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TomTom Urban Rider review

TomTom's latest motorbike sat nav tested

Our Verdict

For

  • Intuitive interface
  • Clear audio

Against

  • No voice control

The TomTom Urban Rider is TomTom's latest addition to its motorbike sat navs. It features a new case, updated software and a simplified menu.

The model we reviewed was the cheaper TomTom Urban Rider Regional which doesn't come with a Bluetooth headset.

This means you'll need to already own one, or a Bluetooth-enabled helmet, buy a separate headset, or opt for the TomTom Urban Rider Pro, which comes with one in the box.

We were sent a Cardo scala rider Solo wireless Bluetooth headset in addition to the Urban Rider Regional. This offers automatic volume control according to your speed and surrounding noise.

Cardo scala solo

Fixing the headset to a helmet takes seconds. Simply snap it onto the underside of the helmet and tighten the two bolts with the Allen key. There's a single earpiece which sticks to the helmet lining with Velcro and a microphone which can be positioned by its bendy stem.

Once attached, you can leave the mounting on the helmet as there is a quick-release mechanism to remove the expensive bit – handy if you like to leave your helmet with your bike when you are parked up.

Cardo scala solo

In the TomTom Urban Rider box, you'll find the sat nav, the bits that make up the mounting unit which come from RAM Mounts, a charger, a USB cable so you can connect to your PC to download new maps, and a (very brief) instruction manual.

TomTom urban rider

The fact that the mounting system comes from a third party probably explains why you'll have a bunch of bolts and other bits left over when you've fitted everything.

TomTom urban rider

Tech Specs

Product TypeMotorcycle GPS Navigator
Navigation InstructionsLane Assist, 3D Landmark
Brand NameTomTom
FeaturesWater Proof
Form FactorMountable
ManufacturerTomTom International BV
Product ModelUrban Rider
Product NameUrban Rider Motorcycle Navigator
Manufacturer Part Number1GC0.002.00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.tomtom.com
Marketing Information

TomTom is making easy and smart navigation available to powered two-wheel riders everywhere, with the launch of TomTom Urban Rider. This smart two-wheel navigator has a glove-friendly, intuitive screen and simplified user interface, but also ensures riders have the smartest navigation with innovative TomTom features like advanced lane guidance and IQ Routes™- all from just £249. "With TomTom Urban Rider, we're making navigation truly accessible to all users of a powered two-wheeler," says Damian Woodward, VP sales & marketing at TomTom. "Whether you use your bike for the daily commute or for long rides on the open road at the weekend, it's everything you'll need in a great value package." The most noticeable feature is the simplified menu, which has just two buttons - 'Navigate to' and 'Browse map'. This lets users get going without any hassle, and is made even easier to use thanks to the glove-friendly screen with its larger icons - perfect for gloved hands.