Garmin 2595 GPS review
While the idea of putting a GPS on a motorcycle may seem superfluous to some people, I've found it incredibly useful, both on the bike and in the car. The only pain I've found is you need to immediately remove and store it if you park your bike, even for very short periods, to keep it from being stolen. Someone needs to invent a theft proof mounting device.
This is the third GPS I've owned and the best yet so far. My last GPS was a China Vision Peaklife Motorcycle GPS. While it was very, very cheap for a motorcycle GPS (vibration and drop proof, rugged case, water proof), it required you get your own software and maps off of a torrent site and and configure and set up the software yourself. Over time I also discovered it had a few minor design flaws like a motorcycle power cradle that did not work. I had to power it on the bike by the USB cable. It also eventually broke when the internal USB plug broke. Thought of using my phone but the cost of the software and maps for the phone is half the price of this unit. Although free GPS software is available, free maps are not available for my area. Garmin software and maps for your phone is $45. Compared to a phone running GPS software, a dedicated GPS has a larger, super bright, anti reflective screen you can see in sunlight.
The unit I purchased from GPS City is labeled as "remanufactured" but sells for 40% off list and comes with full warranty ($120CDN). I was told remanufactured units are units that get returned to the distributer and are sent back to the factory to be checked over and repackaged.
Lifetime map updates for North America - very useful, these seem to be update quarterly
Software - allows lookups by address or business, eg. find nearest filling station, hotel, computer store, etc.. It also comes with a license to download Basecamp for your PC which is handy for planing motorcycle routes and then downloading them to the GPS.
Traffic Updates - the unit receives real time traffic updates which are factored into determining the best route however these don't seem to be that helpful or useful.
Voice Command - In the car you can control the unit with your voice. This works great for say adjusting the brightness or switching screens but address lookup is iffy as it has problems recognizing street names with more than one syllable. French sounding names just don't work.
Blue Tooth - allows you to integrate it with your phone and you can use it to place calls to people on your phones contact list, with just voice commands, without even touching the phone. It also functions as a hands free speaker phone accessory in this mode.
Motorcycle Mounting - RAM mounts make an excellent line of mounting accessories for this unit. In particular there is an aqua box which makes it water proof and you can still use the touch screen, or a vibration/shock resistant mounting plate for $10. You can screw the mounting box or plate down to a SW-Motech Versys GPS mounting plate directly. The unit needs to be powered from either a USB or 12V outlet on the bike ($10-$20 on ebay).
Last edited by twowheels; 03-22-2014 at 06:54 PM.