5 things you need to know before you purchase this Garmin Zumo 350LM Motorcycle GPS !
26 July 2014
Summary: This Garmin Zumo 350LM was highly recommended but has issues for many. 5 issues for me. 1) Worked for 8 months and then completely stopped working. I am now waiting for replacement from Garmin.
Summary: Flakey routing & screen too small. Extremely expensive for what you get. "Permanent" mounting bracket is fiddly ( with a tiny screw that is easy to lose, which secures the power cable to the bracket) with no included weather cover for the contacts which are exposed when the unit is removed and...
Summary: Much more difficult to use than my first garmin. Search is hard to do by state or even city within a state. Battery life is short, especially when brightness is turned up to allow daytime use on the motorcycle.
Summary: I'm happy with the features of this unit, the mounting options, and its apparent ruggedness. The touch screen also works well with gloves. However, the bluetooth functionality is inadequate. I have the machine paired with a Sena smh10, which is also paired with a smartphone.
Summary: Even at 100% brightness, the display is very hard to see in bright sunlight, and will wash out completely when the sun is at particular angles. I've tried a variety of different mounting angles to no avail. At less than 100% brightness, it's impossible to see in daylight at all.
Summary: I'm on my second 350LM and it doesn't work either. The first one I purchased through an Amazon retailer suffered from freeze-up issues while in navigation mode. While either soft or hard resets got it working again, the problem recurred.
Summary: I have had a Garmin Nuvi for years and have been extremely happy with it. My wife and I recently purchased motorcycles so we decided to pickup the Zumo to track our country drives. Additionally she got the Nuvi and I now port the Zumo between the bike and my truck. I drive a lot for work.
Summary: The mounting hardware in my kit would not attach the mount to 1" handlebars, which I think are standard. the screws used to attach to the clutch/brake clamp and the U-bolt were all about 1/2" short.
Map overhead view infuriating to use and ad-hoc route changes are far harder than 550
Barry Kelly, Amazon
9 March 2014
Summary: I used to own a Zumo 550. Not long ago, it tumbled out of its mount and got squished under a car. I put about 35k on its odometer, in both Europe and the US, so I knew it well. The 350 is wider but shallower than the 550, and about the same weight, perhaps slightly lighter.
Summary: Although mechanically very nice, including the mounting, I cannot recommend this SatNav. I used it one week and returned it because it crashed four times. Each time when it was really needed - when calculating a route after a wrong turn or road works.