When we got wind of Garmin's Zumo 665
, the new navigation system for folks who like to do it in leathers, we were quite excited to learn about its integrated A2DP
and other new features -- but totally lost interest when we saw the $999 MSRP. You can get a perfectly serviceable UJM starter bike for that kind of cash! Garmin is now addressing the situation with the Zumo 220, which "scales down size and price of motorcycle navigation" -- to $599. Yes, still pricey, but you get most of the features of the bigger brother, including Bluetooth compatibility (though seemingly not A2DP), waterproof construction, and text-to-speech guidance. It sports a 3.5-inch touchscreen and of course comes with a bike mount, but also has a car mount for those days when weather prohibits riding in to work -- or when you just don't feel like getting all your gear on. Look for it to ship sometime before the quarter is up.
Garmin Zumo 220