Top positive review
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Excellent piece of kit
on 28 May 2013
An essential motorcycling accessory. The winding route planner feature is a great addition that completely changes the riding experience.
Last year I went on a 3k mile trour acroos europe on my street triple and bought a then top-of-the line garmin piece which left me entirely frustrated, prompting me to write a wishlist of what I would want to see in a SatNav. The end of my previous SatNav was swift and sad - i failed to properly click it into the badly designed mount, and it died under the wheels of several cars on a motorway near Cote D'Azur, giving me an opportunity to upgrade.
TomTom River V5 is a blast and meets nearly every requirement on the wish list I devised last year. Here is a summary:
Build: Awesome. Small, easy access to port, excellent mounting system that is impossible to mis-mount, built of very nice, leathery plastic that just feels good in your hand.
Screen: Good. Its not like an Iphone in terms of touch ergonomics, but that is not necessarilly a minus. No gestures available, but buttons are there to press and they respond to every glove in my wardrobe with accuracy. Unlike the Garmin piece I owned, this one has very ergonomic map that can be scrolled and used to put down waypoints with ease. A great feature. Menu system is good. Some functions could be more intuitive, but overall - everything is there and accessible during a traffic light stop, so no complaints there. Not sure I've ever seen a gadget with a menu system that left me without complaints.
Winding Route Planner: A Blast!!! This is the feature that makes this SatNav. It does exactly what it says - plans a route through small roads in the countryside. I found it to be an absolute thrill. No need to spend hours on confusing motorcycle route planner websites, just start your bike, choose a town a hundred or so km away and ask TomTom to plan a winding route for you. What you get is a very fun journey. Every time i took me though a stunning route among hills, fields and beautiful scenery I never knew existed around London.
Map: Its still behind googlemaps in terms of map clarity and function.
Voice guidance: Not sure if its my headset or the SatNav, but voice guidance is distorted and hard to understand at speed. Had the same issue with Garmin.