Quick report after using it for a few months now, including one longer trip designed on Basecamp from a downloaded GPX file:
- Basecamp needs a bit of getting used to. There are good tutorials on YouTube. Push “ALT” to drag a point is probably the least intuitive feature needed the most. It feels very much like a piece of software from the 1990’s but once you understand it it’s not that bad. I customized the “Puppy Dog Run” file issued by the MOV in Vermont for my departure. It worked great once uploaded to the Zumo.
- the GPS software and look also feels a bit dated, but the screen is bright enough to see in full sunlight without a glare shield and it also dims at night to a brightness which is not bothersome. It powers up and down by itself (hooked to switched power) and automatically goes into map mode if you don’t touch any button. Even the silly “Agree” screen on power up goes away by itself after a few seconds. Don’t tell their lawyers but so grateful for this little detail.
- the GPS pairs with my phone and bluetooth (Sena SRM-5?) each time automatically, no problem. Very good.
- the turn by turn directions via Bluetooth work very well even in the middle of nowhere in tiny dirt roads and even class 4 roads, this is just a great feature I now wish I had years ago.
- it gives short warning pings when a reduced speed zone is coming up. This can probably be switched off.
- if you miss a point on a route it asks you whether you want to skip it. Great.
- touchscreen works great and accurate with any glove thick or thin
- only issue so far has been that it has tried to send me down gnarly class 4 roads in the middle of the night when I just put in my final destination on the “fastest” and “motorcycle” settings. I don’t think I have “adventurous” mode on or whatever it’s called but I better check lol. Being surrounded by multiple dogs barking at your legs while some guy comes out of his trailer in his underwear to see what’s going on as I am in what’s clearly his driveway and a dead end with a disused logging road continuing behind wasn’t what I was going for well after dark.
Last edited by Hogges; 06-13-2019 at 05:10 AM.