Garmin Zūmo 595LM and Touratech Locking GPS Mount
If you’re considering a ruggedly built, shockproof/ waterproof navi for your bike, take a look at Garmin’s zūmo 595LM with its larger 5-inch display. I’ve been using zūmo series navis for almost 10 years, have logged at least 50,000 miles on these almost bulletproof devices, and have never experienced a failure. Although the down side is the price point, when considering the pounding and weather beating a navi will endure, the zūmo series units are worth the buy-in price if you can afford them.
Aside from the obvious application of a sat nav, there are numerous other features available, some easy to use and a few not so much (the documentation sometimes left me scratching my head). And to fully utilize the 595LM, you’ll need both a smartphone and a helmet comm system (such as the Sena 20S). I also recommend a lockable security mount, such those designed by Touratech.
Although we won’t cover every function of the 595LM, let’s go over some of its cooler features:
• Garmin Adventurous Routing goes beyond the normal routing functions to create more ADV motorcycle oriented mapping. And, it allows you to program the level of hilly country and twisties you prefer to enjoy along the way
• I love how easy and fast it is to connect to Bluetooth devices. For my stalwart Sena 20S comm system, it mated in seconds. Connecting a smartphone is a little more complex, mostly because it’s both a phone and, well, a ton of other gadgets the 595LM can utilize, all rolled into one. A proper linking separates the phone from the other features (requiring two separate Bluetooth interfacing procedures) allowing you to stream Spotify or receive traffic pattern info from the phone, etc. It will also display text messages from your smartphone.
• For video users, the 595LM can be set up as a remote control for Garmin’s VIRB video camera. The screen allows for a simple on/off button for the video camera or to grab single shots, because you don’t want complicated distractions when riding.
• Garmin provides an optional Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), with which the 595LM also interfaces. There’s nothing like an early warning of dangerously low tire pressures, and it’s also convenient and easy to check through the 595LM’s display rather than having to haul out a manual air gauge and take individual measurements by hand.
• Rider Alerts let you know what’s immediately ahead and warn of sharp curves, red lights, speed cameras, animal crossings and more.
• Voice Control works through your helmet’s comm system, allowing hands-free use of the phone and some navigational functions.
• The 595LM can be set up to control media from your smartphone, including appspecific streaming from Pandora and Spotify playlists.
• A function called LiveTrack lets you share your location and ride data (via your smartphone) with others via the internet, similar to the Spot device.
• Dynamic Fuel Stops is a “smart” function that suggests convenient and/or necessary locations to gas up before the tank hits empty. This feature is especially useful when gas stations are few and far between, such as on the Alaska Highway, where if you don’t stay on top of it, you’ll find yourself stranded.
• Service History Log is a neat feature that I really find useful. You use it to program things like the next valve adjustment, when you mounted a new tire, or at what mileage you’ll want to do an oil change.
A Note About Mounting the 595LM
If you’re going to have a navi, you’ll need a locking mount to secure the 595LM to the bike. Touratech’s Locking GPS Handlebar Mounts are the only game in town if you want to be able to walk away from your bike without leaving your navi at risk of theft. Installation is simple (about an hour). The TT mount puts the navi right in front of you, where it’s easiest to see and work the touch screen. I also loved the fact that it’s solidly mounted, hardwired to the bike, and locks with a key. A determined thief, with effort, could still make off with your Garmin, so I recommend not leaving it attached overnight or if you’re in a not-so-savory area. The Touratech mount also ensures far less wear ’n’ tear on the connection socket, which’ll otherwise wear out rather quickly and have to be replaced. MSRP: $899.99 Garmin.com MSRP: Locking GPS Handlebar Mounts $184.90–$189.90 Touratech-USA.com
|▲ Faster responses than previous models||▼ Still difficult to read in direct sunlight|
|▲ Extremely rugged and weatherproof||▼ Manuals could use a lot of work, helping users dig deeper into product features|
|▲ New and improved with lots of useful new features|| ▼ Needs aftermarket lockable mounting hardware
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