The TomTom Rider 400 Motorcycle GPS

When it comes to a motorcycle GPS there are two major players and TomTom is one of them.  The TomTom Rider 400 is their most recent update to their successful Rider lineup.  While TomTom might be a bigger name in Europe than the United States, they have sold GPS devices in the US for over a decade.  Typically lower priced than a Garmin with features that are on par with the latest from their main competitor. So let’s take a look at the TomTom Rider 400. Hardware The TomTom Rider 400 has a 4.3 inch screen with 480 x 272 resolution. … 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

Garmin Zumo 595LM Motorcycle GPS Review

The Garmin Zumo 595LM is the successor to the already popular Garmin Zumo 590LM.  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.  Rated 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

Garmin Zumo 590LM Motorcycle GPS Review

Garmin has been making a GPS specific to the motorcycle market for roughly ten years.  The Garmin Zumo 590LM is their first GPS with a screen size greater than 4.3 inches and naturally includes a lot of new features unavailable in their older Zumo products. The photo that accompanies this article is of a Garmin Zumo 590LM on a BMW motorcycle. A good question to address is if you need a motorcycle GPS or can one that’s made for car use be sufficient.  As you will see from the remainder of this article, the Zumo 590LM has features that are specific to … Read more