TomTom Rider 50 Review – The Clue Isn’t in the Name


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Last Updated: 3rd July 2020

The lightweight TomTom Rider 50 is an option to consider for those who want to purchase a dedicated motorcycling SatNav at a more reasonable price point.

The Rider 50 will do most things that its more expensive competitors will, it’s just lacking when it comes to the bells and whistles.

In this review we’ll take a look at everything the 50 has to offer, and compare it to other devices on the market.

Bottom Line Up Front

TomTom Rider 50 screen

TomTom Rider 50

Impressive No Fuss SatNav

Anything you can do, I can do cheaper. Money savvy riders will be running to buy this.

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What’s in the Box?


The SatNav unit itself and the mounts are exactly the same as the more expensive TomTom 550 World (more on the differences later.)

The box contains:

  • SatNav unit
  • Motorcycle mount
  • RAM mount kit
  • USB cable
  • Charging cable
  • Lifetime access to Europe maps
  • 3 month subscription for TomTom’s route update service
  • 3 months access to live roadworks and speed camera information

Installation


TomTom gives its users options; The unit can be hard wired into your motorcycle power source or charged at home. All the necessary cables for either option are included.

Two mounting systems are included, the pick being the RAM mount which is rugged and reliable.

Wifi and Updates


TomTom Rider 50 menus

The Rider 50 has integrated WiFi, so you can update your device and download maps without ever needing to use a computer.

In the interest of speed and stability, though, it’s advisable that you do use a PC, and do all your data transferring and firmware updates before hitting the road.

That said, the built in WiFi will certainly be handy in a pinch, were you to suddenly need a new route and could access a hotspot.

Display


TomTom Rider 50 screen

The screen in the Rider 50 is. 4.3” of scratch resistant, glare preventing glass that will provide clear visibility of the route in even the brightest conditions.

Coupled with the unit’s powerful backlight and display, you’ll struggle to struggle when it comes to using this SatNav.

It’s also capacitive so you can wear gloves while using it, and the sensitivity can be adjusted depending on their thickness.

With its quad core processor the system is lightning fast, menus are snappy to the touch and there is no lag between commands, scrolling is smooth and glitch free.

The user interface is intuitive and works well even when geared up and on the road.

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Route Planning and Maps


TomTom Rider 50 display

The Rider 50 ships with TomTom’s proprietary MyDrive route planning software, and so allows users to choose points A and B and let an algorithm do the rest. With adjustable settings for windiness and hilliness, there is sure to be a route to suit everyone.

Lifetime Western European Maps are included along with a three month subscription to live Traffic and Speed Camera updates from TomTom, so your rides will be free of the usual stress that comes from these distractions and hold ups.

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Battery and Power options


The unit ships with two power options:

  • Permanent connection to your bikes power via the loom
  • Charging cable for home charging

You will get around 6 hours use out of a full charge which should cover most journeys.

Waterproofing


Rated IPX7, the Rider 50 is sufficiently waterproof for any situation but the continued submersion of the unit. Monsoon season won’t be a problem, but as soon as you start riding into ponds for views on youtube, your SatNav is going to suffer.

Act like there’s £250 strapped to your handlebars and the Rider 50 will live a long and happy life.

Additional Features


If you’re looking for extra gubbins- you’d better look elsewhere. Whilst the Rider 50 does come with a modest suite of extras, like the 3 month Speed Camera subscription and hands free compatibility with Google and Siri, this category is where it is weakest.

If you want just a SatNav- and let’s be honest, most of us do; then you can’t go wrong with the Rider 50.

If you’re looking for the fancier features and lifetime update guarantees, better to look at the TomTom Rider 550.

Rider 550 vs Rider 50


TomTom’s Rider 50 and 550 SatNavs both utilise the same hardware, but the 550 includes several extras that set it apart from the Rider 50.

Notably, the 3 month subscription to route updates included with the 50 is replaced with a lifetime update guarantee for the 550. In this case, ‘lifetime’ actually refers to the “useful life of the device”, so when TomTom discontinues a unit with this guarantee, it also discontinues the update service.

The 50 is also lacking access to TomTom’s database of 1000 points of interest- specifically curated with motorcyclists in mind- that ships with the 550. This, along with the lack of access to exclusive routes also included with the 550, will leave Rider 50 users poring over maps for an age whilst 550 users are already out on the open road.

Rider 550 vs Rider 50 Comparison Table

 Rider 50Rider 550
Battery Life6 Hours6 Hours
Screen Size4.3”4.3”
Resolution480x272480x272
Voice CommandYesYes
MapsWestern Europe lifetimeWorld Lifetime
Live Traffic3 Months FreeLifetime
Speed cameras3 Months Free Lifetime
Points of InterestNoYes
Exclusive RoutesNoYes
Internal Memory16GB16GB
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Conclusion


The TomTom Rider 50 will, without a doubt, get you where you need to go.

It will look good doing it, take you to roads you wouldn’t otherwise find on the way, and even warn you of speed cameras- for 3 months. At its price, it’s hard to argue that the Rider 50 is a bad deal.

With this and the 550, TomTom have covered a huge swathe of the market and provided options for riders of differing budgets. The Rider 50 is the obvious choice for most- at least until the fancier units start to drop in price.

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TomTom Rider 50 screen

TomTom Rider 50

Impressive No Fuss SatNav

Anything you can do, I can do cheaper. Money savvy riders will be running to buy this.

If you’re looking for a SatNav that gets the job done at the right price, form an orderly queue. Check SportsBikeShop

Further Reading

If you want to look at some other options see our guide to the best motorcycle Sat Nav

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