TomTom Urban Rider review

TomTom's latest motorbike sat nav tested

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Fitting the mounting to a bike's handlebars is straightforward, although you might want to spend a little time working out the best place to place it before you tighten the nuts. And you'll need an adjustable spanner to get those nuts tightened as there's no spanner in the box.

To fit the mounting, you simply hook a U-shaped piece of metal around the handlebar (thoughtfully, there's a piece of rubber tubing supplied which you can slip over the bracket so as not to scratch your handlebars), slide the closing piece on the other side and tighten the nuts. Plastic covers are supplied to slip onto the end of the bolts which would otherwise be exposed and a bit of a safety worry.

Once the bracket is in place, you can mount the sat nav bracket in place, snap in the sat nav, and adjust the angle of the screen. The sat nav snaps back out easily so you don't have to leave it on your bike.

TomTom urban rider

The instruction manual is brief because the TomTom Urban Rider is very easy to use – and it has to be, given that you'll be prodding at it with (possibly very cold) gloved hands. Switch it on and you're presented with two simple options: 'Navigate to' and 'Browse map'.

You can also get the additional functions you'd expect from a sat nav – click for a nearby petrol station, toggle the screen to night settings, change the voice, and so on. And unlike a car's sat nav, the TomTom Urban Rider is waterproof.

The Urban Rider also offers 2D and 3D views and TomTom's Advanced Lane Guidance to help with difficult junctions.

TomTom urban rider

The only downside at this point (and we can hardly blame TomTom for this) is that the nimble supermoto bike we were testing it with suddenly had an air of pipe-and-slippers BMW about it. After all, shouldn't supermoto riders navigate on instinct and spontaneity?


Tech Specs

Product TypeMotorcycle GPS Navigator
Navigation InstructionsLane Assist, 3D Landmark
Brand NameTomTom
Form FactorMountable
ManufacturerTomTom International BV
Product ModelUrban Rider
Product NameUrban Rider Motorcycle Navigator
Manufacturer Part Number1GC0.002.00
Manufacturer Website Address
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.