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    2015 RT GPS Angle

    Hello,
    As a short RT rider on a low seat, the angle of the GPS is set too high and when riding with the sun to my back, the screen is unreadable and the glare is a real problem for me. I have looked at the user guide and do not see any clear way to change the angle of the GPS unit so that it is at a more comfortable position.

    Any ideas or solutions?

    Thanks... Steve
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    Remarkably the same, short, low seat, same color!

    My Nav V is not as bright as my older Zumo 550 was and there is no hope of making it brighter. Garmin chose the backlight, and it is just not bright enough.

    As far as the angle, BMW made the instrument panel tiltable, but sadly did not do the same to the GPS mount.

    We are stuck with the design, I'm afraid.

    Still, it is not really awful awful, just not good enough.
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    I have a Nav V on my RT. I put a GlareStomper (See: http://www.glarestomper.com/#axzz422ItUUmW) on it which helps in some situations. GlareStomper was $18 from Amazon.

    I also put on a NuShield screen glare reducer (See: http://www.nushield.com) which was praised by Moshe Levy in a MCN review. This $15 piece had no effect on glare for me.
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    [QUOTE=ExGMan;1036899]I have a Nav V on my RT. I put a GlareStomper (See: http://www.glarestomper.com/#axzz422ItUUmW) on it which helps in some situations. GlareStomper was $18 from Amazon.

    I have sent them an email asking how to mount their unit on a 2015 RT with the Nav V mount. I'm a bit doubtful, but we will see.
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    Glarestomper/Nav V/2015 R1200RT

    Here are a couple of photos of the Glarestomper mounted on the Nav V on a 2015 R1200 RT. One is on the bike and one is with with Nav V removed but the Glarestomper still attached. Has seemed to be OK for 2000 miles so far...

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    I found the 5 to be better than the 4 in daylight, selected full brightness
    I just wish the screen was like a kindle, really don't care about the colors

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    Here are a couple of photos of the Glarestomper mounted on the Nav V on a 2015 R1200 RT. One is on the bike and one is with with Nav V removed but the Glarestomper still attached. Has seemed to be OK for 2000 miles so far...

    IMG_2416 (1).jpg

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    I wonder how many decades it may take the current crop of BMW engineers to figure out that some dude 6'6" and some other dude 5'4" on a good day need different ergonomics on a motorcycle. That includes what people look at as much as where they sit and where they hold on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pianomanla View Post
    Which model did your order from Glarestomper?
    Steve - I got the Model #322. Price seems to be $16.87 with free shipping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    I wonder how many decades it may take the current crop of BMW engineers to figure out that some dude 6'6" and some other dude 5'4" on a good day need different ergonomics on a motorcycle. That includes what people look at as much as where they sit and where they hold on.
    There are LCD displays called transflexive that get brighter with sunlight on them. They may not be fast enough to prevent smearing with the moving map.

    So, a better backlight is required for a fast active matrix type LCD. The Zumo 550 was brighter than the Nav V. A bigger screen requires a bigger backlight and this draws more power, but the newer LEDs ought to do the job, so there is no excuse.

    The speedo and tach on my 2015 RT are on a tiltable panel, so I am puzzled why the Nav V mount does not swivel as well...

    Oh, and it does not lock either. Saw a post where someone removed the windscreen, drilled and tapped a hole in the release button from the front (nearest the windscreen) and inserted a bolt. There is not enough room between button and screen to remove the bolt without removing the windscreen.

    Sigh. Only $800 for a Nav V, so I guess tilting and locking are not deemed required by BMW design.
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    I shimmed my mount with a few washers to change the angle... easy. If you shim the top positions, you'll have a limit as to how far due to needing to keep some alignment with the release mechanism.
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    I'm glad someone's confirmed that as an option ... looked like it should be based on an initial perusal of the parts. The release button simply impacts the release mechanism on the cradle so as long as you don't go too far, it should still function as a release but I could see the potential for a relatively easy mod that would allow things to go a little bit further by possibly gluing a small plate to the end of the release button to give it a bit more reach. Thanks Greg!
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