TomTom Rider 550 Motorcycle GPS Review

TomTom Rider 550 Motorcycle GPS Review

Imagine the situation - You’re out riding your motorcycle down a road you know well when your mate says, why don't we try turning left here rather than the usual turn right as there is a better road down here. You drive down the road, take a few rights and a few left's and all of a sudden, you've got no idea where you are.  One question, can you remember your way back to where you started? The honest answer is probably not and there is a good chance that you are now lost.

Obviously you could pull out your cell phone, have a look at the map, try to remember the directions you need to take to get yourself to the restaurant, or you could switch on your TomTom Rider 550 Motorcycle GPS device, enter the location and find the quickest, easiest route, that avoids all the speed cameras, and most importantly, avoids any traffic. Which one would you prefer?

For those that are thinking a GPS Device would be a good option there is no better unit than the TomTom Rider GPS unit which made by TomTom USA provides you with a GPS unit that can both allow you follow navigation instructions even when it’s raining and easily fold up into your pocket when you have finished your ride so it does not get stolen.

TomTom Rider 550 Review

The TomTom Rider 550 Motorcycle GPS unit is TomTom's second generation model of their motorcycle GPS and comes with a range of updates and improvements.  We loved the last version of this model, and with the latest improvements, this models is even better.

The Rider 550 comes with a 5-Inch, capacitative touchscreen that provides for multi-touch capabilities and comes preloaded with base maps for 45 countries which will be updated through the built in Wi-Fi for the life of the device.  The touchscreen works well meaning that you don't even have to remove your gloves if you want to change the route or check any messages you've received. 

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Maps & Directions

Switching the GPS on, the unit quickly starts up thanks to its all new super-fast quad-core processor that calculates routes five times fast than previous models. Directions are very easy to follow and thanks to the slightly larger screen size, it's now packed with useful information to help you.

The new processor also helps to facilitate a few new features that we have not seen before. Connecting your GPS to your smartphone, now means that you can access Apple's Siri or Google Now directly through the bluetooth feature. As a result, if you're looking for somewhere to go for lunch, it's easier than ever.  The processor also supports TomTom's "Winding Roads Routes feature" that enables you to select pre-planned routes either directly from the unit or uploaded via the TomTom website.

On the downside though, the five inch screen means that the unit is rather bulky, and there are still no live traffic updates.  The battery life is not great meaning that you will need to wire it into the battery on your bike and while there is a "sunlight visibility feature" which does work, it's still better to use the gps with a screen guard to help reduce the sun's glare.

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Overall 

Overall, it's a fantastic GPS unit for your motorcycle and easily the best motorcycle gps on the market today.  It's totally waterproof meaning that you don't have to worry about using it in the rain, and the the Bluetooth connection enables hands-free phone calls.


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