Garmin has just developed a GPS navigation system for motorcycles called Zumo. As I’ve just returned from a two week motorcycle tour in Scotland, this caught my attention right away. Not that we where overly in need of GPS navigation on our trip, but there where a few times when it might had made things easier, or would it? My concern is, if a GPS takes some of the joy and freedom out of riding a motorcycle. How will you ever get side tracked and see amazing things you didn’t plan to see. Or when you stand at the side of some road and you are all looking at the map trying to figure out where the hell you are. Doesn’t that make it better when you finally get there; it was a struggle, but you did it together?
I’m not sure about a GPS, but I tend to be very careful of what technology gadgets I bring with me on the motorcycle. Hell will freeze over before I get a mobile phone helmet headset, and I’m not that big a fan of intercom either. I like the “did you see that… at the… we passed” – conversations you have at the end of the day. A GPS might be nice though, to get you back on track when you are lost and have to be at a certain place at a certain time, like e.g. catching a ferry or what not.
The Zumo’s ability to record your routes and connect it to Google Earth via your PC and share them with others sounds pretty cool. The gizmo should be on the street October 2006, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Seen on Gizmag.