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TomTom announces new GPS for motorcycle riders

TomTom has announced a completely new TomTom RIDER sat-nav, designed to make every motorcycle ride more exciting. For the first time, bikers can choose the level of twists and turns they want to ride to create their own adrenaline-filled adventure. The new product will be available to buy in April 2015.

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New features include:

  • Winding Roads: Find the most exciting winding roads and avoid the boring straights.
  • Hilly Roads: Stay at sea level or climb the highest peaks.
  • Round-trip Planning: Simply select where you want to ride and TomTom Rider will find the most exciting route.
  • Portrait View: Simple rotate to portrait view to see more of the bends ahead.
  • PC Route Planning: Pre-plan a touring adventure before leaving home.
  • Route Sharing: Share a route with other bikers before setting off or after you return home.
  • Lifetime TomTom Traffic: Ride with real-time traffic information for the lifetime of the device.
  • Audio Instructions via Bluetooth: Keep your eyes on the road with audio instructions delivered through your headset.
  • Track Support: Upload tracks (GPX format) and your TomTom Rider will show you the way.
  • Hands-free Calling: Call hands-free while you ride.
  • Weather-proof Design: As weather ready as you are.
  • Glove-friendly Screen: Use your TomTom Rider even while wearing gloves.
  • Sunlight Visibility: Make use of different colour options for different times of day.
  • Trip Recording: Record your trip and relive the adventure any time.
  • Trip Statistics: See how far, how fast and for how long you have ridden.
  • Fully Interactive Screen: Pinch, zoom and swipe to interact with the map.

“We believe that every ride is a chance for adventure,” said Corinne Vigreux, co-founder and managing director, TomTom Consumer. “So we have designed TomTom RIDER to give bikers more ways to create and discover exciting routes. From the freedom of cruising the open road, to the thrill of leaning into the tightest curve on the highest peak, with RIDER, bikers can create and ride their own perfect adventure.”

The stylish, yet rugged TomTom RIDER has been completely redesigned for life on the road.

An innovative rotating mount allows bikers to switch to portrait view to see more of the bends ahead. It has a glove-friendly, interactive screen to make it easy to find and explore new places. Bluetooth enabled audio instructions delivered to the headset or helmet, give bikers more freedom to just enjoy the ride.

2014 Honda CBR650F Preview

The best selling CBR600R used to be considered a great all-rounder, but over recent years has evolved into a more extreme supersports bike as the 600cc class became a dick waving contest between the big four Japanese manufacturers. All well and good, but not everybody wants, or can afford, a cutting edge track-focused bike – a lot of people just need something that they can use for getting to work during the week and the occasional bit of fun at weekends.

This is where the new for 2014 Honda CBR650F comes in. Although it shares the razor sharp looks of it’s sportier sibling, the new bike is designed to be a more affordable alternative better suited to every day use in the real world.

The bike will feature a steel frame, heavier but cheaper and more robust than the aluminium used in balls out sports bikes and the four cylinder engine is tuned to deliver more torque below 4000rpm. In another nod to practicality over performance, the CBR650F has also been designed to offer strong fuel economy while cruising at highway speeds.

Stopping power is provided by twin wavey discs at the front with dual piston callipers, and an ABS option is available.

With peak power in the mid-eighties, this bike isn’t going to win any races, but who cares? It’s not a track tool, it’s supposed to be practical, fun and affordable for the average rider, and we think it’ll sell extremely well.

More information from the Honda CBR650F page.

TomTom Rider v5 motor cycle GPS review

The newest version of TomTom’s GPS navigation device for motorcycles offers even more features to appeal to riders, but is it worth the price?

As you’d expect, the device is heavily ruggedized in order to cope with the rigors of daily use on the road, and is also resistant to rain and UV sunlight damage. Another key feature of the TomTom Rider is that the 4.3 inch touch-screen can easily be operated while wearing thick motorcycle gloves. The screen size is significantly increased from the previous model’s 3.5 inches, which makes viewing maps and other on screen information much easier to do with a quick glance, so you take your eyes off the road for less time.

Other than the larger screen, the biggest new feature for version five is the ‘Winding Roads’ option which enables you to find more interesting twisty roads on your route. There’s also integration with the route planning service, Tyre, which enables riders to create and share their favorite itineraries. Lifetime map updates are included in the purchase price.

The TomTom Rider comes supplied with a good quality motorcycle mounting kit from RAM, which has a proven track record in this area.

Power options include a six hour internal battery, which can be charged via a microUSB socket like most cellphones, as well as a wiring kit to connect the device to your motorcycle’s battery.

The TomTom Rider does not have a built in speaker, so if you want to get audio navigation instructions you’ll need to use it with a Bluetooth headset in your helmet. It’s unlikely that this will be a problem for most riders, since you’re not going to be able to hear the instructions from a built-in speaker over the wind and engine noise.

When compared against its main competitor, the Garmin zumo 390lm, the TomTom Rider seems a little bulky and offers marginally fewer features. However, it’s still a pretty good navigation system for motorcycles and, as of the time of writing, it’s available for $330, which is a lot less than the Garmin’s $600 price tag.

The real question is whether the Garmin offers enough benefits over the TomTom to justify an extra $270.

Product Name: TomTom Rider v5
Our Rating: 4/5
Amazon Link: TomTom RIDER Motorcycle GPS Navigator

The 10 Bikes you NEED to ride in 2014

Spring is almost upon us once again, and the call of the open road is getting louder and louder. As a new motorcycle season dawns, it’s time to take a look at the hottest hogs on the market. Without further ado, let’s get an eyeful of some of this year’s hottest models.

2014 Honda CBR650F
Pitched as a smooth street rider at a wallet-friendly price, the Honda CBR650F boasts nimble handling with a Twin-Spar-style steel frame and powerful disc brakes, making this a fun ride through the hills, city streets or around the track. The CBR650F is easy on gas with a comfortable seat for everyday riding. Comes it Red, Candy Blue and Matte Black Metallic. Available this summer between $8499 and $8999.

2014 Honda CBR650F

 

2014 Star Roadliner S
How about a high-tech spin on an American classic? The 2014 Yamaha Roadliner S 1854cc features air-cooled pushrod V-twin engine for flexibility and thrust at any speed. Its high-tech fuel injection system allows for efficiency and throttle response in a variety of road and weather conditions. It’s flexible, it’s flashy and a smooth, comfortable ride no matter the road. Starts at $14,990.

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Ducati Streetfighter 848
Ducati continues their trend of superb superbikes with the Streetfighter 848. The Testaretta engine delivers 132 horsepower and killer torque even at low speeds. Its sexy chassis allows for maximum control and comfort while maintaining Ducati’s signature raw power feel. Comes in Red and Dark Stealth.

Ducati Streetfighter 848

 

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad ABS
It has a retro look, sure, but don’t let the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad ABS fool you – it’s a thoroughly modern machine! Sporting classic aesthetics with the cutting edge in ABS, cruise control and a velvet-smooth 1700cc V-twin engine, you’ll want to ride into the sunset long after it’s gone with this cruiser.  Comes in Flat Ebony/Pearl Flat Crystal White two-tone. Starts at $17,499.

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Nomad ABS

 

Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle
Put a powerhouse between you and the road with this beast fresh off of Harley-Davidson’s assembly line. The V-Rod Muscle is an aggressive cruiser with the handling of a high-performance racer. The Muscle houses the durable Revolution engine, notorious for surviving the Dusseldorf Test, 500 hours of non-stop high-performance riding! Starts at $15,849.

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Indian Chief Classic
You don’t get much more classic than Indian motorcycles. One of the top names in bikes remade their iconic Chief, hooking up the legendary bike with the finest modern trimmings. The Thunder Stroke 111 engine offers a hefty 119 ft-lbs of torque echoing the nostalgic powerhouses of the past. The bike also highlights keyless starting, chrome for days and a slick, alluring classic look all around. Starting at $20,999.

2014 Indian Chief Classic

 

BMW S 1000 R
This dressed-down, comfortable quickster is perfect for urban roads, rain or shine. This little beauty comes standard with stability control, ABS and two power settings. The 4-cylinder in-line engine melds beautifully with the no-frills frame, making for a sleek, nimble ride mile after mile. Starts at $13,150.

2014 BMW s1000r

 

Suzuki V-Strom 100 ABS
The versatile V-Strom offers a powerful ride on and off the road. The smooth suspension allows for long travel times, and the Adventure version of the bike – with detachable saddlebags, a tall windscreen, hand guards and crash bars – is perfect for those who like a little mud on the tires. Starting at $12,699.

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Zero SR
And now for something completely different. Boasting 106 ft-lb torque and a 0-to-60 time of 3.3 seconds, the Zero SR makes a strong case for the electric automotive industry. The 67-horsepower engine sends the SR zipping along at a top speed of 102 mph. The aircraft-grade aluminum frame creates a “naked,” sleek and modern look and a lightweight, maneuverable ride with a low center of gravity. The ZF11.4 battery back allows for a 137 urban mile range or 85 miles at 55 mph, and it charges in eight hours.  Starts at $12,999.

2014 Zero SR

 

Honda Valkyrie
The cruiser powerhouse Valkyrie is ready to roll off the assembly lines this April, and bikers are pumped for its return. The 1832cc 6-cylinder engine makes this beast roar and a 19-inch front wheel and 17 inches on the back keeps this ride low and taking corners like a dream. Make no mistake – The Valkyrie is a true muscle cruiser!

Honda Valkyrie

 

What’s your dream machine in 2014? Let’s talk about it in the comments below!

New Harley Davidson ape-hangers from Demon’s Cycle

Custom motorcycle builder, Demon’s Cycle, has launched it’s new ‘El Diablo’ line of ape-hanger handlebars for Harley Davidson bikes. The company claims that the new handlebars cost around 25 percent less than similar parts from Harley Davidson whilst offering a high level of finish and build quality.

The bars feature triple-plated chrome components, smooth hidden mounting controls and wiring, as well as chrome switches. They are also available in black. The El Diablo handlebars are supplied fully assembled by a Harley Davidson certified engineer, enabling customers to install them quickly and easily.

A range of sizes are available, between 10 and 18 inches. The bars are 1-1/4 inches in diameter and taper to 1 inch in the center section allowing standard handlebar controls to be fitted.

Tom Steinbacher, owner of Demon’s Cycle. “The El Diablo range offers style and quality without cutting back on quality. Although there are several different styles of handlebars for Harley Davidson bikes, the truth is you can’t beat the style and look of ape hangers, especially the ones from the El Diablo range.”

New motorcycle tracking device helps locate stolen bikes, and more

A new GPS motorcycle tracking device from Laipac Technology can help riders track the location of their bike if it gets stolen. The StarFinder Aire is compact, water resistant and has an aerodynamic design so that it doesn’t ruin your bike’s looks or performance.

The StarFinder Aire uses GPS technology to keep track of its location, and can communicate its coordinates via SMS messages or over a GPRS mobile data connection. The device can be set up to send an SMS message with its coordinates to a user defined cellphone number, or through a GPRS connection to the manufacturer’s LocationNow website where the user can login to get realtime updates of their bike’s location.

A ‘geofencing’ feature allows the tracker to be set up so that it automatically alerts the owner if their bike is removed from a certain location, such as their garage or a parking lot. With two inputs and two outputs, plus an optional analog input, the tracking device can be integrated into a bike in a variety of ways. For example, the motorcycle’s starter motor can be disabled remotely via the LocationNow service to prevent a thief from starting the vehicle.

The device can also be used to monitor a rider’s behavior, making it useful for tracking the speed and location of a motorcycle when a son or daughter is riding it. It can also be used to send an alert in the event of an accident, as the device features an integral accelerometer which can detect when the motorcycle has been involved in a collision.

Should the motorcycle tracker lose its mobile signal, it can store several thousand sets of location coordinates in memory and then send them to the user once the connection has been restored.

The StarFinder Aire will be available in the second half of 2012.