TomTom Rider GPS
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
So Far this GPS is fantastic(Tom/Tom Rider)
First Let me start off by stating Revzilla did a no hassle price match for me with in 24 hours. I always like to save money.
Before wiring the GPS to my 06 Road King Custom I use the GPS for 5 days to find the best position for mounting. I noticed the battery will only last about 2 to 2 1/2 hours this is pretty poor for a GPS. Other than that the GPS works fantastic and has lifetime map updates (overall much better bargain/value than a GARMIN).
Everything was in the package to mount and wire the GPS to my bike . Very straight forward 30 mins from start to finish. It would really would be nice if the locking devices were sold as part of the package, so you don't have to order the device separate (people will always try to steal your stuff )
Overall the TOM TOM Rider functions very well and I recommend
August 3, 2014
Blows my other GPS away!
This thing has everything you would want in not only a GPS but in a motorcycle GPS as well. The curve road button is awesome and finds roads that I never thought to go down before. The only thing missing for me that would make it the Ultimate GPS would be the traffic feature. Other than that this puts my other GPS (you know who you are) to shame. There is no comparison between the 2.
April 23, 2014
First of all I would like to say I love your service. I am OK with this product, now looking forward to purchasing my MAP for Africa.
February 3, 2014
As a GPS unit goes, it works well, and it's considerably less expensive than the main competitors. Installation was easy. The Tyre software that comes with it looks to be handy, especially if you want to program in scenic routes you find in books, magazines, or the internet.
I'm used to GPS units for cars from the other major manufacturer, so the TomTom interface took a little getting used to, but it works.
The touchscreen works with gloves as advertised. I haven't tested out the bluetooth functionality yet, but that's the next thing on my list. I also haven't tested out the water resistance.
There is presently a lack of accessories for it--I had wanted to purchase an additional power cable, but apparently those aren't available, at least in the US. Hopefully that will change in the future.
I also had a question for TomTom's customer service about powering the unit via an accessory socket rather than wiring the harness directly to the battery. They weren't very helpful with that, though the Powerlet people were very helpful, and I got that to work nicely.
One minor annoyance was that one of the first places I tried to navigate to--a local diner--was listed at the wrong address, which didn't inspire a lot of confidence upon first using the product. Hopefully that's just an isolated thing, though.
November 26, 2013