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Is the TomTom Motorcycle GPS Worth It?

Jul 8, 2008
The TomTom rider was the very first GPS unit released that was designed specifically for motorcycles. Devised from TomTom's popular GO selection of GPS car devices, it does a terrific job.

The TomTom Rider is water resistant and the mobile phone hands free feature means that you can pair the Rider with a compatible Bluetooth headset to receive and deliver calls. When using this feature, you will hear the sound in your Bluetooth helmet headset and the telephone number and caller's name will appear on the display.

While the display is a LCD touch screen, if you wear thick motorcycle gloves you may have some difficulty in using the TomTom's more detailed screens. Screens affected by this include the one where you input the address you wish to travel to. The solution in this case would be to input the information before you begin your trip with bare hands and then put your gloves on before you take off.

The Rider ships with the following: a screen wipe cloth, wired headset, a SD card, an AC adapter, USB cable, mounting kit, 12 volt-power cable, carrying pouch, Bluetooth headset and required reference material.

Using the mounting kit, the TomTom rider can be mounted on to your motorcycle's handlebar, mirror and any flat service that you can find using the adhesive mount. The mount is secure enough to keep your GPS unit attached even over the most bumpy of rides. The 12 volt-power cable can be attached via the mount and enables you to have constant power to your unit without having to recharge it.

The TomTom rider's downsides? The Bluetooth headset has poor sound quality and could be improved. The screen could have been a little bigger with larger icons and the hooded sun protection case could have been a little longer to shade more of the screen. The POI database is out of date and can give the wrong street address or street names at times.

The battery can last up to five hours on a single charge and will maintain this charge for weeks at a time when not in use. The Rider is built tough, and looks like it can take the knocks that come with being a motorcycle GPS unit.

Despite some of the downsides listed above, the TomTom rider is a very capable GPS units for your motorcycle. The Bluetooth integration is probably its biggest selling feature but you may find yourself buying a new headset after a little time. But not to worry - the TomTom rider will serve you faithfully in all respects.
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