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    Nav VI vs BMW Navigator Street GPS

    My 2018GS came prepped for the Nav VI and Iím doing a little shopping around on gps options. My go-to gps for the last few years has been a Garmin 590LM, which has served me well but which of course canít be used with the Nav VI mount. I see that BMW has another gps offering, the Navigator Street GPS, which looks like it is based on the Garmin 390 series and is a lot less expensive. Will the 390 drop into the Nav VI prep mount? Interface with the wonder wheel?

    If I go with the Nav VI is there available a cradle for it that can be mounted on a RAM mount so it can be used on older bikes? So far the only thing Iíve found is a car mount and Iím not sure that can be adapted to a RAM mount.

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    I use the BMW Navigator IV on my RT, but I recently bought a Wunderlinq device.
    (No connection/affiliation, but happy to promote an impressive product or share as an option)
    https://www.blackboxembedded.com/home/wunderlinq

    Essentially it's a device that clips into the GPS prep on the bike and allows your smartphone to function as not just the navigation, but also a much more complete digital instrument package, and it's all controlled by the wonder wheel.

    I rented a GS this week-end and rode down the PCH with my device and connected my iPhone.
    I found it amazing to be able to start a phone call with my Wonderwheel (phone inside my jacket), switch to navigation and have the ability to monitor the bike's functions all from my phone.

    Andres

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    Quote Originally Posted by acools View Post
    I use the BMW Navigator IV on my RT, but I recently bought a Wunderlinq device.
    (No connection/affiliation, but happy to promote an impressive product or share as an option)
    https://www.blackboxembedded.com/home/wunderlinq

    Essentially it's a device that clips into the GPS prep on the bike and allows your smartphone to function as not just the navigation, but also a much more complete digital instrument package, and it's all controlled by the wonder wheel.

    I rented a GS this week-end and rode down the PCH with my device and connected my iPhone.
    I found it amazing to be able to start a phone call with my Wonderwheel (phone inside my jacket), switch to navigation and have the ability to monitor the bike's functions all from my phone.

    Andres
    Thanks, that looks interesting but with TFT display on my bike and phone & headset paired to the TFT I already have most of that functionality. And, I ride in a lot of areas where cell service is spotty or nonexistent so canít really depend upon a cell phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider View Post
    Thanks, that looks interesting but with TFT display on my bike and phone & headset paired to the TFT I already have most of that functionality. And, I ride in a lot of areas where cell service is spotty or nonexistent so can’t really depend upon a cell phone.

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    DeVern
    Many cell phone apps store their maps on the phone, so that they can provide dependable navigation without the need for any cellular data, or even a SIM card. I'm still using my zumo, but I've spent my last dollar for a dedicated GPS.
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    Another cheaper option is to buy a used Nav V. They sell in the $300 to $350 range.

    BMW sells a 4 button cradle.
    Here's a used one. I don't remember what a new one costs.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-Mount-c...YAAOSwTUpdLg1v

    Edit: It looks like a new cradle costs $193.
    https://www.ascycles.com/Products/Pr...7+52+8+551+283
    Last edited by Lee; 08-05-2019 at 02:17 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Another cheaper option is to buy a used Nav V. They sell in the $300 to $350 range.

    BMW sells a 4 button cradle.
    Here's a used one. I don't remember what a new one costs.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-Mount-c...YAAOSwTUpdLg1v

    Edit: It looks like a new cradle costs $193.
    https://www.ascycles.com/Products/Pr...7+52+8+551+283
    Thanks, Lee. I saw that cradle on the Bobís BMW site late last night. Thatís a turnkey setup for newer BMW bikes and will mount directly to a RAM mount; Iíd have to see if I could find the wiring pinouts so I could cut the harness down to power wires only and end up with a portable cradle that could be jumped between my older and newer bikes.

    Used Nav5 units are not far in price from the Navigator Street, but the NS will not fit the GPS Prep cradle so thatís a non-starter. I also ran across these on Amazon:
    https://www.amazon.com/Charging-Navi...gateway&sr=8-5

    There are several vendors for these on Amazon. Reliability seems to be an issueómight be that these are being 3D printed instead of injection-molded. I do like the fact that they donít require a separate X-holder to see the phone display, tho. At that price point I may experiment with one to see how the phone does in the back country.

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    There's no mention whatsoever on BMW's website about this being compatible with the GPS Prep mount, and it comes with a mount, so I'd guess there's no way you're going to drop this into the mount on your GS, which is intended for a Nav V/Nav VI.
    Mark
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    Quote Originally Posted by marcopolo View Post
    There's no mention whatsoever on BMW's website about this being compatible with the GPS Prep mount, and it comes with a mount, so I'd guess there's no way you're going to drop this into the mount on your GS, which is intended for a Nav V/Nav VI.
    The 4 button cradle in my links would be used on his other bikes that do not already have a GPS Prep mount.
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    The Nav V VI will fit on the Garmin zumo 660 - 665 cradle. The cradle has been discontinued by Garmin but you can find used ones on ebay.
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    Nav VI vs BMW Navigator Street GPS

    The answer to the cradle question..is no..the street will not fit in the Nav VI cradle. The street will not interface with the wonder wheel.

    I believe the Nav VI shout fit right into the 590 or 595 cradle and power in just fine. With the Garmin mount, you should be abound tonout it in any other bike...

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