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TomTom RIDER 2nd Edition


TomTom has announced the new TomTom RIDER 2 in Europe. While it appears certain there will be a USA version since they mention it including maps of the USA and Canada, some of the specifications are still displayed in European values so we are still waiting to get further clarification on a few of the specs. Still, we do know quite a bit about what the TomTom RIDER 2 will offer.


The TomTom RIDER 2nd edition looks very similar to the original TomTom RIDER. It comes with a 3.5″ touch screen display that measures 320×240 pixels. But being a GPS designed for motorcycle use, there are a few more important physical features to talk about.

The RIDER 2 is designed to be operated while wearing gloves. It also features a more rugged design than a typical auto GPS, and is waterproof to IPX7 standards. So if you happen to drop your RIDER 2 into the water for a short amount of time there shouldn’t be much trouble. More likely however is when your summer ride turns cloudy and begins to rain. This is when you will be thankful for having a waterproof GPS. The user interface has also been tweaked slightly with fewer icons on certain screens to facilitate using the touch screen with gloves.

Another physical aspect about the TomTom RIDER 2 for motorcycle users is the mount. This GPS comes with a RAM mount which is designed to make it easy to mount the GPS on just about any bike. The mount can also be adapted to work in your car. So if you want a GPS that will work on your bike during the weekend and in your car for commutes during the week, there should be enough mounting options for you.

An internal, lithium ion battery powers the new RIDER and should give you about five hours of charge.

Hands Free Calling

Another motorcycle specific addition to the RIDER 2 is the Bluetooth hands free kit. A regular speaker for voice prompts just won’t cut it when it comes to riding a motorcycle and wearing a helmet. TomTom has included Cardo scala-rider Bluetooth headset so you can get the voice prompts piped into your helmet, and the RIDER 2 is compatible with a number of Bluetooth helmets.

Outgoing calls are not supported due to safety reasons while the GPS is moving, however incoming calls are sent directly to your headset/helmet.


One of the things we don’t know yet is if the RIDER 2 will be running the rumored version 7 of TomTom software. However we can safely say that the RIDER will support many of the advanced routing features TomTom is known for such as Advanced Planning, multi segment routing thanks to the TomTom itinerary planning feature, as well as a host of avoidance and route customization features TomTom is known for.

We are not yet certain of availability in the USA, but plan on spending about $600 for this device sometime near the end of May or after.

28 Responses

  1. Hi,
    I have a TomTom Rider 2, and I was wondering if there is a way to configure it so that the volume to the blue tooth headset increases as speed increases?

    John - May 16th, 2008
  2. Is the TomTom Rider 2 capable of logging the route taken for download later? The portable Magellen GPS I have now will log a ‘backtrack’ route that can then be downloaded to a PC and saved. I like to use this feature to keep a record of the rides I make. The intinerary planner sounds great for long trips.

    Scott - June 19th, 2008
  3. Scott – There isn’t a tracklog feature built in however there are reportedly some third party programs available that can record them.

    Tim - June 20th, 2008
  4. Has anyone seen any aftermarket mounting systems for the Rider 2? I loved the RAM mount I had with my Rider. I hate the RAM mount that I got with my Rider 2. Unfortunately the Rider RAM mount is not interchangeable wuth the Rider 2. I’m contemplating going to a machine shop and getting a custom mount made

    Scott - September 26th, 2008
  5. Do you think a Rider 3 is on the works? This one has been on the market since 2007 and in 2008 TomTom made some interesting innovations to the automobile ones (say the 730 & 930 series) .

    Andres - December 26th, 2008
  6. Andres – I haven’t heard any specific rumors about a RIDER 3, but with CES just a few days away perhaps we will hear something then.

    Tim - December 27th, 2008
  7. on the original Rider the mounting bracket for the device left a lot to be desired, the device still vibrated in the mount causing the connection pins on the back of the device to wear down and then not make contact for power. Does the Rider 2 have the same system or is it more stable.

    Steven - February 9th, 2009
    • Hi, I had a V1 with the same problem. Tomtom gave me a refund and I bought the V2. The Mount is far more robust and I’ve had it now for 3 years and done thousands of trouble free miles with it.

      Steve - July 25th, 2010
  8. I made a video on how to repair, or replace the battery in the TomTom Rider 2 GPS. Getting this thing open is a real trick. Tom Tom has no out of warranty repair center. If you ever have a problem with your GPS, this video could help.

    Stuart - March 13th, 2009
  9. I am thinking about a GPS for my bike. I am planning on a coast to coast trip this next year. This is also going to be my first GPS. Is this a good unit compared to others? Ease of use, price, etc.. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks- P.K.

    Paul Konya - March 31st, 2009
    • The Rider two is my third motorcycle GPS, and my second Tom Tom. My first Tom Tom was a car unit which was excellant in almost every way. The Rider 2 on the other hand is as close to worthless as seems possible for a motorcycle GPS. Illegible much of the time in daylight. Most of the incedental info like speed, arrival time etc, illegible under almost any conditions while riding. The simple functions, like get me home are easy and intuitive. Beyond that, the unit delights in making things occult.

      I recently completed a 7500 mile tour with the unit and I am giving it away. Eating the $500 loss and going back to Garmin. It is impossible to imagine that anyone who rides had anything to do with the design of this unit. Even more astonishing that this is the second edition. That suggests that there was once a Rider 1, which was worse.

      Total piece of garbage.I am amazed that a company that makes such first rate car GPS units, would put their name on this disaster.

      Ted - September 20th, 2009
  10. I am interested in knowing on which site can I get maps for my Tomtom gps rider 2 for india and asia

    Kiran Chopda - April 16th, 2009
    • You can see the maps available for the Rider 2 here.

      Tim - April 17th, 2009
  11. I have upgraded to the Rider 2. After panning an itinerary for a route in one direction is there a ‘reverse trip’ feature that will follow the same waypoints backwards? My previous tom tom version 3 did this but can’t find any options on Rider 2.

    Joe - May 23rd, 2009
  12. I’m writing this having had another completely useless session with TomTom support (sic).
    This unit is one of the worst I’ve dealt with.
    1. Shortly after purchase the mount disintergrated.
    2. The software is clunky and doesn’t have most of the features on current Tomtoms. Essentially the application provided feels like old software.
    3. The compatibility with phones or headsets is appauling. Very few modern phones with work with it and virtually no other headset other than the ‘old’ Cardo suppied will work #not even compatible with the new Cardo units! Even with all this, I have found the bluetooth link – again, I expect old bluetooth software – very patchy. Very often the call doesn’t link up, or doesn’t disconnect properly – which can be dangerous.
    4. Anyway, last week the software failed – apparently the main application in the unit ‘corrupted’, something the tech support guy was aware of. After I cleared and re-loaded the software, it wouldn’t see the map on the unit. So I deleted that map and went to update on the web. It wouldn’t allow me to download the map – it didn’t tell me this, of course, it just said there was a server error – hence another wasted 2-3 days trying. Then I call Customer Support and spoke to Chris Webb #supervisor#. Apparently: a) I have deleted the maps #trying to get it working#so I have to buy a new map! He would be prepared to send me a 2 year old map #my unit has failed within 12 months# but wouldn’t send me a current map or even a map the same age as my unit. b) It was my fault for deleting the unit map without a backup #although no warning anywhere that this would mean I’d need to purchase a new map!# c) He refused to allow me to talk to his superior, the Departmental manager, David Watkins. d)
    The final offer would be to send the unit away #max delay of 20 working days# simply because he wouldn’t send me the map which would have got the unit working.
    So now I have a dead unit – and a complete refusal of Tom Tom to fix the problem in a manner any customer forking out this kind of money would expect. IMO it shows an arrogance of the company which I find repugnant.
    Clearly, you must decide if you still want to buy this unit but may I suggest you have a good look at the Garmin Zumo 660 – whatever their customer services is like, it can’t be worse than Tom Tom’s.
    PS: I have now bought the new map as the only way to keep motoring – I hope they are pleased with the extra £54 they squeezed out of me :<

    John - August 20th, 2009
    • Hi there, just read what you had to say, it does state to back up your device when you connect it, the first time.

      Also you are breaking the law by publishing actual peoples names without there permission.

      Andy - January 8th, 2010
  13. Ok hear it is, the truth. I own two tom tom riders, the first and the second edition. If I had to do it all over again I would never of bought a tom tom gps. Software sucks, mounts suck, can’t see the screen in sunlight, no track logs, service sucks because when your done taking to them the problem is still there and that sucks, keeps putting me on dirt roads and that sucks. Please take my advice and check out Gamin or anything but this.

    Gary - August 29th, 2009
  14. I recently purchased the Ryder 2 and am very unhappy with it. The unit works as advertised except for one very important feature. It is impossible to see the screen during daylight hours. What is strange to me is that you would have thought that would have been the most important part when it was designed. Basically it is totally useless on my motorcycle.

    mark - September 7th, 2009
  15. I bought mine for a little over $400. It doesn’t keep a charge ever. I sent it back to them they supposedly sent me a new unit, the same thing. I can charge it with the desk charger then it dies within 2 hrs of being on my bike. The car charging usb port doesn’t work nor the bike mounted charger. I called to complain and was told there was really nothing they could do then a day later I got an email stating my service order on my TomTom was closed. So much for service. I recently moved to Phoenix, Az and really rely on a gps to get around in this huge city. Can anyone recommend a reliable unit from a reputable company? Thank you.

    Corey - September 22nd, 2009
  16. All, thanks for your collective comments and insights. This would’ve been my first moto GPS, but not after reading this. No wonder there are so many used avaiable on eBay!!

    Glenn - March 19th, 2010
  17. After reading the above comments, I see I am not alone in my problems with my Rider GPS. I purchased two mounts, both failed. The material they built them with was cheap, but the price of the mounts was not! The good news is I was so mad I designed my own mount an have not had a problem with it.(To bad TomTom could not make one.) I purchased mine in 2006 and it fell off the bike each time I used it that year. The mount also shorted out the unit and I had to send it to TomTom for repair. (At my expense) I also sent in for there free security strap but never received it. Most of 2006 the unit did not work because of the inferior mount.
    John June 1,2010

    John - June 1st, 2010
  18. After reading the comments above I had a great urge to make these comments.
    1) We’ve had our Tom Tom rider 2 now for several years and it goes between the car and bike with great ease.
    2) Mounding it on hubbies Blackbird was easy and he hasn’t had any problems with it. As a members of the Australian Far Riders group this devise as gone with him/us on every ride (8 x 1,000km)so far. It’s has also been on hubbies bike from Perth WA accross to Melbourne for the Moto GP and then down to Tassie all around Tassie. Getting off the boat from Tassie we then went up to the border between NSW and Qld to pick up a bike and back to Perth via Adelaide with out a hitch with either the devise or the mounting.
    3) We are currently travelling up the cente and across the top and back down the west coast of Australia over both sealed and rough unsealed red dusty roads a total of over 10,000km so far with out a hitch.
    4) Our travelling partners have just taken our devise as there’s doesn’t have the capabilities of entering gps co-ordinates. They are impressed with our device as it has shown us to more locations and points of interest than there Navman.
    To each there own but we love our Tom Tom rider 2.

    Annette - September 29th, 2010
    • Annette,
      Has Tom Tom tried to buy it back yet?
      They may want it for their museum as the only working unit in existence.
      I was a Garmin fan but when I seen the Rider 2 ad as being designed by riders for riders, I bought one. Bad decision.
      Now my unit is dead. I will open it up and replace the battery. Hopefully it won’t work so I can justify to my wife why I need to spend another $300.00 + to buy a new Garmin.
      Ride Safe. Keep the wheels on the bottom.

      Harry - January 29th, 2011
    • I looked a arange of GPS units for my Harley and settled on the TomTom Urban Rider 3 unit and it works brilliantly. I have it set to only light up when change of direction is required and the unit easily lasts 8 hours.. Have used it to cover 7000kms without a problem. Who needs to have display lit up all the time, it is a distraction and as you only want to know how to get to destination screen comes up easy to read in bright sunlight whenever a direction change is required then dims down again

      Works great but would like to be able to download the route taken on the trip


      Godfrey - April 5th, 2011
  19. I want to buy one mine broke the glass

    David - March 14th, 2011
  20. where can I buy a battery for a Tom Tom Rider 2 and what is the part #

    Robert Hornbuckle - June 5th, 2011
  21. I like mine.. One of the most useful functions for my Rider 2 is that I can design a route (using back roads) in Google Maps , copy the link and import it to the unit using the Tyre program.. I love that feature and Garmin does not support this sort of use. One thing that drives me nuts is that I have tried to “avoid” expressways in favor of back roads using preferences like “top speed 45 MPH”, and so on and no matter what I do, I get routed back to the expressway.. That’s why I like designing routes.. so I can use back roads. An option like a “scenic route” would also be useful on any GPS..

    John S. - July 11th, 2011
    • Just a quick note, many Garmin models do support sending routes as you’ve described. Not every model does, but those that allow multi-destination routing do.

      Tim - July 14th, 2011

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