I recently tried upgrading from the Zumo 550 to the new 395LM. It didn't go very well. Garmin is such a sad company in so many ways. Here's the review I posted on Amazon. I've been an avid user of a Garmin Zumo 550 for years, and before that had the 450. I've ridden back and forth across the US with those units and found them invaluable, both for navigation, and for their built-in MP3 features. Still, I see Garmin announce new units and find myself jealous of features like Lane Assist, lifetime maps, and support for media cards larger than 8 GB. So when Garmin releases a new unit I buy it, check it out, and then invariably return it because I have yet to find a new model that works as well as the Zumo 550. As you might have guessed with my star rating for the 395LM that is – frustratingly – the case with this, their latest motorcycle GPS. There's much to like about the 395LM. The unit is thinner than my clunky old 550 and I love the new mount. It's lightweight, easy to disengage, and welll-protected from the elements. Also, Garmin has gone back to a single cable for power, which is a big improvement over the nest of cables that shipped with some previous models. Unfortunately, Garmin no longer offers a cable that goes from their proprietary power connector to PowerLet. I don't want to leave the mount on the bike all the time, so I like the option of plugging it into the PowerLet adapter on the dash of my bike. Since no option is available from Garmin, I cut up the supplied cable and added a PowerLet cable to the end. This works fine – just be sure you leave the big transformer box from the original cable in your new Frankenstein cable. The screen is incredibly bright and very easy to see, even in direct sunlight. I didn't think I'd care about the extra screen width, but it's nice because it allows for status panels to pop up without completely obscuring the map. This makes the interface far less modal than what I have on my 550. That said, we now come to my first deal-breaker with the 395LM – Garmin has made many critical interface elements so small that I can't see them while riding. Speed and distance to the next turn are significantly smaller than they were on the 550. What's more, indications of the next turn – say the number of an exit – are now displayed as cute little road sign icons. And I mean LITTLE. They're completely unreadable at highway speed. Before you write me off as some blind old fart I should say that, at 49, I'm only partly old. The unreadability isn't so much a case of bad eyes as it is vibration. Even the smoothest bike is still gonna have some shake in the bars at 80 mph and that vibration is just enough to rattle the small text on the 395LM into unreadability (I tested the unit on a 2015 Ducati Multistrada). Garmin has also made some strange choices with their map display. The 550 displayed many more street names than the 395LM does. In fact, the 395LM often only shows me the name of the road I'm currently on. Changing zoom levels does nothing to increase the number of names and this is all very curious given that the 395LM has a BIGGER screen than the 550. (See the attached photo for a comparison of map display, and note the difference in size of key interface elements.) It feels like the 395LM was designed by someone sitting in a cubicle, or design studio, who's main concern was to make a very pretty layout for the screen. They definitely achieved that – the layout and type choices are great and when you first take the thing out of the box and turn it on you'll be struck by how attractive the display is. Unfortunately, the design choices that make it pretty – empty space around key bits of data – also make it unusable at highway speed. If Garmin would offer options for text size this could be easily fixed. However, if that problem were fixed the 395LM would still be unusable for serious touring due to astonishingly bad support for GPX files. I do my route planning using the excellent site rever.com. Designed specifically for motorcycle travel, Rever lets you plan routes (using the excellent Butler Maps data) and then download a GPX of your final plan. I can simply plug the Zumo 550 into my computer, drag the downloaded GPX file into the Zumo's GPX folder, then restart and let the unit import the data. When I try the same thing on the 395LM I get a straight line from start to finish. In addition to not being the route that I wanted, since I live in San Francisco this often takes me through the Bay, which is deeper than the 395LM's stated water resistance rating. To keep things simple, I plotted a path around the block, and the 395LM still couldn't interpret it properly. Where it gets weird, though, is that I then went into Garmin's BaseCamp software and built a route. I had BaseCamp send the file directly to the 395LM. After unplugging the unit, it set about importing the file, and then said it was calculating the route. It shouldn't have to do any calculation for a route that's already spec'd out so I can only assume it was again ignoring my route and only paying attention to the start and end points. I can't say for sure because after 2 minutes of calculation the machine shut down. In other words, the 395LM's GPX support is currently so messed up that it can't even work with GPX files from Garmin's own software! As far as I'm concerned, this, alone, is reason enough to skip this model. If you can only do route planning within the unit, you're gonna have a miserable time defining your own path to where you want to go. Finally, as I mentioned earlier, I love the MP3 player in my 550. The interface is a little weak but having access to an MP3 player that can work with motorcycle gloves is great for those boring stretches of road. Unfortunately, the 395LM's MP3 player has some big problems. First, volume occasional suddenly cuts from time to time – not mutes, but just gets quieter. Then, just as suddenly it will come back. I keep all the voice prompt volume turned down so I wonder if what's going on is that it's muting the music when it wants to speak, even though I've told it not to talk. Though annoying, I could deal with that problem except that the Zumo 395LM's audio quality is TERRIBLE! I moved the same MP3 files that I listen to on the 550 into the 395LM and they sound tinny and hollow. I don't expect great fidelity while riding a motorcycle, that's not the problem. This is a fidelity loss that makes things hard to hear. Podcasts suffer especially. I use Bose noise cancelling ear buds in my helmet and with the Zumo 550 I can listen to NPR podcasts at highway speed with the volume at about 50% and can understand every word. With the 395LM cranked up to near 100% the tinny sound was so weak that I struggled to hear the content while traveling at highway speeds. At this point I find myself confused. In its current state, the unit is not usable for serious touring – the lack of reliable GPX support is a deal-breaker. Also, I want a good MP3 player. But these plainly seem to be software issues so if there's a chance that Garmin will fix them then I'd be inclined to hang on to the unit. But, my window for returning is closing so I'm not sure it's worth the risk. While I try to decide, though, the 395LM will be staying at home and the Zumo 550 will go back on my bike.