When a biker reaches for their smartphone during a ride to call a friend or make simple arrangements, a thought must be given to those who rode without this life-changing device. But smartphones have brought much more to riding than a handy phone; map applications to plot a ride, instant internet and of course the tunes.
For this reason BMW Motorrad has designed a smartphone cradle being able to accommodate smartphones up to a size of 5 inches quickly and safely to the handlebar clamps for optimum rider’s readability and handling. Alternatively in horizontal or upright format, exactly as the rider prefers.
Installed in a robust plastic hardcase BMW Motorrad promises the smartphone is not only perfectly protected against dust and water, but offers best possible readability, too, thanks to an antireflection flex foil see-through vision panel.
Power supply is courtesy of the onboard socket, which is an additional special accessory. Charging is done via micro-USB or, if available, the wireless way according to Qi standards. It should be noted, in this connection the necessary energy transmission is done by electromagnetic induction.
Regardless of which method is used, a light-emitting diode informs about the charging state.
An anti-slip, vibration and shock impeding gel pad shelf ensures a safe and careful installation as well as warmth draining for the smartphone while riding.
BMW Motorrad's new Smartphone Cradle - Source BMW Motorrad
However, the German motorcycle manufacturer points out, mounting the smartphone cradle requires the BMW Motorrad Navigator V’s holder, a special accessory which is not included.
Riders hoping to see this under their tree for the holidays may be disappointed. The new BMW Motorrad smartphone cradle is likely to be available at the second quarter 2016.
As soon as Clutch and Chrome learns the price, we’ll pass that along with the definite release date.