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Garmin zūmo XT, All-Terrain Motorcycle GPS Navigation Device, 5.5-inch Ultrabright and Rain-Resistant Display

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About this item 5.5” ultrabright, glove-friendly display with crisp HD resolution in landscape or portrait mode; rain-resistant and built rugged (passed the military standard 810 drop test) Get spoken turn-by-turn directions through your connected helmet or headset plus preloaded off-road topographic maps with public land boundaries, 4×4 roads and more Access to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery with direct-to-device downloads and no annual subscription Garmin Adventurous Routing options find curvy or hilly roads for a fun and exciting riding experience Easily manage and review routes, tracks and waypoints across your navigator, smartphone and computer using Garmin Explore Record your route by using the track recorder, and save or share it for future adventures Access live traffic and weather, share routes with other riders, and get phone notifications via the Garmin Drive app
Stream music from your smartphone through the zūmo XT navigator, or play MP3 files stored on your zūmo Included Components: Zumo Xt; Motorcycle Mount And Hardware; Motorcycle Power Cable; Usb Cable; Documention Show more

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Ultrabright 5.5” display

Glove-friendly touchscreen

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Dual-orientation display

Choose landscape or portrait view to see more of the route ahead

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Built to withstand weather

IPX7 water rating

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Specification: Garmin zūmo XT, All-Terrain Motorcycle GPS Navigation Device, 5.5-inch Ultrabright and Rain-Resistant Display

Product Dimensions

1 x 5.8 x 3.5 inches

Item Weight

9.3 ounces

ASIN

B08561CSRG

Item model number

010-02296-00

Batteries

1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)

Customer Reviews

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Best Sellers Rank

#7,025 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics) #18 in Handheld GPS Units

Wireless communication technologies

Bluetooth

Connectivity technologies

USB

Special Features

Ultrabright Display; Rugged Build; Lasting Power; Birdseye Satellite Imagery; Preloaded On-road Maps

Display resolution

1280 x 720

Other display features

Wireless

Device interface - primary

Touchscreen

Scanner Resolution

1280 x 720

Included Components

Zumo xt; motorcycle mount and hardware; motorcycle power cable; usb cable; documention

Manufacturer

Garmin

Date First Available

March 4, 2020

10 reviews for Garmin zūmo XT, All-Terrain Motorcycle GPS Navigation Device, 5.5-inch Ultrabright and Rain-Resistant Display

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  1. QuikDraw

    Picks up satellites quickly. Map updates are relatively quick. Screen is bright and easy to read. Searching for addresses or location names is easy. The on-screen keyboard is easy to type with.It’s not bad enough to deduct a star, but I have to note that the power cable could’ve been better designed. It has a proprietary connector on one end to connect to the device, and a voltage regulator box a few feet away from that that is permanently connected. The distance between the connector and the box is about an inch shorter than ideal for my 2012 Harley FLHTK. When I turn hard right, the cable is tight. Another inch would’ve given me the slack that it really should have. But with the power under the seat and the GPS on the grip mount, it just barely makes it. The voltage box is too big to tuck under the backbone cover with the main harness, so it had to go under the seat. It works, but it could be better.Update: I purchased a second mount and power cable to install on my 2018 Harley FLHCS. Same trouble with fixed cable length. I was able to make it work, but a couple extra inches between the device connector and voltage box would make things soo much easier.I’ve only used it for a couple of local rides that I’ve done without nav a million times. In comparison to the factory GPS units in my 2015 RAM truck and 2019 Dodge Challenger, it’s way easier to use. It’s also far more accurate than those built-in automotive units. It’s almost as easy to use as Google Maps.It pairs consistently with my iPhone and Cardo Pack Talk headset. I have to agree with most other reviewers though. Their Base Camp and Explorer programs are terrible, and their documentation is pretty useless. It’s quicker for me to just randomly explore the device UI to see what happens than to read either the PDF or on-line manuals.But overall, I love the unit. It does what I need it to do very well. Get me where I need to go. I normally just use my phone in my cars, but on a motorcycle I need weather resistance and glove friendly. This unit is everything I need for both my bikes.

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  2. DennDenn

    I have driven over 1,000 miles using this GPS and have to say that I am impressed with the quality of the display. I really loved that a power cable for the unit was in-the-box and this connects inside the mounting base to provide power to the GPS unit. I connected my power cable to the Ignition On cable so that the pins of the GPS base only have power when the key is turned ON. I also went as far as connecting a safety cord by epoxying a keychain ring to the GPS unit and using a short 4 inch wrist band with a tiny keychain ring onto the epoxied keychain ring. So far, after 1,000 miles driven, I have not even been close to seeing the GPS unit dislodging from the base. The screen holds steady with no visible vibrations when first starting motorcycle or when riding. I hope to get many more miles out of this GPS unit, the base, and the power cable.

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  3. CamardelleCamardelle

    I’m not sure why Garmin decided all their gps units had to be hard wired into the bike but they are set up for that. I attached a cigarette lighter adapter for power and use that on the bike. I’m not a fan of leaving the mount on the bike.In any event, the unit is stellar! Easy to see and easy to use. I’m in the pro BaseCamp camp. I like using their software to make custom routes. My other Garmin gps units would mate up to my iMac easily but for whatever reason this one is not recognized by my apple computer. It links up quick to my old Windows (ugh!) laptop so I can still update it as needed.It wasn’t cheap but I upgraded after selling my 396 and am happy I did. The 396 did everything I needed it to do so if you want to save a couple bucks, take a look at that one. I really like the big screen and it reminds me of the BMW Nav VI I had last year.Very happy with my purchase.

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  4. Magnum Bob

    I’m not sure exactly how many GPSs (almost all Garmin) I have owned and used on a motorcycle. Somewhere around 10 I guess. This is the first “motorcycle specific” Gps I have tried though because until recently, the motorcycle ones were simply too small for my liking. At the time of this latest review revision I have had it for about a year. However, between the pandemic restrictions/concerns and the lack of appeal to ride in our Florida heat and humidity, my actual use has been somewhat limited. A few observations: The screen is killer! Very bright and readable, even in direct sunlight with polarized sunglasses. Way better than any of the GPSs I have used in the past. BIG PLUS!The data fields are very easy to read, and the speed indicator glows an impossible to miss pinkish red when you are speeding. The GPS has a glove friendly screen. Maybe this year I will be able to escape Florida to try it out. The 5.5” screen seems a perfect size. The last 3 GPSs I used were massive truck/RV 7 inchers. Big, easy to read (except in direct sunlight), and extremely competent, but way bulky. The brighter screen on this easily trumps the larger, dimmer screen on the others, and the much smaller overall size fits into the dash area so much better. Another plus. The Zumo XT is Rain resistant. The automotive/truck GPSs I have been using were not. It has never been an issue, but it’s nice to no longer worry about the GPS getting wet. Amazingly, Garmin finally made a GPS with a standard 1” ball mount. No special cradles or adapters necessary. I didn’t use Garmin’s bar mount and arm though, instead opting to use the previously installed Ram clamp-on ball and a 6” arm I already had in a big ole’ box of extra Ram stuff. When locked in place, the GPS seems to be very securely attached to the included dock/mount. You can remove the GPS in a split second by simply pushing a button on the back and lifting it off. No plug to contend with as the cable stays with the mount. Garmin has even included a nice little rubber cover for the contacts when the GPS is not installed. Installation is just about as fast. Simply clip it back on and go. This is all great as long as you have somewhere to securely store the GPS. Some may think not so great when you consider a thief can push the same button and walk away with your $499.00 GPS. Wiring was straightforward and simple. Just a negative and positive wire you need to hook up somewhere. Mine is wired to a hot-all-the-time circuit so that I don’t have to have the ignition on to mess with the GPS.Another huge thing I really like, and believe will make this GPS more useful when compared to any of the newer GPSs I have used, is that the map retains detail when zoomed further out. Unlike in a 4 wheeler or RV, on the bike I don’t generally follow a pre-determined route. On the bike I often tend to just kind of wing it, with only a general idea of where I’m headed, using the GPS more as an electronic road atlas than just blindly following a route. With the map detail turned all the way up, you can still see secondary roads with the screen zoomed all the way out to the .8 mile scale. Most disable secondary roads anywhere above .3 or .5 miles. On this GPS, If you want to know where that little road you are thinking of exploring goes to, you might be able to see by just zooming out instead of having to scroll around and in the process lose all perspective to your location. Usually when underway I disable the auto zoom and prefer to adjust the zoom level myself. So far the auto zoom seems to automatically operate at a useful level. I will try it for now. Time will tell…UPDATE: Yeah, I got tired of it zooming in and out on it’s own and just set it manually now.For the first probably year that I had this GPS, I had a big issue with how this GPS handled custom POIs (Points of interest). For the uninitiated and non-geeks, custom points of interest are lists of locations that may be of interest to you that would not normally be included with a GPS’s factory installed POIs. They can be compilations of a particular chain of resturants and/or retail stores, or they could be a certain type of attraction. The lists can be downloaded through a website like the POI factory, or if you want to really geek out you can make up these lists yourself.On the Zumo XT, the custom POIs seemed to load OK with Garmin’s POI loader, but they were only accessible by digging into the menu system (where to/categories/custom POIs). A top level “where to” search did not seem to include custom POIs. I could live with that, but the worst for me was that there was apparently no way to make this particular GPS display custom POI icons on the map. Whether it’s a Harley dealer, a covered bridge in New England, or the all important Taco Bell, it’s always been nice to just look at the map and see if one is close. Luckily, after a system update in mid-2021, the unit started showing custom POIs! Note that on the Zumo XT, “Up ahead” in the map settings menu must be checked to show your POIs. This also will show Garmin’s less than worthless system icons for fuel, restaurants, and motorcycle related POIs, and it can make the screen a little busy, but hey, I’ll take it. Speaking of POIs….. In the not too distant past I have found Garmin’s pre-loaded POIs to be extremely inaccurate and frustrating to use. Way too many times, they have sent me on a wild goose chase to a business that was either somewhere else or nonexistent. A frustrating annoyance on a motorcycle, way more of a big deal in a large RV. Because of this, a couple of years ago I stopped using Garmin’s POIs altogether and now always use other alternatives when searching for fuel, food, etc. HEY, REALLY…….THEY COULD BE BETTER NOW…….I don’t know. I have been burned so many times, it will be a while before I attempt to use them again, if ever. UPDATE: Against my better judgement, and for the first time since I have owned it, I let the GPS show me the nearest gas station. It showed it to be .5 miles away, so off we went. I passed a gas station on the way that the GPS didn’t know about, and it took me about 5 blocks further up the street to a run down old building that was probably a gas station in a previous life, but obviously had not been for a long, long time….Perfect… Later on that day, we were checking out an RV park for a future trip, and while sitting in the parking lot just for kicks I let the GPS search for nearby RV parks (A category this GPS claims to know). It did not know this massive, well established RV park existed. Bottom line….If you need to find a place, do yourself a favor and forget about using Garmin POIs. Just search Google Maps on your cell phone, then enter the address into the GPS. The weather radar overlay gathers data through a Bluetooth connection with your smartphone. I haven’t had any showers chase me around yet to require street level, minute by minute updates, but it all seems to work well assuming you have a good wireless data signal for your phone. This is really a cool feature.I have only routed a few short trips with it, but if it is like any of my other current Garmins, they will almost always find the address and you can be pretty confident they will get you there eventually, but will also sometimes choose some rather bizarre routes. Always take a quick look at the proposed route and please…..Always choose common sense over what any GPS is telling you. This thing is pricey. Painfully pricey…… In fact, it is the most expensive non-marine GPS I have ever bought. So far, I have no regrets, and would buy it again in a second.Update: After owning it for a year, I still think it’s great and would not want to be without it.I will probably update this review as time goes on and I learn more about it.

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  5. Eric Osborne

    I have been using smart phone apps to navigate. I tried several of the popular free apps. I even upgraded to the paid versions. Not so good IMO. This Zumo XT is so easy to use. All of those routes shared on line, you simply click on the route , save to your phone, then push via blue Tooth to your Zumo. You name and file away this ride for when you are ready. When you are ready, simple click on the route and it will now show up on the map.So darn easy. So easy to see while moving even for us old geezers. UPDATE , so 4 months ago I bought this. NOT VERY DURABLE. Since owning it , I had to replace the mounting plate / power cord as the unit would not stay powered. NOW the unit will not charge at all. I have followed all recommendations and trouble shooting. if you buy one of these you better buy an extended warranty.

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  6. Alan in Minnesota

    I’ve been a Garmin, and Zumo, fan for years. I use Base Camp to extensively plan motorcycle routes – both day rides and multi week trips from the midwest throughout the US and Canada. My Zumo 665 rarely let me down, and so far this XT looks so much better.My 665 used XM (with sub$crption), not only for the music channels, but for traffic and weather (more $ but worth it). The XT uses the Garmin Drive app for weather and traffic. No subscription, just smartphone data. Having live weather radar superimposed on your route is HUGELY valuable! I won’t go back to guessing what the sky is showing, and whether I need to stop to put on rain gear or detour a route.I have yet to use this XT for a long route but can’t wait to do so. I will update this review if my experiences change my opinion.BTW, this case works great – https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B013CGOQMG/ref=cm_sw_r_apa_i_j2t0EbP7XZTW0

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  7. S. LowellS. Lowell

    I was previously using a Rider-specific GPS App which worked fine until you don’t have cell service. As a rider who is into exploring off the beaten path, this happens regularly! I decided to give this guy a run and man am I glad I did. My first ride with it was about 4 hours to the destination. With avoidances for highways and toll roads turned on, this unit did a great job of getting me there and back on the backroads and twisties.I really like the actual MPH on the display, along with the speed limit signs (sometimes you miss ’em!) and the pre-warning that the speed is going to decrease. With the way I have it mounted, it is more in my line of sight than the bike’s TFT when looking at the road and I find myself no longer looking at the bike’s TFT display. The Garmin’s super bright display was nicely viewable in bright sunlight and works well with my gloves on.I have this paired with my phone and Cardo Pack Talk Black. I listen to music while I ride and the Garmin will display the song info briefly at the start of every song. The communication from the device through the Cardo is loud and crisp and definitely not annoying or obtrusive while riding. I’ve previously owned a Garmin Nuvi 350 GPS specific unit, a Forerunner 205, a Vivoactive, and currently wear a Venu every day. I have not had a single thing go wrong with any of these items. Garmin builds solid stuff. If you’re on the fence about this vs an App on your phone, do yourself the favor and make the purchase.

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  8. William F. McgrathWilliam F. Mcgrath

    When I bought a 2021 Can-Am Spyder RT Limited, a touring-oriented trike, last July, I wanted a GPS for trip navigation. I’ve owned maybe six Garmin units, and I like the user interface, so I bought this Zumo XT when it came on sale for the holidays. I had to do some custom machining to make a mount that I liked, but that’s now done. See the photos. My trike has a USB cable in the front, so I used that in lieu of the supplied power cable.I had no trouble pairing my Galaxy S9 and my Sena helmet headset to the Garmin. Using the Drive and Explore apps, I can get weather, traffic, updates, and satellite views quickly and easily. This unit has all the functionality of Garmin’s other top-end navigators, so there was little learning curve. I usually use BaseCamp for route planning, and that works fine with this unit, too.The display is crisp and bright. I found the touch sensitivity to be a bit high, but I guess that’s so it will work with riding gloves on. I wish they had put a brightness control that was accessible without drilling down through several levels of menus. I can balance the audio levels between the phone (for music) and the navigation instructions easily.It’s easy to record a track with a single click, and it can be named and saved for future use. You can ask the unit to design a ride for you and set a level of “adventurousness” that will preferentially take twisty roads. You can specify a mileage or a duration, and up it comes. I haven’t really tested this feature, so I don’t know if the algorithm will be to my liking, but I can always fall back on the old method – guesswork – if I don’t like the results. You can also manually construct routes by placing waypoints between the starting and ending points, and saving them for future use. Map updates are free.It’s December in the Pacific Northwest, and I’ve only had the unit for a week, so no actual rides yet. So far, it seems to do everything I need, but time will tell. Garmin’s user interface is an old friend, so I don’t think that there will be any significant shortcomings.Construction is rugged, and the attachment hardware looks like it will keep the unit where I want it without wiggling or changing position with vibrations. It’s a pricey unit, but quality is always worth it to me. I’ll revisit this review after I get some mileage on it in the spring. Stay tuned.

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  9. Amazon Customer

    I used my phone with Google Maps until I bought this navigator. Now that I have this device, I wish I had done it earlier. Most importantly (to me), this unit quickly re-computes a new route and provides it automatically when I decide to take a different road. The search options are well designed, and the option to select a direct route or adventure route (right up front) is priceless. Also, the computer interface software is nicely designed and uploading a GPS route is easy. This navigator is worth every penny. P.s. I didn’t get anything from Garmin (or anyone else) for writing this. It’s just a great product that I think every biker should have – especially if you like the backroads.Update: I just used this device on a Motorcycle camping trip to Seneca Rocks, WV. There is no cell service anywhere near Seneca Rocks (quiet zone), but I was able to text home easily by linking my Zumo to my Garmin Mini. I used the keyboard on my Zumo to write the texts, and my Mini to send/receive. It worked great.

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  10. Ducrab

    When I bought my Ducati Multistrada back in 2016, I wanted the best GPS for the bike. I ended up with the Garmin zūmo 590LM which was the top of the line back then. It was a great GPS except for the dim screen. It was fine in the evenings, or even with the sun at my back which helped illuminate the screen, but on a regular sunny day, it was always hard to see. I was a bit skeptical about the zūmo XT, but I decided to give it a try and boy am I glad that I did. The screen is bright, crisp, and clear, in all weather conditions. It’s also thinner, lighter, and fits better above my dash (it more closely matches my Ducati dash). The 590 always blocked the top of my dash, the XT doesn’t have that problem… and the screen is bigger too, go figure! The XT is faster and more responsive, plus it has built-in WiFi which means it performs software updates in my garage before I leave (while connected to my home WiFi). Very happy that I upgraded.

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