Garmin Zumo 590LM Motorcycle GPS
A bit buggy, but the big screen helps make the pain go away
Bugs, bugs, bugs. Speed limit indicator froze up first couple of rides. When I choose to "add to the route", the GPS shuts down and I have to start from scratch. I use the Smartlink app on my phone and I disable the media portion of the Bluetooth connection, yet it repeatedly asks me if I want to play music from my phone. It interrupts the nav to do this and doesn't remember my selection. It often forgets it's on a route when I shutdown. The fuel tank feature asks me if I want to reset my tank right after I reset my tank. This seems like a common problem with Garmin when they release a new product. Their Beta program needs some work. Eventually they'll correct the software and the hardware is good. That is, except for the eight feet of extra cables and connectors that Garmin never really tells you how to use.
November 13, 2015
Outstanding GPS Device
This thing survived an absolute off-road testing the last week. 1600 miles of dual sport that was 90% rough off-roading. The final test was a crash into a river outside of Big Water, UT. It survived the dunk into a muddy river and stayed put during every other crash of the trip. The mount is simple to use but incredibly strong.
Navigation was easy. It was always accurate and easy to read. Once I figured out waypoints keeping it on the predetermined tracks I had loaded onto it was easy.
I didn't play with any of the bluetooth connections.
Works great with gloves on, screen cleans easily, just a really good GPS. It's pricey but definitely worth it.
August 10, 2015
Good but expensive
I had to replace my Zumo 220, since Garmin will no longer provide updates on an older model, so I went all out and moved up to the 590. It has many more bells and whistles, most of which I will never use, but mostly I like the larger display and the pictures of signs showing turns off or onto major highways. I used this GPS on a 5,000 mile trip to California. One morning after a previous day of rain the display would only show some type of test pattern. The solution was to remove the cover and disconnect the battery, re-connect it and all was good. A basic re-boot I suppose. Another morning I started to ride without turning the unit on and at a stop light I pushed the power button and nothing happened. Since I was familiar with the route I just let the 590 "rest". After about an hour I pushed the button and it decided to finally come to work. I'm not sure it is worth the high price but the low price Tom-Tom was not Mac compatible….really…it's 2015. I like the unit overall but I don't think this GPS unit should cost what it does.
August 10, 2015
This gps is an excellent unit for not just motorcycle use but also auto and atv use.Quick and easy setup.Easy to access screen to change data on the fly.Although pricey,this unit will perform all of your needs with ease.I highly recommend this device.
August 10, 2015
Just what I need but big dollars
After reading several reviews for this product and others I found the Garmin to be far superior for the application I am intending it for which is the tire pressure sensor. The GPS function is an added bonus albeit very expensive. But like anything, you get what you pay for, and the peace of mind of always knowing what my tire pressure is trumps the cost. I found it very interesting as well..how much the tire pressure varies as you ride. Gives you a graph/chart of your tire performance which is pretty cool.
July 16, 2015
A Touch of Luxury .....
The Zumo 590LM isn’t cheap,
But every once in a while you got to treat yourself.
It’s got all the Bells and whistles.. A+
June 28, 2015
Typical Garmin, which is a good thing.
I have not yet learned how to use this GPS to its full potential, but I can tell you that I have been impressed so far. Lots of capability packed into this thing. The routing ha been solid, as it always is with Garmin. The user interface takes getting used to, coming from a Zumo 550, but it isn't bad. I have not used the music player yet, so no comment on how that works out.
I have seen some complaints of the screen not being readable in bright sunlight. The only time that I have had any problem with this is if the sun is coming over my shoulder onto the GPS. In that case, there can be a lot of glare making the screen hard to see. Quick adjustment of the angle of the GPS, and the glares goes away. Pretty easy.
So far, my two biggest complaints are these. First, what in the world was Garmin thinking with that power/accessory cable arrangement??? Please, just give me power, and don't make it a permanent connection.
Second, I do not like the typing interface when the GPS is in the motorcycle cradle. The 550 had a much better arrangement, and the full keyboard setup is the best. I still have not figured out how to get it to default to that when on the bike.
Anyway, if those are my only gripes. I guess that it allows how good this into its. Yes, it is expensive. Personally, I think it is worth the cost, but, then, I do ride a 990, so one can assume that I place a lower priority on price than I do on quality.
May 25, 2015
Getting the best is worth it in this case
When I think about what I want to buy or need to buy, there is always a pros/cons analysis that includes a thought of what value something brings. I studied hard when I was looking for a GPS solution for my motorcycle. I have a NUVI 2360, an iPhone, and old NUVI from years ago. If you just want to get from point A to B, then the above work great. But most of us who ride motorcycles want more. We are looking for those roads less traveled and have twisties that put grins on our faces. The GPS's above don't get you there. Unless i was in a hurry to get somewhere, all I used my phone or GPS for was to see where I was. If I got lost I put in a waypoint and said "Take me there". But along the way, I was missing why I rode a motocycle in the first place. Adventure. Now some will just get lost and find their way back. I could never knock that and it's great. But I wanted more.
This GPS is the perfect one and is worth getting. Garmin will continue to invest into this unit with the price point it is at. They will be far less willing to leave it alone.
Highpoints: Twisty road option that I wanted, works with gloves on, great screen in bright sun, send files from Basecamp easily to the 590, integration with a bluetooth headset/helmet, iPhone, and this unit is easy and works great.
If you are going to buy something you really want that installs easily, works flawlessly, customizable, and will help get you some adventure on your journey; this is the one to get.
The only thing that was tough to get used to is set up. Make sure you pair the GPS with the iPhone first. Then do a multipoint pairing with a Sena SMH10R. that works best.
May 1, 2015