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TomTom RiderMotorcycle-friendly Points of Interest: to pre-plan a route via bike-friendly hotels, alpine passes and fuel stations.

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TomTom brings enhanced route management functionality to TomTom Rider with updated Tyre Pro software. Bikers can now create winding road routes on their PC (not currently MAC-compatible) before sending to their device and sharing with others.

Tyre Pro allows motorcyclists to select the most exciting routes for every journey, from the fastest to the most scenic.  Now, for the first time, bikers can set the number of miles they want to ride and plan their route around distance to create the best winding routes.
Other new features include:
  • Motorcycle-friendly Points of Interest: to pre-plan a route via bike-friendly hotels, alpine passes and fuel stations.
  • Smarter ‘advanced expanding’ technology to help avoid potential differences between a planned route on a PC and the actual route on a device.
  • ‘Advanced Splitting’, to enable the biker to decide how to save the route on the device and specify how many waypoints are needed on each ride when the route file is too large.
Tyre Pro is available for free for all consumers who purchase a TomTom Rider device.

TomTom Rider Key Features:

Winding Roads
TomTom’s Windings Roads feature allows bikers to select routes with the most bends for a more exciting ride.
Upload Routes and Go
TomTom’s Upload Routes and Go feature enables bikers to upload preferred routes captured online to the TomTom Rider device. These routes can be shared with other riders via Bluetooth.
PC Route Management via Tyre Pro
Users can download Tyre Pro interactive software to search, create and edit routes on a PC before uploading them to the TomTom Rider device. These can then be shared with friends.
All-Weather Device
TomTom Rider has a glove-friendly screen that responds instantly to touch. It is designed for any weather conditions, including bright direct sunlight.
Free Lifetime Maps
TomTom Rider includes free Lifetime Maps. For the life of the product, users can download four or more full updates of the map on the device every year, which includes all updates to the road network, addresses and Points of Interest.
Map Share
Users benefit from free Daily Map Changes from the TomTom Map Share community, which includes dynamic changes such as new speed limits and blocked roads. Map Share helps overcome the more frequent road changes and so avoid delays or detours.
Points of Interest
Via TomTom Rider, users can access the Points of Interest feature to find interesting places to stop en-route, such as restaurants, motels and fuel stations. Personalised Points of Interest can also be added, for future reference.
IQ Routes
TomTom’s IQ Routes uses real travel times for each and every road shared by millions of bikers, therefore providing the optimum route and arrival time.
A range of optional accessories are available for the TomTom Rider personal navigation device, including a car mounting kit; charging bike dock; and a unique anti-theft solution.
Pricing and Availability:
RRP is £349.99 for the Rider EU and £429.99 for the Rider Premium Pack which includes the above accessories.
The Review;
Whilst some may baulk at the price, rest assured this is a premium product, top of the range when it comes to motorcycle sat navs. TomTom are the market leader in this field and this Rider version is a good upgrade to earlier models.
We did not test the unit outside of the UK but have heard good reviews from those that have toured Europe on it.
Build quality; compact, sturdy and an excellent mounting system
Screen; The screen is clear in bright daylight, Works nicely with all the gloves we tested it with and menu system is good. The increased screen size from 3.5 to 4.3 inches is a decent improvement.
tyre PRO; A great little feature, design and plan routes on your home PC and transfer them to the sat-nav. Whilst many motorcyclists (like me) simply think of using a sat-nav to find a destination (and travel from A to B in the quickest time), this device really comes into its own when planning a ride-out on some of the best biking roads available to you, taking in all the twisties!
Comes with FREE lifetime maps, expensive map updates are a thing of the past!
Bluetooth connects at the first time of asking.
Battery life is just 3-4 hours but most users will hard-wire to the battery!
The lack of external speaker so you could also use it in the car, at a premium price we would like to see TomTom include this on future product updates. Also, it is quite chunky (the depth) so quite difficult to store when not on the bike and also means mouting it (on a sportsbike, for example), is restrictive. The mounting kit included in the box is basic, you will probably want to go buy a more flexible mounting kit from someone like RAM.
An SD card slot (for music) is also on the wish list!
Premium product and premium price. Essential piece of touring kit and comes highly recommended from us!

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