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  • #33145
    Peter Wiles
    Participant
    • Rank: 400cc Rider

    I’m relatively new to NZ, offroad riding and this website! Although a Garmin motorbike-friendly navigator would seem the right choice because of the downloadable tracks here, I’ve used TomToms previously, and liked them. I’d appreciate any advice on both makes’ navigators, before making a decision.

    Pete W

    #33152
    sabin brewer
    Participant
    • Town/City: Wanganui
    • Rank: 800cc Rider

    Hi there I have had a tomtom 400 it went fine till it got moisture inside it? I sent it bak and they sent me a new one but it did the same, so next time I will look at a Garmin thanks

    #33177
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    I know nothing about the TomTom Rider but I’d do some research on it being able to go off-road. Many non tramping or sealed road centric GPS just get confused if you aren’t on a sealed road, including some of the car specific Garmin models.

    Besides that I’d go for Garmin in NZ, not just for the tracks here but also for the weekly updated free maps from the NZ Open GPS Project.

    #33222
    Peter Wiles
    Participant
    • Rank: 400cc Rider

    Cheers, Sabin and Eddie. I’ll have a good look at Garmin, I think.

    Pete

    #33223
    Bernard
    Participant
    • Bike: Ktm 1290 Super Adventure S,klr650
    • Rank: 800cc Rider

    I have had Tomtoms,and 2 Navmans(car ones-not motorcycle specific ones)I`m a cheap bast#@d! in a Givi gps case mounted on my handlebars,both failed pretty quickly-probably vibration,but my under $200 Garmin one is still going strong after 2 years.

    #33224
    Peter Wiles
    Participant
    • Rank: 400cc Rider

    Hi Bernard,

    Thanks for that. As soon as we’re out of Level 3 I’ll be having a look at the Garmins.

    Pete

    #34703
    RMKREH
    Participant
    • Bike: Royal Enfield Himalayan.
    • Rank: 80cc Rider

    I am interested in a TomTom Rider 550 but am not computer savvy.

    If you go off-route what does it do?

    Do you need a computer to enter your own route?

    Thanks.

    Malcolm.

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