BMW Motorrad presents the Navigator Street
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Posted by: Wes Fleming
With the new Navigator Street, BMW offers an inexpensive, entry-level nav system for BMW motorcycles lacking the navigation prep option. The new Navigator Street supplements the BMW Motorrad Navigator, which will remain in the product line.
The Bluetooth-capable Nav Street features a large, 4.3” glove-friendly touch screen that is bright enough to be read in direct sunlight. The unit ships with either maps of Europe or North American installed and comes with free lifetime updates. Garmin’s BaseCamp software for PC and Mac enables off-bike routing. The Nav Street has 8GB of onboard memory, which can be supplemented with an SD card.
The Trip Technology integrated into the Nav Street’s software allows route planning with Via and Shaping Points, enabling the rider to plan long and detailed rides. Shaping Points set up the route, but aren’t announced as interim destinations during navigation; the Nav Street can have up to 150 Shaping Points between any two Via Points, but these can only be set up using BaseCamp. With the Winding Roads routing option, the Nav Street calculates the route with the most curves.
Special extras on the Nav Street include the 3D intersection view with lane assistant, TracBack function, Skip, and Points of Interest (POIs). The 3D intersection view shows the map and the lane assistant side-by-side in a split-screen view and provides optimum orientation at complex intersections or junctions. The TracBack function allows returning to the starting point using the same route. The Skip function allows the rider to pass by waypoints on the route. POI data includes information about fuel, food and lodging at the next exit as well as other info.
The Nav Street also features an integrated travel computer with a compass and speed limit display, which warns the rider about permitted maximum speeds allowed on most roads.
The mounting cradle supplied with the Nav Street has been designed to fit all known motorcycle-specific holders by BMW Motorrad, but the holder(s) must be purchased separately. The supplied cradle features a 12-volt cable to connect the GPS to the accessory connector on the motorcycle.
The Nav Street has an integrated lithium-ion batter, which can be charged by the motorcycle (provided the 12V cable is properly connected) or a computer or wall socket with the included mini-USB cable.