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Not sure if this has been asked before but here goes. For my RD07 what would you people recomend as a good satnav to get. Looking best for batt power , blue tooth , you know the normal specs that makes things just that bit easier instead of stopping and reading a map every 20 miles. Had a look at the TomTom Rider and the price is about £360 or there abouts. Some feed back will be great

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I have the Rider 2 and have had no problems with it at all.
I know someone on here has had problems and I also know that this will open up a can of worms.
Some members will say get a Garmin Zumo, but For the money the TOMTOM is good enough to get me where I am going.
 

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cheap 2610, run off the bike, no battery problems there.
 

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Normal car Satnavs are cheaper

plastic bags make them waterproof


Although I'm a posh knob I've got a media bag with a Garmin Nüvi 765 all for under £200

only cos I wanted the 16GB mp3 player satnav bluetooth all singing all dancing box with mapsource and multi POI
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its got to be a Garmin for their mapsource software alone especially for planning your own routes etc, not were "shelia" sends you.

if Bluetooth aint that important what about the Nuvi 550, a few of us have them and excellent 4 hrs off mains and great for cycling,walking,motorbiking and the car too.

Garmin have through third parties maps for the whole world so you`ve no excuse now:rolleyes:.
 

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I have the Rider 2 and have had no problems with it at all.
I know someone on here has had problems and I also know that this will open up a can of worms.
Some members will say get a Garmin Zumo, but For the money the TOMTOM is good enough to get me where I am going.
With you there Stumpy.
Also for TomTom's you can download a program called "Tyre" which will let you program you're own routes. Uses Google maps & Earth.
 

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I'll keep it brief, the only person that I know with a good thing to say about a rider is Stumpyfingers, most people who post comments seem to of had a bad experience, to be fair the unit is great when it works,but when it breaks down ( three new units, two new cardio sets and four charging cradles to date for me ) then you're in for a real treat, my first attempt to have a software issue solved left me without a sat nav for over FOUR MONTHS, ot one point I was told " we've obviously lost your sat nav but not in this country so there's nothing that we can do".
If you buy one be prepared to right lots of recorded delivery letters to TomTom chief executives to get satisfaction.

rant over
 

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Garmin Zumo 550 for me. Excellent track record and software, runs off the bike's power source, poke it with your glove and you are away! I have not done any comparisons but hear tales of woe for TomTom. I use the Scala Rider bluetooth head set and 'Sheila' talks to me all the time! That's bute!

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Looks like there is a TomTom fan club and a Garmin fan club. Looks more like the Garmin is going to be the way forward. Will have to go read up and compare the two. But sofar it looks like Garmin is winning this thread , more than we can say about the elections tomorrow :D
 

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I was on a tight budget and bought a car TomTom satnav (used in car also) I now mount it in a home-made watertight box on the bars, but have used it within the clear, top pocket of a tank bag with no problems. This worked for me for many thousands of miles, rain and shine.
I made up the under-seat power cable for around £3.
I also believe it used to be the case that the Rider series was not as advanced a the current car models? (software/hardware)
My mates newish Rider packed up in Spain (not charging) half way through the trip!
 

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Re: Satnav`s

I was on a tight budget and bought a car TomTom satnav (used in car also) I now mount it in a home-made watertight box on the bars, but have used it within the clear, top pocket of a tank bag with no problems. This worked for me for many thousands of miles, rain and shine.
I made up the under-seat power cable for around £3.
I also believe it used to be the case that the Rider series was not as advanced a the current car models? (software/hardware)
My mates newish Rider packed up in Spain (not charging) half way through the trip!


I have used my car`s TomTom in my tankbag but becouse i cant lock the screan it keeps changing routes , so to me its a much use as t*ts on a fish :D
 

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I like the look at the Road Angel Adventure 7000, It's pretty competatively price as well as some cool features like Memory Map Ordanance Survey maps pre loaded :thumbup:

Buy Road Angel Adventurer 7000 Reviews
 

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Normal car Satnavs are cheaper

plastic bags make them waterproof


Although I'm a posh knob I've got a media bag with a Garmin Nüvi 765 all for under £200

only cos I wanted the 16GB mp3 player satnav bluetooth all singing all dancing box with mapsource and multi POI
:cheers:
Ditto - though I'm not posh !
 

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Garmin Zumo 550 for me.

Had it 2 years now no problems at all. :thumb:
 

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Garmin Zumo 550 for me.

Had it 2 years now no problems at all. :thumb:
Same here, wee problem with a sticky power contact pin on the bike mount, but now I know the fix (ACF or Vaseline) no probs. I like the option of cable or BT into the helmet, lots of music from the MP3 player will be a bonus for many, not me :)

Oh yes, it is also daughter proof as proved when she dropped it on a concrete floor and it has done many miles around the UK in her Ka...:thumbright: Wot a generous Dad I am......!!!! :(

LATER. The downside for me has been the appalling servers at Garmin when it is time for map updates. In theory, it should be done monthly, I can barely bring myself to update twice yearly. The Garmin speed updates are good and updated fairly regularly and better than the Internet download offerings I have found. VERY uiseful to have in Yurrup... :)
 

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I'll keep it brief, the only person that I know with a good thing to say about a rider is Stumpyfingers
I'll stick my hand up here too, I've had my tomtom rider for two years and to be honest never had any problems with it, the map and camera updates come thick and fast, the software provided with it works seemlessly, all in all I've found it to be a good tool, I don't think I'd go for a bike specific one again though (based purely on cost) you seem to pay a massive premium for what essentially is a waterproof tomtom one but then that applies to all the manufacturers :thumbup:
 

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I was swayed purely by the MP3 player
yes I can use my phone but its normally in my pocket or bag
Yes I could buy a new MP3 player but that would be in my pocket or bag
I like to be able to control what and when and how loud,

now if Garmin would make a bike specific Satnav with radio for news, weather and trafic updates I'd buy one:thumbup:
 

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Garmin Zumo 550 all the way, Bluetooth phone and music, Mapsource and ease of use are all plus points! The thing is I prefer the TomTom maps over the Garmin one's, much more accurate, but the hardware is just not up to it!

I'd go on ebay and look out for a second hand Garmin 550, they usually go for about £200 - £300!

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Nokia 6210 sat nav phone with all euro mapping ( free to Nokia users) with a touratec mount
this is a great and cheap bit of kit (especially second hand]

I paid less than £100 all in for one (s/h) and find if far better than garmin which i have now sold.

its a phone a sat nav and an mp3 player, blue tooth etc etc

if its good enough for Charlie and Ewan........

good luck

Magwa:thumbup:
 
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