My assessment of the Garmin ZŪMO® XT2

The Garmin ZŪMO® XT2 is an all-terrain motorbike sat nav with a 6” display and having simply received again from touring Northern Spain and France utilizing the XT2, I can let you know it’s a nice little bit of package. Let’s take a more in-depth look.

The Garmin ZŪMO® XT2

The XT’s key options are:

  • Route Planning
  • Map Layers
  • Discover
  • Group Trip
  • Trip Abstract

Route Planning

You may select the layers you wish to see in your map

You may plan your route utilizing the Route Planning Software instantly on the XT2. This allows you to take a look at the route recommended and permits you to customise it by including waypoints to your route. I discovered this significantly helpful when travelling from one metropolis to a different however eager to cease en route at a selected place. You may add a number of waypoints – not solely are you able to seek for addresses and up to date locations however you may as well seek for eating places, factors of curiosity or locations to remain and add these to your route. You may reorder them as you would like.

Extra layers accessible to you

Completely different map layers can be found so you may select whether or not you wish to see Avenue, Topo and Contour Traces. Though these had been attention-grabbing to take a look at, I tended to maintain mine in Avenue. You even have the choice of selecting Fashionable Motorbike Paths, Michelin Scenic Roads and Satellite tv for pc Imagery (BirdsEye) for a extra enhanced route plan.

The Garmin ZŪMO® XT2 6″ display is obvious and simple to learn

After getting chosen a route you may then select the kind of route you want to take from quicker time, straight line or adventurous routes. Taking it one step additional you may customise between your segments/waypoints the calculation technique from quick, straight or journey. I used a combination of those throughout my journey relying on time constraints, quantity of miles to cowl and climate.

Tread® app

You may select your avoidances

So, not solely are you able to customise a route on the XT2 itself however you may obtain the Tread® app to your cell or pill, pair the 2 collectively and plan the route in your cell after which ship this to the XT2.

Go onto the app retailer and obtain the app, register after which the app is able to go. You may go into Settings, then Routing and customise the app to your preferences for instance, if you happen to go into Avoidances you may choose whether or not you want to keep away from:

  • U-Turns
  • Motorways
  • Toll Roads
  • Ferries
  • Automotive Share Lanes
  • Paved Roads and Trails
  • Unpaved Roads

You may go into Environmental Zones and select whether or not to keep away from, enable or for the app to at all times ask on this regard.

I’ve to say, I discovered it simpler to make use of my cell to plan my route after which ship this to the XT2. Sending it to the XT2 can also be cool, you click on ship to machine after which it seems on the XT2 all able to go. It’s also possible to share the route as a GPX file to different folks or teams through your cellphone.

If in case you have paired your XT2 with the Tread® app through your cell, this may then permit you to have entry to dwell climate, storm alerts, animated climate radar, sensible notifications and music companies by the XT2.

Map Layers

You may select from completely different map layers to help your route, serving to you to find new routes and hidden gems that you could be not have discovered by yourself.

Enhancing the route is simple to do each on the XT and the Tread® app

Fashionable Paths

So the Fashionable Paths are roads much less travelled which have been curated through the years from Zumo riders who’ve consented to share their information. Garmin have then filtered out residential, city, and industrial areas to indicate roads which are widespread amongst bike riders.


Utilizing satellite tv for pc pictures you may get a hen’s eye view of the panorama and see your route intimately permitting you to discover your environment precisely. You may customise your map show to fit your preferences and get a view of the highway forward.

Michelin Scenic Routes

Enhancing the route on the Tread® app

Highlighted in inexperienced on the map are iconic Michelin Scenic Roads which have been sourced instantly from Michelin and are famend for his or her picturesque and scenic magnificence.

Once more, taking it one step additional, you may go for Michelin Rankings for POIs in your route. That is  a preloaded Michelin Inexperienced Information which when driving, on the correct of the display will seem factors of curiosity. I discovered this actually attention-grabbing when driving in Spain and France as it might inform me what was close by and I might make the choice whether or not to cease and test it out. You may uncover a whole lot of new locations that you just most likely wouldn’t have identified about or seen with out this.

Garmin Adventurous Routing

I completely love this function on the XT2. I went on some wonderful roads and noticed some lovely surroundings utilizing this function and set the sat nav to this as usually as potential.

Based mostly on suggestions from the XT utilizing a routing algorithm, this function permits you to get the correct stability of pleasure and effectivity within the route deliberate.

You may choose from 4 ranges. Stage 1 is the quickest route, Stage 2 is the straight route, Stage 3 is adventurous and Stage 4 is a extra adventurous route taking extra hills & curves under consideration.

By utilizing the wrench icon beside the slides you may customise your route even additional by selecting from the offered choices equivalent to Michelin Scenic Roads or Fashionable Paths so as to add additional dimension to your route.

Observe-to-Route conversion

By utilizing third occasion instruments equivalent to Curviger or Calimoto to export routes, you may additional improve your route planning.

By exporting as tracks first after which changing them into routes in your cell or Tread® app, this course of ensures which you could get pleasure from a route that very carefully matches your unique plan.


Knowledge Organisation

A function that’s accessible on the XT2 and never on its predecessor, is with the ability to have all the pieces in a single place saving on having much less functions in your cell for journey, route and course information, that is all accessible within the Discover function which can be utilized offline.

There’s numerous data to be gleaned out of your routes

You may kind your information by newer, distance or title permitting you quick access to seek out and handle your routes simply. You may organise tracks, routes, waypoints, collections and so on on this setting which may be synced on a number of units.

The Discover function can be utilized with out the Tread® app however you may sync your information on the XT2 and app simply too permitting you to maintain your information synced on a number of units.

Importing GPX information

Not solely are you able to share GPX information however you may as well import from chosen information together with a Micro SD reminiscence card.

Amazingly you may import as much as 100,000 waypoints directly, as much as 200 shaping factors for routes, and as much as 10,000 factors for imported tracks. Recorded tracks on the machine can have as much as 60,000 factors! This permits for flexibility and ease when managing your information.

Group Trip

Making a Group Trip on the Tread® app

The Group Trip function permits you to keep related along with your fellow riders permitting you to see the place your folks are on the show and likewise within the Tread® app. You may observe the opposite riders on the Map and share areas to the Group.

Invitation to hitch a Group Trip on the Tread® app

What if my fellow riders wouldn’t have the XT2, I hear you ask? No XT2 is required for this function, simply the Tread® app alone will suffice making certain everybody in your trip can be part of the Group Trip and keep related.

To begin a Group Trip, go into the app and click on on Begin a Group Trip – you may create a brand new group trip because the chief and permit different Garmin Tread app customers to hitch your trip and see your location.

For those who you wish to be part of, it’s simple to share entry particulars – merely share with your folks a Trip ID and ship this to them through the Tread® app.

It’s also possible to be part of a gaggle trip and rejoin a earlier group trip through the Tread® app. As somebody who isn’t techy, I discovered this simple to do!

Trip Abstract

Trip Abstract on the Tread® app

So as soon as your trip is over you may maintain exploring! The XT’s Trip Abstract function offers you a complete overview of your trip which, I’ve to say, is de facto attention-grabbing to take a look at.

Trip Abstract on the Tread® app

On the finish of your trip the XT2 can give you in depth particulars of your trip together with pace, distance, acceleration and deceleration.

It can save you this abstract and look at within the Tread® app too. The map software is activated when journey historical past is enabled, and rider summaries may be deactivated within the settings for private customisation.

You may share your route with mates and allow them to see your trip on a map view.


As somebody who’s technologically challenged, I discovered the Garmin ZŪMO® XT2 person pleasant, simple to arrange and extremely clear to learn.

The Garmin ZŪMO® XT2 mounted on my bike

I really like the 6” display, the photographs are crisp and clear and the very best factor in regards to the XT2 has received to be that you should use the machine while carrying your motorcycle gloves, that makes an enormous distinction to utilizing a sat nav while driving.

I like that I can select what seems on the display while driving. When paired along with your cell, you may select to obtain notifications out of your cellphone for instance, cellphone calls, textual content messages, emails, social media notifications and so on. I simply had cellphone calls and textual content messages and turned off all different notifications. 

You may set the Garmin as much as swimsuit you and your driving so it exhibits what you wish to see. In case you go into Settings you will discover:

  • Updates – see if there are any new updates accessible for maps, software program and so on.;
  • Telephone – hook up with the Garmin Tread® app;
  • Headphone – hook up with a wi-fi headset;
  • Wi-Fi – hook up with wi-fi networks;
  • Map Show – set map preferences – map car icon, driving map view, map element, map theme, map layers, waypoint decluttering, auto zoom, skip subsequent cease affirmation, myMaps;
  • Navigation – set route preferences – calculation mode, off route recalculation, avoidances, customized avoidances, visitors, toll stickers, environmental zone, restricted mode, GPS simulator;
  • Driver Help – driver alerts and help for instance – rider alerts for development zones, colleges, bends and so on.; dashing alert; diminished pace tone; trip abstract, nation border alert, route preview, break planning, computerized incident detection, proximity alerts for instance factors of curiosity, security cameras;
  • Wi-fi Digital camera – add a brand new digital camera to your machine;
  • Show – set brightness, color mode, show timeout, orientation, screenshot; 
  • System – set language, time and items of measure;
  • System – machine data and privateness settings together with machine information reporting sharing your information with Garmin to enhance the machine and journey historical past which can present your developments, tracks and the place you have got been
All prepared to start out navigation

You may add details about your bike’s gas tank into the XT2. You enter the data in your bike’s gas vary and the XT2 will do gas monitoring suggesting gas stops based mostly in your gas vary and likewise problem a gas warning when needed.

The Tread® app could be very person pleasant too and simple to navigate your manner round. I discovered it simple to seek for a vacation spot, plan my route and ship this to my XT2.

The closest gas cease and focal point would seem on the correct of my display which was actually helpful when touring and was used many occasions!

The Garmin ZŪMO® XT2 is a implausible little bit of package

While I used to be touring Northern Spain and France, the XT2 was used a lot as I led many of the rides. I favored with the ability to select which path to go for – quickest, straight or adventurous relying on time constraints, climate and so on. I like the flexibleness it offers you so you might be answerable for your trip.

The adventurous routes took us on some wonderful roads with gorgeous surroundings and I’d suggest to anybody to do that function, you’ll not be dissatisfied.

I used to be not dissatisfied with the ZŪMO® XT2, it’s extremely person pleasant, offers you choices of some splendid routes and can be utilized while driving carrying your motorcycle gloves. Excellent.