Garmin Zumo 590LM Motorcycle GPS
Garmin did a good job with this device
I needed to replace my older garmin motorcycle gps and this unit hit the mark in every way . it is easy to use has a large screen that can be seen in sunlight without a visor and is waterproof. I was able to move all my data from the street pilot such as waypoints and favorites. I like the fact that i can customize the data seen on the screen like gas food and hotels without having to do a search . The only downside is the lack of easy integration with google maps.
July 21, 2014
Expensive but worth it
Down side, "avoidances" need to be just that. As a sportbike rider, I am not interested in gravel roads. Unfortunately, we still find ourselves backtracking at times to find pavement.
Upside, we have ridden numerous routes that are new to us. It can truly make heading to the same old destination a new adventure. Having the ability to find fuel, food, etc. is beyond beneficial.
July 7, 2014
Motorcycle specific but with serious shortcomings and pricey
I purchased this GPS based on the glowing reviews and features. Unfortunately it did not live up to my expectations.
1. This unit has no internal speaker when used with the non-ram mount.
2. This unit did not come with an AC adapter.
3. There is no integral glare shield.
4. The overall physical size is huge for a 5 inch screen.
5. It is overpriced by a factor of at least three times.
6. I have small hands and even with lightweight gloves on it often takes 2 or 3 presses to activate a "button". This is hardly "motorcycle friendly"...
I just purchased a Garmin GPS (for a car) for under $180 that is functionally equivalent (albeit without weather-resistant features). I could have purchased four of these for the price of the 590.
June 23, 2014
This GPS is great device. You can see the screen all time
Because your size. The applications are easy use.
If you are out USA you have buy another map of your country. I did not installation in my motorcycle, a certificated technical
Motorrad did, but the instructions are clear.
When I'm riding the gps works perfect.
June 9, 2014
Must Hardwire to Bike
To mount it to a bike it must be hardwired. It comes with two cradles, but only the cradle with the wires has the holes for a Ram mounting ball.
This is a fatal oversight as I want to power it with USB wire to cigarette lighter so that I can move it to my other bike.
June 7, 2014
Very capable unit
I've had the Garmin Zumo 590 for a couple of weeks now and have been using it daily, and there's no reviews yet so I figured I'd post one up.
The unit comes with a RAM motorcycle mount system. I have RAM mounts on all my bikes and they work great, this system is no different. It's a U-bolt to a RAM ball, a short coupler arm, and another RAM 1" ball to an AMPS plate which screws to the back of the Garmin mount. It's solid and very adjustable, I was able to make it work in portrait or landscape orientation on my bike. However, there is no built-in security so you'll want to make sure to remove the GPS unit and take it with you or lock it away when you stop.
The unit is an "LM" which means lifetime maps. It doesn't have built-in traffic or weather services, however via the Garmin Smartphone Link app on you can add those services separately. The Smartphone Link app is free and will get you basic weather (temperature display and area forecast) on the Zumo. To get full traffic, weather, and traffic camera services via the app is another $30 (they are separate purchases, but that is the total). But hey, you got $30 in Zilla cash by buying this unit from Revzilla so go for it. I had a little trouble getting the Smartphone Link app to work but I just disconnected and re-paired the units and it worked OK. They pair up automatically every time I get on the bike no problem. I haven't gotten a bluetooth headset to try out the phone functions, but there is a speaker in the automotive cradle and it worked fine through there. Also the Pandora app is compatible with the device and you can control it through the Zumo via bluetooth, that did work fine for me.
I also purchased the Garmin TPMS sensors. The setup for the sensors is a breeze and they paired up just fine. If I use the unit off my bike (in a car or on another bike) it does complain about not seeing the sensors which is a little annoying. But it's nice to see my tire pressure while riding. They have setups for two wheel motorcycles, three wheel motorcycles (two front/one rear, one front/two rear, or sidecar), and quads - so pretty much any configuration is supported.
I purchased another motorcycle cradle and RAM AMPS plate and put an SAE end on the power cable so I can move the units between my bikes (all my bikes have a battery tender cable and a RAM ball, so that's all I needed).
Installation of the cradle on the bike went smoothly. The cables are long and a little bulky so you will need to wrap them up with some cable management. There is a USB cable that only runs Apple products (Android phones won't even charge from it). There is also line in, line out, and mic in jacks. I haven't used any of those, but just have them wrapped up.
The software and maps are typical Garmin, it's pretty much all the same. The service history log is really just a record of something you want to record and the mileage you did it. It has a lot of pre-built ones (front tire change, oil change, lubricate chain, rear brake pads, etc.) but you can delete and add your own. The fuel range feature is something where you can set your miles per tank, and you can setup a warning for XX miles left in the tank and it will alert you. You have to remember to reset the tank when you fill up. Not useful if you switch vehicles with the cradle as you'll get out of sync, but might be useful on a bike with no gauge or a quad.
The lane diagrams for exits are really nice, it shows you exactly where you need to be and gives you enough time to get in the proper lane. The Garmin data has speed limit information for many roads, but not all, and sometimes they are incorrect. The unit has settings where it can let you know that the route it calculated has tolls and will ask if you want a different route with no tolls. It also has an option to turn off Auto Recalculation of your route if you go off course which can be helpful as well if you loaded a trip that you planned.
The processor seems plenty fast (no delays when panning around the map) and my unit has about 2.4GB free of 7.02 GB when plugged into my computer. It can take a micro-SD card in the battery compartment as well. The PC connection is a micro-USB jack that is under a rubber protective cover.
The screen is very readable in bright sunlight. The colors don't pop as much but the contrast is very good - you won't need to try to shade the unit with your hand. At certain angles you can still experience a little glare but it hasn't been much of a problem, you can just angle the unit differently.
Leave a comment if you have any other questions about the unit.
May 26, 2014