Garmin have introduced a new Motorcycle model called the Zumo 350LM, a 4.3" model with lifetime map updates. Unlike it's car counterparts it doesn't have traffic alerts, maybe because motorbikes don't really need them!
But what is most interesting is Garmin's new street models are all Navteq and no longer Whereis maps. Some will say that Whereis is better in the city whilst Navteq is better on country roads but I can't say for certain myself. The move is clearly going to affect Sensis just like it's Yellow Pages trying to compete against Google. I think they need me to be at the helm .... and so does Nokia .... and soon Apple.... who shall I pick?
I have a quick comparison between the Zumo 350LM and the Zumo 660 and the biggest difference is that the new unit does not have the capability to play music. Yes, Garmin are playing the take two steps forward one step back like they have always done. If you have a motorbike and a boat in theory you are better off with the Nuvi 500 because it is designed to work with all maps including street, topo and marine; a device that retails for $399 and yet Garmin are insisent on forcing you to buy a second GPS if you buy a Zumo. This is called market segregation and maximising profits. Whilst you continue to buy Garmin you continue to allow them to dictate what they sell you.
Another notable feature removed from the Zumo 350LM is the Garmin Lock, anti-theft feature as well as not being able to navigate to geotagged images. Wait and see if they bring out a better version that doesn't have the nobbled features for you to pay more for.
The biggest plus is lane assist and service history log and Trackback features.
The problem is, motorcyclists overwhelmingly preferred the Zumo 550 because it had buttons. Garmin struggled selling the Zumo 660, so the most logical step was to remove the Zumo 550 and force people to the Zumo 660. Now, Garmin continue the trend with the Zumo 350LM.