Two-wheel GPS stroke of Genius
MOTORBIKE-specific GPS systems aren’t new, but they continue to get better. Strike’s Genius model is one of very few systems has tested where the touchscreen reacts to gloved fingers.
Given the potential uses of the Genius, that makes it a very useful long-range touring companion. Load it up with your favourite music, a few shots of the family and the latest Sensis Whereis maps and you’re away.
We tested the unit on a Triumph Thunderbird and found the Genius lived up to its name. The only mapping glitch we could pick was it understated the signposted speed limit on a couple of roads, but better under than over. The screen has a raised top and sides to protect it from sun glare and can be rotated on the handlebar mount on the few occasions the default position can’t be seen.
The kit has a helmet-mounted earpiece to listen to the various functions of the unit, and can connect with Strike Scala and GP4 helmet intercom systems.
The 3.5-inch screen is ideal on a set of bars but struggles in a car, even though the Genius comes with a windscreen mount and 12-volt connection kit. Our only other gripe relates to the mount — the review kit only had a seven-eighths-inch handlebar mount, but we’ve been assured the kit now includes a one-inch mount. It’s priced at $499 and includes a free map software update within the first 30 days.