Garmin launches motorcycle navigation with music streaming
Issue Date: 2016-03-07

Garmin has announced the new zumo 395LM and zumo 595LM motorcycle navigators. The rugged, weatherproof models offer Garmin Adventurous Routing so riders can select the level of twists and hills on every journey. The zumo 395/595LM presents innovative features specifically designed for motorcyclists with the introduction of rider alerts, helpful smart features, new streaming music options and much more.

Garmin Adventurous Routing options elevate the ride by finding routes with curves and hills, while limiting major highways that offer unchanging and often wearisome roads. In order to enhance the adventure, both zumo models allow riders to control music and media from a compatible smartphone or MP3 player. The 595 model lets riders stream popular music services such as Spotify and Pandora right into their headset or helmet (sold separately), offering easy control options using the glove-friendly zumo screen display.

Garmin recognizes safety as a top priority for motorcyclists – that's why both zumo models include new rider alerts to help increase situational awareness. Riders can be notified of upcoming sharp curves, nearby red light and speed cameras, animal crossings and many other useful alerts. In addition, riders will be prompted with relevant state helmet law notifications (US/CAN) when crossing state borders.

The new zumo devices allow riders to make and receive calls while their hands remain firmly on the handlebars. Spoken directions can also be heard when paired with a compatible headset or helmet (sold separately) in order to stay conveniently connected during a ride.

The zumo 595LM model can pair seamlessly with the Smartphone link app from Garmin to give riders access to new exciting features for motorcyclists. The use of the app allows the zumo 595LM to conveniently display smartphone information alongside the navigation screen. Riders can view texts, app notifications and other helpful data such as live weather radar and traffic (subscription may be required). Additionally, the new LiveTrack feature lets riders share their ride so friends can track their location.

The new motorcycle navigators offer a rugged, glove-friendly design that can endure fuel vapors, UV rays and harsh weather. The bright sunlight-readable display of the zumo 395LM has a 4.3-inch touchscreen while the zumo 595LM boasts a high-resolution 5-inch transflective touchscreen display to further enhance visibility. Both devices include lifetime map updates for North America along with motorcycle-specific points of interest (POIs) such as repair services, dealers and more. The new devices maintain the legacy zumo features that riders have come to expect. Some of these features include: Dynamic Fuel Stops, which suggests fuel stops based on the distance the rider's fuel is expected to last; the Service History Log to help simplify bike maintenance records; Roundtrip Routing allows riders to plan their route based on time, distance or location; preloaded Foursquare data offers millions of new and popular places; and Garmin Real Directions guides riders using recognizable landmarks and traffic lights.

The new zumo series is compatible with Garmin VIRB action cameras (sold separately) to start and stop recording footage directly from the zumo display screen. Riders can also monitor motorcycle tire pressure on the zumo display with the Tire Pressure Monitor Sensor system from Garmin (sold separately).

The zumo 395LM has a suggested retail price of $599.99 and the zumo 595LM is $899.99. Both devices are expected to be available in April of this year.