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BMw's latest GPs - never get lost again!
Since the introduction of BMW’s original Motorrad Navigator several years ago, the days of map reading have been numbered. Last year’s updated Navigator II GPS system further revolutionised long distance route finding for drivers and riders with its fast processing speed; anti-reflective, heated touch screen technology; fuel and water-resistant casing; and unique mounting cradle that enabled portability as well as operation with gloved fingers.

Now, BMW is launching the Motorrad Navigator II Plus system – a true motorcycle friendly GPS unit that, although technologically superior to its predecessor, actually costs £365 less than the unit it replaces.

A summary of the key features of the new Navigator II Plus are as follows:

  • comes as standard with a 2 GB compact flash memory card (compared to 512 MB on the Navigator II and 128 MB on the original unit)
  • street level mapping for the whole of Europe is now preinstalled on the unit, as opposed to having to download it via a pc
  • the result is that the Navigator II Plus can be used immediately (plug and play)
  • the unique mounting cradle is designed for operation with gloved fingers. The unit can also be removed quickly when leaving your parked machine but can also be secured safely with a special screwdriver
  • Bluetooth technology available with BMW’s System 5 helmet will enable integrated wireless communication of voice directions to the rider (currently in development with an expected introduction in July 2005)
  • an audio socket also allows voice directions (in a choice of 12 European languages)
  • navigation includes turn-by-turn route finding with a choice of shortest time, shortest distance or linear distance options
  • the fast processing speed allows for virtually instant, automatic route calculation whenever the route is left
  • four trip computers show current, average and maximum speed, elapsed time, time stopped and total time
  • MapSource European City Navigator mapping software shows all types of roads, points of interest, hotels, restaurants, BMW Motorrad dealers, and petrol stations
  • routes and waypoints can be planned (and stored) on the pc or on the unit and then shared via email with other users
  • a compass function allows for off-road navigation, or navigation in areas where mapping doesn’t exist or is unreliable
  • the unit is completely portable. It can be used in any vehicle (it comes with a power socket adaptor) or by walkers or cyclists if used with the optional battery pack

The Navigator II Plus is powered by plugging it into one of BMW’s on-board power sockets that come as standard on all of its machines. Riders of other machines can also use the Navigator II Plus with minimal mounting modifications and by connecting it to the battery, or fitting a generic connector lead.

Technically, the BMW Motorrad Navigator II Plus is one of the most advanced GPS units commercially available. Taking coordinates from 12-satellites that ensure an accuracy level of less than 15 metres, it weighs just 420g and can be operated in all weathers – in fact it is rated from minus 15 degrees to plus 70 degrees Celsius.

Available now, the BMW Motorrad Navigator II Plus costs just £985 and can be demonstrated at any BMW Motorrad dealership.

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