GPS Units For Motorcycle Adventures

Ditch the boring highway and find your own more exciting route.

One of these motorcycle-specific GPS units can help you find adventure without getting lost along the way.
One of these motorcycle-specific GPS units can help you find adventure without getting lost along the way.TomTom

Even though you’ll see lots of GPS and navigation options on the market, only a few of them are designed specifically for motorcyclists. Riders have unique needs and demands, and these mapping units look to deliver a much more adventurous riding experience than the standard-issue ones. Find all the best winding back roads, see the sights you want to see, and get there safely without worrying about getting lost or making time-wasting wrong turns.

These five GPS systems are more intuitive than their predecessors, are far more weatherproof than your average smartphone, and offer better accessibility with clearer, glove-friendly screens and superior routing options for more intriguing journeys.

Garmin Zūmo 595LM GPS Unit

With the Adventurous Routing feature, you’ll be going to curvy new places you never knew existed.
With the Adventurous Routing feature, you’ll be going to curvy new places you never knew existed.Amazon

Nobody really stops to ask for directions these days, which is why intuitive GPS units like Garmin's Zūmo 595LM make riding more enjoyable than "basic" navigation systems you may have used in the past. This unit features a built-in program called Garmin Adventurous Routing, which limits major highway routes, and directs your ride through more exciting curvy and hilly roads instead. Prepare for far more interesting and memorable trips in the future.

The Zūmo 595LM also features easy operation with gloves, and the touchscreen is bright enough to be seen clearly on sunny days. The unit also serves as an ideal wingman, as it will alert you to state helmet laws, upcoming speed cameras in some areas, and allows for smartphone notifications to be displayed on the screen to help keep you focused.

Koolertron 4.3-Inch All-Terrain GPS Navigation System

Get all the functions of a high-end GPS on the cheap.
Get all the functions of a high-end GPS on the cheap.Amazon

This GPS unit was designed specifically with motorcyclists in mind. The 4.3-inch touchscreen provides a large enough viewing field while still being ultra portable—the perfect navigation combination for the road. Along with that, this GPS unit has a waterproof rating of IPX7, which means it will stand up to the nastiest weather imaginable in all terrain.

For the price of admission, the Koolertron GPS system delivers a big bang for the buck, and is packed full of other functions riders will appreciate on their journeys. The 4GB of built-in memory can be expanded to 16GB with the micro SD card slot, making it capable of loads of important data you might need while on the road.

TomTom Rider 400 Portable GPS Motorcycle Navigator

Take the most exciting routes possible.
Take the most exciting routes possible.Amazon

The TomTom Rider 400 is another GPS device designed with motorcycle riders in mind. The journey is always more important than the destination, and this unit makes sure to route you through the most exciting winding, hilly roads possible. This is definitely not the navigation device for those who prefer the endless drone of boring interstates.

Along with suggesting the most interesting routes, the TomTom Rider 400 is also able to plan round-trip directions based on any stops you’d like to explore along the way. It will get you to and from all selected points while making the absolute most of the paths in between. Another helpful feature of this unit is the ability to easily rotate it to portrait view, which allows you to see more of what’s ahead of your current location.

Magellan TRX7 Dual Mount Trail And Street GPS Navigator

Now you can plan your adventure on both asphalt and trails.
Now you can plan your adventure on both asphalt and trails.Amazon

This navigation unit is different than most as it not only delivers helpful routing on paved roads, it also is able to pick up on trails as well, which can prove handy if you're planning on any off-road adventuring. The Magellan TRX7 has been preloaded with 115,000 established 4WD, ATV, and snowmobile trails, as well as paved and unpaved motorcycle routes, so it will serve a dual purpose for riders who plan to enjoy themselves on all terrains with multiple types of vehicles.

One cool feature this unit has is the ability to bread-crumb the selected track, while being able to record personal observations and save specific points of interest. Most functions can be accomplished using one-touch activation, which is extremely helpful while on the road.

BMW Navigator VI GPS System

BMW’s latest high-end GPS unit.
BMW’s latest high-end GPS unit.Amazon

The BMW Navigator VI is a premium GPS system that has been developed in tandem with Garmin, but stands alone as a unique navigation experience. Because this is a BMW Motorrad product, the unit is simple to operate using the four-button Motorrad cradle or multi-controller. BaseCamp software powers the route planning, which does what it can to avoid congested urban areas for more exciting open road alternatives. Fit it to any BMW motorcycle with the universal stock mount and you're good to go.

With the assistance of an optional Smartphone link app, the Navigator VI will be able to deliver real-time weather forecasts and other updates to keep you as informed. Utilize Bluetooth compatibility to streamline communication functions, and enjoy the unit’s smartphone-like appearance and functionality while on the go.