With universal software and longer battery life, the Navigator Adventure can be used for both motorcycling and outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking or sailing.
The device, available now at BMW motorcycle retailers for $799, comes with a mount bracket for secure mounting on BMW motorcycles (except for the R 1200 GS, the K 1600 GT and the K 1600 GTL) as an alternative to the Navigator IV.
The Navigator Adventure features pre-installed North American roadmaps, free map updates (up to four times a year via the Garmin website) and a car installation kit, available as a special accessory retailing for $114.95.
A 4-inch touch screen with selectable orientation (portrait or landscape) enables users to determine their current GPS position. The dual-battery system accommodates either a rechargeable lithium ion battery pack or conventional AA batteries providing 16 to 22 hours of battery life within a waterproof housing.
For outdoor activities, the Navigator Adventure has an integrated electronic three-axis compass with tilt correction and a barometric altimeter. GPX files for geocaching are supported and are transferred directly to the Navigator Adventure (for example, from http://GeoCaching.com). Important information for locating a geocache, such as position, terrain and degree of difficulty, as well as information and descriptions, can be read directly from the display.
Data such as waypoints, tracks and geocaches can be logged in the calendar so that the activities can be retraced at a later point. In addition, the Navigator Adventure is compatible with Custom Maps, enabling personalized map data to be generated on the basis of electronic maps, which can then be loaded on the navigation system. The MicroSD map slots make it possible to load more map data, such as topographical maps for hiking or cycling.
Posted by Arlo Redwine. Photos courtesy BMW Motorrad