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Garmin Zumo 550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 920 reviews of Garmin Zumo 550. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and reliability. The durability and performance also get good feedback, but there are some mixed opinions about the price.

usability, performance, durability, reliability, screen

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Zumo 550 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 user reviews of Garmin Zumo 550 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Reviewers really like the reliability and design. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the route planning, while there are some less positive reviews about the maps.

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74% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Zumo 550 Satellite Navigation System for MotorbikesGarmin Zumo 550 Satellite Navigation System for Motorbikes

Aug, 2016

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 681 user reviews of Garmin Zumo 550 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Comments about the size and reliability are on the whole positive. The durability and performance are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the price.

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91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Zumo 550 3.5-Inch Portable GPS NavigatorGarmin Zumo 550 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: (

Garmin Zumo 550


Customize your ride with the rugged z-mo 550. Designed by bikers, z-mo's motorcycle-friendly features make it easy to operate while in the saddle. From back roads to rallies, its preloaded maps and high-end navigation features give you the freedom to...

Not yet reviewed by editors.

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: Morty Okin (

Garmin Zumo 550 review: Garmin Zumo 550


Garmin Zumo 550

The Garmin Zumo 550 provides text- and voice-guided directions to motorcyclists and comes with an easy-to-install mounting kit for a motorcycle or a car. All maps are preloaded on the device, and the unit has a built-in MP3 player and integrated...

The Garmin Zumo 550's points of interest database is outdated and occasionally gave us wrong street names or no street at all for some side streets. Also, automatic route recalculation is a bit on the slow side. The compass only works in off-road mode,...

Despite some very slight performance glitches, the Garmin Zumo 550 is a fantastic navigation system for motorcyclists (and cars), with good Bluetooth integration.

Feb, 2007

Expert review by: Christine Malazarte (

Garmin Zumo 550: Long-Term Motorcycle GPS Review


Garmin's most popular motorcycle GPS has withstood the harshest of conditions and has proven time and again that it's a must-have for the avid motorcycle rider. This is a two-year, 50,000 mile review of this product.

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: Rich Owings (

Garmin zumo 550 review


The Garmin zumo 550 GPS is designed especially for motorcycles. The zumo comes pre-loaded with maps of Europe or North America, and Bluetooth allows for hands free cell phone calling through the cyclist's helmet. This high-end unit includes the...

UPDATE: Though still available and supported, Garmin has discontinued the nuvi 680. For newer models, check out my Garmin nuvi comparison chart.

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: Ross Catanzariti (

Garmin zumo 550


Hot on the heels of TomTom's [[prodid:1515]] comes the Garmin zumo 550 - a GPS designed and built specifically for motorcycles and scooters.

Rugged design, user interface, includes all accessories for mounting, Bluetooth technology, includes a car window mount

Rubber buttons hard to press, no screen protector included, display could have been larger

The zumo 550 is without doubt an excellent option if you need a GPS unit for your motorcycle or scooter.

Apr, 2008

Expert review by: Dean (

Garmin Zumo 550 Sat Nav Review


There are 3 systems in the Zumo range, the Zumo 400, 500 and 550. The Zumo 550 is the top range model and is the only one that comes with a free in car kit.

Jul, 2008

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Moto GPS - Garmin Zumo 550 Review


Finally another Motorbike GPS system to challenge the TomTom Rider. The Garmin system has been given to our tame geek, the Lordpercy Stig. He puts the new Zumo through its paces.

Apr, 2007

Consumer review by: BRADS07ULTRA (

THE ZUMO 550 is worth the extra money !


It installs very

Will not talk easily through speakers on my 2007 HD ULTRA !

Oct, 2007

Consumer review by: hollidaydg (

You don't get what you pay for


cont... The "anti-theft" screw has a special mini screwdriver that is easy to misplace and if you don't want to use it the screw tightens anyways because of vibration from the bike. The whole ideas seems pointless anyways because someone could just...

Unit itself seems durable, bright screen at 100%, usually has a strong GPS signal, great touch screen with gloves (not too great without), LOUD audio through headphones ; What follows is not a review of Garmin Maps or a comparison to other Garmin...

To start, after about 15k miles (one year) on a Yamaha FZ-6 the plastic retainers on the bracket have almost broken off. The high frequency vibrations from the handle bars sometimes caused the unit to seize with the plastic bracket, thus breaking off a...

Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: Russdustus (

Zumo for Motorcycle


If you don't have the cash to buy the XM Radio attachment, there are ways to make the sound come out of your stereo. If you had a Bluetooth enabled Stereo, you can connect that way. Mine does not, and the module costs $499 bucks. Another way is a...

Easy to install and use right out of the box. All needed hardware comes with it. Large screen easily viewable while riding. Unit plays MP3's on optional 4 GB SD Card

No current Speed Limit indication. Bluetooth works, but you can't buy a ear bud that you can hear while riding

Dec, 2008

Product Specifications


FM Transmitter: No
FM Tuner: No
Head up Display: No
Telephone Included:Handsfree Function via External Device
TV-Tuner: No


Bluetooth: Yes
Internet Connectivity: No
iPod Control: No
USB: Yes


Display Technology:Unknown
Monitor Format:4:3
Monitor Type:Fixed Monitor
Touchscreen:One-Point Touch

General Features

Category:Portable Navigation Device
Size in DIN:Not Applicable

GPS type

Bicycle:No / Yes
Motorcycle: Yes


3D Elevation Mode: No
3D Landmarks: No
Lane Assistant: No
Map Coverage:Single continent
Map Provider:Navteq
Map Sharing: No
Map Storage Medium:On board Flash Memory
Pedestrian Mode: No
Reality View: No
Text-to-Speech: Yes
Traffic Message Channel:Traffic Info ready
Voice Control: No


CD Player / Recorder: No
DVD Player / Recorder: No
MP3 Playback: Yes