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Bikers Chat => On Two Wheels => Topic started by: phild on 10 January, 2019, 07:24:57 PM

Title: Tom Tom......big mistake?
Post by: phild on 10 January, 2019, 07:24:57 PM
After returning my Garmin 595LM, following its dismal performance in Spain last May, today I took delivery of a Tom Tom Rider 550 so I can prepare it for our tour this year.

Looks a nice unit, but I dont know yet how easy it is it use. After a couple of hours downloading the software to my PC and trying to connect to MyDrive etc, it turns out they've been having server problems for a few days now. People cant register, update or connect to wifi.....what a bloody start!

On the support page there's a one line banner message saying there have been some problems, if it doesn't work, try again later!!!!!! :187: :187:

£314.99 of techno scrap at the moment!!! :232: :232:
Title: Re: Tom Tom......big mistake?
Post by: kimbo8 on 11 January, 2019, 01:24:03 PM
Once you get it working it will be worth it.

I still can't get my head around the cost vs benefit between a specific motorbike Sat Nav and a standard car one.






Title: Re: Tom Tom......big mistake?
Post by: phild on 11 January, 2019, 01:57:17 PM
I was able to connect, via WiFi, this morning. Took 3 hours to update!

Iíll being playing with it over the weekend, hope it works better than the Garmin 595LM I returned.

Certainly like the screen more than the Garminís, but wish it was a 5Ē screen......need glasses for reading but not for riding.

Time will tell.  :028:
Title: Re: Tom Tom......big mistake?
Post by: davidjg on 11 January, 2019, 04:50:25 PM
Hi. After reading your post, realised I had not updated my TomTom for last 1 month, It took less than 5 minutes for full UK & European  map updates, UK & European Safety (speed) cameras etc update, GPS updates and a few other updates. Which is about the normal time with auto backup - done via PC. Much prefer TomTom To Garmin.
Title: Re: Tom Tom......big mistake?
Post by: phild on 11 January, 2019, 10:41:09 PM
I'm about to throw the bloody thing out the window! :232:

I've followed all the instructions, viewed the TomTom tutorials and I still can't transfer routes from MyDrive to the unit!!!

It shows on 'My Routes', but when I click on the route a message on the screen states 'No route possible'!!!! If it's listed how can it be 'No Route Possible'? :187:


Title: Re: Tom Tom......big mistake?
Post by: Art on 12 January, 2019, 12:18:41 PM
I had similar failures until I realised I'd confused 'MyDrive Connect' (the PC based application) and 'TomTom MyDrive' (the website)

To update your TomTom navigation device (and to transfer routes etc) you need to install the MyDrive Connect application.

Just updating my Rider 40
Title: Re: Tom Tom......big mistake?
Post by: phild on 12 January, 2019, 02:06:53 PM
Thanks Art, all correct software installed, uninstalled and reinstalled X2.

Why do we need to be computer experts all the time?

I think Iíve finally cracked it........
Plan route on computer.....send destination......íLetís Goí appears on unit screen.......click on ĎCurrent routeí.......click on ĎAdd to my Routesí......and there it is.....done!! You just need to cancel Ďcurrent routeí then.  :028:

Still playing with it, not even fitted to my bike yet.

First impressions, the unit screen is far clearer than my previous Garmins. The route planning (now I know what Iím doing) appears easier than Garmin Basecamp.

Iíll update this thread once Iíve had a chance to use it on the road. :028:
Title: Re: Tom Tom......big mistake?
Post by: Art on 12 January, 2019, 02:55:33 PM
Glad you got there, I found mine very frustrating to start, now it just happens.

I use ITNConverter to plan routes, save them as GPS eXchange 1.0 (*.gpx) files and they readily transfer onto the TomTom Rider by dragging and dropping into the MyDrive Connect application.

When mounting on the handlebar I use the TomTom anti-theft ram locking mount kit, no need to remove device at fuel stops or worry about some scrote grabbing it of the bar mount (I ride in London)
Title: Re: Tom Tom......big mistake?
Post by: phild on 12 January, 2019, 03:50:19 PM
Itís been a very frustrating start. :087:

Iím enjoying doing the routes on my iPad and sending them to the unit......thatís really easy.  :028:
Title: Re: Tom Tom......big mistake?
Post by: davidjg on 12 January, 2019, 04:06:55 PM
First time I have heard of ITNConvertor. Looked up the website but it was not very good at explaining what and how to convert and transfer files. What do think of it and how easy is it to use?
Title: Re: Tom Tom......big mistake?
Post by: Art on 12 January, 2019, 05:28:18 PM
its mostly intuitive
Title: Re: Tom Tom......big mistake?
Post by: phild on 12 January, 2019, 07:11:01 PM
I havenít looked at any other software to do my routes. As long as I can plan my routes via MyDrive, that will do me.

I get very frustrated with computers and itís not good for my blood pressure.  :008:

I donít even know what, if any, is the advantage of having another way of doing the routes.  :187:

Iím of the opinion....KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid). :028: