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Back in January I went out for a ride on the motorbike, got lost in the middle of no where in Wales at which point it started raining. Now there is nothing worse than riding a motorbike whilst raining and lost. You can get cold, frustrated which can take the enjoyment away from riding and potentially lead to accidents. At this point I turned on the TomTom Rider Pro and using the intuitive touch menu system I told it to take me to the nearest petrol station. Whilst there I brought a pasty and by the time I had finished that the rain had stopped and the sun was out leading to a rather enjoyable ride.
On the front of the TomTom Rider is the touch screen, the right hand side of the unit is where the on/off button is located (cant be used with a gloved hand) and on the back is where the mounting unit is attached.
On the bottom is a sealed port when covered. This cover also cant be used with a gloved hand so make sure it is shut before riding. The port is where you can connect your TomTom Rider to a PC to receive updates, backup the unit or just download different colours/start up pictures.
The TomTom Rider cant just be connected to any computer to receive updates, the computer must have at least one USB port for the TomTom, and have the correct software installed. Out of the box the TomTom comes with a mounting kit, the actual unit, an instruction manual in various languages, a charger, different plug pins for different country's and a CD. It is this CD that contains the TomTom Rider software. Simply play the CD as you would an ordinary CD or DVD, a box will pop up saying are you sure you want to run TomTom Rider Pro Home software or words to that effect. You then simply follow the on screen instructions, the software very much like the unit is easy to use.
The TomTom Rider has a length of about 8cm with a width of about 9cm. Depth is 4cm. My first impressions of the unit were bomb proof. Being designed for use on a motorbike this thing is built like a tank, I have read reports of people coming off there motorbikes and seeing there TomTom Rider sliding down the road, only to pick it up and have it still working. The only slight damage being to the rubber strip that runs all the way around the unit to aid in gripping with a gloved hand.
The image of the TomTom Rider sliding down the road may make you believe the mounting system is not secure. I can assure you now that it is more than secure enough for everyday riding but I would advise against leaving it attached to motorbike, if leaving the motorbike unattended. The mounting unit itself consists of two ball attachments and one double ended socket attachment. One of the ball attachments goes on the back of the TomTom Rider, the other connects somewhere either on the handlebars or mirrors. The double ended socket links the two ball attachments together. Being ball and socket joints you have a lot of freedom in where you want to place the unit.
Once turned on the TomTom Rider Pro is very easy to use. The first thing that must be done is to set up the unit (Time, date etc). After this is done you will be presented with a Welcome screen and then the main screen, which consists of a Plan Route button, Browse Map button and an Options button which is where you can configure the TomTom Rider to your liking. The display its self is crystal clear and even switches to a night mode when low levels of ambient light are detected.
I cannot comment on headsets for use with the unit as I do not have one, I am aware however that a number of headsets are compatible with the unit (for full list see TomTom website). These headsets enable you to receive spoken instructions from the unit as well as send and receive phone calls provided you have connected to your phone via blue tooth.
Whilst there are probably better units on the market unless you really need to know everything about the environment you are travelling through, height, temperature and gradient of the hills you really cant go wrong with the TomTom Rider Pro for everyday road riding.