Garmin Sat-Nav - Zumo 346LMT-S WE
Customer Product Reviews
Good Sat Nav
I am familiar with Garmin Sat Navs for cars and the interface on this is the same so easy to navigate and set up. The adventurous routing is a great feature as is the circular route function. Has loads of other features that need a smart phone link to work, I haven't used them yet but may try them in the future. 1st time update took a long time over wi fi but did eventually complete. Is compatible with Basecamp which allows you upload other routes onto the device. All in all happy so far. Delivery from Sportsbikeshop was spot on and the price very competitive.
Had a 345 was excellent until it was stolen this 346 is poor tries to turn you down roads that don't exist and if not careful sends you around and around the same route been back to manufacturer who say no faults but can assure you it is not a patch on previous one
Usual Garmin Quality
Good quality fittings. Easy to fit. Easy to use. People say Basecamp is hard to use but if you watch the instructional videos you shouldn't have a problem. I bought mine from Sportsbikeshop which delivered next day and was the cheapest around as far as I could see.
Replacement for the Zumo 550
Been using a second hand Zumo 550 for the last 3 years but the cradle broke on our last trip and as it is no longer made I was unable to find a replacement cradle. Spent a week or so deciding whether to go Garmin or Tom Tom but after weighing up pros and cons the cheaper price and the additional media options of the Garmin won, plus I actually like basecamp now I understand how it works! This unit isn't radically different to the older Zumo 550 which on the one hand is slightly disappointing but on the other made it easy to get to grips with. The new extra features such as phone messages and notifications is good but can become a pain if like me you spend most of your riding time 2 up with connected headsets sharing music. The operation of the unit is more responsive and a lot quicker than the older Zumo 550 I had so you can actually plan routes easier directly on the unit which I found a real pain on the older unit.It is still a little dodgy with Bluetooth between unit, headset (scala Q1) and phone (iPhone 6) constantly disconnecting! Overall I am happy with the purchase and the unit is a good upgrade from the Zumo 550. Sportsbikeshop in Leeds were the nearest outlet to me (3 hour round trip) showing stock and as I expected the service and price was second to none letting me have a play with the unit first to help make up my mind.
Vey poor quality unit with ill thought out design
I bought this unit to replace a faulty TomTom but I've ended up with a whole host of other problems. Firstly the practical aspects of the unit and it's attachment to the bike. Unlike the tom Tom Rider, Garmin require you to leave the cradle fixed onto the machine so the cradle and the wiring are out in the elements all the time your bike is and are therefore subject to the danger of water ingress and theft or vandalism. The use of the keypad is very poor as the response of the screen is very slow and the touch screen is very slow to respond and regularly doesn't recognise the selection. The unit I have has only been used on one trip. It failed to turn on at all for one leg of my trip down to Cornwall but fortunately I know the route quite well. In terms of the software, the keyboard is split with a scroll button to switch between the left and right side of the keyboard. Whilst this is handy because it makes the buttons larger and therefore theoretically they should be easier to use (see the previous connects on the unresponsive screen), but the downside is that you constantly have to scroll left and right so you can almost end up using twice as many keys to type the same address as on a single screen keyboard. This surely will add extra wear and tear to the unit over an extended period of use. Also the software (with the latest update gave conflicting routes with those provided on a fellow rider's BMW branded Garmin (also with the latest updates) so this too is not very impressive. All in all I'd avoid this unit and any other cheaper ones in the TOM Tom and Garmin range as they are not very good in function or reliability.
Decent for the money
With a discount voucher, I got this unit for a decent price. Easy enough to fit, but my Africa Twin has an electrical accessory socket under the pillion seat so the power cable is too short. Unit itself works fine, boots up quickly, routing works well so all good - my only complaint is that it puts up traffic warnings when there's nothing there...
Reasonable price for good quality Sat Nav
I paid £230 for the Garmin, which was really good value for a bike Sat Nav. I have a NC750X and fitting was easy enough, there was loads of cable length to run the wiring and the bracket provides a good movement range for finding the right position. Use of the device is simple and it loads, plans routes and re-calculates on the move quickly. I've only connected it to my Sena intercom so can't comment on the features that come with connecting it to your phone. All in I'm really happy.
Good - but dated software
Having had the chance to play with unit for a couple of weeks I think I can say I'm happy with the device itself, but Basecamp and other associated software is pretty clunky, dated and hard to use. If you want it for navigating from A to B, it's ace. If you want to plan complex routes, be prepared for a few late nights swearing at your computer. Also, if you're a Mac person, the software is even worse on MacOS! However, I'd still recommend it as the unit is itself is a great standalone satnav with a robust mounting mechanism.
After being a TomTom customer since the original Go through to their Rider products I must admit to being impressed with the performace of this unit. The routing is maybe not quite up to TomTom standards but not far off and better than other Garmin products I have tried. The feature set is far superior to my Rider and is a bit of a learning process would have been nice to have a bit more of manual in the box rather than relying on Google. Overall very pleased, think I am a convert. Oh usual excellent service from Sportsbikeshop as well.
Garmin 346 LMT
Whilst the initial unit was faulty, the return process was easy, free and a new Garmin received in days. Yet to test it on a tour but The sat nav is seems good with clear map and direction prompts and works with gloves. Bit tricky to fit to battery, why bike manufacturers just provide a simple plug I will never know.
Why so complicated
My first ever Garmin and I am rather disappointed that this thing is so hard to use. The menus are clunky, the software for loading trips is confusing (def not plug and play), the device itself is slow, has no security loop (it fell off 1st time as I was unfamiliar) and vibrated when mounted on a 1inch ball. Navigation is not the best, it does not pick up back roads well, and refers to them as the closest A or B road. If I did not need it, it would be returned.
Time to ride the world....
Fantastic bit of kit. After doing a lot of research decided to go for the Garmin. Like the way it connects my phone & helmet together to keep me on the right track with road & weather updates. Can just send gpx files to unit & press go. Good quality. 100% service from Sports bike.