Why is a Motorcycle GPS so Expensive?

Today, we answer the question of why is a motorcycle GPS so expensive. There are a lot of types of GPS devices.  Most common are the ones that are made for a car.  These models are well known and some examples include the Garmin Nuvi, Garmin Drive and TomTom Go series of GPS devices.  A car GPS has a few things in common.  Most notable is the maps and hardware are made for use within a vehicle.  The other notable commonality among GPS devices made for car use is the lower price. A motorcycle GPS is different from a car … Read more…

How to Eliminate Glare from a Motorcycle GPS

A common issue when using a motorcycle GPS is sun glare.  The issue is most noticeable when the sun is behind your back.  A motorcycle GPS gets hard to see. Fortunately there are solutions called glare shields or sun visors.  This problem has been around for as long as people have been putting a GPS on their motorcycle.  Let’s take a look at how to eliminate glare from a motorcycle GPS. A GPS glare shield or sun visor attaches to the GPS and provides a shade over the top.  That small “roof” will shield the sun from the display and allow … Read more…

Garmin Zumo 595LM Motorcycle GPS Review

The Garmin Zumo 595LM is the successor to the already popular Garmin Zumo 595LM.  It might look the same from the outside, but the software within the GPS is an improvement as Garmin steps up their smartphone integration game. Hardware It’s a 5.0″ display which is the minimum size needed to effectively interact with these GPS devices using gloves.  The Garmin Zumo 595LM is weatherproof.  Tated to IPX7 which means it withstands incidental exposure to water of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.  Good for light to moderate rain. The Garmin Zumo 595LM has a glove sensitive display which means … Read more…

Garmin Zumo 390LM Motorcycle GPS Review

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. Hardware These 4.3″ screen size GPS systems are made for motorcycle use.  Unlike a car GPS, these are weatherproof and rated to IPX7 which means it withstands incidental exposure to water of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.  So don’t attach these to a submarine. The Garmin Zumo 390LM has a glove sensitive display which means that you don’t have to take your gloves off … Read more…

How to Use a Garmin Nuvi or Garmin Drive GPS on a Motorcycle

When I ask which models come to mind when you hear the words ‘motorcycle GPS’, what do you say?  Probably Garmin Zumo or TomTom Rider?  Well there are a lot of motorcycle owners that use a Garmin Nuvi or Garmin Drive GPS on their motorcycle.  This article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using a Garmin Nuvi or Garmin Drive GPS on a motorcycle, and how to do that. The photo that accompanies this article is of a Garmin Nuvi 2455LMT on a Harley-Davidson.  Yup, a car GPS on a motorcycle. So what’s the difference between your everyday Garmin Nuvi / … Read more…

How to Use a SmartPhone as a Motorcycle GPS

This article is a little different from others which appear on our site.  We typically concentrate on traditional motorcycle GPS devices like a Garmin Zumo or TomTom Rider.  Today, we’re concentrating on how to use a smartphone as a motorcycle GPS.  We’re talking about larger phones like an Apple iPhone 6s Plus or Samsung Galaxy S7.  Given the larger screens of these phones and some terrific GPS apps, these can make very capable navigation devices. There are a few things to think about when considering this move.  Let’s take a look at what’s important when deciding to use a smartphone … Read more…