GPS devices on motorcycles are a neat way to keep track of your travels. Since bikes do not have fancy dashboards and gadgets like cars, you need to get a separate one and attach it. In this article, we will go over some of the best GPS devices for motorcycle use. Read on to learn more about them.
1. Garmin Zumo 395LM
We start with a glove friendly GPS model that has a readable 4.3” touchscreen display. Its screen is resistant to fuel vapors, ultra violet rays from the sun, as well as different weather conditions. You will not have to worry about damaging it in rain or snow.
When it comes to navigation, it has an adventure option that looks for curvy and hilly routes, instead of the usual roads. In addition, it offers rider alerts that inform you about sharp corners, helmet laws in the area, and speed cameras coming down the road. Bluetooth is there for connectivity, and it has music controls for MP3 players and smartphones. Overall, this is one of the best examples of what a motorcycle GPS should be.
2. Garmin Nuvi 2789LMT
We continue with the same brand as in the previous entry, Garmin. This GPS model has the largest display on our list, 7 inches. As such, it is the best solution for those who want or need something bigger to view their miles. If you like screens around you, this one is great. It has the pinch to zoom feature, a friendly user interface, and it is easy to use.
Regarding the features, the GPS map displays real time changes on all the roads, and you receive photo real junction views with all the necessary details. It also has a voice activation feature for a more hands free approach. Of course, Bluetooth is there to pair it with a range of different devices, and make calls or listen to your favorite music. The navigation in the device does not only rely on cellular signals, as it has automotive navigation. You will always find your way with it guiding you.
3. TomTom Rider 550
The third entry on our list is one of the several models that has a glove friendly 5-inch display. It is a modern looking gadget that has a range of useful features. First up, there is the personalized path option that makes it easy to find routes in hilly and winding areas. Next, the device is compatible with Google Now and Siri, and it gives you benefits that your smartphone has.
You can answer calls, navigate easily, and listen to music with it, as it has Wi-Fi connectivity. All of the road updates will refresh quickly the moment you are online. The battery life is one of its best features, as it will last you for 6 hours before needing a recharge. When it comes to durability, it is resistant to weather conditions and sunlight. What is more, the GPS also has 16 GB of internal storage, further expandable through SD cards. The My Drive app will make it easy for you to download and manage maps.
4. Garmin Nuvi 57LM
Here we have another Garmin Nuvi GPS device for motorcycles. It mounts both vertically and horizontally, thanks to the suction cup mechanism. This is a very easy to use gadget with a clear 5-inch dual orientation screen. The navigation is done through detailed maps that come preinstalled. Updates are frequent and free, and you get many points of interest and useful info along the road.
The spoken turn-by-turn directions are available through the Garmin Real Directions. This guide is very easy to operate and understand, and it will show you landmarks. The Direct Access is there for the target destination and info, while the Lane Assist feature allows you to check out upcoming junctions and guides you through them. Interestingly, this device can be paired with a wireless camera for an even easier navigation. For example, you can use the Nuvi backup camera if you want to remain loyal to the brand.
5. TomTom VIA 1525SE
Another model from TomTom, this one is bigger as it has a sunlight readable 5” touchscreen. Everything is shown clearly and with a lot of details, while the menu and design is modern and fun to use. Every model gets lifetime traffic updates to help you navigate the changing roads and save your precious time as you travel.
The traffic is also shown, and you are always able to download free maps if you need more. The device easily connects to a computer for software updates or other useful feature downloads. Last but not least, the GPS also has an Advanced Lane Guidance, useful when choosing between multiple lanes at complicated junctions.
6. Garmin DriveSmart 60 NA LMT
The sixth entry on the list is also the fourth model by the Garmin brand. If you have not noticed thus far, it is among the best brands in the industry of motorcycle GPS devices. This model is the second largest on the list, as it has the second largest screen. It is a 6” touchscreen display designed to help you with navigation. It is equipped with dual navigation, and you can pinch to zoom.
The gadget comes with in preinstalled maps, and in case you need more, lifetime upgrades and free downloads are there for you. When you pair it with a smartphone through Bluetooth, you can make hands-free calls and activate navigation with your voice. Driver alerts will keep you ready and conscious about the upcoming zones and corners, and the local speed limits and laws. Notifications on the smartphone are customizable. With this model, you will never lose your way.
7. BMW Motorrad Navigator V
Here is an official BMW licensed product to pair with your BMW bike. If you are a trusty BMW customer, look no further than this amazing GPS model. It has a 5-inch touchscreen display with an 800×480 resolution. This TFT screen offers 65000 colors and a detailed and clean display of the roads.
It is sensitive and glove friendly, easy to use and operate, and it is anti-glare. There is 8 GB of internal space, and thanks to the Micro SD card feature, you can have up to 64 GB of storage in your device. The maps update for free, which is a convenient way of staying up to date with potential changes on the roads you need. The wireless Bluetooth connection can help you with hands-free calls and music when you pair the device with your smartphone.
8. Garmin Zumo 396 LMT-S
Yet another Garmin product, here is a GPS device that is perfect for your motorcycles adventures. The Zumo LMT-S is a great choice if you want a smaller model by this famous brand. It has a Bluetooth feature that makes it compatible with most devices, and it can even connect to multiple devices and give a group of bikers access to same music, radio, or calls.
Driver alerts will keep you ready and prepared, and tell you of the upcoming traffic, junctions, laws, and speed limits. The display is a 4.3-inch high quality touchscreen. It is resistant to vapors, weather conditions, and sunshine. It is also glove friendly. The Garmin Adventurous Route can help you plan your route ahead, especially if you want something more on the adrenalin side. The device also has Wi-Fi connection.
9. Koolertron V.912S
This cool looking GPS device is amazing for all terrain navigation, no matter where you are headed. It has a unique design and really stands out on this list. It sports a 4.3-inch display with touchscreen. Mounting options are amazing, while the highly resistant body is going to keep it safe from the weather and sunlight. It is also water resistant for half an hour when submerged in water.
Except motorcycles, it is good for other vehicles too. It has two cables, suitable for cars and bikes alike. There is 4 GB of internal storage, expandable with micro SD cards. This will give you more than enough room for maps and routes. The Bluetooth connectivity gives you access to hands-free access and calls. The interface is user-friendly, and everything is easy to navigate and use.
10. Garmin Zumo 665LM
We will finish things off with the sixth Garmin product on our list. The Zumo 665LM is just like the rest, a quality product with tons of useful features for your bike travels. It has a Sirius XM Satellite radio through which you can access 140 channels of programming in any region. The display is 4.3 inches, glove friendly, and crystal clear.
It produces high-resolution images and objects, and it is a breeze to look at. It is also easy to use it in the strong sunlight. Free map updates are available at all times, in real time. Bluetooth is there for a wireless connection with mobile devices and headsets. There is also an MP3 player built in for high quality stereo sound. Lane assist is available for junction help, while the in-built computer has a compass and can help you keep track of your fuel consumption.