Garmin International Inc. certainly raised the bar for other GPS units on the market with its new zūmo 390LM Motorcycle Navigator. Released in September 2013, the zūmo 390LM is loaded with smart, rider-friendly features.
For starters, the 4.3-inch touchscreen display is sunlight readable and easy to use—even with gloves on. Built to withstand the rigours of the road, the zūmo 390LM is waterproof up to a certain point (for 30 minutes up to a depth of one metre, so unless you lose it in a river, it will be fine) and it is resistant to fuel sprays and UV rays.
Bluetooth technology allows the zūmo 390LM to be paired with a smartphone so that the rider can make and receive phone calls hands free. The zūmo 390LM can even be programmed to transmit voice navigation commands to the rider through a Bluetooth-enabled headset or helmet.
The zūmo 390LM can make the planning of a trip easier too. It is compatible with BaseCamp—a program from Garmin that allows users to view maps and mark routes on their computers and then transfer the information to their devices. While riding, motorcyclists can use the zūmo 390LM’s Curvy Road feature to find and navigate twisty roads on the way to their destination.
Riders can even keep track of their bike’s tire pressure with the zūmo 390LM. It is fully compatible with Garmin’s new Tire Pressure Monitor Sensor—which is sold separately.
There’s no need to purchase additional maps. This device comes with free lifetime map updates so the rider will always have the most current information on restaurants, debit machines, rest areas and whatever else he or she is looking for.
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