Garmin Zumo 390LM GPS
Garmin 390LM - Best of the Best
I started using the 390LM riding in the UK and Northern Europe where much of the year I ride in rain every day.
I've never experienced any of the issues that I see some users have reported.
It did take me a wee bit of time to get it properly set up and configured. You will not want to run with the default settings else you will have issues as some report.
I did lose my 390LM one night on the A12 after coming over a rough patch of road which ejected my Garmin from the caddy. I had not apparently clicked it in solidly and it powered up but then bounced out.
Now I use a safety strap and I am diligent to click and check it when I plug in every day.
I like it so much that I got a 2nd 390LM to use in North America and I even use these at times when I need to rent a car.
I love this model so much. When I did lose my 390LM the customer service and support from Garmin was marvelous. They helped me get the new one set up.
I am diligent about updates and backing up my systems so the recovery was extra nice as I got all of my way points immediately available to me when I set it up.
I do carry a back up GPS with me just in case but I've never had to use the back up. I ride across UK, Europe, Canada, USA solo as a single woman, alone on the road with her bike and find many places no adequate mobile provider coverage so my mobile and google maps is not a practical back up.
I also ALWAYS carry still road maps of everywhere I go for added safety.
March 12, 2016
Eat 3 units in 18 months
Bought my first Zumo 390LM in July 2014. In a short time the problems started. First a white dot that was traveling the screen asking to calibrate the GPS unit in a middle of a travel. Then I had problems trying to locate nearby cities. The unit was listing all the cities file in a same short distance. Then it turn off by itself and never come back.
In October 2014 I received a new one as replacement from Garmin Brazil (where I live). In a short time, same problems with cities listing and erratic navigation and then died.
April 2015 I received another unit to replace the died one, under warranty. Everything was OK with this unit and then yesterday while traveling I noticed the same cities list problem and then it died ! Couldn't turn it off. Let it in the bike and 2 hours later it was off and never come back to life.
I have contacted the Garmin Brazil and am sending the device to them to be analyzed/fixed or replaced. I do group travels and the GPS is my main tool for the job.
So, in 18 months I had bad experiences with 3 Zumo 390LM units. All dead after a short time.
January 7, 2016
really like this garmin
like Garmin a lot.
up graded from a Nuvi 30 that I won as door prize.
have no regrets on this upgrade.
just wish basecamp was easier to use to make custom routes.(will get better with practice).
November 2, 2015
Unacceptable quality of power connector
GPS unit itself works well, and I have no issue with screen visibility in bright sunlight when back-lighting is set to 100%. However here we come to a problem!. The power connector installed on the base is of very poor design, and although its two small connector pins are apparently gold plated, they are IMHO too small, and the springs keeping them out are of insufficient strength. Result is that already on the first day of riding, GPS started reporting loss of external power, and tried to switch itself off every few minutes. This results in several potentially dangerous situations: Firstly when it does that the back-lighting automatically goes down to 40%, and then you really do not see the screen, and secondly you are forced to fiddle with the GPS every few minutes instead of watching the road. Absolutely unacceptable for a 600$ unit!
June 6, 2015
Unreadable in daylight
I have loved Garmin from the get-go, so when I needed a new GPS, I went with the 390LM. I tend to ride long distances and love the off-the-beaten-path routes. So, I mounted the Garmin, hooked it into the electrical system, and took off for a cross-country trek. It turns out I could only see the screen while riding in the shade. Next issue came only a few hours into my ride when the unit decided the battery was low and shut down - even though I had the cradle connected to the bike. I rode 8,282 miles in five weeks and used the Garmin for only about 500 of those miles.
February 23, 2015
Zumo 390LM Better Than Expected
The Garmin Zumo 390LM right out of the box does indeed have a few oddities but the good news is that updating the unit to firmware version 6.17.07 (or later), fixes a number of bugs that were found on stock 390’s including the annoying beep-issue that many have complained about in their reviews.
The 390LM (LM=lifetime map upgrades) can be USB connected to your home computer and fully upgraded on-line by Garmin in about an hour. The free GarminExpress program will update Firmware, Software, Traffic, Bluetooth, Maps, and register the 390 in one session.
As for the complaints about not being able to use the live Traffic function in the motorcycle cradle; that was done in order to meet the strict waterproof ratings that are advertised in motorcycle mode.
With a 17mm G-to-B ball adapter and a GMT traffic receiver cable (both sold separately), you can use the automobile cradle & GMT traffic cable on your bike and get live Traffic data on the Zumo 390LM while you ride. Be aware that doing this will reduce your device from being waterproof to merely water resistant.
Both the automobile and the motorcycle mounts are included with the Zumo 390LM so you can try them both and decide what you feel is best (safest) for your type of riding.
Note that I am NOT affiliated with Garmin, Revzilla, or any aftermarket sellers.
Just a Revzilla customer. :-)
December 19, 2014
I purchased this to upgrade my Zumo 450. It really is not much of an upgrade. Yes, it is faster. It has some bell;s & whistles that are only useful to a select few people. The screen is bigger, which should be a good thing, but, it turns out that, contrary to the manufacturers claim, the screen is virtually unreadable in direct sunlight even at the highest brightness setting. I connected a bluetooth headset to the GPS to at least be able to hear spoken directions. The unit defaults to searching for an address in an area that is not even relevant to where you are. Satellite acquisition is fairly fast.Disappointment overall however.
June 7, 2014
If you want to throw way good money, buy the 390! It sucks
First let me say that I love Garmin GPSs. I have owned about 8 of them and I only buy Garmin! With that said, the 390 sucks!
I wish I have bought the 600 series from Revzilla, but no… I want the newest and best…. 390LM is lacking in so many areas that is not funny. Software lack of many basic functions that my sumo 550 had.
Hardware…. Unless you are using the Car cable charger, the Traffic function does not work, because it is its antenna… Well great job Garmin, so it is supposed to be a motorcycle GPS with motorcycle bracket…. Another useless function.
I am a little disappointed with Revizilla also, because when I called trying to trade this GPS, they would not do it. Unlike anything else they sell.. If you open the box of GPS they will not take it back! So much for the great Revzilla Cost. Service.
So, I figure I try to help the next guy since I got screwed out $700, mostly from Garmin
February 24, 2014