Trail Tech's Voyager Pro GPS Navigation
I haven't been this excited to get my hands on a piece of equipment in quite awhile. Since earlier this year I've been slowly turning my Husqvarna TE250 into more of a super light, very capable off-road dual sport machine. Being able to leave my house on my bike and hit some trails after work is very attractive and the Trail Tech Voyager Pro is a huge piece of the puzzle that gets me that much closer.
The amount of features offered on the Voyager Pro far exceeds the multi tasking you are likely capable of while riding. I think they did a great job of offering features for everyone from single track hobbyists and long distance adventure riders- to families in the dunes driving side by sides.
Each unit comes as a kit and has different components depending on what you are using it for. You'll want to make sure what you order is intended to be used for your application. For example, a SXS kit isn't going to come with the correct mounting, wiring, or sensors that the one for my bike would.
Installation is straight forward and easy to follow with the provided instructions. It went quickly even with pulling the tank, etc. to route some wiring.
The kit comes with a handlebar mount that keeps the unit relatively high above the handlebars. Being as I typically ride faster off-road type conditions, I was worried about it actually hitting my chinbar or being distracting when I'm riding aggressively. I installed it with an open mind to check it out on my first ride.
Once buttoned up and out of the garage you immediately notice how nice the display reads in broad daylight. It's a large screen and stands out awesome. Absolutely no concerns with reading or navigating the menu when on the move. While checking out the display, I also cycled through the menus and started to pick and choose some options that you are able to customize to suit your needs. This is where the Voyager Pro really shined as I did not study the instructions or any sort of quick start guide. The unit is very intuitive and well thought out.
There's a trail system relatively close to my house so getting out in a real world setting to test was easy and happened the next day. The only comparison I can make from past experience is the stock guage from KTM/Husqvarna which I always referenced to check distance, time, etc. Speed was there but almost useless as it is difficult to look down at in off-road settings. Immediately I could benefit from the Voyager Pro. The display is huge, bright and easy to see out of the corner of your eye on certain screens.
After a few miles of getting used to the unit my concerns of smacking my chinbar or feeling like it was in the way disappeared. Having it high up off the bars wasn't an issue and would be perfect for serious dual sport and ADV riders.
The Map Screen is one of the most important features of the Voyager Pro. You are likely interested in this unit for the GPS functionality. You can import/export files which is incredibly simple. This means loading new routes, trails, trips or downloading routes, trails and trips that you just recorded. My first time out I didn't have anything loaded. I immediately was able to figure out how to mark where my truck was parked and begin recording my route. This is a great feature for someone who might be riding an area new to them and they want to know how to get back. Maybe you want to record a secret trail and share it with your friends complete with way points.
Speaking of friends, if you were one the fence about getting one this feature alone should have you ordering the Voyager Pro immediately. Buddy Tracking allows you to see where the rest of your group is at on the trip. I can't count how many times this would be useful on rides. Even just having piece of mind that everyone is going the same route or aren't broken down and left behind. This is hands down one of the coolest features and sets the Voyager Pro apart from other GPS units. Trail Tech has proven that their passion for riding had a major influence on the design and function.
When not using the GPS to reference my location, a majority of the time I used the cluster screen as it has some really good information. All the readings are easy to read while riding and I could see being a major benefit on the road as well. For my first ride out I kept my stock gauge in place with the wheel speed sensor still hooked up. The speed on the Voyager Pro was provided by GPS and showed accurate when comparing the two.
Tach Bar Screen
The Tach Bar screen is cool. Need I say more? Running a wire to the spark plug wire was quick and easy. I could see this screen being used by Side by Sides and other applications where bouncing off the rev limiter is something to pay attention to. In addition to your RPMs, the screen includes your trip meter and ambient temp.
As if the Voyager Pro didn't already have enough features to keep you happy, Bluetooth pairs to your phone and certain headsets. Listen to music, make phone calls, read text messages. Trail Tech gave you no excuse not to like the Voyager Pro.
This screen is similar to the Cluster Screen but totally custom to your preferences. Choose what info you'd like to be displayed on your ride, up to 6 readouts. Picking less will make your other choices display larger.
Stop Watch Screen
I always seem to time myself out on rides, especially if I know I'm doing a loop more than once. I was pumped to see Trail Tech took it a little further and logs the previous laps for reference. This is also where I picked up on how easy the touch screen works with gloves on. Regular dirt bike gloves. Awesome.
The Satellite Screen is cool, but might be a little over my head. I like that I can see what's going on with GPS communication availability but I still don't really know what I'm looking at. Maybe someone at Trail Tech will read this and fill me in on a cool feature I'm possibly missing out on.
Your settings are important on a unit like this and it's important to be easy to navigate. I'm not sure how long it took to develop this unit (I heard possibly quite awhile) but it shows that it was well thought out. Navigating is intuitive, simple and gives you more time enjoying the ride rather than getting lost in setup.
During my initial ride I only had one problem with the Trail Tech Voyager Pro. The terrain I was riding was fast and aggressive with some sections being whooped out. About 26 miles into a 33ish mile loop the hardware where the unit pivots on the mount had backed out. I lost the nut completely and had to secure the unit in my handlebar bag. Given the terrain/pace and nature of the mount being rather high off the bars, I don't think it was a design issue. 9/10 riders likely wouldn't have encountered this problem but I really wanted to put it through it's paces.
If you have this unit and you are riding fast off-road aggressive stuff, I'd suggest Trail Tech's center handlebar mount. I think I'll give this a try as it will eliminate all possibility of a mount failure like the one I experienced. That being said, the mount provided is awesome and perfect for dual sport, tight single track and ADV riders.
Interested in learning more about the Trail Tech Voyager Pro? You can check it out here.