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TomTom Rider

alaTest has collected and analyzed 214 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the reliability and voice guidance are generally positive. The performance and design also get good comments, but some have doubts about the route planning and value for money.

usability, design, performance, voice guidance, reliability

screen, price, route planning

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the TomTom Rider is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 214 reviews)

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TomTom Rider


Portable navigation systems aren't just for cars. Motorcyclists need help getting around, too, and the TomTom Rider aims to do just that. Designed for those who ride on two wheels, the Rider provides you with a simple plug-and-go solution with all the...

The TomTom Rider provides text- and voice-guided directions to motorcyclists and comes with an easy-to-install mounting kit. All maps are preloaded on an included SD card, and the unit has integrated Bluetooth for hands-free calling

The TomTom Rider's POI database is outdated and occasionally gave us wrong street names or no street at all for some side streets. Also, the included Bluetooth headset has poor sound quality and we wish the screen were slightly bigger

Despite some performance glitches, the TomTom Rider is a solid navigation system for motorcyclists, with good Bluetooth integration, but we recommend swapping out the included Bluetooth headset for a higher-quality one.

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TomTom Urban Rider review


TomTom's latest motorbike sat nav tested

Intuitive interface ; Clear audio

No voice control

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TomTom Rider


Rugged and durable design, Bluetooth handsfree

Poor audio quality, Hard to use with gloves

While Tom Tom does get credit for trying with the Rider, there are some key flaws with this GPS solution that have to be overcome.


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Tom Tom Rider


The Tom Tom Rider is the first GPS made specifically for motorcycles or scooters and fills a large gap in mobile GPS offerings. We think there are fou...

Rugged and durable design, Bluetooth handsfree

Poor audio quality, Hard to use with gloves

While Tom Tom does get credit for trying with the Rider, there are some key flaws with this GPS solution that have to be overcome.

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TomTom RIDER Europe


Designed with bikers in mind the TomTom Rider Europe is a rugged and waterproof satnav that comes with RAM mounting hardware. It offers door to door navigation for anywhere in Western Europe with 3D graphiics and a 3.5-inch screen. TomTom RIDER Europe...

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TomTom Rider Review


This week we've unleashed the Stig to test the TomTom Rider, SatNav just for motorbikes. Will he like it, or perhaps even form a loving bond as only the I.T. Stig can with technical equipment.

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TomTom Rider


SatNav finally arrives for the biker and its based around the latest TomTom 5 platform and features an integrated Bluetooth audio system

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My Tom Tom Rider #1 now lives in the trash


I tried loving and living with my Tom Tom Rider, especially since I paid tons for it. I couldn't make it work no matter how hard I bashed my head against the wall. It's dead now. I have an iphone and found the miracle apps from Motion X called GPS...

Cute name ; Works on a motorcycle ; Great paper weight

1) no customer support ; 2) the Mac OS software never worked correctly - the sim mode never was operable ; the PC version was only slightly better ; 3) I bought an upgraded map membership - supposed lower price on upgrades. I was able ; to get one upgrade

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The dock is the problem


The dock for the bike is apparently not engineered for close tolerances. The output of the dock is approximately 5 volts. After years of thinking the an electrical component failed, I realized not so, just the spring loaded contacts of the dock do not...

Unit itself is great

Faulty engineering of the dock

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More of a hassle than helpful


It has a lot of options and they seem to work ok

Terrible customer support, the SD card will not read sometimes, the unit shuts off while driving, headset is not so good on a bike

Product Specifications

It's a lovely sunny day and you feel like taking the bike out for a spin. Will you go on one of your usual circuits or take a different route for a change? Pick a new route, run through it before you leave, build in a few stops and don't worry about getting home. Or just pick a destination and ride. All you need to do is put your gear on, turn the ignition and you're off, without a care in the world. With TomTom RIDER you can ride wherever you want and you'll always find your way the easy way. TomTom RIDER is the first portable navigation system designed specially for bikers, and it's built with enjoyment and safety in mind. You get clear spoken directions door-to-door via a Bluetooth headset in your helmet. RIDER has unique glove-friendly touch-screen operation, and automatically goes into safe mode when you start the bike. There is an anti-glare screen with an integrated visor on its tough weatherproof case so you can see the colorful 3D graphics of the road ahead while you ride. And if you speed up, the volume of the spoken instructions goes up too, so that you can hear clearly at higher speeds. TomTom RIDER also handles phone calls using a wireless Bluetooth headset in your helmet. If you choose to accept them, calls are automatically routed to your helmet, overriding the spoken instructions during the call, while the 3D graphics continue to guide you on-screen. Just keep your Bluetooth-enabled phone in your bag or pocket and both hands firmly on the handlebar. Take any route you want; quickest, shortest, avoiding motorways or even a biker-friendly scenic route. TomTom RIDER transfers easily form bike to bike, and from bike to scooter. And, if you feel like taking the car instead, it works in the car too!


Run Time (Up To):5hour(s)

Built-in Display

Diagonal Size:3.5"
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9 cm
Resolution:320 x 240

Dimensions & Weight


GPS Software

Maps Included:Canada / USA

GPS System

Receiver:20 channel
Recommended Use:Motorcycle
Type:GPS receiver


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:TomTom/TomTom RIDER


CE Product Type:GPS receiver mounting kit for car
Waterproof: Yes