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    Hi all, just ordered the tomtom V5, any thoughts/opinions if you have one

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    Yes recently puchased one for our trip to Portugal and Spain. A very good bit of kit. You can plan your route on your PC and then download it to the tom tom. The blue tooth is excellent with a choice of voices. You can select winding roads which I found was wanting to take me down almost farm tracks here in dorset. Looks a very strong but of kit. So far I am well pleased with it having tested it out on a few local rides so far.

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    My thought is that it is generally more useful to ask for thoughts and opinion about an item under consideration BEFORE you purchase it.

    Your question is still valuable, though, as it may help others considering the same purchase. So thanks for asking and I hope yours works out well for you.
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    1000 miles a month is simply not enough fun with this bike.

    So the job is going to have to go. 

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    Dick, I appreciate that, I did consider not posting this, but then I thought as you have pointed out it may help others considering the same purchase, and to possibly look before you buyscenario. So I posted, also to see who had purchased one and their thoughts etc as I mentioned.

    I did not mention the cost, £309 UK pounds, the cheapest for the 2014 model. The 2013model cheapest I could find is £299.99, for the difference I thought the extra was worth it on the just in case scenario they have put in additions for 2014.
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    I'm also contemplating buying one. I am looking at the V5 premium pack but cheapest I can see online is 379.99 (pounds). Not sure whether to go with this or shell out the extra for the Garmin 660?


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    I have one Dave, I used it to tour Europe in May, best bit of kit I ever spent money on.

    Only issue I have with sat navs on the bike is they are hard to see in bright sunlight.

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    Roger, I assume you mean the TT v5, if so, there is a setting on it that is so bright I have not found it as yet to be glared out. I forget which one it is though. Muff I would go with the TT v5 premium pack, as it also has the car mount with speaker etc. Have you looked on Amazon, I believe I had seen them about 10/15 pounds cheaper, also if you have the Amazon card you get added points and you get a master card gift certificate which you can offset against future purchases using Amazon

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    I always just assumed you used divine intervention to find your way around being God's right hand man here on earth.

    I did warn you more Shinning Whit.
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    Thanks guys. I bought the TT v5 premium on Amazon and it should arrive on Wednesday. I also ordered the new Sena 20S headset that I am looking forward to pairing to my TT5 and iPhone 😎


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    Flook, how are you getting on with it? they are now £275 on Amazon so I'm going to bite the bullet and buy one, going to use an M8 ball to replace a handlebar mounting bolt (just seems neater than the clamp and ball that comes with it) I am also going to use the nippy Normans GPS lead to permanently wire it in to the plug next to the battery.

    I'll post some photos of the install when it arrives.

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    Carlos, if your not working tomorrow, I am meeting up with Fevrod from this site at Jack hills cafe Towcester (A5) around 10ish. Then riding back your way to Chippy Norton country lane routes mainly.

    We can talk about the satnav and you can see how mine is set up.
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    Very kind invite, but start of a hard 6 day week next week! Another time.

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    I feel a song coming on, "all I need is your love babe, six day's a week", erm on second thoughts scrub that.

    Carlos, that is the thing about being retired, go out for a ride where and when you like. We met up at Jack Hills, had a decent ride around the country side via Hook Norton, the Roll Rights to Chippy, then on to Shipton-under-Wychwood up the hill turned left at the X roads to Charlbury, round the town rode back the way we come.

    That Charlbury road is one hell of a decent road. I have ridden it many times, just gotta be careful of the sharp right then left at the Charlbury end though. If you know of any more roads like that, then we have to meet up your way.
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    Glad you had a good day, weather was perfect!

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    Temp did not rise above 7.7C, and dropped to 4.5C as soon as we left Chippy on the way back.
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    I like it cold and dry, some decent kit on with a few layers underneath and the heated grips turned up, lovely jubberly!

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    Cold aint too bad if youve got decent kit with good underlay, yesterday some of the back roads were dry others were damp. Some had mud etc strewn about, so I kept an eye peeled to note where I could position the bike. Good exercise for dexterity
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    regarding glare on the screen in sunlight. I have had a tom tom r2 since 2008, taken me around Europe several times. I purchased a Glare stomper from ebay 2 years ago seems to work ok. www.glarestomper.com
    I am considering a TT V5, so I can have the full map of Europe, as we are going to Croatia in June 2015.

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    A few bits turned up today, firstly the GPS lead from Nippy Normans, need to solder the lead to it when it all arrives from Amazon.



    And also the ram ball which replaces one of the handlebar clamp bolts, much neater than the TomTom ball.


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    Where did you get the ball from Carlos? and cost?
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    Just bought it from Amazon for £2.90. Thanks again Carlos
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    You will ideally need an inverted E10 torx bit to remove the stud but an 8mm socket will do the job if you're careful, to tighten it you will need 25nm of torque

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    Carlos, the part arrived this morning, one ball joint and three bolts of different lengths.
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    When I remove the existing one I will do a side by side check, and take it from there.

    May have time over the weekend, but the other half has ideas though.
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    You'll find the time, took me about 5 minutes!

    Your Ram ball arrived quicker than my TomTom, I'm still waiting for it, shame as I could have had a play installing it tomorrow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlos Fandango View Post
    A few bits turned up today, firstly the GPS lead from Nippy Normans, need to solder the lead to it when it all arrives from Amazon.



    And also the ram ball which replaces one of the handlebar clamp bolts, much neater than the TomTom ball.

    I bought the lead from my local BMW dealers and it was cheaper than NN.

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    Finally today I started the install of my TomTom Rider V5, un boxing and setting up was a doddle, although I can't understand why TomTom won't let you have more than one device registered on TomTom home.

    I've set mine up with a M8 Ram ball replacing one of the handlebar mounting bolts (see above) much neater than the handlebar u-bolt ball that comes as standard, as I want to leave the cradle on the bike permanently I did some research on how to best achieve this, one option is Rams own security knob



    No thanks looks bloody ridiculous so I used Bob Telfers tamper proof nut and bolt kit which replaces the standard wing nut with this (£12.00 including delivery)



    Nice elegant solution http://www.telferizer.com



    Managed to install the cradle so it's bang in the centre easy to view without having to look down too much, and there is still plenty of room to remove ignition keys.





    Wiring tomorrow, I'll solder the TomTom lead onto the Nippy Normans cable and as the weather is better tomorrow get out and see how it performs.
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    Finished the wiring this morning, it's much easier to loosen the right hand fairing to get to the BMW GPS plug, only took about 20 minutes to take all the bodywork off and route the wiring and check it all on full lock to make sure nothing snags.

    really pleased with the finished result, the TomTom switches itself on with the ignition and now my cradle is locked on to the bike it's a nice convenient set up, it was expensive (£325 all in including the extra bits) but IMO the only proper solution.



    Next job, tidy the garage!

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    Hey Carlos, I dont think £325 is that bad, if youd gone down the BMW Navigator route like I did on the last BMW youd be looking at close to double that and nowhere near as simple to operate either, biggest mistake I ever made.

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    £350 final bill as I've just ordered the carry case! But yes you are right, it is a very well made bit of kit and with some care it can be installed to look and feel as if it is OEM.

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    Carlos, I am interested in the tamper proof lock nut security, but I cannot find that security on the site. I have clicked on the products tag and that takes me into where all the different makes of bikes for the ball mount, but non that I have been able to click on or see where the reference is to the security tamper proof fittings are. could you enlighten me.

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