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Other than the gps in my boat, wich I purchased recently. I have no experience with them. I've got the bug now and would like one for longer trips on the bike, and found the TomTom Rider 2 is in my price range and seems to come with everything I will need. To start off I'll only be using it to navigate from A to B and detour the slab. Probably be a while before I sit down and build/load a route, maybe never. I just wonder what you guys think of these units and if their is anything else I should be consindering... I'm trying to stay around 300 bucks.
 

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I have a Tom Tom One (a gift from my mom). It works great in the car, but invisible in the sunlight and not waterproof. I was looking into a refurbished Rider 1.0 for the bike. I reading some recent reviews, it was noted TT had discontinued the line and was not providing warranty replacement parts. I checked their site and no Riders are mentioned. FWIW
 

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Thanks for your input guys...

I'm in no hurry, so I'll keep researching. Also gonna check out the nuvi.
 

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I just bought the Nuvi 550 and it works great on the bike. Fully waterproof, 8 hour battery life and easy to read in the sun. I bought the Nuvi 550 cradle w/barewire kit to power it from the bike from West Marine for $20. Keeps it charged when on the bike.
An added benefit for the Nuvi 550 is you can load Garmin Bluechart to a MicroSD and use it on your boat.
 

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I have a Rider2 and love it. It has been on my Wee for the past 2 seasons and over 60,000kms.

It has BT to use a phone (you can accept calls while moving, but cant make them unless you come to a stop), loads of great features, is 100% waterproof (I dont even remove it when washing the bike), and has seen enough road vibrations and jarring to last a life time.

Route (Itinary) planning is a snap, or you can just let it plan a route for you with options of "shortest" or "fastest". I often whip up my own route to suit my preferences. When using it via the TomTom HOME program, you can plan your routes, update the MapShare, etc right on your device.

A ScalaRider headset is included, but I have since upgraded to the Cardo Q2 multiset.

It also comes with a RAM mount, although I went to a 1" arm rather than the 2" that comes with it.

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ps: the Rider2 is indeed still shown on the TomTom site. www.tomtom.com
 

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ps: the Rider2 is indeed still shown on the TomTom site. www.tomtom.com
Now this is just weird. It definitely was not there the other day, even though I could find the "motorcycle" section - nothing came up. Maybe I was dreaming or they were redoing the site or something.

Anyway, good news as I really like my TomTom One in the car and would prefer the same interface on the bike. I access only the basic features and haven't even upgraded the maps (I have had minor problems on two occassions, one a business moved and on a newer road), but it works fine for almost all that I need. That is why I figured an old-model refurb would be fine. I should probably look into a map upgrade, though.
 

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I have a Rider2 and love it. It has been on my Wee for the past 2 seasons and over 60,000kms.

It has BT to use a phone (you can accept calls while moving, but cant make them unless you come to a stop), loads of great features, is 100% waterproof (I dont even remove it when washing the bike), and has seen enough road vibrations and jarring to last a life time.

Route (Itinary) planning is a snap, or you can just let it plan a route for you with options of "shortest" or "fastest". I often whip up my own route to suit my preferences. When using it via the TomTom HOME program, you can plan your routes, update the MapShare, etc right on your device.

A ScalaRider headset is included, but I have since upgraded to the Cardo Q2 multiset.

It also comes with a RAM mount, although I went to a 1" arm rather than the 2" that comes with it.

Cheers

ps: the Rider2 is indeed still shown on the TomTom site. www.tomtom.com
Thanks, I'm going to order this one tonight.
 

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Atta boy Shep.

When you get it, dont bother using the supplied disc to install HOME. Go to the TT website and DL the latest version right aways.

You will be able to take advantage of the "Latest Map Guaranty" as well, just make sure you do that within 30 days of purchase.

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Come with car mount kit?

From the TomTom web site:

"Adapts instantly to car use: just fit the RIDER car mounting kit with speaker on the windscreen of the car, switch on and you’re away."

Does the Rider 2 come with this car mounting kit or is it an accessory purchased separately? The web site was not clear.


Also...

Anyone use a 2nd headset? Is there a way to set up an intercom between rider and passenger using the Rider 2?

Thanks,

Rob
 

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Can you run an MP3 lead into the Scala or Tom Tom with stereo sound?
 

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Scala is mono only, no stereo.....newer (couple of months) version will have it though.

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Well, just my two cents worth, I personally hope you have not bought one yet.

I have had a TomTom Rider 1 and 2, all have failed. In the past three years, I have replaced under warrenty 3 bike docks for the TTR1, a brand new TTR2 was sent after the TTR1 had failed twice. Since I have had the TTR2, I have had two bike docks and now the actual unit itself is failing to charge via the dock, but will via the mains power accessory lead, I have since had to make a lead from a USB car 12V adaptor to power it while on the road, or it will shut down at an awkward moment

This product is not robust enough to be used on a bike imho. I have travelled around Australia, the USA, Canada and now through Mexico where it runs out of maps at the southern border.

The only reason I am not buying a Zumo 550 is because it also has no maps of South America, otherwise I would.

If you have bought it, I hope you have more luck that me, although I have travelled over 100,000kms with all these units.

I have no idea whether the Zumo bike specific range would have handled where I have been, so I cannot comment on them.

Like I said, my 2c worth, but this unit has started to cost me alot of money in repairs, so never again will I buy a TomTom.

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Just as alternative, you could just buy a car version of the TomTom. For example, I have a TomTom XL that I use both on bike and car. No mounting bracket for the XL but the one for the TomTom One fits well and with some heavy duty velcro on the top, it has not come off for the last 18 months. Yes, it's tough to see in direct sunlight but I use mine primarily as a guide. If I miss a turn, hey that's why they built the next street. Here's a couple of pics of the mount (sorry first pic is a bit dark).
 

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The only reason I am not buying a Zumo 550 is because it also has no maps of South America, otherwise I would.
There is a strong community of Garmin users in both Central and South America. They have created many maps that can easily be loaded into most of the Garmin units. Certainly any of th models that have a SD port. I use a very good map of Belize when I work down there. Not really for navigation, its a small country with few roads, although I have become lost once or twice, but to graphically place my own waypoints near known geographic features. I have seen good maps of Chile, Peru, and Brazil. I am not sure about other countries. I don't have the link on this computer, but I can try to run it down.
 

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Hi Chacbalam, thanks for the info

I have a GARMIN Map76S with the basic world map loaded on it. For basic nav it is good and it saves my cookie trail. I have also a basic road map that covers the whole continent, so at this stage I will live with what I have.

Cheers
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