Garmin Zumo 660 built to guide bikers

Because motorcyclists also need help with directions, Garmin unveils a new GPS for bikers at CES 2009 called the Garmin Zumo 660.

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Garmin Zumo 660
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In addition to the Nuvi 885T, Garmin introduced the Garmin Zumo 660 at CES 2009, a GPS designed for bikers by bikers. It's one of the few motorcycle-specific portable navigation devices available on the market (TomTom also makes one called the Rider), and brings a much-needed update to the Garmin Zumo 550, which was released almost two years ago.

The Zumo 660 sports a sleeker design similar to the Garmin Nuvi series but keeps the ruggedized and waterproof casing. It also features a larger 4.3-inch touch screen and has oversize icons so you can still use the device even with gloves on.

Inside, the Zumo 660 is loaded with maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico and 6 million points of interest. Like the Nuvi 885T, the GPS also has lane assist with junction view; plus, there's a new multiple routing feature that will give you a preview of the shortest, fastest, and off-road route so you can choose from one of three options.

The Zumo 660 provides text-to-speech directions, meaning you'll hear specific street names, and since the GPS has integrated Bluetooth, you can have the audio piped to your Bluetooth headset. Of course, you'll also be able to make and accept calls and there is stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) support.

The Garmin Zumo 660 is expected to ship in Q1 2009 for a pricey $799.99.