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TOMTOM Urban Rider
You can click on images to enlarge! Video at bottom of page!
March 2012

TOMTOM Urban Rider - Motorcycle GPS
Well after many years of using a car TOMTOM GPS system on my motorcycle I have now finally changed over to the TOMTOM Urban Rider GPS system specifically made for motorcycles.

While the price of other GPS navigation systems came down in price the TOMTOM Rider stayed at about $600 Australian dollars and I could never justify spending that much money on one.

I couldn't believe it when I came across the new TOMTOM Urban Rider for only $393 (AUD) including freight… I just had to have it.

TOMTOM Urban Rider - Motorcycle GPS
TOMTOM Urban Rider - screen
I bought it online at www.Ryda.com.au which is a site that I think I actually bought the handlebar mounting system for my old TOMTOM.

My first impressions of it was that it was big and bulky about the same size as my old TOMTOM except a bit thicker and the screen was smaller.

The Ram mount that they supplied with it was big and bulky too!

When I put it all together and stuck it on the handlebars it looked ridiculous I wasn't happy at all.

Oh and to add to my disappointment I was going to have to buy another docking mount to be able to charge the TOMTOM while riding along... another $159 (AUD) WTF!!!

Well that was it... CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!

TOMTOM Urban Rider - Motorcycle GPS
TOMTOM Urban Rider Dock
TOMTOM Urban Rider - Motorcycle GPS
Urban Rider Dock & Ram Mount

The sun glare comparisons below have the 2 TOMTOM units facing and angled directly at the sun. My old TOMTOM was useless while the new TOMTOM Urban Rider was still readable.

TOMTOM Urban Rider - Motorcycle GPS
DIRECT sunlight glare comparison
TOMTOM Urban Rider - Motorcycle GPS
DIRECT sunlight glare comparison

After having a little hissy fit I got right down to figuring out how to mount the new TOMTOM Urban Rider to my Suzuki Boulevard C50 motorcycle.

TOMTOM Urban Rider - Motorcycle GPS
DIRECT sunlight but shaded
With a little bit of mucking around and some great ideas from Naomi I ended up using my old TOMTOM mount and a little bit of super glue to mount it in the same spot that my old one sat.

The next thing I did was cut and file off some of the plastic on the new docking mount so that I could have the little door on the TOMTOM open while it was attached to the new docking mount.

YOU CAN SEE ALL THIS IN THE VIDEO AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.

This meant that I could now connect the USB cable to the tom-tom and have it connected to a 12volt cigarette lighter outlet via a USB adapter (which I already had).

PROBLEM SOLVED and $159 SAVED!!

TOMTOM Urban Rider - Motorcycle GPS
Mounted with 12volt power
TOMTOM Urban Rider - Motorcycle GPS
TOMTOM Urban Rider mounted

Mounting it the way I have, using my old TOMTOM mount I can have it move up and down but not side to side, this isn't a problem because I sit directly in front of it anyway.

TOMTOM Urban Rider - Motorcycle GPS
Old TOMTOM mount adapted
TOMTOM Urban Rider - Motorcycle GPS
You gotta love super glue!

The TOMTOM Urban Rider has a battery life of about six hours which is great, but if you're like me and you can travel 10 to 12 hours in a day before stopping for the night six hours is not good enough.

So now I can happily ride along with the TOMTOM fully charged and if it starts to rain I can unplug the USB cable and close the little door to make it water proof while it's raining.

TOMTOM Urban Rider - Motorcycle GPS
Front-side profile of TOMTOM
TOMTOM Urban Rider - Motorcycle GPS
Rear-side profile of TOMTOM

Now that I have it all set up on the motorcycle the way I want it, I can say that I really do like the new TOMTOM Urban Rider.

TOMTOM Urban Rider - Motorcycle GPS
Not to shabby if you ask me!
The anti-glare screen and built-in sun visor is great on sunny days... no more having to move my head around to see the screen.

The glove-friendly screen seems to work well, much better than my old one.

It doesn't have an external speaker so if I want to hear it I have to wear my intercom in my helmet.

The TOMTOM Urban Rider did connect to my iPhone 3GS and my helmet intercom (BlueAnt Interphone) which all worked great.

I certainly look forward to riding along in the rain and not have to worry about my TOMTOM.

Check out the video below for more details on the TOMTOM Urban Rider.

Keep on riding… Mark
Don't Forget to Ride the Back Roads!

Video review of the TOMTOM Urban Rider
My personal review and tips with the TOMTOM Urban Rider motorcycle GPS.








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