Tom Tom Rider GPS Review
Tomtom, the leaders of in-car Satellite Navigation, have at last released a GPS system for motorbike riders, their Tom Tom Rider. Is it any good?
I have to say that it is, but at a price. As standard, the Rider comes with everything you need to get started, the unit, bracket, power-lead, ear-piece fitting instructions, etc, but only maps for the UK. As the current asking price is about £500, this is a lot of money. So what are you getting.
As we use the Tomtom Rider, and delve into its wealth of functions, you can see that actually we are getting a very capable unit, and a lot of thought has gone into making this a device that is specifically designed for the Motorbike Rider, not a car system in a waterproof box.
The Tomtom Rider had Tomtoms excellent, easy to use user-interface, but they've changed the size of the on-screen buttons so it can be used while wearing gloves. Nice! The unit also comes with a Bluetooth ear-piece, which not only transmits the spoken direction instructions, but also can link up with your mobile phone so you can take calls on the move. Great!
In use, the Tomtom works well. I always got a great signal, and the Tomtom was easy to fit to my Bandit 600. I guess the only complaint would be that if you were on a particularly long road, when you came to a turn, it was a bit of a shock to have the unit yelling in your ear to turn right!
For those of you who have not used a Tomtom before, navigating is very simple, via post-codes or town, road-name, Points of Interest (fuel, food, etc) favourites, recents & town-centres. Very easy and eficient. The 3d maps are simplified and very clear, and I have never had any major problems with their accuracy. There is always the odd junction that is wrong, or round-about that isn't there, but these are few and far between.
Another great feature of the Tomtom Rider is that with an additional mount it can be used in a car - there's no need to buy an extra unit.
Would I buy a Tomtom Rider? Hmm. I think its a little too expensive at the moment. If it came with the whole of Western Europe, and the car-mount as standard, it would justify the cost, but for me I'll be waiting until they drop to the £350-£400 mark. But if money is no object, go for it, you won't be sorry. Buy a Tomtom Go Rider - GPS Navigation For Motorbikes From Amazon.co.uk
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