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I've had it on the bike and in the car for a couple months now and its been pretty good to me so far. It stopped working once because I let the battery run dead overnight, but it has otherwise been a great unit. Very waterproof (I've ridden through pissing down rain with it), has a good MP3 player and bluetooth support, and has the ability to plug in an XM reciever for traffic and radio.

I just ordered a helmet headset from California Sport Touring, INC. and it should be here in a few days to test out. I also won a Shoei X-eleven on ebay for $147 so I'll be installing it in that when my friend gets around to shipping me the helmet...
 

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Got the helmet today as well as the Starcom1 headset and installed it. The helmet fits VERY snug, which is to be expected brand new and washed by the previous owner. I'll get a better idea of comfort when it is broken in, but right now I can already tell the foam around the neck hugs in closer and there is more of it, which will eliminate a LOT of wind noise from that area. The headset is hardly noticeable and I routed the wires behind the back padding. Sound quality is great, I just need to test it out on the road to see how well the mic works and what kind of wind noise there is. So far, I'm very happy having spent under $200 for what would normally cost ~$600.
 

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I've had the Zumo 550 in pissing down rain with zero issues. My only suggestion is to make sure you install the motorcycle power cable to the license plate light so when you shut off the bike the GPS isn't draining your battery. The Zumo seems to like to turn itself on or not turn off when you are expecting it to be off. I've killed 2 batteries on the 1098 leaving the GPS hooked up directly to the battery and I even turned off the GPS after getting off the bike. I'm hoping my next battery will be fine now that all my electronics are hooked up to the license plate light.

I haven't played with the cell phone features much at all because the Starcom headset sucked balls and crowded my ears. I'll eventually try a mic and my Shure headphones so I can actually hear calls. One big problem with the phone feature is that there is no PTT button so the wind noise interferes if you're not using a chin spoiler and all the wind reduction stuff (which actually increases buffetting as it doesn't allow the wind to flow through the helmet).

The MP3 audio is very quiet compared to an iPod or most other MP3 players. I'm thinking you'd want a starcom or some kind of amplifier thing so you can hear the music better.

Other than that, the GPS features have been great so far on the bike, really easy to use in gloves, and most of the data is really accurate. I haven't updated mine since I bought it last february though so some of these features might be greatly improved...
 
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