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post #1 of 6 Old 09-12-2014, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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I know there are a few tom tom users on the site so how are they now that you have had them for awhile? I have been chewing on a zumo for a while now I just cant seem to get that price to go down. I was going to get another nuvi ( maybe a 2597 ) but my last one seemed to be bothered a lot by vibration,.( it was a 500 ). maybe I just got a bad one but it works fine in the car, anyway now I am leaning toward the tom tom. just wanted to hear from some troopers with experience. thanks.
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I know there are a few tom tom users on the site so how are they now that you have had them for awhile? I have been chewing on a zumo for a while now I just cant seem to get that price to go down. I was going to get another nuvi ( maybe a 2597 ) but my last one seemed to be bothered a lot by vibration,.( it was a 500 ). maybe I just got a bad one but it works fine in the car, anyway now I am leaning toward the tom tom. just wanted to hear from some troopers with experience. thanks.
I was also looking at the 2597 which sells for about CDN$200 at Walmart whereas the Tom Tom Rider is CDN$400. You can get a car mount and charger for it too for CDN$90. Will be following your thread with interest as I want to pick up my GPS in January or so.

It's $200 more for the Tom Tom but you get a lot of extra crap for that, including the fact that it's waterproof. As I get closer to turning 50, $200 seems like less of issue than it did a few years ago, but you do want to make sure you get value for it.

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I have also been thinking about a GPS for the bike, I have a Tomtom in my vehicle and have been happy with it. However the reviews I read about the Rider have not been glowing.
Some of the problems are with visibility in direct sunlight, not being able to change batteries, way fewer functions than Garmin models, only being able to make phone calls not receive them while moving.

The GPS technology for motorcycles seems to be lagging other areas. Even the more expensive Garmin models have issues. For those of us who want a plug and play reliable fully functional unit for a reasonable price......we will probably have to just keep looking for a little while longer.
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It's no frills and works fine. Gets me where I am going every time. No major issues.

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I'm still glad I bought mine. It has worked great and has been reliable.

I'm typically a Garmin fan (I have a bunch of them) but I have seen lots more people complaining about the Zumo than the TomTom - but then again there are a lot more Zumos out there so it is all relative.

The Rider still has all of the cons that I have mentioned in an earlier review, but I have learned to live with them.

I leave the voice turned off. I find that it is too verbose and sometimes the entire message does not come through the Sena. Note that my Sena is streaming Pandora from my iPhone most of the time.

If I want to look at something on the map quickly while stopped I much prefer the google maps interface on my phone.

But for general navigation, and (most importantly) taking me down interesting roads via the winding roads feature, I find the TomRom Rider does just fine.

It was well worth the $333 on Amazon.

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I just ordered one of these from staples. When I was viewing the page there was a 20 minute special on the page for an additional 7% off the price bringing it down to $302.34. From the reviews I have read I think it should work for my purposes.

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