Garmin Zumo 590LM
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- Display - zūmo 590LM is our first motorcycle navigator to offer a 5” sunlight-readable display. Glove-friendly anddual-orientation capable, it’s designed for any road and any rider
- Music-Media Player - Includes MP3 player; iPod and Pandora2 compatibility lets you control music right on the display
- Traffic and Weather - The Smartphone Link app tells what to expect ahead with weather radar, trafficavoidance and more (Available for iPhone and AndroidTM phones).
- Rugged - Resistant to water (IPX7)3, fuel spills, UV rays and harsh conditions, zūmo 590LMis tough enough for cruising and adventure riding alike.
- Roads - Ride your favorite twisty. Set zūmo 590LM to navigate to winding rides. Take your ride off the road. zūmo 590LM lets you download and view 3-D terrain detail (Additional mapping sold separately).
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zūmo 590LM premium motorcycle navigator features a 5” dual-orientation, touchscreen display that is glove-friendly and sunlight-readable.zūmo offers hands-free phone control and spoken directions heard in-helmet via Bluetooth technology5. zūmo 590LM includes an MP3player; iPod and Pandora compatibility2 allows you to control music right on its display. zūmo 590LM is compatible with our Tire PressureMonitor System6 (sold separately). Rugged and tough enough to withstand fuel spills, UV rays and harsh weather (water rating: IPX7)3.zūmo 590LM offers access to real-time weather and traffic information via the Smartphone Link2 app. Free lifetime map updates4. CurvyRoads routing navigates to winding roads
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I did a trip in May 2014 with the new Garmin Monterra; that was Garmin's first Android unit and a bad experience. It is reviewed elsewhere on Amazon. I need an off road capable GPS for Motorcycle adventure touring on and off road in Colorado. I tried the 590LM next as 9 of us set off on the Colorado Back Country Discovery Route in July 2014. 6 of us had GPS's, all Garmin, two 590's on the trip.
It was a keystone comedy. The GPS's were constantly give different results. We were following GPS TRACKS. If you loaded the trip TRACK into the the 590, it would plot the TRACK path correctly. However, if you deviated from the TRACK path one iotta, it would recalculate the trip ROUTE (not TRACKS) based on its internal maps. Also note when you load the TRACK, you will be prompted "Do you want to save as a trip?" NO! It will convert your offroad TRACKS to follow a ROUTE based on the units internal MAPS.
It seemed like great hardware(EXCEPT DISPLAY) with totally inadequate software. Once again, Garmin spent a lot of energy on music, phone connections, by the way will totally change how your phone works - and not GPS function - and other spiffy non working functions and lost focus on making a user friendly unit. The problem: No viable competition and Garmin...for years.
1) To stay on the Correct TRACK:
I turned off all Trip mapping functions, meaning no voice alerts to stay on track, and turned on "Display Track" on the MAP view and just followed the line onscreen (which was hard see since it is only ONE PIXEL wide). Dust build up made the TRACK line hard to see on the HUGE but dim display
2) I did not use any sound function from the GPS. Watched the displayed prompts when actually using the routing, which was not bad, kept you more in tune to where you were and my iphone, music from iphone, and Sena headset all worked normal, not through the GPS as a controller. Linking the 590LM with the IPhone or Sena Headset never worked in a reliable manner...so I did not use sound from the unit.
3) Large display but looked washed out in daylight - which hindered seeing the track line somewhat. Almost caused a crash as I strained to look at the display so many times I finally goofed and looked at the wrong moment, causing a close call. I was lucky.
4) Mounting: I cut the cable to the length I needed, used the red and black wires, wired into a powerlet plug and used the powerlet connector on my BMW to power the unit. Even better is the ADVRiderTech.com Power panel. Ditched all the audio connection and the under powered USB. Bring your USB connection that can actual deliver enough power to charge your phone and you can switch OFF as needed (like during a water crossing or in rain). This was a big complaint with other motorcycle owners having to coil up and stow excess wire (power connection Only).
If you still want the audio through the GPS, use the bluetooth connection. I installed the unit on a RAM mount which proved itself to be Colorado tough - it survived the Colorado BDR just fine. The RAM mounts are great and found on Amazon.com.
5) BIG PLUS AS a Controller/Monitor: I use the Garmin Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) that screw onto the valve stem. These are great! There have been a few times in dicey conditions I was able to look down and see my tire pressures were good where otherwise I would have stopped to check them. GARMIN did very well on this feature. It is one of the reasons I keep the unit.
6) VERY RELIABLE camera controller for Garmin VIRB camera. I run two cameras on the motorcycle, One GoPro 3, One Garmin VIRB. The Garmin configuration has worked reliably every trip. The GoPro shoots great than 1080P video, but frequently has issues losing link with remote or the camera locks up requiring removal of the battery. I appreciate the Garmin stability. Stability = Less distraction and less lost video.
8) Hardware build is solid, no issues after multiple tough off pavement uses in Colorado and the West. Only Hardware, possibly software issue (other than display)is using the SD card on board is almost impossible to figure out. I never could get the unit to recognize more than 4GB of a 32GB card. And accessing the card is highly complex and completely non-intuitive. My maps only seemed to work from the units main memory.
BOTTOM LINE: The unit is a disappointment, especially for the dollars involved. Leaves you with the feeling Garmin does not truly care about its customers and has no direct user experience involved in the product. The units Poor Display is a major disappointment. The only POSITIVE Traits are the TPMS and camera control, and the big display at night(Not Day). Who cares about music through GPS. I don't use the Bluetooth connection for turn by turn directions since I could never get that to operate reliably. On a motorcycle, technology HAS TO WORK or someone will get distracted and hurt. Too easy for cockpit overload. Garmin needs tune up the user interface, fix the display and this could be an outstanding unit.
What was best unit on this trip: The Garmin Montana seemed to get it right every time following TRACKS..
GARMIN TODO LIST:
1) Bright Display needed before someone gets hurt.
2) Thicker TRACK line display option needed, again before someone gets hurt.
3) Simplify controls regarding loading tracks
4) Simplify access to micro SD memory card
5) Work on seemless operation of Bluetooth with Iphone and/or SENA Headset. (SMH10)
My big gripe is that it goes into demo mode if it can't find a GPS signal after a few minutes. The only way to get it out of demo mode is to drive with it or reset it to factory default. There needs to be a way to delete the demo mode.
First, only buy this is you are going to be happy with it as a GPS. As an interface for an iPhone it feels more like a 5 year old car's interface. In the media Player, you can select different inputs, either iPod/iPhone (cabled or bluetooth), Bluetooth audio, Pandora (cabled or bluetooth), internal media and 3.5" auxiliary input. Both the bluetooth and 3.5" audio inputs only pass through audio passively, and do not allow any pausing of the control. This may be the best option if you prefer a different audio device than an Apple product, prefer a different audio source than Music or Pandora, or prefer using the iPhone/iPod interface to control the music. Use of a microSD card for internal media is accepted, the slot is located inside the battery compartment. Apparently, up to 32GB of Fat32 formatted storage can be used, though Garmin says 8GB is max.
If using an iPhone or iPod in cabled mode on a lightning-equipped unit, it is recommended to use the Apple MD824 adapter with a 30pin to USB cable instead of a lightning to USB direct cable. This will prevent the "unsupported cable issue" and allow the device to be seen without a bluetooth connection.
Use of tabs on the screens for control of media, weather or other of their apps is handy and organized. The ability to purchase additional Traffic data for $20, Weather for $5 and Traffic cameras for $5 is nicer than the add-on FM traffic antennas of the past and it allows transfer of the unit from motorcycle to car while still retaining traffic information.
I recommend using this with Touratech's locking mount as Garmin's is just not secure enough, in my opinion. There have been times when the unit did not latch into place, yet made connection with the pogopins on the back, and I pulled away to get the "disconnected from power source" message as the unit fell forward a bit. This could have been an expensive mistake.
I do not use this with the TPMS sensors yet as I don't have the metal valve stems required to handle the moving mass of the sensors. Garmin doesn't tell you why, but this is the reason. I have a Virb camera, but haven't used it with this interface, yet. Pas expereinces with this feature on phones has been limited and buggy, so I am not expecting much.
Get this unit if you enjoy creating custom routes on Basecamp (Mac version is FINALLY usable), if the 25 via-limitation of Google Maps is far too few for you, if you feel the need to upgrade to one that will ignore "shaping points", or if you need media convergence of some kind.
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