Garmin Zumo 395LM Motorcycle and Car Mounts

The 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 … Read more

Garmin Zumo XT and XT2 Motorcycle and Car Mounts

It’s nice to see Garmin staying in the motorcycle GPS market.  The Garmin Zumo XT and XT2 are available with a lot of nice features. We’re seeing a declining market in motorcycle GPS devices because a lot of people have been using their phones.  However there are still advantages to using a motorcycle GPS including the all important weatherproof qualities versus most phones.  A motorcycle GPS also includes some anti-glare features not present in phones. This isn’t an article on motorcycle GPS devices.  It’s an article about mounts for the Garmin Zumo XT and XT2 so let’s get into the … 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. Mount Analysis All Garmin Zumo cradles use a motorcycle cradle with a 4-hole pattern called the … Read more

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

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

Can I Use a Car GPS on a Motorcycle?

Roughly twenty years ago, TomTom and Garmin started to make GPS devices specifically designed for use with motorcycles.  The TomTom Rider and Garmin Zumo series were marketed specifically for motorcycle use.  They sold a lot of them.  There are several key differences between units made for motorcycles versus the car. Motorcycle vs Auto GPS 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 case.  Under most normal driving, a weatherproof unit will serve … Read more