16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 2014
Good to see that Garmin are finally bringing across many of the features from the standard automotive GPS units but there are still some things missing that would be good to have. Why Garmin always let the motorcycle units lag behind the rest of the range I don't know but it's always been that way. Lots more info here: http://www.zumoforums.com
Main reason I'm posting this is to help with one important item that's no longer supplied with the 590 as it was with the 5xx and 6xx ranges - a case!
The OEM Garmin case is selling here on Amazon for £23! I found this one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JWKHTIU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
For under £3 I thought it was well worth a go even if it turned out to be rubbish. It took a couple of weeks to arrive (from China) but it was well worth it. The quality is as good as the OEM case I had with my 660 and the 590 fits perfectly.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2014
Very, very expensive - but, it has the usual excellent Zumo build quality and, in the box, absolutely everything you need for motorcycle or car use. I find Garmin customer-care second-to-none and it's possible to speak directly with an operator should a problem arise (try that with TomTom...). Even the once-derided "Garmin Express" that allows the unit, via a computer, to link with Garmin, seems to work well (though make sure you have the latest version installed). It's also very welcome, as others point out, to have a number of the features used in car units for so long.
Clear even in bright sunlight, the screen is a significant and important improvement; it dims automatically at night (and in tunnels) with crisper graphics than the 600 Series; the map detail, in standard view, is just about right - though in car mode you might want more. The unit both locates satellites and recalculates when you've made a wrong turn with commendable speed. It's also possible, at last, to have a selection of windows down one side showing, for example, "Arrival time", Distance to go", etc., though one has to say that their appearance is still infant-school clunky with lots of precious space wasted between the words and their border.
One really annoying feature is the "Up Ahead" display; it's impossible to turn off the screen icons for any of the three that you are forced to select; the list being: Speed Cameras, Lodging, Food, Road-side Help, Gas (Petrol), Parking, Banks & ATM and Restrooms (lavatories in English). While you might want cameras and fuel showing, having the screen littered with pictures of knives and forks or "restrooms" I find a hindrance to sane progress.
How the Bluetooth and iPhone (etc.) links work I've no idea - the idea of scrolling through song lists, checking my Stock Exchange portfolio while phoning lover No.3 while ear'oling down a twisty road is, to me, pure anathema.
Speed camera warnings (from the Garmin database) are utterly hopeless and far too general; it's far better to download the really detailed ones from Pocket GPS that locate permanent and temporary ones with precision. However, the icons displayed are tiny - a ridiculous situation when every greasy-spoon cafe is lit up like Tokyo at night.
A warning: mine came with "Avoidances" set by default to include U-turns; this might be fine if you're on Diavel, not so handy if riding 390 Duke. It's also a new unit, so, as an early adopter, be prepared for some yet-to-be-discovered snags and regular updates of the firmware.
Update 10th October 2014:
I've now covered around 2000 miles with the unit and am generally very impressed with both its performance and (relative) ease of use. The rapid and smooth scrolling of the screen is a real bonus and the database comprehensive (though don't expect every fuel station listed to still exist...). I do find that it will occasionally select an obliviously unsuitable, longer and slower side-road route - though I suppose that this might well be a fault common to other Garmin units....
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 2014
Great product but not such a huge advance on my old Zumo 550 as I thought it would be. Still, having a 5 inch screen on my ZZR 1400 is a luxury and the navigation is good. It doesn't take long to acquire satellites and the dynamic route guidance (altering the route on the go for traffic reasons or because you haven't followed the route correctly), is significantly faster thanks to a quicker processor. I haven't yet asked it to find windy routes with the Curvy Roads feature but that was partly why I bought it. The option to have the satnav in portrait mode sounds great but in reality it is a Little tricky to do if you are using bike power. You will need to wire it to the bike in such a way to leave enough spare wire. That might look a bit unsightly (as it would on my ZZR) as you need to allow the satnav holder to rotate. If you have a previous Garmin, say a Zumo 550 or 600, beware that you will need to replace the charging wires if you use bike power to support your satnav. The holder for the unit is very different. All the required kit comes with the unit. I would also mention that the satnav is not secure with the Garmin holder. A quick press of the button will release the unit. I would never leave my unit on the bike unattended but you should remember that. Overall, a great product that I am enjoying.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2015
Required for my Caterham and interchanges with my motorcycle. Has to be resistant to vibration, moisture and have bluetooth connectivety for an ear piece because of the noise. Worth the high price. The only downside with this latest model is that it is not lockable onto the car/bike holder and therefore has to be taken off and carried everywhere.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2015
The price hurt, but really pleased with the product, so it feels justified now. Having owned a Garmin for the last 8 years, I'm really hoping that they start to improve their online map updates and Unit management - the interface has always been appallingly clunky and long-winded. As the this Sat Nav - I'm please with the initial experience.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 2014
This is a really 'complete' sat nav system. It comes with all the components you will need supplied in the box.
This was initially a replacement for a motorbike sat nav and for that it ticks all the boxes... and some. The RAM mount is ideal for fixing to any motorbike, it will secular attach almost anywhere ( the only disappointment was that there is no rubber protector supplied to protect the finish on what it is attached to).
I have just returned from a two week break in France where it was used on a daily basis for touring using the car mount/charger ( I couldn't get the wife on the back of the bike for two weeks) and it performed great.
All in all I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to any one!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2015
It is faster, it is fully featured, it is intuitive but, it is a Zumo and as such is prone to silly routing. It is better than the 550, it is much better than the awful 660, but it will, irrespective of settings take you on and off your route for silly detours without reason.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2015
As a long-time user of Garmin motorcycle GPS's with an old and tired zumo 550 my original plan was to buy a 660 for my new bike but then I saw that the 590 was newer and had a larger screen. I've never owned a 660 but used one for a week in Colorado on a rental bike and was impressed with it.
I knew when I bought the 590 that I'd have to use Basemap to download routes from my PC to the 590 but I also knew that I could import any of my hundreds of saved Mapsource routes into Basemap.
What I failed to realise was that both Basemap and the 590 itself have totally unintuitive interfaces compounded by very poor documentation. There may be people out there who are impressed by the ability to "create an adventure" but all I want is a PC app that lets me plan a series of routes, download them to my GPS, and then ride them accurately without continually tripping over "features" that I can't understand and which are apparently undocumented. As an example when you switch off the 590 it invisibly stays on "in stand-by mode" and runs its battery flat. In order to actually switch it off you must hold the switch down for 5 seconds and then confirm that you really are trying to turn it off. This is not a user-friendly approach.
In short there is absolutely nothing that I like about the 590 other than the screen, which is really quite good. And Garmin, despite boasting in their puff about how they understand the motorcycle market, still don't even provide a U-bolt mount that will fit on modern large diameter handlebars.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2015
Being a fan of 5" screens for biking I thought I would try Garmin's 5" sat nav. It's much, much more expensive than my old sat nav systems so I was expecting a quantum leap in performance. After several months’ use I have to say it’s a real disappointment. Here are some of the major points…
Positives: Good, solid bit of kit; excellent touch screen; well-designed mount/QR; good music player; can (with difficulty) custom colour maps; fast; some very useful forums.
Negatives: screen is difficult to see on sunny days (this is a major problem and there’s no cure); limited map display choices; voice directions verbosity (amount of info) is fixed; volume is only adequate; volume adjust disabled with Bluetooth connection (in fact some very useful functions are disabled depending what’s connected and what the unit’s connected to).
The best sat nav software for biking that I’ve used is iGoPrimo. It’s not bike-specific but it’s definitely better (and much cheaper) than Garmin’s. Unfortunately it’s not readily available in a bike sat nav unit.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2014
Easy to use, clear and simple. The screen brightness could be a little better especially in very sunny days but it overall. It's a great bit of kit. Very happy with it.