It could be argued that when you reach the level of thee Zumo 595, you have ascended to the top of the mountain and reached the pinnacle in terms of GPS technology for motorcycles. Very few who have used this model would disagree with that assessment. Garmin continue to thrive at the top of the motorcycle GPS industry thanks to their supreme quality products, from our recently reviewed 590LM and more budget but still fantastic 395LM. Now we reach the flagship model among the Zumo range to date. It does not disappoint as we will find out in this in-depth review.
In the Spotlight
The first thing that will catch the eye of most riders is the sharp and highly-defined 5” screen display. This is as high resolution as you can see on any GPS device and immediately stands above the crowd.
Like all of the Garmin Zumo range, it is built for endurance and will have no problem standing up to the harshest of conditions, whether it is water, uneven surfaces causing brain rattling vibrations or damage from fuel vapors, the 595LM is more than a match for any rival.
On the entertainment front, you can easily sync your smartphone device. This gives you not only access to stream your music direct to your helmet, but also to live, up to the minute information about traffic and weather- vital to the planning and successful execution of any excursion.
A True Partner
Pinpoint navigation accuracy is provided with automatically updating maps keeping you informed about every small route alteration. Combine this with Four Square integration that this model has and herein lies a recipe for success. The 595LM not only keeps you on the correct route track, but also makes you aware of any interesting things to see along the way. A true companion.
Possessing an extremely reactive and easy to use touchscreen means that regardless of the situation, you can always rely on the Zumo to be both accessible and get the job done in all conditions. Its large screen make it very convenient to respond to text messages and Bluetooth ensures that you never have to miss any calls- even when listening to your favorite music.
Another innovative feature of the 595LM is “Live Track”. This allows you to keep a designated list of contacts informed about your location. This feature can help set the minds of family and friends at ease, especially if you are riding a particularly difficult route, on a strict time deadline or conditions have taken a turn for the worse. Peace of mind is indeed priceless.
Ride on the Wild Side
One of the grand slam features in this already packed machine which puts Garmin one step ahead of the game with its Zumo series is “Adventurous Routing”. This feature allows you to avoid the most common routes wherever possible, in favor or a more exciting, off the beaten track route. This is an awesome feature which ensures you will experience the full joy and thrill of your motorcycle. The route is likely to include many twists, turns and elevation changes.
To counter-balance the increased level of risk associated with riding slightly off the regular path, Garmin have included a very helpful, rider alert feature. This feature helps to keep you well informed about any upcoming hazards such as sharp turns, red lights, elevation changes and speed cameras. This is of great assistance and necessity when using the adventurous routing feature to help increase your awareness of surroundings. This feature will even warn you of certain law changes as you cross state lines.
As if that weren’t enough, there are even more features. These include the very handy fuel stop feature which maps out exactly where you can refill along the way. This may seem like a frivolous addition, however as anyone who has been on the road knows, it is really easy to get taken away by the ride and scenery. This is especially true if you are engaging the adventurous route feature! So using the fuel stop feature now means you have absolutely no excuse to miss that gas station.
One of the most exciting features we have yet to mention is the ability to connect your device to a Garmin VIRB action camera. This ultimately means that you can shoot unforgettable action videos as you enjoy your ride. What a fantastic way to remember all of you experiences on the road and never miss a moment. Not only that, but the thrill of the ride itself will be increased in the knowledge that you action camera is recording every aspect.
Miscellaneous features include the service history log, ensuring that everything is kept up to scratch on your bike at all times and that regular service date never slips your mind. It is also good peace of mind for any future owner who may be interested in purchasing your bike.
Also available is the tire pressure monitor system sensor, very useful for keeping a close eye on the all-important tire pressure and noticing any changes which could point to a problem. This is however, sold separately.
Overall, the 595LM is undoubtedly one of the most comprehensive GPS devices available on the market for your motorcycle. It is truly overflowing with useful features and can really add to your positive riding experience. That said, it is really best recommended to the avid biker in the sense that to achieve true value, you really should spend a long time on your bike.
Understandably, this model sets a benchmark against which all other devices are judged, even Garmin models. The superlative quality of this model means that its pricing point may be slightly higher. But given the wealth of features it allows you to indulge in, it is truly worth every cent. You will struggle to find a better all-round device anywhere.