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TomTom Rider (2013 Model)

I picked up one of the new Tom Tom Rider GPS units from Amazon this week. It seems to be in a very heavy duty durable housing which is water proofed to IPX7. It comes with the RAM Mounting system including a dock base which you hard wire to the bike. I already had the RAM mirror base mount on my bike so I did not need to use the included U bolt mount on the handlebar. The mounting system locks the GPS in place very solidly. As I put a few miles on this I will report back with my impressions. I have used Tom Tom GPSs before and I like the interface - probably because I am very used to it.

Tom Tom's original Rider came out in 2006 and the Rider 2 came out a couple years later. This 2013 model is actually the 5th generation TomTom motorcycle GPS.

So far to me this unit seems to be a very worthy alternative to the RoadTech 660 at less than half the price of that much older device. You get the same screen size, durability and weather proofness as well as lifetime map and speed/red light camera updates. A very nice purpose built motorcycle GPS.
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I did hardwire the dock into the underseat acc plug using the H-D dual harness adapter so that the acc plug wasn't harmed. Running the wire under the dash console and back under the seat was very easy and kept the wire well away from engine heat. Clean install. So far so good.


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I have a Tom Tom Rider 2 and I don't use it because the screen is to small for me. I like to be able to see the screen at a glance and not search for the details. The Tom Tom rider 2 I have is a well built gps though and I never had any problems with it.
I use my Garmin Nuvi 1450 LMT now and it has a 4 1/2 inch screen which makes it easy for me to read and it has lifetime maps too.


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The new TomTom rider also has the 4.5" screen and lifetime maps. So far, so good. I will have to ride underwater to see how rainproof it really is. I am getting good at doing routes in Google Maps and then uploading them to my TomTom using Tyre.


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The new TomTom rider also has the 4.5" screen and lifetime maps. So far, so good. I will have to ride underwater to see how rainproof it really is. I am getting good at doing routes in Google Maps and then uploading them to my TomTom using Tyre.
Wiz how is this Tom Tom working out? The good, the bad, and the ugly please?
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Kinda strange that both Wizs bought new TomTom Riders....


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Kinda strange that both Wizs bought new TomTom Riders....
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So far I like my Tom Tom. The screen size is good. The Routing is good and it is not too difficult to take a Google Maps route and run it through Tyre to turn it into an itinerary file for future use. Most of us on two wheelers like to plot our own route. Just using the Twisty Route button is iffy at best, it runs you through some crap.

So far the bottom line is that I am happy with it - with the caveat that I have been using TomToms for several years now and I like the system. I can't say I've been through rain with it yet but it's case is so much bigger and heavier than the cage tomtoms that it has to have some vibration and water proofiness. I do like the mount and the fact that it includes the mounting hardware.


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Wiz how is this Tom Tom working out? The good, the bad, and the ugly please?
After taking the TomTom Rider out for a 6200 mile test over the last couple weeks across the US and Canada, I can say that it has some issues with its built in POI database. Going to a Ramada in Regina and we ended up at a skate park next to a power station with no hotels in sight. Entering the hotel's address instead of choosing it in the database got us there. It also dragged us through a residential neighborhood in Louisville which was nowhere near Bluegrass H-D. We did end up on gravel in Manitoba even though do not use gravel roads was selected.

Functionally it is very nice and it has proven to be very durable. Not perfect but pretty good.


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I did hardwire the dock into the underseat acc plug using the H-D dual harness adapter so that the acc plug wasn't harmed. Running the wire under the dash console and back under the seat was very easy and kept the wire well away from engine heat. Clean install. So far so good.


Did you cut the accessory wire that goes under the seat? If not where did you get the plug for it and whats the P/N please

I really like mine and it was a pain to remove off my totaled bike cause the way i wired it under the fairing.
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Did you cut the accessory wire that goes under the seat? If not where did you get the plug for it and whats the P/N please

I really like mine and it was a pain to remove off my totaled bike cause the way i wired it under the fairing.
If you get the cigarette lighter plug from harley that is supposed to go on the road king in the side panel it comes with the accessory plug

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