How About a Carry Case for Your Motorcycle GPS?

So you have this expensive motorcycle GPS.  Do you need a carry case for it?  Maybe.  Let’s discuss the subject and then recommend a few in case you decide a carry case for your motorcycle GPS is needed. Is a Motorcycle GPS Carry Case Necessary? It all depends upon the frequency of removal.  We see some motorcycle GPS owners keep their device on the mount all the time.  Never remove it from the bike.  In that example, a carry case is unnecessary.  We wrote an article on how to deter theft of a motorcycle GPS and pointed to the number one way … Read more

Installing a Micro SD Card on a Garmin Zumo GPS

Most Garmin Zumo GPS devices allow expansion of memory by installing a micro SD card.  That’s different from most automotive GPS devices that do not have this capability.  We’re going to look at how to install a micro SD card and talk about the different types of cards available.   You can use these cards to hold additional maps or simply expand the storage for other purposes. All Garmin Zumo units require a micro SD card to be at least 4 GB in size.  However the maximum varies by unit.  Specifically, the Garmin Zumo 595LM and 395LM top out at 64 GB. … Read more

How to Protect an Empty Motorcycle GPS Cradle

After coming in from a ride, everyone is faced with the question of what should they leave attached to the bike.  I suppose if the motorcycle is stored in a locked garage, the answer to that question is probably to leave everything as is.  However, if your motorcycle is stored outdoors, the answer might not be that simple.  This article is for those that bring their device indoors but leave the motorcycle GPS cradle on the bike. If you’re thinking about leaving the GPS attached outdoors, think again.  These are expensive devices and easy to steal.  Don’t leave it to … Read more

Garmin Smartphone Link Overview

Garmin Smartphone Link is an app available for iOS and Android phones.  This app enables integration beyond the basic Bluetooth connectivity for voice calls.  This app is available for us on many of Garmin’s GPS models from the past several years.  These models include the higher end Garmin Zumo 590LM and Garmin Zumo 595LM.  Smartlink also integrates the Garmin DriveSmart, DriveAssist, DriveLuxe and many of the Nuvi models introduced over the last several years. Garmin Live Services This service provides real time traffic, weather and live services to your GPS.  Garmin Smartphone Link retrieves this information using your smartphone and … Read more

Garmin Tire Pressure Monitor Sensor (TPMS) Overview

TPMS is an acronym for the Tire Pressure Monitor Sensor from Garmin.  This is a nice feature offered by Garmin as an optional accessory to many of the latest Zumo motorcycle GPS models.  We’re going to discuss what it does and how it integrates into a Garmin Zumo motorcycle GPS. How TPMS Works The Tire Pressure Monitor Sensor is a smart valve cap.  There are integrated sensors and a battery.  The sensors not only check the tire pressure but even detects motion.  The motion sensor helps to preserve battery life.  When you turn off your Garmin Zumo, the TPMS enters … Read more

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