Incorporating a U-bolt mounting kit to attach the GPS unit to the handlebars assures that the TomTom Rider 2 will fit snug and secure on your motorcycle. An important feature of a motorcycle GPS unit is a rugged casing. The exterior case of the TomTom Rider 2 is waterproofed and has an IPX7 waterproof rating.
The Rider 2 also features a sun shield to help in reducing any glare from the sun or lights that may obscure the view of the screen while riding. Another great feature for bike riders is the Cardo Systems scala-rider Bluetooth headset. The scala-rider comes included with the TomTom Rider 2, and features a small 1.24 inch flat speaker that connects to the inside of a helmet using Velcro. The addition of the headset within the package will save you the expense of having to get one from a third party.
The microphone is windproof as well so riders can receive phone calls without much problem while cruising down the road. The Bluetooth headset is also a great way to hear turn-by-turn directions so you never miss your destination. The battery of the headset will provide up to 7 hours of talking time before needing a charge.
There is a 3.5-inch screen on the Rider 2 that is easy to see and navigate through. The Rider 2 also features a lithium ion battery that can stay strong for about 4.5 hours on each individual charge. You can also attach the GPS unit directly to the bike's battery if you are planning on a long trip or don't want to be bothered by constantly recharging the TomTom's battery.
The maps on the are provided by Navteq and are pretty robust and accurate, the Rider 2 also recalculates quickly offers the ability to track multi-segmented directions.
While the TomTom Rider 2 offers a lot to like there are some issues you should consider before purchasing. The Rider 2's price is hefty around $500 depending on deals and sales. The direct battery hookup and handlebar mounts will take a small amount of time to install but could be frustrating for riders that are not mechanically inclined.
The Rider 2 doeas not have a text to speech functionality and as a result it does not speak street names, which can be a burden when concentrating on riding. Additionally, the lack of traffic updates are upsetting especially on a $500 plus device. The menu system especially during riding can also frustrate some riders, the Rider 2 will automatically stay in map view once the Rider 2 is docked on the handlebar holder and the bike is in motion.
To access other menus you'll need to stop the bike and pull over.Overall if you are looking for a durable GPS unit for your bike that can also be mounted in your car with the automotive mount; the TomTom Rider 2 is a decent choice for any bike rider