Two-wheel GPS stroke of Ge­nius

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

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.


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