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post #1 of 24 Old 12-27-2007, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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TomTom Rider

Santa brought me a shiney new Rider GPS. Having never used a GPS before, is there anything I should know that isnt in the manual, tips, etc?

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post #2 of 24 Old 12-27-2007, 12:06 PM
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I don't know much about the Tom Tom, but I have been using portable and panel mounted (in my airplane) GPS for many years. Most are so intuitive that you don't even need to read the manual to start using them.

My best advice is to start using it in your easy chair (if you get reception...or use simulator mode if it has one). Just start pushing buttons and see what result you get, but if it warns you of a no-no, back off. However most have little you can do to hurt them.

I have a Garmin 296 (Aviation GPS) with City Streets auto kit installed. Normally I punch in where I am going, and it will ask "Shortest or Fastest" routes. If I want to get fancy with a route, I can punch in waypoints that will then build a route sheet. I can do it manually on the GPS, but it is typically easier from the software then download it.

For just goofing off stuff (riding without a destination), I just let it track me, then when I decide I need to get somewhere, punch in the destination.

Best advice on a GPS is to play with it regularly so that the functions become intuitive.

Great gift....have fun.

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post #3 of 24 Old 12-27-2007, 03:25 PM
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Gps

Congrats on the Christmas gift.

I have been using a Garmin 2610 for a couple of years now. I don't know anything about the TomTom. Mine comes with mapsource from Garmin which allows you to develop routes and POI's on the PC and load them into the unit. But basically just start using it. I started playing with it in side the house then moved it to my cage, using it for trips around town and out of town. Before long I was a capable user.

Sooo try using it around the hood, going to the grocery, beer stops, friends' houses etc.

Congrats again.

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I have to admit, I am already getting pissed off with this thing. Not the actual product, but for one thing, the TomTom web site is soooooooooooo effin slow. There seems to be no phone number that you can call in Canada (or north america?), instead you have to use those brutal trouble shooting assinine support pages that give you endless choices of "something close to what you might be looking for".
If you have several questions, forget it, the site is so slow I might as well take a flight to England and ask the questions in person.

At any rate, looking forward to actually using the thing.....

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TomToms are easy, that is the brilliant (and at times frustrating) thing about them.
Rather than over analyse the device simply mount it to your bike and start riding. They are very intuitive to use and reading the poorly written manuals or trying to contact the non existent support will simply put you off.
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I installed a TomTom Rider on my Wee this past summer and rode around the Great Lakes the first time I used it. It really is easy to learn to use. The touch screen works with gloves on, and it's sunlight readable.
Ya the website sucks.

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I used it today, travelling about in car. It is very easy to use, no sweat there. Is there no speedo built in? It even shows small dirt roads that arent on paper maps. I have the headset just sitting on my sunvisor of the car, and can listen to the turn-by-turn instructions. I think the voice is set on Mandy, she sounds pretty nice....
I am also discovering that the town I live in (pop. 8000) has no street names. Odd as the town 7 miles down the road with about 9500 has most of the street names listed.
How often are you updating the Tom?

I know I can count on Tom users on the forum more than I will be able to count on the company itself.

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The last thing I want to do is detract from the amusement of your new toy - it's always good to get a new toy!!!

You may however be amused (or even familiar by the 'support' sounds of it) by my Tom-Tom rant here.

I might also add that I had to call UK support and bludgeon them into giving me as AU number as I could not find it on their website . .

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I hear ya man, I have been playing with the TomTom on my own, and finding that it works just fine. Trying to use the website and the TomTom Home program is absolutaly f*cked. The information is so fragmented and scattered its like a 4 year old designed it.

I received with the GPS, an offer from Cardo scala-rider for a deal on wireless headsets. I go to that web-site, it asks for my TomTom ser #, so where the hell is that???....Finally, and with a magnifying glass, find the number. I put it in the spot to register for the deal, it keeps telling me wrong number. So **** it (oops, fiddle I mean).

I just have absolutally no patience for poorly designed web sites, shit instructions, no paper user manual, etc.

But at any rate, I have found the speed setting and a bunch of other stuff on my own, and its working great.

Can you imagine tho??....an expensive product that has no toll free number to call for assistance?

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Do you have a Rider or a Rider 2?
Here in Australia the Rider 2 models have the Scala headset in the box, it's a standard part of the TomTom along with a RAM mount.
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