BMW Motorrad's New TFT Screen - Connectivity and Cool

Once a novelty, the latest full-color displays making their way onto new model motorcycles rival those found in their four-wheeled cousins.

Providing fast and clear information for the rider with the least possible distraction from what is happening on the road is the focus of BMW Motorrad with its high-quality 6.5 inch full-color TFT display. Calling it a ‘unique operating concept of the new Connectivity option by BMW Motorrad’, the new display allows riders to access motorcycle and connectivity functions quickly with a great level of comfort. Using what’s officially called an advanced BMW Motorrad multi-controller, the new TFT display combines the familiar “classic” display of data such as rpm and speed with new technology delivering an enormous range of features.

When developing the new TFT display, the BMW Motorrad engineers placed a major focus on designing all the rider interaction activities so as to keep rider distraction to an absolute minimum. Giving riders even more control, the interaction activities can be regulated by the multi-controller.

If the rider connects a smartphone and a helmet equipped with BMW Motorrad communication system to the TFT display, they can easily access the media playback and phone functions. No downloads or additional apps are required. Once a Bluetooth connection has been established, the rider can enjoy music while riding, shuffling through the tracks as they see fit

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Riders can see all their smartphone contacts in the TFT display, selecting call contacts using the multi-controller. If there is an incoming call while on the road, the rider can quickly take or reject the call with a single tip of the controller. The German manufacturer notes, the free BMW Motorrad Connected App is a world first for motorcycles offering everyday-suitable and practice-oriented arrow navigation directly via the TFT display. Both the navigation itself and the ability to access the app functions directly on the motorcycle represent a real stand-alone feature. The BMW Motorrad Connected App also offers further features such as recording routes as well as displaying ride statistics and information.

The arrow navigation in the form of turn-by-turn arrow directions directly in the TFT display and provides very precise turn indications including lane guiding. Last destinations or points of interest can also be called up directly using the TFT display. This basic navigation is especially interesting for motorcyclists who want to handle everyday riding or short trips comfortably without having to take any additional equipment along.

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However, BMW engineers understand the more ‘sophisticated’ riders may want to stay with its BMW Motorrad Navigator for fully optimized navigation and features for more complex planning and routing functions. Great news, the Navigator is also operated using the multi-controller and simply transfer the onscreen information from the TFT display to the Navigator.

Riders who enjoy the more technical side of riding will find that information on the new TFT display, offering state-of-the-art and simple access to the motorcycle settings and information. Riders can read the tire pressure settings at the front and rear as well as what those pressures should be.

The new Connectivity option will be launched in autumn 2017 on the R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure with more models to follow.

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