The new and improved Garmin Zumo 395LM is the successor to the very popular Zumo 390LM model. As the base model it is the cheaper and less feature rich alternative to the 595lm, both of which embody the very latest in GPS technology. It has the same reliably rugged and waterproof design that has made Garmin the world’s leading motorcycle GPS manufacturer. Innovative features such as the Dynamic Fuel Stop feature, Garmin Adventurous Routing, and Garmin VIRB action camera integration, highlight its emphasis on making your ride safer and more enjoyable.
Garmin Zumo 395LMEditor's Ratings
Pros and Cons
pros: excellent motorcycle specific features for navigation and maintenance | hands-free operation via Bluetooth for music and phone | up to 7 hours battery life
cons: relatively expensive | lacks smartphone link app available on the 595LM
- Garmin Adventurous Routing
- 4.3″ Sunlight Viewable Display
- Bluetooth Hands-free Calling
- Motorcycle Specific P.O.I.
- Rider alerts for sharp curves, state helmet laws and more
- Tire pressure monitoring system
The 4.3-inch Zumo 395LM does not come with all of the features of its larger 595LM cousin, but enough to make it useful to most riders. In addition to Garmin’s Adventurous Routing system and rider alerts, another noteworthy navigational feature is provided in the form of guidance by recognizable landmarks.
While the 395Lm does not support the Garmin smartphone Link app, you can still establish a connection to your phone via Bluetooth. This allows you to stream music, use the device as a hands-free calling app for the phone, as well as use the unit’s spoken direction feature through a compatible headphone or helmet adapter. You can also use this connection to control Garmin’s Virb action cameras and tire pressure sensors.
Adventurous Routing System
The 395LM comes with the Garmin Adventure Routing system. This lets you find the best routes from its lifetime-updated maps of North America based on your personal preferences. You get to choose the type of route you want and the unit will show you where you can find the right twists and hills while getting warnings of any upcoming hazard, sharp turn, animal crossing, and nearby red lights and speed cameras. You can combine this information with the Roundtrip routing feature to plot out the best route based on your desired time, distance, or location.
Dynamic Fuel Stop Feature
This is on top of the other goodies Garmin bundles into the 395LM. The Dynamic Fuel Stops alerts are enough to make this GPS worth its $599.99 price tag. Dynamic Fuel Stop shows and schedules where you need to stop for fuel so you can concentrate on your ride. You also get a service history log that will track your bike’s maintenance records. The device will even tell you when you should pull over for a nap!
The Garmin Zume 395LM is Garmin’s base unit. It does not come with as many bells and whistles as the 595LM, but the relative lack of features is reflected in the price tag making it a significantly more affordable option. This GPS is an excellent choice for those that want a GPS for their bike but don’t need all the extra functions that come with higher priced units. You get a reliable navigation system with a user friendly interface that will ensure all your rides are fun and exciting.