At the Paris Motorcycle Show this week, Garmin presented its latest motorcycle GPS device, the Zumo 390, which stands out for its ability to monitor tire pressure through Bluetooth sensors.
The Garmin Zumo 390LM is available for €499/$699.99 with two tire pressure sensors. Photo:AFP
Each sensor is attached to one of the motorcycle's tire valve stems and records tire pressure data, which it then transmits to the GPS device via Bluetooth. On the Zumo 390LM's screen, the rider can check the tire pressure at all times and is alerted in the case of an unusually rapid change in pressure. The system can be used most notably to detect small tire leaks, which might otherwise go unnoticed until the rider is stranded with a flat tire. It also offers graphs showing tire pressure over the course of a trip.
The GPS is capable of monitoring up to four wheels at once, making it suitable for use on all types of motorcycles, scooters or four-wheelers.
Another of the Zumo 390's interesting features is "Curvy Roads": when this function is selected, the GPS calculates the route with the highest number of turns and curves in the road. The Garmin Zumo 390LM also includes a Service History Log, enabling users to keep track of their motorcycle's maintenance records and ensure routine procedures are always carried out in time.
The Garmin Zumo 390LM is available now at €499 in Europe or $699.99 in the US, including two tire pressure sensors. The device also comes with Garmin's maps and applicable future updates.
While GPS devices for motorcycles may seem like a niche market, it is one that manufacturers are paying close attention to. Garmin spokesperson Philippe Berne notes the characteristics that set motorcycle GPS devices apart: "their case is hardened so it withstands knocks, and it withstands splashes of water or fuel thanks to its treated surface. It is waterproof under up to 1m for 30min, and it has a software interface designed for use while wearing gloves."
The next step in the development of these GPS systems could be voice commands, which are already available on in-car GPS devices.
The Paris Motorcycle Show (Le Salon de la Moto) is taking place in Paris from December 3 to 8 at the Porte de Versailles exhibition hall. Website: lesalondelamoto.com