Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Minnetonka, MN, USA
2006 with Options?
The BMW GPS mount depends on which GPS you want to use and where you want it mounted. I am mounting a BMW Co-Pilot shelf on my for GPS for several reasons. The BMW OEM Navigator II has been superceded by several Garmin products. The position of the BMW factory mount on the Stingray leaves glare for me and a focus distance issue line of sight alignment. After flying a HUD, look down is distracting for me. I intend to add additional options, radar detector etc. to the Co-pilot shelf. The co-Pilot shelf allow me to use different GPS's and add or remove them with ease. I am mounting several GPS's on interchangable mounts on the Co-pilot shelf. Today I am mounting one of my Garmins and a military gps. I also am then able to easily upgrade the GPS at will , not relying on the factory OEM, so I have more flexibility.
On the Intercom. The BMW OEM has an attractive price Retail from the dealer. I chose to go with a Baehr K1200lt and was amazed how easy to install my self. Had the Intercom working in 15 minutes, helmet modification in 2 hours.
So if they have the bike you want in the color you want, go for it, the Intercom is easily solved, based on your personal preference, your thoughts of one warranty, features of the navigator II and the GPS, in my case it is better served by not going with BMW OEM. GPS is changing at a rapid pace and being locked in to a certain BMW OEM series of mounts, did not appeal to me, although the Naviagtor II is a fine unit yesterday. Today it its a bit dated. BMW has released Navigator III, just not in the US, and it is essentially the off the shelf Garmin 2XXX series with external buttons.