TomTom RIDER Motorcycle GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps
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The TomTom RIDER doesn't just show you where to go, it gives you the freedom you want to go the fastest way or take the longest, windiest roads, it's designed to deliver on every to explore. Whether l
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So I purchased the Tomtom and have been favorably impressed. I must point out for experienced Garmin users that having Garmin experience can actually be a bit of a handicap at first. The Tomtom thinks and does things things differently than Garmin so don't get frustrated when it doesn't operate like a Garmin. In other words you are going to have to spend a bit of time getting to know the Tomtom.
The Tomtom Computer to GPS interface software that you download actually works very nicely unlike Garmin. It's east to pre-plan routes from your computer screen with your Tomtom connected via the provided USB cable. The unit has a nice size screen that has good visibility in sunlight compared to other GPS units.
My biggest gripe is the "Lifetime Free Map Updates". Tomtom makes it impossible for you to activate your Lifetime Free Map Updates online despite carefully following the instructions. There are many similar complaints to be found online, just Google "tomtom lifetime maps scam".
After a lot of online research I took the advice of others and called Tomtom Customer Service and had an agent after many questions activate my Lifetime Map subscription. I recommend the Tomtom, it's a good alternative to Garmin.
But come on Tomtom, it looks pretty obvious that you are intentionally making it difficult for customers to activate the "Lifetime Map Subscription" they paid for while at the same time sending them emais advertising a $70.00 12 month map update.
Plotting an itinerary using the Tyre software or on the unit itself is easier than the Garmin. I also like that it shows the road I am on at the bottom of the screen and my next road on the top. Even better it shows the street name and the route number if applicable. So if you are following Route 20 it will say to turn on Route 20 - Main Street. Whereas Garmin will say Main Street which leaves you wondering if that is Route 20 ahead or is it sending you off on some strange local road. The drawback to this is if the street name and number is very long it adjusts the text size to fit the entire information on the screen. Sometimes this is very hard to read but I still like it better.
The maps have similar glitches as the Garmin and at times it loses the satellite signal but I have not done back to back with a Garmin so not sure if it is the area or the unit. The Garmin could not find Hawk's Nest Lodge in WV but the TomTom did. Of course the TomTom took me down some really back roads to get there that made me wonder where it was taking me when the park is on a major road but the Garmin sent me to the middle of town and said I was there. The TomTom screen showed me driving down the middle of a river I was riding alongside and at each road crossing it told me to take that road then turn onto the road I was on. They all can get "creative" at times.
I use a Scala Rider headset unit for bike to bike intercom and the GPS hooks up just fine with it. I also link my cell phone through it and everyone I have spoken to says they cannot tell I am on a motorcycle while talking.
I have a Moto Guzzi California and they make a mount for this unit but I just used the supplied mount. I also have a Suzuki V-Strom 650 that I use the same unit on. Many times on the Suzuki I choose shortest route and unpaved roads through national forests and ride the fire roads or trails relying on the unit to tell me how to get back out.
A real plus is this units price compared to the Garmin motorcycle units.