How to Control a Garmin Virb with a Zumo

The Garmin VIRB line of action cameras was introduced a few years ago.  Made sense.  GoPro was making a lot of money selling action cameras.  Garmin had less revenue coming in from automotive navigational devices.  Why not try to leverage the Garmin name with a growing segment like action cameras.   Integrate the Garmin VIRB with a Zumo to provide features that can’t be had with other action cameras.  Makes sense. The Garmin VIRB line of action cameras is fairly rugged and many can be used on a motorcycle.  The Garmin VIRB Elite is a good start.  It’s a 1080p … Read more

How to Deter Theft of a Motorcycle GPS

Leaving an expensive motorcycle GPS device on your handlebar can be risky.  Many motorcycle GPS devices are easy to lift off the bike.  It’s often a simple matter of lifting a latch and slipping the GPS off the holder.  We are going to discuss methods for deterring theft of a motorcycle GPS. The first and most obvious way to prevent theft of a motorcycle GPS is to take it with you when leaving your bike.  As already stated, most are very easy to install and remove.  Often a matter of lifting up a latch, a Garmin Zumo or TomTom Rider … 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

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

Power for a Garmin or TomTom Motorcycle GPS

Purchasing and installing a Garmin or TomTom motorcycle GPS device is half the work.  Installing your new GPS is often much more difficult.  After figuring out where to put it, you need to determine how to power it.  We covered How to Mount a Garmin Zumo or TomTom Rider GPS in a prior article.  That’s a great article to figure out how and where to attach the motorcycle GPS on your bike.  Often, hardwire is the selected method to get power to your motorcycle GPS and that’s what we’ll talk about in this article. First – If all of your anticipated rides are short … Read more