BMW Motorrad launched a new version of its Navigator GPS System.
The new Navigator comes with a 5-inch touchscreen with improved contrast and minimized reflection compared to the previous version. It also has a more complex route planning software, while the vocal guidance is more friendly and you can use it in your car.
BMW Navigator VI comes with a circular polarization filter that ensures optimal readability during direct sunlight. It also comes with an optional private vehicle assembly kit, so you can mount it on other vehicles.
The new Navigator also features the BaseCamp route-planning software that allows you to compile routes that are customized and highly detailed. A trip can be divided into 30 routes and each segment consists of 125 shaping points. It also has three different presets: the “winding roads” option, the new “avoid major country roads” feature and the “round trip” function.
Instead of telling you to turn left in 100 meters, the new Navigator says “Turn left at the cathedral”. The Navigator uses the sort of statements your pillion passenger might make, using traffic lights, road signs and buildings as points of reference.
BMW Navigator VI also features music streaming via Bluetooth technology, and you can control a compatible action cam directly from your navigator.
It’s got a 16 GB internal Flash memory and it comes with a Micro-SD card slot for SDXC cards up to 64 GB.
– Internal Storage Increased: 8 GB to 16GB
– Circular Polarisation Filter – better visibility in sunlight
– "Avoid main roads" features. Used in conjunction with the existing "Avoid motorways" function, selecting the most suitable roads for motorcycling is now even better.
– "Natural Guidance" function – navigation instructions also provide precise descriptions of the surroundings.
– Available from March 2017 alongside the existing Navigator V
It works with K 1600 GT, K 1600 GTL, K 1600 GTL Exclusive, R 1200 GS (from 2013), R 1200 GS Adventure (from 2014), R 1200 RT (from 2014), R 1200 R (from 2015), R 1200 RS (from 2015), S 1000 XR, more models to follow. All holders for the Navigator V can also be used for the Navigator VI without exception
Additional functions such as the "My Motorcycle" pages as well as warning and status messages are available in conjunction with the navigation preparation. Traffic congestion and weather reports can be displayed in real time using the optional Garmin Smartphone Link App.
BMW Motorrad Navigator Vi Specifications
Casing -Black plastic casing, robust, waterproof (as per IPX7), petrol-resistant, vibration-resistant
Dimensions (WxHxD) – 136×83.4×24 mm
Display type -TFT colour touch screen, 65,000 colours, white background lighting, easy to read even in sunlight, automatic day/night mode
Display size (diagonal) – 127 mm (5")
Display resolution (WxH) – 800×480 pixels
Battery operation – Up to 4 hours depending on use and settings
Battery charging – From motorcycle's on-board network (while travelling), from computer via micro-USB charger cable (supplied), from optional charger, from optional car assembly kit (connection via the cigarette lighter)
Charge time: up to 4 hours depending on power source
Four-button Cradle mount
Available either without (for vehicles fitted ex works with navigation preparation mount) or with Cradle mount.
Waterproof connector (12 V) for connecting to the motorcycle's SZ plug.
'+/-' (zoom map sections in or out), 'Page' (move between menu view, map view, compass, trip computer and media player), 'Speak' (play back current navigator instruction)
High-sensitivity GPS receiver -Yes
Bluetooth technology – Yes. Connection to Bluetooth helmets or headsets (hands-free /headset /A2DP /AVRCP /SPP profile) and for connection to Bluetooth telephones, data exchange between 2 identical units
Connection to vehicle on-board network (LIN bus)
Currently available with the following models: K 1600 GT, K 1600 GTL, K 1600 GTL Exclusive, R 1200 GS (model year 2013 onwards), R 1200 GS Adventure (model year 2014 onwards), R 1200 RT (model year 2014 onwards), other models to follow
Enables comfortable operation using multi-controller plus data exchange between motorcycle and navigator.
PC interface – USB connection (version 2.0, high speed), USB connection cable supplied
Integrated antenna – Yes
Weight – 288 g
Operating temperature: -20 °C to +55 °C (-4 F to +131 F)
Battery charging temperature: 0 °C to +45 °C (32 F to 113 F)