The Strike GPS, “The GPS made for motorcyclists by motorcyclists”.
After a very short time it broke down and was replaced under warranty by a slightly upgraded subsequent model. After a similar period of use, that too has broken down. I am not going to try another warranty claim.
Two Strikes and they are out as far as I am concerned.
I shall write it off to experience and buy a Garmin Zumo 660.
At first the Strike functioned pretty much as one might expect, except that because it booted up from an SD card, it was pretty slow to get going. The first thing I learned was that I could not copy the boot files onto a larger and faster card, because it was locked. Among other things, this meant there was very little space on the card for additional data such as tracks saved from Google Earth, or music files to listen to while riding. Not a great loss, since I have an MP3 player, and find I don’t want to listen to music while riding anyway.
The manufacturers claim the Strike Genius Motorcycle GPS is the best motorbike GPS on the market. They say it is made by bikers – for bikers. If that were really the case would not one of the options of vehicle type in use be a motorcycle? The machine gave me the choice of truck, car, aircraft, public transport (!!!) and bike. I told it “bike”.
When I planned a ride to Perth it informed me the trip would take around 9 hours. It assumed I would be pedalling!
They also claimed:
Rugged & Weather Proof
Made specifically for motorbikes, the Strike Genius GPS can handle the rugged conditions of the Australian outback. Whether the GPS is battling bulldust blasting away at at 100 km/h or humid tropical rain attempting to penetrate the outer shell, the Genius is the ultimate when it comes to toughness.
No arguments about weatherproofing, if you mean waterproof. Not so if you are riding in blazing sunshine on a 40 degree day. It certainly seemed to be affected by heat. And as for rugged? Hmmm. Within months my GPS was non functional. It continually rebooted, got lost, and finally gave up entirely. The SD card disintegrated. I sent it back for repair or replacement and was issued the new updated model, The Strike Genius BT Motorcycle GPS. The Strike Genius BT GPS does not come with an SD card (as the Genius FM did), as all software is now included on the device. Should be better right? By midsummer the damn thing was behaving just as poorly as its predecessor did. The screen goes white. If I hold it tight along the bottom, the image comes back. It seems we have an intermittent connection. My opinion is that the device just cannot take the heat of a Western Australian Summer, and the vibrations of a motorcycle. Not both anyway.
Their other claims were exaggerations too, to say the least:
Anti-Glare Design & Glove Friendly Touchscreen
The raised top and sides helps protect the screen from glare giving the rider the best possible screen clarity. The Strike Genius is glove friendly to touch with plenty of hand clearance and large screen icons to ensure dialing in the next location is a breeze.
Glove friendly? No. Not even chubby-finger friendly. I did not see any anti-glare properties either. It was difficult to read without shielding it with your hands. Not something to do while riding.
The Strike Genius features fast and easy to use navigation software with the number one map provider in the business – Sensis Whereis Maps. The intelligent software is responsive and has been calibrated for motorcyclists to allow for easy navigation.
I repeat. Why is a motorcycle not an option in the vehicle list?
Perhaps we can blame the Western Australians for the very poor mapping of their region. Tertiary roads and backroads just do not come up on the GPS. Yet sometimes it tried to take me along some firebreak track, or fenceline, that it believed was a formed road.
To be fair, Tim says his Garmin does that too. I have also noticed that Google Maps cannot find routes around the backroads of the Great Southern. In fact I have sent in quite a few notifications to Google pointing out that there really is a road between points A and B in various locations I have been riding. I enjoy the grateful acknowledgement and the fact that the roads soon appear on the map. It is nice to be able to contribute.
The BT (Bluetooth) replacement Strike was a lot faster in operation than the older FM predecessor. I think perhaps also, that it made fewer mistakes around Perth than the older one. It did not try to take me the wrong way up one-way roads for example, but it still informed me I was exceeding the speed limit when I was not. For a while I used it beside Tim’s Garmin. The Garmin definitely made less navigational mistakes.
I actually preferred the FM to Bluetooth. I have no other BT devices, and without the FM, I could not listen to the device’s driving instructions on my car radio, if I was using it in the car. That was a problem.
Pros: It worked reasonably well for a while. I fell in love with the English female voice, and named her Lara. I hope she is in my next GPS.
Cons: I am old school and still expect electronic devices that cost more than a hundred dollars to outlast me.
Summary: Considering the price, look elsewhere.