Garmin Sat-Nav - Zumo XT
Customer Product Reviews
Garmin Sat Nav Zumo XT
From the Order to the Delivery SportsBikeShop as usual provided an excellent experience on how to do the online purchase and delivery. I am a long time owner of the previous generation zumo 660 and once used to it, had confidence in how it worked when planning routes/trips etc. I delayed this review for a month or so, so that I could judge the XT in use. The XT has come on in leaps and bounds now, and makes the process considerably easier, especially for ad-hoc rides! The screen size and brightness make it easily readable , and the mounting and wiring is a big improvement over the 660 mount, which had finally given up communicating with the 660 when mounted on a motorcycle due to age/worn out connections in mount/back of the device.
First things first....Spot on service from sportsbikeshop as always. I have owned the zumo 590 for around 5 years and can't complain really but this Zumo XT is just so much better the screen alone is well worth the upgrade! Although I feel that a big drop may put that screen as risk it doesn't feel as rugged as the 590 but I don't plan on dropping it! The software is pretty much the same with some useful tweaks and the automatic rotation of the screen is a bonus if you want to use that feature.
Having used the navigator 6 on a bmw that I used to own I was a little nervous about another Garmin, to my surprise this is an excellent unit unlike the Nav 6 which used to freeze and take ages to do anything, the only thing that I would say is that the birdseye view maps should come pre loaded. other than that excellent unit.
Worthy successor to Garmin 595
In my mind there are two types of bikers, those who use Sat Navs and those who don't. For those that do, put simply this is the best Sat Nav currently on the market. I'm quite familiar with Garmin Sat Navs, having transitioned from the Zumo 660 through to the 595LM and done tens of thousands of miles with them. Compared to the 595LM this new device is a no brainer. The screen is far superior and brighter, and is incredibly easy to read in direct sunlight versus the horrible 595LM screen. The CPU itself makes the device much faster and whether you're digging through the menu or moving around the map it reacts much better, while not quite phone level performance it's leaps and bounds above the 595LM. Navigation is also noticeably faster compared to the 595LM, adjusting to corners, orientation and re-routes almost instantly. A big plus for me is the music management improvements. Storing, accessing and playing music directly from this device is worlds above what the 595LM offers, and for some reason outputs at a much greater volume which is an added bonus. Construction wise, this devices obviously looks less rugged than the 595 it replaces, but once you hold it you quickly realise that this is indeed a rock solid and rugged device. While the cover edges, as on all devices won't hold up to scratches from drops like the rounded shape of the 595, I have no doubt the device will remain functional regardless of the abuse I put it though. Overall, this device is a no brainer, if you're just starting out then this is the best on the market, if you're looking for a faster, more advanced upgrade to the 595 or similar then this is what you've been waiting for. Why 4 stars and not 5? Three main issues. This device has a mini USB port on the back rather than USB C. Not only does this show a lack of foresight from Garmin, but it's also a step back from the USB Micro that was on the 595. Really silly cost cutting move that should have been addressed, more so given the price we're paying for these. The second reason? The fact that they charge you extra for the storage case and list it as an optional accessory is price gouging plain and simple, we should not have to pay 30 quid extra for a case that costs maybe a pound to produce. This behaviour won't aid with either customer acquisition or customer retention, very poor choice from Garmin The third reason is related to the second, they should have included a screen protector. This is an edge to edge display and definitely needs one installed to prevent the inevitable scratches. Again, we're paying a premium for this product, it should include everything in the box to ensure it's function and protection.
I'm an avid Garmin fan from my aviation days. This unit is Intuitive to setup and use, and far outshines and performs the Garmin 5 on the K1600. Touch screen is super responsive, clarity is pristine. Easy to pair and use with my Shoei Neotec II. Don't believe me, buy it and use it, you won't regret spending the money.
Garmin Zumo XT Nav
The good points first. The mounting kit it very good and very sturdy. I've come from a TomTom rider and I prefer this one. The satnav itself is also quite easy to use and I had no trouble at all connecting my phone and headset and had my music / podcasts / calls working straight from the off. Bad points. I really wanted to use the software on either my laptop or the phone app to pre-load routes for my trip. This proved impossible on my laptop using Garmin Basecamp. The software from garmin is terrible to use. I don't think I managed to get a destination and 1 way point to even tie up, let alone send across to the sat nav! I watched a video or 2 on YouTube but I just gave up with it. It's one of the worst pieces of software I have ever used in modern day programs! Next I tried the Garmin Drive app on my phone. All I seem to be able to do is put a destination in and it sends it to the sat nav. No options that I could find to add more to the route. Next up on the annoying list is the alerts. I had speed camera alerts, speed limit changes and over the limit alerts on to start with. I found this impossible. It cuts in and beeps and blocks out music and intercom and calls and then holds it for 10 seconds or so. The frequency that this happened with the above alerts meant I had nothing but eardrum piercing beeps and radio silence. I couldn't find any way of making the beeps quieter unless I turned my headset down and it was actually hurting my ears, this obviously meant any calls and music volume went down and I couldn't hear them. I ended up muting the sat nav and it still beeped. In the end I found a setting to turn down all sat nav instruction volumes. This left me with a red or amber speed related pop up on screen but got rid of the beeps! I'm now in total sat nav silence and it is staying this way for the remainder of this trip until I get time to suss it out more. But that shouldn't really be such a difficult setting should it? The final bit that hurt the most. The sat nav had £80 took off its price by Sports Bike Shop 2 days after purchase. By this point I had hard wired the unit in. So I couldn't return it. The store in Leeds said there was nothing they could do whilst is was spending £650 on a new intercom and suit. I felt that was a bit poor from SBS. The sat nav unit itself is a good unit. I'm sure with enough time I will get the unit output to match my needs. However if you are hoping to use the software that comes with it to pre plan routes you will save time just not bothering and fiddling about on the satnav adding in stops on your route as it is much easier.
Very Good connect to Headset & Phone with no i
Purchased this after the tomtom rider 550 that I had for 1 day and sent back and what a massive difference in ease & quality (long review but wanted to say about issues with tomtom, some may disagree with the tomtom but hey ho). The reason was that every time I connected the tomtom Bluetooth (BT) to the phone after connecting to the headset, the BT headset would be cancelled. I tried every other way even resetting and canceling the connection to the headset. I tried contacting tomtom and they were not helpful and after reading tomtom 550 forums there is a known problem since 2018 and no update has been completed and tomtom also have a page that tells you which headsets work, those that do not or, have a poor quality connecting to the tomtom 550, but you have to really search for this on tomtom very unhelpful. My headset is a Freecom +2 and iPhone SE. Sportsbikeshop were very helpful and I could not fault them as I sent the tomtom back and then they sent me the Zumo XT straight away, no questions asked and very professional, difference in price of course but excellent customer service. The Zumo XT: No issues with connecting at all to both BT. The screen is very clear. The interaction of the music from the phone excellent, messages pop up on screen and has weather/4 square and many more features if you want (as long as your connected to mobile data on the phone) but I mainly brought this so as the BT would give instructions on directions only and music playing in background. The good thing is if listening to music the direction voice pauses the music, says directions and then the music comes back on no issues and probably like other satnavs, but the ease of connecting BT was excellent. Also I wanted the tomtom for "windy, curvy roads" thinking that the Zumo XT was for adv biking only however the XT has this feature as well when you punch in where you want to go it has a button/bar for you to choose how much of curvy you want, so I guess (not used yet) it has the same as tomtom. I wasn't too sure about how it connects to the mount as didn't look secure but as long as you click it in no issues. Also contacted Garmin Uk by email and phone and so much more helpful than tomtom (chat only). It also came with a connector for the car as well which is great. It doesn't come with a locking device (when you pop into the garage to pay for fuel etc) and Garmin don't do one but now looking at a Zumo XT Lock from a holland company, also didn't come with a case but again you can get ones on the net. Ease of use with gloves, updates, plug in cable into bike no issues.
very happy with gps. Set up with sena srl2 very easy, clear indications and screen always very easy to read. Excellent heads up for road speed, turns etc The package comes with all the gear to install on bike with mount options. Also mounts for car. Need to set up wire connection to the battery cause after 3h battery will die.
My first satnav so nothing to compare with, but very pleased with the overall quality and ease of installation (a single lead to the battery). Lots of neat mounting options, including an in-car bracket. Excellent screen brightness and touch-screen sensitivity. Excellent service as always from SBS.
Got it quickly once it was in stock, fitted to the bike with no issues and miles better than the zumo 660 it has replaced. Not been on any long rides with it yet, but the rides I have been on it has worked well, it updates in good time, and connects to my phone to give me music and traffic updates, generally a great all round sat nav
Brilliant sat nav
I've only tried it a few times so far but I'm really impressed with it. I bought it as an update to my old Garmin Zumo. The screen size is supurb as is the clarity of the screen. Another bonus is how accurate it is with regards traffic delays, road closures etc. It also has the ability to store music and also to connect your mobile phone to it. I haven't really tried these out yet.
I am not the most tech savvy person in the world but even I managed to set this up quickly and was riding round in no time enjoying the new view on my sat nav. Had an issue with the small eyelets to connect to the battery but had that solved by soldering them on instead. All pretty easy and the sat nav is easy to read, use etc. Still early days but highly recommended so far. Set it up with the Sena 10S (also from SBS) and now get music, sat nav instructions and speed warnings into my helmet. Many thanks again SBS. PS it also arrived earlier than originally expected but well informed by SBS with regular updates
Been using apps on my phone now for a few years as I never really got on with Sat Nav's Was going for the 595 LM then this little beauty came out I have only had it for just over two weeks and I suppose is a bit of a learning curve and still learning. I had plotted a via Basecamp and off I went for half way through the journey the route vanished. Anyway this then lead me to discover two facts. 1.When plotting a route via the map itself using the touch screen you cannot use the adventurous routing options, 2. I then used the names of the places I wanted to go to and then tried out the adventurous routing option. Wow I was impressed I have been on some of the twistiest roads over the last week I have had a blast. 3 Base camp is next to useless so have invested in My Route App although not as good as using google maps to change the route as you have to literally plot in a good few way points to get the roads you want. I use Sena and nearly have my entire music collection with me lol Screen is bright and got due to my aging eyes and can read it okay, Remember it is a sat nav and they are only as good as the person imputing the info otherwise I recommend to anyone to get this one opposed to others on the market. Thanks for Sports bike shop for the great service