Garmin Zumo 350LM Motorcycle GPS
$700 in a rugged case, nothing more
This is the first GPS that I have purchased that is motorcycle specific and it has been nothing but issue after issue. I am no stranger to riding and log over 20k a year. up until I purchased this one I was using cheap Garmin and Tom Toms that cost a fifth of this one and they have never failed me. Issues I have had have ranged from powering off with out warning, maps freezing, not charging on the docking station to the latest issue of just a plain white screened brick.
I have had many Garmin's and this one has been a total disappointment. Not to mention the time I have had to spend on the phone with support or surfing the web looking for a solution. And nothing makes a rider more upset than loosing saddle time to faulty equipment. Hope you have better luck with your if you choose to purchase one.
April 7, 2014
Well built, tough
Perfect for outdoor use. So far no issues or problems. Connecting it to my blue tooth headset was easy and works very well.
September 3, 2013
Garmin products the best
The 350LM GPS from Garmin works great. I have always used Garmin and have never been disappointed. They are expensive, as well as the optional maps, but as with most things - you get what you pay for. I have never had a Garmin unit "wear out", I simply replace them when something new and improved comes along about every five years. The touch screen is easy to use, and with the Tourtech mount I can position on my F800GS at a great angle.
June 3, 2013
Great On Paper... VERY Problematic
I've owned many Garmin products for aviation, marine and all places in between and have been very satisfied. This unit however, has been a real train wreck. I understand lemons occur with any product whether it be a widget or a complex piece of equipment, so other than an inconvenience I thought my first failed unit was simply that. I'm on my third unit direct from Garmin and this one is failing as miserably as the previous two.
Very frequent freezing is the problem. It can occur after 2 miles or 2 hundred and several times in between. In addition, the process to recover it wipes out all user settings... Not too handy on long trips in unknown territory. This is well documented in the forums, but I was an adopter of this model and am stuck with it. The only thing it's done reliably is let me down.
Garmin will not acknowledge any problems or service trends with this model and remain insistent that the problem is not theirs. How true that is: I'm stuck with a $700.00 paperweight.
I'd encourage anyone considering this model to do their research and not take this review for anything more than one opinion. The results you find will speak for themselves.
May 20, 2013
The only way to go for a motorcycle GPS
Yes, the Garmin Zumo is expensive. What you are paying for is ruggedness and the ability to live on a motorcycle. I'm coming off an old Garmin StreetPilot which has worked great for 11 years and 100k. Garmin quit supporting maps for the old StreetPilots so I though it was time for an upgrade.
There is a big difference - the Zumo is way better in every respect: Appearance of maps, speed of data refresh, search and route functions are all much improved. However, they all work different so there is a learning curve on how to make it all work.
The BaseCamp software that resides on your computer takes some time to learn all the functions, but once you learn the features it's easy to transfer your plans, routes and waypoints to the Zumo. And after a few day rides you will get to know everyting you can do on the Zumo. Explore, know where you are, and don't get lost.
April 29, 2013
The jury is out
Looks like it will take a beating, but not exactly intuitive, and lacks the features of Google Maps. You need to plan ahead to download the right maps. For the price I was expecting much more.
April 1, 2013
Top Notch Product
After using a Garmin Nuvi 1450LMT in a Ram AquaBox for 2 years, the Zumo 350LM is a wonderful upgrade. While the unit is expensive, it had all I needed included in th box. The mount is excellent and it looks like a factory installation on my Honda ST1300. I had also looked at the Zumo 660, but went with the 350LM. Basecamp software is easy to use, especially when you get your maps loaded on your PC. I do not use the Bluetooth yet, so I cannot comment on that. I only have about 500 miles of use on the unit so far, but at this point, it exceeds all my expectations.
March 29, 2013
I have owned several Garmin devices and have been satisfied with all of them. This product is no exception.
March 18, 2013