Monday, September 29, 2014
GPS systems are no longer just for those on four wheels! The TomTom Rider is stepping in as a motorcyclist’s co-pilot. Allowing riders to navigate the roads at their own pace (Quickest Route or Winding Route), the Rider features several specs that help you to get the most out of your two-wheeled trip down the street or across the country!
TomTom recently sent CycleTrader.com a Rider GPS to have one of our fans test out, and we selected fellow rider John Santoni to take this GPS out in the field. His thoughts allowed us to get a feel for the capabilities and usability of this motorcycle-focused technology. Check out what he had to say!
Before hitting the road, I tested the touchscreen with my gloves on and had no problem typing in my destination. As soon as I was underway, I knew that the TomTom Rider was a sophisticated piece of moto tech.
This system has several features that I feel will catch any avid motorcyclist’s attention. My favorite among them was the Winding Roads feature that takes you down roads with the most curves. It took me to roads I never even knew existed! As with any GPS, it has the ability to suggest places of interest, but it takes this a step further and gets you there in a way that you design. I was even able to transfer my route to my computer for future use.
There were no flaws when taking it down bumpy roads, and I felt that it was rugged and ready for any type of riding I encountered. Best of all, the screen’s visibility was good, rain or shine. I got caught in a downpour and didn’t need to worry. While I cursed the rain, this waterproof GPS continued to work without any glitches.
On the technical side, installation was quick and easy onto my Yamaha V-Star.
All in all, I feel that the Rider worked great!
If you're interested in learning more about the TomTom Rider, please visit http://www.tomtom.com/en_us/products/customised-navigation/motorbike-rider-series/tomtom-rider/.
Want to try out this GPS for yourself? Simply comment on this blog and you will be entered into a drawing for a free TomTom Rider!