<this thread probably belongs in the gps sub-forum here, but...>
I recently picked up a Tom Tom Rider for $330 and it has taken me a couple of weeks to decide that I will actually keep it.
The winding roads feature is awesome and is the primary reason I am keeping the unit. It puts me on roads that I am unfamiliar with that are fun to ride. That alone is worth the money for me.
Routing works fine.
Bluetooth works pretty well. Paired easily with the iphone and Sena.
It's waterproof and the screen is not too hard to see in sunlight.
I often listen to Pandora and the Rider will occasionally cut in but not say anything - when it does cut it in the volume is way louder than necessary, even when volume is set to low.
The large size/weight makes it shake a little more that smaller/lighter units - but the Zumo's are getting bigger also.
Usability is not as good as Garmin when using the unit to look around on the map (i.e. to figure out where to head next, etc.).
Zooming/painting of the screen is slow compared to Garmins - even my olders Nuvis.
Level of detail on screen is less than Garmin.
Map cannot be set to 'north up'.
City names come and go when you zoom in and out. They are there at some zoom levels and not there at others - very annoying.
TomTom uses Tyre for navigation software and that is PC only... I'd need to run a Windows VM to use it on my mac...
That's a bunch of cons, and there may even be others, but for me the winding road feature makes it all worth while.
In my opinion the Tom Tom Rider is not as nice at the Zumo, but for less than half the price it does what I need it to do. I can use my iphone when I want to look at maps in any detail. And if I need hands-free navigation on the fly I can talk to Siri and just use the Rider as a visual aid.
If the new Zumo 590LM supported voice recognition over bluetooth, I may have dropped the $800 on it, but without that feature I can't justify that much money on a gps unit. The voice recognition on my Garmin 3597 in my car is awesome. I want that functionality via bluetooth in a Zumo for hands-free navigation while on the bike.
But for now I will stick with the cheaper Rider and use Siri for hands-free navigation if/when needed.
2012 Vstrom 650 Adventure
Last edited by donmac; 04-13-2014 at 08:57 PM.