TomTom Rider GPS
An excellent GPS
I've had a Tom Tom for years, and upgraded to the Rider for more maps and to be more motorcycle friendly. This GPS has not disappointed me. The winding route feature has placed me on beautiful and interesting roads. We create routes using BaseCamp and load them onto this Tom Tom using Tyre to convert them to the correct format. I like that I can change a point from a Waypoint to a Destination on the GPS. My biggest complaint is that the communications over my Sena headset is not as seamless as I would expect - sometimes the Rider talks over the communication to the other bike and sometimes it shuts down the communication then reconnects. Turning off voice directions solved the problem. Overall, I am very satisfied with this device.
May 20, 2015
Great bang for the buck!
Got this from revzillia could not wait for the 400, wanted the garmin but not for 900. Used it local no problems much better than my zumo 450 simple install. Software I think is much better than base camp. Heading out for a week long trip will up date.
May 11, 2015
Great GPS for the Price!
I've been working with my TomTom Rider for a little over a week now as I get ready for a long trip. I've been able to use most all functions at this point and am very pleased with my purchase. I’m coming from a Garmin Nuvi. As best as I can tell, the TomTom has the functionality found on most navigation devices these days, but it’s been very user friendly and intuitive to get used to and operate. Set up and option selection was simple. Visually the screen seems of a decent size (110cm diagonal) as do the size and arrangement of the mapping and navigation icons. I can read the display even in the direct Florida sunlight.
Tyre-to-Travel, which was included free on the Rider, was a great little software application that I really like. Creating and loading maps using Tyre has been a breeze. It seems very similar to the operation of GoogleMaps. Loading maps from Tyre is a simple touch. Loading recorded routes onto Tyre from the Rider is equally simple. I did need to remind myself that these aren't maps/routes that are getting exchanged between Tyre and the Rider. All they are is a series of waypoints, which are literally nothing more than points on a map. Each of Tyre and the Rider navigate between the waypoints … separately … according to the selected options. An example of where this is important to understand is if you set the Tyre application to avoid highways while creating a map, you also need to select that avoidance when ultimately running the map on the Rider. Otherwise, the Rider may send you on a whole different route involving highways between the waypoints. Also, I found that the Winding Route Planner will also include highways as you move up the so-called "Winding Scale" unless you set the avoidance in preferences. Lastly, making changes, skipping waypoints, and skipping discrete roads altogether while out on your travels is simplified with the use of a Quick Menu and what seems to be some quickly accessed options in the menus.
The mount and docking cradle seems sturdy enough. I took note of some owners who over torqued the ball plate bolts creating damage to the electrical connection in the cradle. Caution would seem in order; all these products are only plastic after all. A little medium threadlock and a light torque is holding my mount/cradle together fine. I was lucky to be able to wire the harness included in the TomTom package to an existing, unused switched circuit that had a pigtail close to the mount. It’s working fine.
So far, I’m pretty impressed with the TomTom. It’s doing its job and for a price that was way less than the competitors out there. Yeah, I'd definitely recommend the product.
May 9, 2015
Fails on several levels
I got this unit because of the integration with TyreToTravel software. Very difficult learning curve using Tyre To Travel software. Does not follow a planned route created with Tyre software - sends you off to unknown directions. The Touch Screen has stopped working after a few uses. TRYING to work with TomTom to get it resolved but they are difficult to work with.
April 18, 2015
Only 3 Stars
I'm only giving it 3 Stars as I have not tryed this out yet. The mounting to bike was very easy. How ever the instructions does not tell or show you how to wire this into your bike. It only shows you how to mount it. I will have to pay someone to wire this in. I tryed looking up on line how to wire this system in and had no luck trying to find a video or and instructions on how to do it.
March 2, 2015
great software, bad mounting system
This was a response to a buyers inquiry that I decided to make into a review. I meant to do a Rider product review earlier,due to my disappointment with this product but, well you know how it goes...
I did a lengthy ride with this unit (14,000km over 25.days) and at first it performed really well. Easy installation and easy-to-use. It was really quick and the mounting system puts the unit right up where you want it to be. The interface has large "buttons" that respond accurately even when wearing winter gloves. Also the software is excellent. The "winding roads" feature worked well most of the time with only the occasional redundant detour.
HOWEVER, and this is a big one, the hardware for this unit was a MAJOR let down. When I screwed the unit onto the mounting bracket, the screws pushed through the casing and cracked the plastic. Probably my own fault but it didn't take much to do.The plastic was very brittle and the screw housing completely crumbled. The style of the set up instructions is: "this product is so ultra simple to set up we don't need to elaborate on some of the finer points that could render your mounting system useless". As I was leaving the next day, I couldn't return the product leaving me no other option but to secure the broken frame with JB weld. This worked well and the unit performed great for about 7000km. Then, the unit mysteriously stopped charging. It would go into shutdown mode and then power would come on and it would start up again. I found the problem to be thus: extended vibration during the ride wore down the grooves that holds the unit to to the mounting face (the seemingly well designed quick release system). Well the problem is that the power connectors stop connecting when the unit isn't perfectly in place. I used JB weld again to fill in some of the worn plastic and it worked for a while but on the last 3 days of my trip the unit was just dead weight on my dash.
Tom Tom has a great product here that I would repurchase if they redesigned the mounting system.
Moral of the story: for short rides on smooth roads with a smooth ride (I have a thumper), the Tom Tom Rider will probably do the trick... But then, why even own a GPS unit if one can't take it on the fun rides too?
Moral #2: always carry JB weld in your tool kit.
I sincerely hope TomTom addresses some of these issues.
October 2, 2014
Does everything I need from a motorcycle gps
Set up was very easy. The glove friendly feature is a big plus. I really like the curvy route feature. I'm finding new places in my own backyard. The device pairs easily with my Android phone and Sena Bluetooth. I'm very satisfied with the purchase. I've been a longtime customer of another brand, and was worried this unit wouldn't stack up. But with Tyre, lifetime maps, and daily user input route updates, I'm very happy overall. Plus with the $200 I saved I can buy more goodies for my bike.
September 30, 2014
Good for the money
Works as advertised. I like Tyre. Love winding roads. Could be bigger and higher resolution, but it is as specified. Half price of other units and works better. Appreciate Price match!
September 15, 2014