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Garmin’s New Zumo 345LM Motorcycle Sat Nav

Garmin is one of the leading GPS manufacturers in the world at the minute. In its quest to remain on top of the game, the company has recently announced the release of 3 new models including 345LM, 395LM and 595LM, for motorcycle lovers. With a high precision of 4.3 inch touch screen, new streaming music options, smart features – the Garmin Zumo 345LM allow riders to enjoy a breakthrough experience while the 595LM and 395LM models have additional supporting features for cars.


zumo wet

According to Garmin – these new waterproof models help riders, or perhaps more appropriately, users in finding different routes including those with hills and curves while avoiding major motorways. Bikers can also control media and music from the MP3 player or compatible smartphone in different weather conditions without worrying about the condition of their device. Furthermore, the juice model 595LM allow riders to stream music from the Spotify, the popular music service, right into their helmet or headsets thereby offering glove-friendly Zumo screen-display option.

Garmin 345 LM

In spite of the captivating features of Zumo 395LM and 595LM, this review will focus more on the 345LM model as this was the particular model we spent most of our time with. In particular we will take a more detailed look at some of the impressive features of Zumo 345 LM.

zumo 300 series

This latest release from Garmin is not only specifically designed to provide bikers with all the information necessary to move on the roads, but also to help ensure safe riding, discover new tracks, and promote some of the most common multimedia functions in the twenty-first century including receiving alerts, listening to music and receiving telephone calls on the go. In addition, with the new 345LM model riders will receive an alert for change of speed, oncoming traffic, sharp curves, animals, school zones, crossings and nearby radars amongst others. It also features a fatigue indicator that suggest rest areas and rest periods when on longer journeys.

Screen quality

Garmin 345 LM lets you read clearly even in direct sunlight with its high resolution touch screen. What’s more? Its touch screen can also be easily handled with gloves. Furthermore, it is also resistant to sunlight, fuel and water, which makes it ideal for riding in arid lands or in rain.


To enable communication on the phone without removing your helmet or gloves, the 345LM model uses Bluetooth technology. However, to activate this feature it is necessary to connect the device to a compatible helmet or headset and associate it with a smartphone to receive or make calls from anywhere.

Adventure route

Garmin Adventurous Route is another key feature of Garmin 345LM for riders who seek the most attractive routes to reach their destination. The device also features a trackback option that records the route covered by the biker and if required, it even indicates the directions the user used in returning.


The Garmin 345 LM model is compatible with a free software called BaseCamp. BaseCamp allow users to create tracks, routes and waypoints transferring relevant information to your GPS device when connected to a computer. In addition, the software also makes it possible for bikers to share or record their routes, download routes shared by other users, read reviews and rate their travels.

Apart from all the above, the Zumo 345LM features the usual functions that could be expected of motorcycle sat navs such as warning radars, lane viewer crossing, point of interest, speed limit indicator, and roundtrip routing which enable bikers to design their routes based on time and dynamic fuel stops and suggests fuel stops based on the distance the rider’s fuel is expected to last.

The Zumo 345LM is currently priced at £379.99.

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  1. Russ

    March 6, 2017 at 10:18 am

    This isn’t a review, if I want to know what features it has I’ll check out the manufacturers website!

    – Was it easy to use
    – Did the features advertised work as you expected them to.
    – Importantly, did it work on the go, with gloves on, in the rain, in direct sunlight (you said it does, but did it actually fulfil that claim in real life, or did you just repeat the marketing information)

    Reading this has been a disappointment to say the least.

  2. Barry Halford

    July 5, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I agree that this is nothing like a review. Total waste of space.

    I would also comment that having just spent a week touring in Northern Spain, my new Zumo 345 proved to be, for the most part, worse than useless.

    I’ve owned and used a Garmin (Nuvi 256 I think) for some years in my car and have always found it very useful. It also means I’m generally familiar with Garmin operation, facilities, etc. So I had high expectations of the Zumo. However, it disappointed in almost every respect.

    The most serious were that it hardly ever seemed to know where we were; it was desperately slow in calculating or recalculating routes; it gave very unhelpful instructions when starting off such as ‘navigate to the indicated route’ without giving any visual or audible instruction on how to do so; and it frequently gave stupid instructions such as ‘in x km, navigate off road’ or ‘in x km turn left onto unpaved road (which didn’t exist) and then do a U turn.’ These instructions would come randomly when we were already on the road needed to get to the requested destination. And yes, I did check that the navigation settings were not set for off-road options.

    Apart from these problems, the maps were generally very crude and uninformative, showing virtually no road numbers. And as for the voice commands for navigating in towns, they totally lacked any understanding of Spanish terms or names. ‘Calle’ (street) was pronounced as ‘call’. Road number prefixes such as ‘AS’ and ‘LE’ were pronounced as words and not initials. An actual street names were so comprehensively mashed up as to be unrecognisable and therefore useless for navigation.

    I could go on about the sheer clumsiness of setting up routes, its inability to go via defined waypoints, its habit of simply switching off in the middle of using map facilities, etc. etc., but I don’t have time right now.

    I will be contacting Garmin for comments, but I’ll also be (very carefully) checking out the Tom Tom equivalent to see if it looks more competent.

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