Whats the Difference Between a Car GPS and Motorcycle GPS?

We see this question all the time.  What’s the difference between a car GPS and motorcycle GPS?  More than you might think.  This question is often asked by a motorcycle owner deciding if the extra cost of a motorcycle GPS is worth the premium versus one made for a car.  We take a look at both and compare a motorcycle GPS versus a car GPS. There are hundreds of GPS units made for inside the vehicle.  The big players in the consumer car GPS market are Garmin, TomTom and Magellan.  There used to be a few more but they were … Read more…

Garmin Zumo 590LM Product Spotlight

Garmin has been making a GPS specific to the motorcycle market for roughly ten years.  Their latest entry is the Garmin Zumo 590LM.  It is their first GPS with a screen size greater than 4.3 inches and naturally includes a lot of new features unavailable in their older Zumo generations. A good question to address is if you need a motorcycle GPS or can one that’s made for car use be sufficient.  As you will see from the remainder of this article, the Zumo 590LM offers features that are specific to a motorcycle ride that is not available in one … Read more…

Mounts for Indian Motorcycles

Indian motorcycles were first produced in 1901.  At one point in the early 1900’s, Indian was the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world.  A lot of things changed in the motorcycle world over the next 50 years and the Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company went bankrupt in 1953.  A number of companies tried to revive the brand over the years with little success until 2011 when a major manufacturer took it over.  In 2011, Polaris Industries resurrected the brand.  Comparing the new Indian motorcycles to their older counterparts, I would say that Polaris has done a great job at continuing … Read more…

AMPS Pattern Mounts

The mounting industry does not have an official standard but the AMPS pattern might be as close as you can get (at least for small electronics).  The AMPS pattern is a series of four holes aligned in a rectangular pattern.  Some manufacturers use two of the four holes while maintaining the AMPS pattern spacing dimensions.  The mounting pattern consists of four holes in a rectangular pattern spaced 1.188 inches by 1.813 inches.  Some manufacturers also have 2-hole adapters that support the diagonal measurement of 1.912 inches. The AMPS pattern is fairly well-known in the HAM Radio industry where many head plates from … Read more…

Garmin Zumo Motorcycle Mounts and Holders

The Garmin Zumo was first introduced in 2006 for motorcycles.  Garmin realized that TomTom was dominating the motorcycle spaces with their TomTom Rider and introduced these to compete with TomTom.  This line of GPS has been very popular with motorcyclists and Garmin has introduced ten  Zumo models to date.  Surprisingly, not all Zumo models come with a motorcycle mount in the box which never made a lot of sense to me.  This article will discuss mounting options for the Garmin Zumo line of GPS devices. The Garmin Zumo motorcycle mounts we will discuss in the following few paragraphs apply to the … Read more…

Can I Use a Car GPS on a Motorcycle?

Roughly ten years ago, TomTom and Garmin smartly made a decision to manufacture GPS units specifically made for motorcycles.  Models such as the TomTom Rider and Garmin Zumo series were marketed specifically for motorcycle use.  They sold a lot of them, and we sold a lot of mounts for these models.  There are several key differences between units made for motorcycles versus the car.  Most motorcycle units are weatherproof.  Note we use the word weatherproof and not waterproof.  Waterproof implies you can dunk it in a bucket of water and have it come out fully functional and that’s not the … Read more…