Garmin Zumo 590LM Motorcycle GPS
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
Initially disappointed, but without merit
Setup is easy, good connectivity with Bluetooth devices. Initially I was not impressed with the screens brightness, though I later traced that issue to the fact that I wear polarized sunglasses. Once I traded them off to non-polarized, the brightness level was no longer an issue. I've owned many Garmin devices and have never been disappointed. Worth the money once you take into consideration that the accessories included, there is no need to purchase anything else, save for a case.
April 14, 2015
Don't waste your money on this unit. Buy one of the older models.
This is my 4th Garmin and my 2nd Zumo. The promise of a brighter easier to read screen is without merit. My old first generation Zumo is better even with the smaller screen. I wish I hadn't wasted my money on this unit. And yes, I have the brightness set to 100% and on the power cradle. The unit is so dim its worthless.
November 23, 2014
Expensive but I don't regret the purchase.
I enjoy using this greatly. I enjoy easily adding iPod capability without buying expensive adapter for my radio. The mapping function worked great on a week long trip we took from Texas to Tennessee and North Carolina. Bluetooth worked great with phone giving me weather and traffic info. Will attempt to route you around traffic if there is a shorter route than what the delay is. The only thing I have come across that I didn't like was that I have not been able to get it to announce guidance commands through a bluetooth adapter that I have plugged into my aux input, it will do music from unit but no directions. So I have to run cable from audio out to my aux input. Love the curvy route option also. Went through a heavy thunderstorm with it and had no issues and works well with gloves on. Is on the expensive side but for me was well worth it. Worked great with my virb camera also. Was able to start and stop recordings and snap pictures going down the road. I am very happy with it.
November 23, 2014
Best Garmin GPS so far
Compared to the Garmin 660/665 it is a large upgrade in software more so than hardware. The software on the 590 is a lot more like the software on the Garmin Zumo 3597LMT (car GPS). It looks almost identical but has more features.
Some cool features:
1. When in the car cradle switches to car mode and you can have seperate settings for routing options and such, motorcycle mode when in the motorcycle cradle. It also changes the keyboard layout for the mode you are in.
2. So far the bluetooth has worked flawlessly. The GPS can connect to anything that can link to a phone. I have the GPS connected to my car bluetooth and my phone to my GPS. That way all calls go through the GPS. I am still able to play music from my phone to my car.
3. Works with Sena 20S headset. If you want GPS directions while you are connected to another headset, you have to have it connected as GPS with HFP. That means no stereo music. You can connect the garmin to the 20S as a phone with multimedia and get stereo sound but when you are talking to another rider, the GPS will cut off the conversation to play directions. This is a limitation of the Sena 20S.
4. The traffic updates are excellent, even better than the FM receivers used by the 3597LMT.
5. The display is very good in daylight, better than the 660/665.
I haven't had any issues with the GPS but never really had issues with the 660/665. This is a rock solid GPS.
October 3, 2014
Good, but expensive
Other than the price, this unit is the best motorcycle specific GPS I have used to date. The bright screen is visible in sunlight and I am still finding features and shortcuts that make it far superior to the Zumo 660 it replaced. Direct audio streaming from my iPhone and Pandora are welcome additions.
September 15, 2014
Great GPS, but it should be.
Best Garmin Zumo yet, but that's not to say it's perfect. I really do like having the USB port, but sometimes it would lock up when I had my ipod connected to it. Other than that, the screen is easy to see even in bright sunlight and everything else is really good.
August 19, 2014
Long time GPS user here......seriously...my first one was a GPS 12....long long time ago.
Coming from a Zumo 660 (1st gen), the 590LM is a familiar piece of gear. It is indeed larger by a bit....thus making this far from a hiking GPS. It has several features (phone link, and Virb remote) that made it interesting to me. Given I'm on dirt...probably won't use the tire pressure sensors...but that's kind of a cool feature too. It's everything I was used to....and several new features. I think the absence of an internal speaker is the one thing they missed.
August 18, 2014