Navigator IV to Navigator VI feature upgrade?

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by johnread, Dec 15, 2017.

  1. johnread

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    Hi folks! I recently purchased a 2013 R1200GS LC with just a few miles on her and am well pleased. It came with a Navigator IV GPS in the BMW cradle and apparently the bike is GPS aware as the multi-controller activates the unit. Well, I say activate - what I really mean is that when I press right I get a GPS menu with a half dozen options but the wheel will not zoom the map and really does nothing particularly worthwhile. Disappointing. I'm wondering if I spring for the Navigator VI if I get many more really cool options through the multi-controller or is the fact that my bike is a 2013 model going to be a limiter as to what the multi-controller can do with the GPS. Anybody have experience with this type of an upgrade? The brighter display of the VI is appealing, but if that's all I get for the upgrade I may just go aftermarket.
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  2. skew

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    I was just in the same situation I have the exact same bike that came with nav IV. I sold it and bought a used nav V. It was well worth the upgrade for all of the additional screens and information. The navigation is about the same but has alot more customization. I use Kurviger on my phone so I almost would never use factory nav. I leave the nav v screen on one of the bike info screens most of the time. I don't know if its worth the $$$ difference between the Nav V and Nav VI thats for you to decide.
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    Thanks, Skew! Cost notwithstanding, the VI looks very attractive because of the better screen.
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    Hey Skew, when you went from the IV to the V did you gain some additional functionality with the multi- controller or did it have the same as the IV?
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    Nav V and VI are the only units that have full function from the wonderwheel.
    Slightly used Nav V is likely your best deal,better screen than IV,full wonderwheel function and good price.
    Used V’s are $400 range in the flea market here.Cheapest Nav VI is double that.

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    Yes there is alot more functions with the Nav V over the IV. On the IV when you were on the map screen you had 3 info boxes to customize but not many options to pick from the motorcycle info gauges. On the V there are alot of different dashboard overlays on the Map screen and there are 4 fields that can display any info that you can see in the r1200gs factory lcd speedo display. As for the screen the V is daylight and dark over the IV plus a 5" instead of 4". I'm sure the VI looks better but I don't know if it would be twice as much $$$ better as both are 800x480 resolution neither one will be close to what a current smartphone display is.

    Here are some screens that you can select with the wonder wheel
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    Thanks, Skew - I really appreciate your insight!
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    Thanks, jr356! Great help!
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    Hey Skew - one more thing: When you went from the IV to the V did you have to purchase a new cradle or did the one for the IV work? I don't have the four button cradle, but rather the simpler one (?) that has no buttons. I'd like to avoid purchasing a new cradle if possible.
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    nope didnt have to buy anything it snapped right into the nav iv cradle and displayed everything from the bike just like its suppose to. Mine is the factory prep cradle with no buttons.
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    Thanks, Skew!
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    Hey, just to close out this thread, I bought the Nav VI to replace my Nav IV and it fit in the old cradle (not the four button) just fine and functions perfectly. The multi-controller on my 2013 R1200GS LC activates all of the features of the VI just as I hoped, so Skew saved me a bunch of money as two dealers told me that I had to purchase a new cradle as my old one was not compatible with the VI. Not so - everything works fine.
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