There are automotive GPS devices and motorcycle GPS devices. Ever wonder what the difference is? GPS devices made specifically for motorcycles are normally waterproof and somewhat more shock resistant than the car versions. The screens can normally be used with gloves. Motorcycle GPS devices also typically have bluetooth integrated within.
Back a few years ago there were two primary players in the motorcycle GPS market and they were Garmin and TomTom. Most popular were the TomTom Riders. They made two versions but have not come out with a new motorcycle device in several years. Garmin has updated their Zumo line with recent additions of the Zumo 220, Zumo 660, Zumo 665. The big difference between the three is primarily screen size as well as headphone jack and customization options and for the price, we like the Zumo 220 best.
So if you have, let’s say, an old TomTom Rider, is it worth the price to upgrade? If you are having any difficulties with your current Rider, we suggest considering an upgrade versus trying to find parts which are difficult to come by and quite expensive. The newest Garmin Zumo devices will provide updated maps and features that were not available five years ago when you purchased the Rider. For less than $400, this is half the price of what you may have paid for that Rider five years ago.
We present some mounting options for the newest Garmin Zumo.