Simply in time for spring, on April 19, 2023, Garmin launched its new zūmo XT2 GPS unit. By now, the identify zūmo is probably going acquainted to most riders, because it’s been the navigation specialist’s motorcycle-oriented GPS line for years. The XT2 gives riders a bigger display screen, an IPX7 waterproof score, elevated brightness, 32 GB of inside storage, a microSD card slot that may deal with as much as 256 GB playing cards, and naturally a load of navigation, connectivity, and communication options. Let’s dive in.
As riders have little question skilled by now, handlebar vibration might be a big downside with some telephones. In contrast, Garmin particularly calls out that the zūmo XT2 is constructed to face up to bike handlebar vibrations—which you’d definitely hope for with a motorcycle-specific GPS unit, however which is nonetheless reassuring to know.
For riders who wish to journey with mates, Garmin additionally touts its Group Journey Cell function, which makes use of both the Garmin Tread smartphone app or its Group Journey Radio accent (offered individually) to inform you the place your buddies are in the event you get separated. Using the Tread app can even make real-time climate, visitors, and sensible notifications out there in your zūmo XT2. (The supply of all options which might be depending on smartphone connectivity will, in fact, differ with how sturdy a rider’s sign is in a given space.)
The zūmo XT2 gives visible route planning proper on the gadget, or else by way of the Tread app in your smartphone in the event you choose. Riders may toggle between three forms of maps as they like: on-road maps, topographic maps, or satellite tv for pc maps. By the way, Garmin says, satellite tv for pc imagery is on the market by way of a fast map obtain at any time when you’ve got entry to WiFi—no subscriptions to further Garmin providers required.
Different options on the zūmo XT2 embody the flexibility to see fashionable paths as decided by different riders within the space, in addition to Garmin Adventurous Routing (with 4 ranges of issue to select from). Hooking your zūmo XT2 as much as the Tread smartphone app will mean you can see Journey Summaries, with full particulars of your journey for evaluation. The Monitor Recorder function will report your journey knowledge at will and lets you additionally share it with mates. Lastly, the Tread app can even allow you to share GPX recordsdata of your favourite routes with mates—so long as they’re additionally utilizing the Tread app. The zūmo XT2 can also be pairable with Garmin’s inReach satellite tv for pc communicator items (offered individually).
If you happen to’re taken with getting a Garmin zūmo XT2, they’re out there instantly at an MSRP of $599, which is a $100 improve over the value of the older 5.5-inch-screened zūmo XT. You possibly can test your native Garmin retailer for availability, or else order straight from Garmin by way of its web site.