This Is the New BMW Motorrad TFT-Display

The new BMW Motorrad Connected display will offer a built-in navigation system via the Connectivity App installed on the smartphone, according to an official sneak peek of the new product. This will replace the turn-by-turn navigation currently used on the BMW TFT Dash.

This new product will make the standard GPS obsolete, thanks to the offline maps and to the user-friendly nature of the smartphone app. The sneak peek was revealed in the “RideAndTalk” BMW Motorrad podcast.

Looking at the size and the shape of the new BMW TFT Display, we think that it will debut on the touring segment, and not on the GS. The R1250RT and K1600GT series are featuring some old-school analog dashes, and BMW will probably introduce this new one pretty soon. More than that, it looks too wide to fit other models such as the R1250GS, R1250R/RS or S1000XR, F900 series, and so on.

Moreover, the whole BMW range excepting the G310GS/R and the touring series are already fitted with the first generation of the BMW Motorrad Connectivity Dash, which offers the turn-by-turn navigation.

How does it work? You have to download the free smartphone app, tho connect via Bluetooth, and to set up the destination on the smartphone. The TFT Dash is taking over the information and shows you the guidance (it also features audio guidance). Of course, you can also listen to music and make calls.

For safety reasons, it probably won’t feature a touchscreen and will be controlled via the jog-wheel on the left handlebar. It also doesn’t seem to have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

In this sneak peek above, the smartphone is positioned on something that looks like a wireless charging device. How cool would be that? To put your smartphone in a special pocket that comes with wireless charging.

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7 thoughts on “This Is the New BMW Motorrad TFT-Display

  1. On my 2020 R1250RS I was disappointing to find out that it only navigates thru the BMW Connected App. Better yes, but not all it could be. Carefully reading your article it seems that they yet again have not enabled Google Maps, Waze, or Apple Maps to navigate. This is a big shortcoming.

  2. Both KTM and BMW need to stop trying to be UI App Co’s and concentrate on bikes – One of the main reasons I did not buy BMW (or a KTM last week – Honda has the correct idea and just use CarPlay® – BMW use CarPlay in future – so I purchased a new 2020 AT CRF1100. That and Honda have separated off the Wheelie control pitch axis in the accelerometer IMU for all modes. yes I like to use Waze – I like to do wheelies, but dont want yaw axis off.

  3. I really want to get rid off the Navigator VI on my 1250RT.
    Its such a bad and time consuming soltution, the list of bugs and problems is extrem long, the hardware is very old without computing power and Basecamp a extrem old style sofware which i refuse to use nowadays.
    Hopefully the new TFT uses TomTom for navigation.
    Everything else than Garmin can only be better!

  4. I use TomTom Go App on my phone connected to Apple CarPlay in my car. This gives better route shaping and edit than either Apple Maps or Google Maps. It does cost £13/year but maps always up to date. Missing out Apple CarPlay on this update is a huge miss. Honda got it right on Africa Twin.

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