Motorcycle GPS navigation systems are far more expensive than your average satellite navigator. If you are casual rider, spending so much will not make sense and mobile navigator will work the best for you but if you are a motorcyclist who pick up long and extreme rides often then GPS will pay you more than your investment.

Today, I am introducing you to two of Garmin GPS navigators. Zumo 390LM and Zumo 390LM were launched in 2013 and 2014 respectively but are still in competition with the recently launched navigation systems. Both the models have a price difference of 300$ and are priced 384$( ZUMO 390LM) and 799$(Zumo 590LM).
All the common and unique features are listed below.

The only drawback which I came across is the battery life of Zumo 590 which is three hours less than that of Zumo 390. Zumo 590LM is giving lot of additional features which are not supported by Zumo 390, so spending 300$ more is worth an investment.

To order any of the one, click on the link mentioned: Zumo 390LM  Zumo 590LM.

Zumo 390LM
Zumo 590LM


What’s Different              ZUMO 390LM          ZUMO 590LM
Display size, WxH: 3.7″W x 2.2″H (9.4 x 5.6 cm); 4.3″ diag (10.9 cm) 4.25″W x 2.55″H (10.8 x 6.5 cm); 5.0″ diag (12.6 cm)
Display resolution, WxH: 480 x 272 pixels, 480 x 272 pixels 800 x 480 pixels
Display type: WQVGA color TFT with white backlight transflective
Weight: 9.5 ounces (270 g) 13.2 ounces (374.5 g)
Battery life: up to 7 hours up to 4 hours
3-D terrain view: No Yes
Voice prompts (e.g. “Turn right in 500 ft.”): Yes (Internal speaker) Yes (using included mount)
Traffic compatible (routes around traffic with a receiver and subscription): Yes (in automotive mount) No
myTrends™ (predicts your routes): No Yes
MP3 player: No Yes
Additional: Dual orientation display: Yes

Round Trip: Yes

Service History Log: Yes

Track Support: Yes

Custom Map Support: Yes

Pandora® Support: Yes (with compatible phone)

Removable Battery: Yes

Up Ahead: Yes

Live traffic and weather radar via Smartphone Link app

Common FEATURES                      zumo 390LM          ZUMO 590LM
Physical dimensions: 5.12″W x 3.7″H x 1.18″D (13.0 x 9.4 x 3.0 cm) 5.12″W x 3.7″H x 1.18″D (13.0 x 9.4 x 3.0 cm)
Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion rechargeable lithium-ion
Headphone jack/audio line-out: Yes Yes
High-sensitivity receiver: Yes Yes
Water rating: IPX7 IPX7
Preloaded street maps: Yes Yes
Includes lifetime map updates: Yes Yes
nüMaps Guarantee: Yes Yes
Built-in memory: internal solid state internal solid state
Accepts data cards: microSD™ card (Not included) microSD™ card (Not included)
Waypoints/favorites/locations: 1000 1000
Speaks street names (e.g. “Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500 ft.”): Yes Yes
Lane assist (guides to proper lane for navigation): Yes Yes
Junction view (displays junction signs): Yes Yes
trafficTrends™ (calculates routes based on predicted traffic flow): Yes Yes
Auto sort multiple destinations (provides most direct route): Yes Yes
Choice of route setup (faster time, shorter distance, off road): Yes Yes
Route avoidance (avoid highways, tolls etc.): Yes Yes
Bluetooth® wireless techNology: Yes Yes
Speed limit indicator (displays speed limit for most major roads in the U.S. and Europe): Yes Yes
Where Am I? (find closest hospitals, police & gas stations, nearest address & intersection): Yes Yes
Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest): Yes Yes
View upcoming points of interest along route: Yes Yes
Garmin Garage™ vehicles compatible (download car-shaped icons to your device): Yes Yes
Garmin Garage™ voices compatible (download custom voices to your device): Yes Yes
What’s Unavailable                                                       390 590
3-D buildings and landmarks view No No
Voice-activated navigation (operate device with spoken commands) No No
Lifetime traffic updates (receive free lifetime traffic updates) No No
XM® compatible for U.S No No
Enhanced pedestrian navigation (guides you as you walk around town) No No
Photo navigation (navigate to geotagged photos): No No
Garmin Lock™ (anti-theft feature) No No
Audio book player: No No


Strength and weakness of both the models have been clearly explained above, so pick the one which suits you the best and solve all your purposes.

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