TomTom launches “TomTom Rider” - a new navigation device for bikers

Words: Janine Finnemore

TomTom today introduces TomTom Rider, a new portable navigation device created especially for bikers. Following feedback from the motorcyclist community, TomTom Rider has been designed to give bikers the ability to choose the type of route they want to ride; from the fastest; to the most scenic; to their own personalised route.

Bikers can easily create and then upload their personalised routes direct to their TomTom Rider device. By downloading Tyre® interactive software, bikers can search, create and edit their own routes on a PC. Alternatively, a unique ‘Upload Routes and Go’ feature enables bikers to upload routes directly to their device and share them with other bikers via Bluetooth®.


“With TomTom Rider, bikers can not only choose where to go, but more importantly how they want to get there,” said Daan Henderickx, Country Manager for TomTom South Africa. ”We listened to feedback from motorbike communities in order to create a device that was customised for the way they want to ride. 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.”


In addition, TomTom Rider includes a feature that feeds audio instructions directly to the user’s helmet via Bluetooth®, meaning riders can fully concentrate on the road ahead. The device also includes the introduction of a new 4.3’’ glove-friendly screen, which responds instantly to touch and is designed for riding in any weather conditions, including rain or bright sunlight. The device also comes with a new charging bike dock that turns it on or off with the ignition of the bike. For a full break down of the features click on this link:


TomTom Rider Key Features:


Winding Roads
TomTom’s Windings Roads feature allows bikers to select routes with the most bends for a more exciting ride.


Upload Routes and Go
TomTom’s Upload Routes and Go feature enables bikers to upload preferred routes captured online to the TomTom Rider device. These routes can be shared with other riders via Bluetooth®.


PC Route Management via Tyre®
Users can download Tyre® interactive software to search, create and edit routes on a PC before uploading them to the TomTom Rider device. These can then be shared with friends.


All-Weather Device
TomTom Rider has a glove-friendly screen that responds instantly to touch. It is designed for any weather conditions, including bright direct sunlight.


Free Lifetime Maps
TomTom Rider includes free Lifetime Maps. For the life of the product, users can download four or more full updates of the map on the device every year, which includes all updates to the road network, addresses and Points of Interest.


Map Share
Users benefit from free Daily Map Changes from the TomTom Map Share community, which includes dynamic changes such as new speed limits and blocked roads. Map Share helps overcome the more frequent road changes and so avoid delays or detours.


Points of Interest
Via TomTom Rider, users can access the Points of Interest feature to find interesting places to stop en-route, such as restaurants, motels and fuel stations. Personalized Points of Interest can also be added, for future reference.


IQ Routes
TomTom’s IQ Routes uses real travel times for each and every road shared by millions of bikers, therefore providing the optimum route and arrival time.


A range of optional accessories are available for the TomTom Rider personal navigation device, including a car mounting kit; charging bike dock; and a unique anti-theft solution.


Map Coverage:
The device covers 10 countries and more than 2.2 million kilometers in Southern Africa:
· South Africa
· Lesotho
· Swaziland
· Malawi
· Zambia
· Zimbabwe
· Namibia
· Angola
· Mozambique
· Botswana


Bluetooth Pairing
The TomTom Rider can connect to both a headset as well as a mobile phone.
· To connect to the headset simply switch on the Bluetooth headset and pair it with the TomTom Rider device by following the on screen instructions.
· To connect to a mobile phone enable the Bluetooth headset first and then enable the Bluetooth on the phone and pair the TomTom Rider with your mobile phone.


Pricing and Availability:
There are two options available:
1. TomTom Rider with an RRP of R4699
2. TomTom Rider Premium with RRP of R5799


The Rider Premium includes:
· Car Mount for the Rider
· Bike Anti-theft Solution


Further information regarding the additional accessories can be viewed via


The TomTom Rider is available from Bike Wise and through these leading outlets;
· Due South
· Cape Union Mart
· East coast motorcycles
· Fourways motorcycles
· Holeshot motorcycles
· Offroad cycles
· GPS for Africa


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