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TomTom revs up with new motorbike GPS

By Staff writers | 11:55 am 19/02/2013

Those of you that are born to be wild but not born to handle maps while driving because it’s dangerous will appreciate a new product that makes it harder to get lost when you’re riding solo.

Designed to make it easier for bike riders to pick specific routes, the TomTom Rider is a new navigation device for motorcycles that not only features a glove friendly 4.3 inch touchscreen, but also can send audio instructions to Bluetooth-capable helmets.

“We listened to feedback from motorbike communities to create a device that was customised for the way they want to ride,” said Winnie Kwan, TomTom’s Senior Marketing Manager for the Asia Pacific region.

“We found that the overwhelming majority of bikers use their motorcycle for recreational purposes and many actively seek out routes that offer fantastic scenic touring experiences. TomTom Rider gives bikers the ability to find and ride the best scenic routes in the world.”

While the touchscreen has been optimised for clothed hands, it also hold work in most weather conditions, including direct sunlight, something that motorcyclists will have to deal with and is notorious for being poor on LCD screens.

TomTom’s Rider also features a “Winding Roads” mode to find a route with more bends and winds, free lifetime maps in Australia, multiple points of interest with personalised options able to be added, and the ability to share your routes with other drivers over Bluetooth.

Keen cyclists won’t be able to find the Rider in stores until March, and while TomTom hasn’t given us an idea of pricing yet, we suspect it won’t be more than $600.

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