To go along with the introduction of the F800GS Adventure today, BMW Motorrad has introduced the “BMW Motorrad Navigator Adventure” GPS receiver to their accessory line up. It will sell alongside the BMW Navigator IV but offer a smaller size and design which can more readily be used off the bike for other “adventure” activities such as cycling, hiking or sailing. It features universal software, lifetime map updates and longer battery life. A car installation kit is available separately.
The BMW Motorrad Navigator Adventure has a 4-inch touch screen and a dual battery system — rechargeable lithium ion battery for 16 hours of run time or 22 hours using conventional AA batteries.
The customizable menu is user-friendly. A configuration profile for use with motorcycles is set as the default and can be changed as necessary. In the main menu, up to 16 controls from the “Destination Entry,” “Settings” and “Short Commands” menu items can be configured individually according to frequency of access. The speed of access without switching between the screen windows offers users optimum usability. In addition, automatic switching between day and night modes ensures good readability at all times.
For outdoor activities, the BMW Motorrad Navigator Adventure has an integrated electronic 3-axis compass with incline correction and a barometric altimeter. GPX files for geocaching are supported and are transferred directly to the Navigator Adventure (for example from the http://OpenCaching.com website). Important information about finding geocaches, such as position, terrain and level of difficulty, as well as information and descriptions, can be read directly from the display.
The BMW Motorrad Navigator Adventure, which has a water-proof housing, allows data such as waypoints, tracks and geocaches to be stored in the calendar, so that the activities can be reproduced at a later point. In addition, the Navigator Adventure is compatible with Custom Maps, enabling personalized map data to be generated on the basis of electronic maps, which can then be loaded on the navigation system. The MicroSD map slots make it possible to load more map data, such as topographical maps for hiking or cycling.
The BMW Motorrad Navigator Adventure is supplied with a mount cradle for mounting on the motorcycle, while a vehicle-specific mount can be ordered separately. It can be used as an alternative to the Navigator IV on all BMW motorcycles except the new R1200GS, the K1600GT and the K1600GTL. The same vehicle specific mounts are used in each case.
Update: BMW Motorrad USA has announced pricing for the BMW Motorrad Navigator Adventure. It’s available from authorized BMW Motorcycle retailers for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $799.00. The care accessory kit is priced at $114.95.