Garmin 595lm or BMW Nav 6

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  1. ncbmx64

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    I am in the market for a GPS for my 2017 KTM 1290 SAR. I have a Garmin Montana 680t for off-road but I am looking for something more street/on road based. I am debating between the 595lm and the Nav 6. I can get both for close to the same price so the pricing isn't a concern just looking for which would have the best options and screen. Any pros/cons of each would appreciated
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  2. TBTSyncro

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    They're more or less the same device, with just a different case.

    If you were on a BMW where you could integrate with the wheel i would say nav 6. But since you arent, you'll get better/quicker support with the purely Garmin device (and more cradle options)
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  3. fraroy

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    The Nav6 has a much better screen than the Zumo. You can also get it with a 4 buttons cradle (the Zumo is touch only).
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    The better screen is the main reason I am interested in the Nav 6 and yes I would get the kit with the 4 button cradle. So are the 595 and Nav6 pretty much the same except for the screen?
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    I have very limited experience with the zumo (returned for credit after a few hours because of the screen). I think it offers more features than the Nav6. In a couple of hours, I'll publish a comparative review of the Nav6 vs the 276Cx. You could also have a look at DRTBYK's review of the Nav5 on globeriders, very similar to the Nav6.
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  6. smoltz

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    If the screen on the 595 is the same as the Nav V, I wouldn't even consider it. It's terrible. If you decide to buy a Nav VI, I'll sell you my 4 button cradle. Only been on my bike for about 1000 miles. I sourced a locking cradle that I am replacing it with.
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  7. dpike

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    you can use garmins tpms kit with the zumo but not the nav, i'm pretty sure the zumo has more music options, like the spotify app, if neither of these is important to you and the screen holds a higher priority get the nav. i own both and i was blown away at the nav screen when i first powered it up. if you're interested in a pic of the 2 side by side pm me and i'll get one for you.
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  8. TBTSyncro

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    i thought the nav 6 screen was the same as the 595, and the nav 5 the same as the 590
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  9. dpike

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    the screens are considerably different in resolution and brightness. the 590 and 595 have the same matte finish screen and i believe it's a step above the nav v. the 590/5 screen is very visible in sunlight as well.

    flipping through settings in both devices this morning the zumo has more options and apps with it, most of which probably aren't used or necessary. is it nifty that i can get notifications on my screen that a helmet is required by law in the state that i cross a border to... yes it's nifty, is it a useful feature, not really. is motorcycle service history something that you actually want to store locally on a portable gps that gets lost if the device is stolen or damaged ? probably not, but i'm sure some people like both of those apps tho. zumos adventurous routing has some interesting options and the nav does not have this. with adventurous routing there's 3 options (prefer curves, prefer hills and avoid major highways) each of those has 3 steps to their option making them more or less favorable. fun to play with if that's how you use your gps.

    between the two devices i'd call it an even 50/50 split. if the screen is your primary deciding factor then the nav vi probably wins.
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  10. JR356

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    Put you Montana in Nuvi mode(under settings),then you have a street GPS without having to buy new.Requires either free routable Open Street Maps or Garmin City Navigator,or routable Topo map.
    Thats what I tried recently with my 680T,seems to work well with routable OSM.
    Was suggested by others on this site,so I take no credit.
    Screen may not be quite as great as my Nav VI,but certainly perfectly useable.

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  11. ncbmx64

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    That’s what I currently do but wanted something more dedicated to street routes and wanted Bluetooth so I have turn by turn notifications Using my Sena
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    If you have the dough,then Nav VI is the best,but for about 1/2 price get a Nav V which is easily 80-90 plus percent of the VI.
    A V will set you back around $400 here in the flea market,about another $100 for the 4 button mount.The VI is still $750 plus.

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    Unless the 595 screen changed dramatically from the 590 there is no comparison to the Nav VI. I spent considerable time on the ZumoForums trying different display profiles that members had created in an effort to make the 590 screen easier to see under different lighting conditions to no avail.

    When I recently bought a new GSA it came pre-wired for the Nav system with the cradle but having just bought the 590 in the last two years I was hesitant to throw another bundle of money on a new one. All it took was a comparison between the Nav VI and 590 screen......
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    Decided to purchase the Nav VI with the 4 button cradle. Rather have the better screen than the extra features of the 595 most of which I don't need. Plan on using the Nav VI and the Montana should be set on road and off road.
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    Solid choice.
    Enjoy it.
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    Thanks! Should be here sometime next week. look forward to figuring out how to use it
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    When installing the cradle on the bike, make sure you wire it to a switched outlet. The Nav6 power on/off button is unreacheable when mounted in the cradle. The unit is designed to power-up by itself when voltage is applied. It'll go in sleep mode when ignition (voltage) is switched-off. When you return from your break, it'll wake up as soon as you switch-on ignition again. You have to perform a true power-off at end of day, otherwise sleep mode will drain the gps battery.
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    Thanks for the info. I was tracking down the acc power wires behind the 1290 SAR screen/headlight earlier today getting everything figured out and started to save some time when Nav VI and adapter plug show up later this week.
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    If you're not familiar with Basecamp might be worth playing with that too.

    For a little extra daytime visibility antiglare screen protectors help quite a bit. I couldn't find anyone selling them in the US but they're available from Amazon UK.
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    Finally received my Nav VI today, thanks to USPS it was 2 days later than what it was supposed to be. Got everything mounted but ordered the wrong adapter plug to wire the 4 button mount to my KTM. Been playing around with it a little bit, so far I like it just have to figure everything out. Also have to figure out the correct way set up all the bluetooth settings so it will work correctly with my KTM My Ride, iPhone X, and Sena 30K.
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