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post #1 of 17 Old Jan 28th, 2020, 1:09 pm Thread Starter
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I just picked up a 2013 R1200RT... and can’t wait for the snow to melt so I can get out and ride.

In the meantime, perhaps those of you in the know can educate me.

The bike came with a mount for the BMW GPS unit (no GPS came with the purchase). I’ve been looking at more recent units, but despite the fact that it looks to me that they would fit, I see that they seem to be year specific.

Would a VI, V, or IV fit and function on my bike? Is it just a connectivity issue, where the unit wouldn’t connect with the bike? Or would the unit not work at all?

In general, I don’t like to look at the screen, I prefer to take audio commands either through the on-board sound system, or via Bluetooth/plug in earbuds.

Any help is appreciated.
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post #2 of 17 Old Jan 28th, 2020, 1:56 pm
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I have the same bike and the same mount. Unlike the new bikes, the 2013 wonder wheel doesn't really interact with the GPS. The wonder wheel basically just controls the radio.

What I did is remove the GPS adapter from the mount bar and the bike (it's in a box in my garage). I then added a 7/8" Ram ball bar mount and attached a Ram X-Mount that I use to hold my phone running Google Maps when I need GPS guidance.
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I'm not 100% sure (so, why am I commenting????), but that looks like the same 4-button mount I had with my NavIV. Not sure if a V or VI would plug in or not.

I liked the IV quite a bit and had turn-by-turn instructions come through my Sena - pretty standard setup.

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IV,V & IV should work. Hey Pappy the Wonder Wheel does a lot more than just change radio stations.
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IV,V & IV should work. Hey Pappy the Wonder Wheel does a lot more than just change radio stations.
Volumn, skip stations, and other radio-related stuff. What else? My owners manual doesn't even show the multi-controller (a.k.a. Wonder Wheel). I found an Audio System manual that describes its functions but there's no mention of anything else. That and my dealer told me when I bought it that it would not control anything on the GPS.

I do know that BMW more fully integrated it into the control of the Wethead's various features like heating and other items but that's not applicable to the Camheads as far as I know.

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Volumn, skip stations, and other radio-related stuff. What else? My owners manual doesn't even show the multi-controller (a.k.a. Wonder Wheel). I found an Audio System manual that describes its functions but there's no mention of anything else. That and my dealer told me when I bought it that it would not control anything on the GPS.

I do know that BMW more fully integrated it into the control of the Wethead's various features like heating and other items but that's not applicable to the Camheads as far as I know.
Sorry I cannot comment on the 2013 RT my bad as I have a 2018 . On my bike the WW can do the radio, suspension, GPS, heated seats, trip meters, read outs for, tire pressure, ambient temp, range etc.
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I have a 2010 RT and my research and understanding is that the WonderWheel on the 2010-2013 is not as wonderful as the 2014+ bikes where more functionality was added. Mine can only be used for audio functions - radio, USB, iPod, maybe Sat radio, that is all I have found in the Audio manual. 2014 WC bikes and newer added menu functions and ability to control GPS and more.

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Sorry I cannot comment on the 2013 RT my bad as I have a 2018 . On my bike the WW can do the radio, suspension, GPS, heated seats, trip meters, read outs for, tire pressure, ambient temp, range etc.
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I just picked up a 2013 R1200RT... and canít wait for the snow to melt so I can get out and ride.

In the meantime, perhaps those of you in the know can educate me.

The bike came with a mount for the BMW GPS unit (no GPS came with the purchase). Iíve been looking at more recent units, but despite the fact that it looks to me that they would fit, I see that they seem to be year specific.

Would a VI, V, or IV fit and function on my bike? Is it just a connectivity issue, where the unit wouldnít connect with the bike? Or would the unit not work at all?

In general, I donít like to look at the screen, I prefer to take audio commands either through the on-board sound system, or via Bluetooth/plug in earbuds.

Any help is appreciated.


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That's a pretty good deal for a solid unit. No relation to the seller, just a pleased user of the IV for many years! And, when a V or VI is up near a grand, you can't beat that price!
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What I did is remove the GPS adapter from the mount bar and the bike (it's in a box in my garage). I then added a 7/8" Ram ball bar mount and attached a Ram X-Mount that I use to hold my phone running Google Maps when I need GPS guidance.



For my phone, I drilled hole in that same mount on left side, mounted ram ball and put phone there



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I just picked up a 2013 R1200RT... and can’t wait for the snow to melt so I can get out and ride.

In the meantime, perhaps those of you in the know can educate me.

The bike came with a mount for the BMW GPS unit (no GPS came with the purchase). I’ve been looking at more recent units, but despite the fact that it looks to me that they would fit, I see that they seem to be year specific.

Would a VI, V, or IV fit and function on my bike? Is it just a connectivity issue, where the unit wouldn’t connect with the bike? Or would the unit not work at all?

In general, I don’t like to look at the screen, I prefer to take audio commands either through the on-board sound system, or via Bluetooth/plug in earbuds.

Any help is appreciated.
Heck you have the 4 button mount so I would recommend going with a BMW Unit. And if you can afford it the Nav VI as for me it has by far the best display in bright sunlight. But if you are on a tighter budget there are always deals on the Nav IV's and V's which should pop right into the mount you have. And I see it's mounted in a nice location.

Good luck with a great bike! The 2013's were the best of the pre-water cooled RT's !
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Heck you have the 4 button mount so I would recommend going with a BMW Unit. And if you can afford it the Nav VI as for me it has by far the best display in bright sunlight. But if you are on a tighter budget there are always deals on the Nav IV's and V's which should pop right into the mount you have. And I see it's mounted in a nice location.

Good luck with a great bike! The 2013's were the best of the pre-water cooled RT's !
Thanks!

That’s the direction I’m leaning in (BMW unit). I think I’ll head down to the dealer at some point and find out what exactly the different versions will and will not interface with on the bike. It would be nice, at the very least, to get audio commands through the speakers...

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Thatís the direction Iím leaning in (BMW unit). I think Iíll head down to the dealer at some point and find out what exactly the different versions will and will not interface with on the bike. It would be nice, at the very least, to get audio commands through the speakers...
Be sure to post your findings here. I'm very interested myself. I think the answer's going to be that it won't interact at all but, since it's harness plug has three wires, not just two, there might be some data being shared with it. I have been eying a BMW Nav 6 for my Iron Butt ride planning.

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You should get turn-by-turns through the speakers when the audio system is turned to AUX, I believe. At least that's what I remember on my '12 with the NavIV. As long as it's hooked up correctly, which I'm assuming it is!
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I just sent an email query to BMW asking for any information they can provide on this subject. We'll see what they come back with.
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Well, I kind of expected this from Motorrad: No info forthcoming at all. Go talk to your dealer.

They’re a big help.
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Well, I kind of expected this from Motorrad: No info forthcoming at all. Go talk to your dealer.

Theyíre a big help.
Yeah. I didn't want to poop on your parade but that's what I expected. No major manufacturer wants to interact directly with consumers. Cars, bikes, whatever, they're all like that.

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