative is getting a steel plate from RAM (or making your own), that fits between the baseplate of the Zumo cradle and the RAM mount. Shaped like a "7", the unit sits on the flat part of the 7, about an inch above and behind the Zumo, held in place by its magnet.
 

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+1 on the Etymotic ER6i headphones, they have foam tips similar to typical disposible ear plugs which keep the wind noise down.
 

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Thanks guys, will check out these Etymotic ER6i, sounds a bit pricey though but if the sound is good and the fitting nice it could be what I'm looking for. :)
 

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As for XM in New Mexico, it should work great. Out in open country is where XM works best. I took the 8 and 10 through CA/AZ/NM/TX/LA/MS/AL/FL back in 2006, and the XM in my car worked fine the entire trip. The reason XM uses the FM repeaters is in cities, where the buildings block the satellite signals.

Mounting for me was easy, there's just enough room between the dashboard and windscreen on my 955 to place the GXM-30 (I use a double bubble type windscreen). Centered on the dash, velcro mount at first, then I got creative and glued a metal plate on the underside of the dash, the antenna's built in magnet holds it in place on top. Nice, neat, secure and out of the way, always has a clear view of the sky, unobtrusive and protected under the tinted screen, and theft resistant since the wires are all routed under the dash/fairing.

My alternate mounting location was on top of the brake fluid reservoir...looked a bit odd though, it's about 30% bigger in diameter than the reservoir lid. Another alternative is getting a steel plate from RAM (or making your own), that fits between the baseplate of the Zumo cradle and the RAM mount. Shaped like a "7", the unit sits on the flat part of the 7, about an inch above and behind the Zumo, held in place by its magnet.[/QUOTE

Yeah. XM Radio looks great out here; the antenna is a bit pricey, mind, but not outrageously so. (Well. It wouldn't be, if the economy was a bit saner).

What I was wondering more about was the traffic and weather services. We don't get a LOT of weather here, but what we do get is pretty suck. Plus I use the GPS in rental cars for work travel a lot, so the travel elements would be pretty spiff.
 

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on a side note:
with starcom/autocom units, I recomend trying to get the ear buds/speakers mounted into the lining of your helmet, one of my helmets (carberg flip front) has pockets to facilitated the placing of the ear buds/speakers. Previously I`ve had them stuck onto the lining of the helmet(s) I`ve used. but this adds way too much pressure onto the ear lobe, making it uncomfortable after a while, more so if I used any ear plugs in my ears
 

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Or like me, I have the zumo hard wired to the starcom, this gives me hands free (answer) calls. So long as you`ve got the phones car settings to auto answer it will work.
once the zumo and the phone are paired, the zumo will read the phones address book, giving you touch screen dialing of your phone book, using predictive typing, last dialed, speed dial etc etc.

Remember though, to turn off the bluetooth if your using the zumo to upload routes from your computer at home, as once the zumo is switched on, it will pair with the phone if in range. You may end up missing calls
I'm a novice but I thought STARCOM just made communication stuff for rider to rider? The web shows the Garmin product. When you say it's hardf wired to the starcom, what exactly do you mean? Also, did you do the installation or did you to a car/audio specialist?

Thanks!

John
 

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I'm a novice but I thought STARCOM just made communication stuff for rider to rider? The web shows the Garmin product. When you say it's hardf wired to the starcom, what exactly do you mean? Also, did you do the installation or did you to a car/audio specialist?

Thanks!

John
Its not exactly "hardwired"
Starcom can supply a Y cable CAB-55 with a balast that plugs into the 2 female sockets (3.5mm & 2.5mm) on the left side of the zumo mount. the 3.5mm is the audio feed, and the 2.5mm is the phone feed. the other end plugs into the starcom. Image of my install HERE
starcom manual said:
mobile phone Interface
To add a mobile phone to the system, a phone adapter kit is required. This includes a
phone adapter which plugs into the phone, and a 3.5mm to 2.5mm jack lead to connect
the adapter to the StarCom unit. The mobile phone must have the facility to auto answer
an incoming call. Once set in this mode, the phone is plugged into the system, turned on,
and then placed in a safe place (waterproof pocket etc.).
When the phone rings the StarCom unit will mute music, if playing, and allow a normal
phone conversation. When connected, the volume level of the phone will need to be
adjusted to give the required volume in the helmet. Always set the volume low and
gradually increase to the desired level.
as for the starcom install, I did get the dealer to fit it, but fitting the starcom, is simple as locating the back light (ignition fed) power wire on the bike, and connecting into that, but the Zumo I fitted myself using the forums favourite, a Gadget guy mount and the tiger OEM gps power lead, part no A9938122 (it's from the Tiger accessory list but is the right bit of kit, identical and 1/2 the sprint price). Price = ?6.99. It's a power lead with a plug to go into the socket under the fairing.
but I also installed a 10A toggle switch in the gps power supply this is mounted in the infill panel on the left side below the clocks HERE there is now a 5mm red LED wired in next to that switch as tell tail reminder, as the OEM gps accessory power feed is permenently live
all the cables where than fed round the fairing to the starcom mounted in the glovebox
the cables you can see (upper left) near the switch are 3.5mm audio feeds to the starcom, should I choose to plug in my (RAM mounted) Ipod
 

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i just ordered the garmin zumo 550 from touratech in seattle, so it should be down here to oakland in just a couple of business days. i hope the handlebar kit that comes with it will work. i also ordered a lockable unit compatible with it. does anybody know if triumph provided the electrical apparatus for a gps ready to go somewhere underneath the fairing?
 

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does anybody know if triumph provided the electrical apparatus for a gps ready to go somewhere underneath the fairing?
you must`ve missed my previous post
Triumph used to sell a kit for an aincient "triumph" branded garmin GPS inc a bar mounting and wiring kit.
The price of which had more numbers that the telephone number for my local pizza delivery place

if you read below & clicky the underlined links in this post and previous post all is revealed
the tiger OEM gps power lead, part no A9938122 (it's from the Tiger accessory list but is the right bit of kit, identical and 1/2 the sprint price). Price = ?6.99. It's a power lead with a plug to go into the socket under the fairing.
basically its an ECONOSEAL 2 pin plug with a yard of wire and rubberised fuse holder.
The connector under the fairing is the black 1 HERE squeeze it in your fingers and pull to remove the blanking cap HERE and plug the A9938122 into.
Remember, that the connection is permenantly live. so you may want to look at the tail wire feed should you want an ignition fed supply.
The supplied Garmin mounting you refer to is a RAM mount. but like a lot of others here I prefer the gadget guy mount shown in the link in my previous post. it looks so slick

btw the heated grip connection is on the directly opposite side to the GPS plug looking from the front behind the rim where the top/bottom fairings meet
 

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I just ordered a set of Etymotic ER6i headphones from Amazon for $75.99. A pretty good deal I think. They have them in white or black.
 

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you must`ve missed my previous post
Triumph used to sell a kit for an aincient "triumph" branded garmin GPS inc a bar mounting and wiring kit.
The price of which had more numbers that the telephone number for my local pizza delivery place

if you read below & clicky the underlined links in this post and previous post all is revealed

basically its an ECONOSEAL 2 pin plug with a yard of wire and rubberised fuse holder.
The connector under the fairing is the black 1 HERE squeeze it in your fingers and pull to remove the blanking cap HERE and plug the A9938122 into.
Remember, that the connection is permenantly live. so you may want to look at the tail wire feed should you want an ignition fed supply.
The supplied Garmin mounting you refer to is a RAM mount. but like a lot of others here I prefer the gadget guy mount shown in the link in my previous post. it looks so slick

btw the heated grip connection is on the directly opposite side to the GPS plug looking from the front behind the rim where the top/bottom fairings meet
thankyou! i don't get by this site often enough, things have been kind of hectic for me for awhile now. will check this out.
 
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