BMW updates sat-nav for bikes

Published: 01 January 2004

BMW is launching an updated version of its Navigator sat-nav system for bikes, which addresses many of the concerns riders had with the original.

The Navigator II now has bigger, wider-spaced buttons to make it easier for gloved-fingers to use, touch screen functions and a new anti-reflection screen. BMW says it is now fuel and water resistant, too.

motorcyclenews.com Editor David Cushman reckons the changes make sense, after using a Navigator on a trip to Venice and back in the summer.

" While it was great at pointing you in the right direction, the screen could sometimes be difficult to see in bright sunlight, and bigger buttons is a bonus any rider will enjoy, " he said.

" I don’t know how fuel-resistant the old model was, but it was certainly able to cope when rain fell. "

There are technical updates for the device, too. Like the Navigator, the Navigator II is made in conjunction with Garmin. It allows PC integration, automatic rerouting and is five times faster than the original. And now most of Europe can be held on one memory card.

It will be available in the Spring. BMW has not yet announced a price but the current item sells at £1100-£1200 in dealers.

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