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Harley-Davidson Owners - Warning
on March 11, 2014
I own a 2013 HD Electra Glide Ultra Classic and purchased the Garmin Zumo 660 from Amazon because of the better price. HD has an identical version called Road Tech Garmin Zumo 660, but more on that a little later:
Pros - ease of installation. I removed the fairing and with a friend, attached the Zumo 660 in about 10 minutes. Replaced the fairing and the GPS was up and running. I adjusted the brightness and it works great. No problems. It feels like a very solid piece of equipment, tailored for the elements and tough. The harness allows the GPS to snap on/off so you can lock it up in your bags when away from your bike or take it inside to program tomorrows ride. I searched online and found companies that sell a locking cradle with a key if you just want to leave the GPS on your bike.
Cons - Out of the box, Garmin's installation instructions are, well, not there. I searched online for installation instructions. Fortunately, the harness supplied by Garmin is pretty much self explanatory and complete. I did have to purchase a connector wire that runs from an output jack of the harness to the Aux port on my HD radio. By doing this, I can pull over and instead of removing my helmet to make a phone call, I can make calls using my iphone. Simply switch to the Aux station on the radio. If you're wondering why I don't make calls through the GPS, keep reading.
Now, the bad news for HD owners. In order to use all of the functions of the Zumo 660 - listen to your AM/FM/CD player and directions from the Garmin, you will need to also purchase what is called a Navigational Interface Module from Harley-Davidson, which as of today, is $169.00 (source: HD parts catalog). More bad news is (and I confirmed this in the Q&A section of the product), the Navigational Interface Module ONLY works with the HD Road Tech Zumo 660. It does not work with Zumo 660's purchased from Amazon or another company.
That means, in order to listen to the GPS, your radio must be set to Aux. You can listen to the GPS or the radio, but not both at the same time. You can make a phone call or receive a phone call, but not through your GPS. If you didn't purchase your Zumo 660 from Harley-Davidson, you're pretty much screwed. Not sure how it is for non-HD owners. And I cannot seem to locate a non-Harley-Davidson Navigational Interface Module to make my Amazon purchased Zumo 660 function the way it is supposed to function. Pretty crappy of Garmin & Harley-Davidson, if you ask me.
So, now I'm exploring the possibility of Bluetooth helmet systems to see if it can resolve the whole issue.
UPDATE 1/7/`5 - Found a harness on line that fixed all the problems. I took a cross country trip (CA -Boston - CA) and was able to listen to music, take and make phone calls and use the GPS. In MN, I did not place the GPS securely in the holder and at 65 mph on the 494 it flew off and went tumbling down the freeway. Because I had too much $$ invested in the GPS, I stopped and retrieved it along the shoulder. A few bumps and bruises, but when I put it back in the holder (securely!) it fired right up. Still working like a charm. Durable, to say the least.