BMW Motorcycles Can Now Be Equipped With The Navigator V

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BMW Navigator V press photo

BMW’s Navigator V navigation tool features a larger, brighter touchscreen that BMW says can be operated while wearing gloves — a handy feature since this product is aimed at riders of BMW motorcycles above all others. (Photo courtesy BMW)

BMW Motorrad says its Navigator V, the newest in a line of Navigators, is bringing its most highly evolved navigation capabilities yet. Install it on your Beemer, or your Bimmer. Or your B2300, for that matter.

According to the press release from BMW Motorrad, the first notable change from previous generations of the Navigator is a larger, 5-inch TFT display with 800×480 resolution displaying 65,000 colors with increased brightness over the Navigator IV.

The release said Navigator V’s trip planning technology allows for longer and more detailed routes, including up to 3,750 reference points per trip. Directions can be piped in over Bluetooth to a motorcyclist’s helmet earpiece or, if you install the unit in your car, presumably over the car’s Bluetooth system, and will use real landmarks, not just distances.

“For example…instead of saying ‘turn left in 100 feet’ the system can say: ‘turn left at the white church,'” the release said.

Navigational tools include finely graded zoom capability, lane assistant, and 3D building display in “many cities,” according to BMW. Another cool feature is photo navigation, where geo-coded photos can be stored within the device and clicked on later to start navigating the user toward that destination. So if you saw something cool in your travels and want to show your friends, take a photo. Not only can you show them the photo, but by uploading it to the Navigator V and clicking on it, you can take them back to that location, no matter how unfamiliar you are with the area. Nice.

Other features of the device include a fully-fledged travel computer, a home function for fast routing to the home address, and beeline offroad waypoint navigation, BMW Motorrad says.

The device also can be linked to the user’s smartphone via a Garmine Smartphone Link app available in iTunes or Google Play. By pairing the smartphone with the Navigator V, the user can receive weather and traffic updates. Further app compatibility can be had with the Garmin Base Camp app, which allows you to plan and plot routes while away from the device and then transfer them seamlessly to the Navigator V, according to the release.

The Navigator V features a waterproof and gasoline-resistant shell and can be mounted securely to a motorcycle thanks to a four-button mounting cradle, the release said. BMW claims its touchscreen can be operated safely even while wearing gloves — and in the case of the BMW R1200 GS and K1600 GT and GTL models, it can be controlled by using the multi-controller on the motorcycles’ handlebars. Powered by an integrated and exchangeable lithium-ion battery, the unit charges itself while the motorcycle is in motion. It can be charged using a USB cable attached to a computer, as well. When not in either of those situations, the battery has a four-hour life, BMW says.

Not content to allow the Navigator V to become obsolete in a few years, BMW says the buyer of any Navigator V will get free lifetime map updates. And, not content to allow the Navigator V to be a motorcycle-only navigational aid, BMW says it will sell you an automobile mounting kit that will make it into a really fancy Garmin, in essence. Finally, should you need more storage than the unit’s stock 8 gigabyte capacity, you can expand it up to 64 gigabytes using an additional SD card.

BMW Motorrad says the Navigator V will be available in October for manufacturer’s suggested retail price of  $799.00 for BMW models with GPS prep and for $899.00 with a cradle mount.

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