BMW Motorrad has updated their lineup with a new GPS receiver, Navigator V. It features a new larger and brighter 5″ TFT Display (800 x 480 pixels and 65,000 colors) than the previous generation NAV IV. The Navigator V’s new trip technology allows users to create longer and more detailed tours with up to 3,750 reference points per trip. The navigational instructions, which are output wirelessly via Bluetooth, are partially spoken using real landmarks. For example, instead of saying “turn left in 100 feet” the system can say, “turn left at the white church.”
Map zooming is finely graduated and offers navigational tools such as a lane assistant and 3D building display in many cities. Another routing feature is PhotoNavigation — Geo-coded pictures stored in the device can be clicked on to start navigating towards that location. The unit features a fully-fledged travel computer, a home function for fast routing to the home address and beeline offroad waypoint navigation.
A free Garmin Smartphone Link app is available for Android and iOS. After pairing the smartphone with the Navigator V, users can receive weather and traffic information. The Navigator V is compatible with the free Garmin Base Camp route planning software, which can create routes and waypoints that can be tracked and transferred to the navigation device.
Thanks to the four-button mount cradle, the waterproof and gasoline-resistant housing of the Navigator V can be mounted safely to the motorcycle and operated while wearing gloves. On the R1200GS and K1600GT/GTL models, many functions can also be controlled directly using the multi-controller next to the left handgrip.
The BMW Motorrad Navigator V is powered by an integrated and exchangeable lithium ion battery which supplies up to four hours of power. While riding, the battery is charged via the motorcycle’s on-board power system. It can also be charged by computer via mini USB or by using an optional charging unit.
In North America, the Navigator V comes with preinstalled map data for this region and features lifelong access to map updates (Lifetime Map Updates – LMU). To better plan routes, users can download the Base Camp tour planning software free of charge at www.garmin.com or install it directly from the installation file on the navigation device itself. Memory capacity of the Navigator V can be expanded from 8 GB up to 64 GB using an additional SD card (not included).
For days when the motorcycle remains in the garage, an automobile mounting kit allows the powerful GPS unit to be used as a portable navigator. A speaker and microphone are integrated into the car kit cradle to provide audio output as well as well as a hands-free cell phone feature.
The Navigator V will be available in October for $799.00 for BMW models with GPS prep and for $899.00 with a cradle mount.