Gear and garage gadgets rated.
IF YOU ask it to take you somewhere, and you manage to punch in the correct address, it’ll do that. Basic satnav function fulfilled. But, to suit today’s must-have-more culture, it’s rammed with more features than I can find and use.
One that’s useful is creating a route on the screen by dropping and joining pins, though it’s a bit clunky in the way the screen responds, and if you accidentally create one trying to move the map around, it’ll spend ages creating a route you don’t want, so it generally takes a while.
And that’s typical of the myriad functions – they’re basically good, but it’s slow to respond and the keypad isn’t easy to use in gloves, and some of the displays are hard to make sense of. You get there in the end, but it’s all a bit too fiddly. The included fitting bracketry is cheap and ugly – a nasty steel handlebar clamp, and the main holder fits together with bolts that are too long and restrict the mounting positions you can use. The power cable is also one piece and is retained by the holder once it’s bolted together, meaning you have to leave the whole thing on the bike, or remove it from battery to bracket. I cut the cable and added a connector, but even that’s not particularly easy because of the cable type used.
It has many small, yet largely pointless, features, such as a fuel range. Most modern bikes can display this – or a proximation – anyway. It feels a bit like Garmin have tried to bolster the unit’s usefulness by cramming as much in as possible, instead of making the very basics of it absolutely second-nature to get to grips with.
It does the job, but it can be frustrating to use, and for this money, having to buy a neater RAM mount and modifying the wiring isn’t acceptable.
It’ll get you from A to B well enough, but it’s costly and far from perfect
Holder fitment features stupidly long bolts