TomTom RIDER gets our motors running

Beneath those helmets bikers are just a soft cuddly bunch. Take car drivers in contrast. They like to shout at each other, honk horns and generally ge

Beneath those helmets bikers are just a soft cuddly bunch. Take car drivers in contrast. They like to shout at each other, honk horns and generally get irate. Bikers seek each other out, head for the open road and all pull into the friendly biker pub in one leather-clad bundle.And now they have the sat-nav to match. As well as an upgraded Cardo scala-rider Bluetooth headset for phone calls and directions, the latest incarnation of Tom Tom's RIDER now comes with a gratis 'Buddies' service for checking out who's in the area and inviting two-wheeled chums to meet up.Getting traffic updates is no problem but nor now is checking the weather ahead, just in case that balmy summer's day is about to turn torrential. Take that Garmin Zumo.'More!' we hear you cry. Well, in addition to the usual speed camera updates, RIDER now has a feature to report unlisted cams and alert fellow bikers – for their added 'safety' of course.Tourers will celebrate the addition of Europe-wide maps to the new RIDER Europe model, while domestic two-wheelers can still get their gloves on the regional model with UK and Ireland maps only.Otherwise it's the same 3.5in, touchscreen-toting, waterproof RIDER with glove-friendly menus that we already know and love. Now roll on summer.

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TomTom RIDER Regional, EuropePrice: £300, £400On sale: MayContact: Tom TomRelated stories:Garmin gets motorbike mobile