Garmin Zumo 395LM Motorcycle GPS Review

Garmin Zumo 395LM Review

The Garmin Zumo 395LM Motorcycle GPS the baby brother to the slightly larger better equipped Garmin 595LM motorcycle gps. Whilst it slightly smaller, its still a fantastic motorcycle GPS device that can give you all the directions that you need for a slightly cheaper price than its larger brother.  That said, I don't think it's something i would recommend as to be honest, it's too small to see directions and really doesn't offer any value for money.  

Garmin Zumo 395LM Review


The Zumo 395LM comes with a 4.3-Inch screen that is both stylishly designed and ruggedly built to ensure that it survives the pounding that you give it whether you decide to take it on the road or maybe off road whilst you explore the great wild outdoors. The screen come with a crystal clear, sunlight-readable and glove friendly touchscreen meaning that you can use your GPS in all conditions.

The screen is very good, but like all motorcycle GPS units whilst you can see the screen in direct sunlight, it does work better if you get yourself some kind of screen glare to protect your screen from the sun and give you better views of your GPS unit.

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The motorbike navigator comes with a good mount, however in honestly you want to get yourself a slightly better motorcycle mount so that you can either put your GPS unit on your hand-bars or put your GPS unit between your handle-bars with some kind of motorcycle mount.

The 4.3 inch screen display comes with a white back-light that makes for easy reading in the nigh time. The unit itself is not only water proof, but is resistant to fuel spills and UV rays, hence making it ideal to use in some pretty rough conditions. You can make hands-free calls on this unit because it makes use of the Bluetooth technology.

In addition, spoken directions are available via the headset. You can also call points of interest through the Bluetooth interface, which makes it a perfect feature for those last-minute changes in plans or for those moments when you need to make a fuel or food stop and need the nearest place to do the same.

You don’t have to worry about the pressure of your tire because when you make use of the Tire Pressure Monitor sensor, which is sold separately, you are able to keep track of your tire pressure in real time, with the results displayed on the screen.

The Zumo 395LM is not only easy to operate, but it is lightweight and can be easily mounted onto your motorcycle. It includes lifetime map updates, comes with a new Curvy Roads feature and offers lane assist with junction view.

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Navigation Systems

Can you not just use your telephone? Yes, you can, however smartphones have two problems. Firstly, they are expensive which means that if you drop your smartphone and crack the screen, you're going to have a large bill to replace the smartphone. The second big problem with smartphones is that they really do not work well in direct sunlight or in rain.

Let's be honest, no screen works well in direct sunlight and if you have a motorcycle GPS unit you will need a sun glare to be able to see anything in direct sunlight, but with a smartphone you don't have this option and therefore you're not going to be able to see anything even if you do have the best map apps on the market.

Motorcycle GPS Design

When choosing a Motorcycle GPS unit you need to make sure that you choose the right model and take into account a few basic principles.

  • Design - If you have a bike, you're probably going to be doing some serious riding and therefore you will need a GPS unit that can stand up to the odd fall as well as handle any vibrations that your bike will give off when you're driving at speed. You need to make sure that you buy a sold GPS that will take the stress that you're going to throw at it. Honestly a Car GPS is just not ruggedness enough for this and will probably brake somewhere down the line.

  • Mounts - Generally your standard motorcycle GPS unit will come with either a brake or clutch bracket, however often the standard models are not up to scratch and you will need to buy another mount that is more user friendly such as one with longer bolts or a U-bolt clamp. This is something that you can easily pick up in an accessories store.

  • Screen Size and Clarity - Screen size and clarity is very important when buying a motorcycle GPS unit as you will be out in the open road with no protection from the sun. The bigger the screen size the easier its going to be to see your motorbike GPS and you will be able to have more features showing on your bike gps unit at any one time, however if you cannot see your GPS device then its not going to be much use. Look for a GPS device that comes with some kind of screen glare or screen protector to protect you from the sun.

  • Features - Features come in two shapes, firstly those that help you with your directions and secondly those that are there to make your life easier. If you cannot see your GPS unit because the sun is directly shinning on it, then you need to be able to hear your unit which means that your going to need bluetooth to pair your device with your helmet so you can hear your GPS unit. Extra features to make your life easier include map updates or traffic to make sure that you do not spend all your life in traffic jams.

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