How to Select the Best Motorcycle GPS

Not all motorcycle GPS devices are the same.  In fact, not all GPS devices are made for use on a motorcycle.  We look at the most important features to help you decide which is the best motorcycle GPS for you. There are a lot of different features on a GPS.  Some are absolutely required while others are unneeded and simply add to the price unnecessarily.  You would be surprised, at times, how little you get for an additional $400.  Having a list of the important features to you can result a fairly significant cost savings and better ownership experience. So let’s … Read more…

Bluetooth Headsets for a Garmin Zumo GPS

Not all motorcycle GPS devices support Bluetooth headsets.  If a motorcycle rider has any hope of hearing GPS directions, a Bluetooth headset or enabled helmet is necessary.  While I suppose you can wire the audio output into an external speaker, I just can’t see how the directions can be heard when riding on a highway.  It’s safer and makes sense to use a Bluetooth headset. Fortunately, all Garmin Zumo motorcycle GPS units made over the past several years support directions and calls through Bluetooth. Since Garmin is the largest GPS manufacturer, Bluetooth helmet and headset manufacturers try to ensure their … Read more…

Garmin Zumo 595LM Versus Garmin Zumo 395LM Comparison

Garmin tends to have several GPS models for a similar application.  Their motorcycle lineup is no different as they have two current models.  It’s not always obvious what the differences are so here’s our Garmin Zumo 595LM versus Garmin Zumo 395LM comparison. Take some time to read this if in the market for a new motorcycle GPS.  You want to be happy with the purchase and not regret it.  Trust me, if you regret the purchase and wish you purchased the other, you will probably be back to buy the one that you always wanted.  There are some important differences … Read more…

Garmin Zumo Versus TomTom Rider Motorcycle GPS Comparison

Garmin and TomTom are the most prominent GPS players.  It’s been that way for many years.  Garmin has a larger presence in the US and TomTom is larger in Europe.  However, both are worldwide brands with a good presence in North America, Europe and Australia.  What’s the difference?  We look at a Garmin Zumo versus TomTom Rider motorcycle GPS devices. Both companies have been making GPS devices for motorcycles for over ten years.  Plenty of time to get their acts straight.  For the most part, both have done a splendid job of giving riders what’s needed to see where you’re going. … Read more…

Garmin Zumo 395LM Motorcycle GPS Review

The Garmin Zumo 395LM is the successor to the Garmin Zumo 390LM.  The hardware is basically the same although Garmin claims a longer battery life of up to 7 hours.  The real difference is the software.  The Garmin Zumo 395LM was introduced for the 2016 model year along with it’s larger cousin, the Garmin Zumo 595LM. Hardware The Garmin Zumo 395LM has a 4.3 inch screen.  While I think this size screen becomes somewhat of a limitation especially for use with gloves, it can be seen clearly on your handlebar.  Like most motorcycle GPS units, the Garmin Zumo 395LM is weatherproof. … Read more…

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…