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I know, it's just fancy 660 and I coulda saved money by splicing wires n shit with different cables but I just liked the way it plugs n plays and I even like the overpriced BMW mount. Took about an hour to do the whole thing and bottom line is I'm happy :)

So there! :D
 

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Yea the plug and play thing was my decision maker for going the BMW NAV route as well. Easy to install as well.
 

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I've got it on my K1600 and I would NOT recommend it unless you have a way of mounting it closer than the dash. The sun makes it unreadable most of the time. There is a new Garmin model coming out that is supposed to be a lot easier to read when the sun is out.
 

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Congratulations...

The Nav unit, of course, is a re-branded Garmin. This is a good thing.

Now get yourself over to the zumoforums.com and sign-up. No Charge. You might as well check in there to figure out how to use the unit to your best advantage.

http://www.zumoforums.com/index.php?action=forum
 

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DanDiver said:
I've got it on my K1600 and I would NOT recommend it unless you have a way of mounting it closer than the dash. The sun makes it unreadable most of the time. There is a new Garmin model coming out that is supposed to be a lot easier to read when the sun is out.
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I think this is a very subjective thing, based on your height and eyesight.

Taller guys (like me) don't have as much trouble with the glare....I rarely have trouble, unless the sun is right behind me (and I don't think anything works well in that situation).

Also, I love the location of the built-in mount on the 1600 out in front, so I don't have to change my eye level and focus to look at something closer. My eyes take a few seconds to adjust their focus back and forth, and I really like the mounting in the 1600 for this reason.

Your mileage will vary, as Dan's does. Having said all that, I've already gone on record as saying I'm up for the V. Dan, do you have a link or anything I can read about it?
 

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Did the Nav IV come with good instructions? I have one coming from BMW for purchasing a new RT, and I'm sure the dealer will want too much to do the install. I've read that basically the removal of the windshield and dash screws is about all that is required to do the install. Any assistance is appreciated from your experience. tomp dd50
 

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Did the Nav IV come with good instructions? I have one coming from BMW for purchasing a new RT, and I'm sure the dealer will want too much to do the install. I've read that basically the removal of the windshield and dash screws is about all that is required to do the install. Any assistance is appreciated from your experience. tomp dd50
Comes with great instructs and its as you said, the removal of the windshield and dash screws is about all that is required to do the install. Be happy to walk you through it if you decide to install yourself, it's pretty straight forward.Just PM me.
 

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Thanks for the offer. I will if I become bewildered, which at my age happens more often than should be acceptable.
Not sure how long it takes for BMW to ship it, but I've already received my BMWMOA roadside assistance card.
Riding is still fun, but DYI isn't what it used to be for me. Dealer service cost are even less fun than DIY, so I guess maintenance is on me...tomp
 

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The Navigator IV came out in 2009. Seems to me that the V model cannot be far away. Most electronics get updated more frequently than this. i.e. I-phones, MP3 players etc. Has anyone heard any rumors? I am waiting for the new model hoping it has the better screen.
 

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If you notice the current BMW promotions, they are throwing in the Nav IV free if you buy certain bikes right now. Pretty good indicator that a new version if imminent .

My GPS mount is the Wunderlich. Very nice position for RT use, and very solid mount for my Garmin 478, which is a heaver unit than the Zumo.



 

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DanDiver said:
I've got it on my K1600 and I would NOT recommend it unless you have a way of mounting it closer than the dash. The sun makes it unreadable most of the time. There is a new Garmin model coming out that is supposed to be a lot easier to read when the sun is out.
Sounds like you need a Glarestomper, Dan.
 

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Sounds like you need a Glarestomper, Dan.
The problem is that on the 1600, the mount is built into the dash, with its own little cubby. So you can't attach any of the aftermarket shades. The mount is angled up slightly, so your eye level has to be really high to get square on. The result is a lot of glare, that seems to be worse the lower your eyes are.

We've tried anti-glare film; it helped for me, but some of the guys say it made it even harder to see. Again, I believe this is a function of eye level.
 
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