Motorcycle and Car Mounts for the Garmin Zumo 396 LMT-S

It’s been awhile since seeing a new motorcycle GPS from Garmin.  The recently released Garmin Zumo 396 LMT-S introduces some new features and a redesigned exterior to differentiate it from older models and hopefully induces customers to consider replacing their older Zumo. Many of the features that make a good motorcycle GPS worthwhile remain including a glove friendly display, weatherproof design and rider friendly maps.  Free live services are included with the Garmin Smartphone Link app.  They have also (finally) included a WiFi map update.  This is a welcome addition in a world where USB connectivity is being phased out (aka … Read more

Can You Replace a Garmin Zumo with a Smartphone?

Can you replace a Garmin Zumo with a smartphone?  That’s a question that most never thought it would be possible to ask.  But as you will see as this article progresses, it’s possible.  Not only is it possible but a lot of people are doing it. At a recent motorcycle rally, I checked out a few thousand bikes.  The number of motorcycles with a smartphone mount outnumbered those with a Garmin Zumo mount.  I was surprised by this, and that’s how I got the idea to write this article. First, let’s look at the advantages of a dedicated motorcycle GPS like a … Read more

Garmin Zumo 395LM Motorcycle and Car Mounts

>Garmin Zumo 395LM was introduced in early 2016 as the latest addition to the very successful decade old motorcycle lineup.  The Garmin Zumo line first came out in 2006 and continues to be very popular.  This Garmin Zumo 395LM is very similar to the Garmin Zumo 390LM from 2015.  There are some new bells and whistles in the software especially in the area of connectivity.  The hardware is pretty much the same with a 4.3″ screen on a GPS made for motorcycle use.  Unlike a car GPS, these are weatherproof and is rated to IPX7 which means it withstands incidental exposure to … Read more

Garmin Zumo 595LM Motorcycle and Car Mounts

The Garmin Zumo was first introduced over ten years ago and continues to lead the way in motorcycle GPS devices.  Introduced in early 2016 is their latest entry called the Garmin Zumo 595LM.  It’s somewhat similar to the year older Zumo 590LM but does have some new features especially in the area of connectivity.  Like the 590LM, the Garmin Zumo 595Lm offers the ability to check your tire pressure using the Garmin Tire Pressure Monitor Sensor also known as TPMS. Garmin Zumo GPS units are made for motorcycle use.  Unlike a car GPS, these are weatherproof, have glove sensitive displays are made somewhat more … Read more

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 390LM Motorcycle Mounts

The Garmin Zumo 390LM is yet another addition to Garmin’s long running Zumo line for motorcycles.  The Garmin Zumo line first came out in 2006 and continues to be a popular line in North America.  These 4.3″ screen size GPS systems are made for motorcycle use.  Unlike a car GPS, these are weatherproof and is rated to IPX7 which means it withstands incidental exposure to water of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. These units have glove sensitive displays which means that you don’t have to take your gloves off to interface with the display.  Lastly, they are … Read more