Trail Tech Voyager Pro: a marvel for your Dual-Sport


Written by Carl Parker. Posted in Equipment

As minimalist riders, we love anything that simplifies our kit while increasing its usefulness. So get hold of Trail technology‘s Voyager Pro was something to be excited about. The dashboard of many small bisport and off-road bikes lacks basic information, like the tachometer we get on street bikes. While some would object, it helps to know how hard your engine is running. What if you knew where you are going or have been? Is it possible to get both navigation and motorcycle information in a clean and compact interface?

Trail technology took a good shot at this issue with the introduction of the Voyager Pro which sports a massive list of upgrades from the previous one Traveler. The most notable improvement is that the color touchscreen is wonderfully bright and visible even in direct sunlight. The touchscreen works with gloves on and the pages change quickly, immediately taking care of the inconvenience of a slow interface. While driving, the displayed tracks are very easy to see and the map moves without excessive lag or jumping.

Maps are free to download and available for a wide range of continents to install via a microSD card (not included). Relief and topographic maps are available depending on the type of map data you are looking for. While it does not provide detailed navigation like standard GPS, we believe it will primarily be used for off-road driving. While user-friendly navigation with postal addresses is appreciated, while step-by-step navigation increases the cost or complexity of the Voyager Pro, we are just as happy without.

Personalizing your information has never been easier. Everything from the map to the stopwatch screens brings this wonder into a new era of functionality. The user screen allows you to choose exactly the information you want. Such amenities are currently only found on the more expensive flagship ADV bikes.

In addition to the glove-compatible touchscreen, we like that the Voyager Pro also has physical buttons to move through the many options. When the going gets tough, nothing can replace the positive tactile feel of a good physical button.

The downside to all of these features is that the Voyager Pro consumes a fair amount of juice and will likely eat away at your battery if left on overnight. There are options like activating the system when it detects certain activity, but we strongly recommend that you mount this device on a switching power supply. This means, however, that the unit will only charge while running.

Additionally, in addition to the list of new features, there is a considerable amount of Bluetooth integrations with your favorite Android Where IOS smartphone. Connection is painless and allows a user-friendly interface to change tracks and display incoming messages or calls. We don’t recommend handling complex communications in the saddle, and not everyone will find these features useful, but if you do, you’ll find these features to be a real benefit.

More importantly, we wanted to see how the Voyager Pro mounts on a bicycle. There was no longer an adapted bicycle in the ADVMoto garage as one of our projects Yamaha WR250Rs. Like most mixed sports, the WR250R lack of a built-in tachometer that we were eager to run with a thumper at such high revs. To pick up the pulse information, a sensor wire had to be wrapped around the ignition coil without making contact with the spark plug wiring itself. Relying on passive detection sounds like a great idea, but first we had to see it work.

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Much of the unit was functioning perfectly. The GPS status page started finding satellites and fine-tuning our position, and the screen was as easy to read when stationary as it was moving. Unfortunately, we had a little trouble getting the tachometer to work – the readings were indexed all the time, regardless of which Pulses Per Revolution (PPR) setting we chose. The best thing to do in a case like this is to call Trail technology Support. To their credit, we had a real human being on the phone who said that a new software patch was about to be released which allowed for further adjustment of the tachometer sensitivity setting. After applying the update we saw a new option for low sensitivity and started playing around with the pulse per cycle settings. The displayed speed range and the red line can be set manually. We eventually got it to work, but not perfectly. We had erratic readings when first starting the bike, but the gauge started behaving like a regular tachometer after the bike shifted.

The wiring installation is the same as for any electrical work you would do on a bicycle, it is important to pay attention to the routing and the bundles provided are sturdy. The included L-shaped handlebar mount works well but will likely hide your OEM gauge cluster. This mainly means that you won’t have visual access to silly lights and turn signals. Fortunately, Trail technology recently introduced a Voyager Pro gauge dashboard which should alleviate some of these problems, although at an additional cost. We recommend that you use a RAM mounting system as an alternative.

Ultimately, while we currently don’t rely on the tachometer for serious work like tuning, everything else works as expected, and more. The Voyager Pro has more features than you can possibly get, and many aren’t covered here, including the Friends tracking characteristic which we will discuss on the ADVMoto website. For a device of this complexity, Trail Tech did a tremendous job doing it right from the start and became a welcome upgrade to an already excellent bike. TrailTech.net MSRP: $ 600


ADVANTAGES:

• Clear, easy-to-read display and tracks
• Intuitive menu navigation system
• I love having physical buttons
• A huge information center
• Compatible with Bluetooth devices

THE INCONVENIENTS:

• Expensive but worth it if you want all the functions in one device
• Power hungry
• The included bar mount will likely hide your dual sport‘s OEM gauge / light group (unless you get the new indicator dash)
• Exchanging stainless steel screws would be a good idea
• Missing step-by-step navigation


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